Bass Box

Where can I find a how-to book on making a bass box?

A bass box is made of wood and sounds like an upright classical bass. I am not interested in the cardboard version.

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/hb_musical_instruments/article/0,2033,DIY_13881_5181083,00.html

Accordions have four major components. Those are the treble side (with forty reeds), the keyboard that powers those reeds, the bass side (with six reeds), and the bellows in the middle of it all.

The accordion makes music only when air passes through it. The instrument's keyboard is manipulated with the right hand, but the left hand is just as busy with the "bass box", and that's the focus of builder Marc Savoy at this stage of construction.

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Figure A
Bass Box Construction

Materials:

walnut stock
table saw
glue
sanding belt
cloth webbing
felt
pre-manufactured metal buttons
varnish

Steps:

* Using 1/4" stock, Marc glues a rectangular box together with predrilled entry holes along both long sections (figure A).

* Marc adds a triangle of pine to the interior of the box (figures B and C). This will ultimately regulate the passage of air to specific parts of the accordion.

* After adding a top to the box, Marc takes his creation to the table saw and begins shaping it to a contour more appropriate for a musical instrument.

* With a sanding belt, Marc continues shaping the box until it fits perfectly in his hand

Marc Savoy has now shaped the bass box, but without buttons and valves this "box" will never regulate air. And without air the accordion will never make music.

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A Cajun jam session at the Savoy Music Center

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Accordion Bass-Box: Buttons and Valves

* Marc applies six coats of varnish to the box and allows plenty of dry time before moving on.

* He covers each section of holes with a wood block and webbing. The webbing is held in place with glue at one end, but left free to pivot upward at the other. In essence he creates a hinge of block and webbing.

* A spring is placed against the bass box and the webbing to force the "valve" back into place after "hinge" is pushed up.

* Pre-manufactured metal buttons are inserted into the webbing and wood blocks through the pre-drilled holes at three spots around the bass box.

That bass box will ultimately blend with the treble side, the keyboard and the bellows to force air through reeds that make beautiful Cajun music.

In the next phase of the accordion's creation, Marc turns his attention to the front of the instrument—the front plate and its decorative engraving.

RESOURCES :

Savoy Music Center
Highway 190 E
Eunice, LA 70535
www.savoymusiccenter.com

KBON, FM 101.1
Eunice, LA 70535
www.kbon.com

GUESTS :

Marc Savoy, proprietor
Savoy Music Center
Highway 190 E
Eunice, LA 70535
www.savoymusiccenter.com

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