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Excelsior "Double O" 140 bass

Glug

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Hiya,
I spotted this online and I'm wondering how the 140 bass works: it's 7 rows of 20.

It's a 1950 model according to a receipt:

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Typically (and I believe this one is a typical case) it means 3 rows of base notes (base, major third, minor third) and 4 rows of chords (major, minor, 7th, diminished). On the third row counting from the registers is a marked button (with a gem) so that should be the C base note indicating that this scheme is indeed the 3+4 I explained.
 

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Cheers, I thought it was something like that.
So the row nearest the registers is an extra bass minor third row, and the other six make up the normal Stradella bass.
 

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Glug,
I have a similar instrument, a late 60s early 70s Giuletti LMH, 41/140 PA, Mod. F74.
It's as Paul said. Starting from the bellows side: minor third, major third, fundamental bass, major chord, minor, seventh, diminished.
I got it because I liked the sound of it,🙂
The row of minor thirds is pure indulgence, since they could easily be played by reaching down with the little finger. But, as Balkan music uses quite a lot of them, it makes life easier, I guess!🙂
"So the row nearest the registers is an extra bass minor third row, and the other six make up the normal Stradella bass."
Yes🙂
 
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It's on ebay for £200 (no bids) at the moment.

But I've got enough to play with anyway :)
I just hadn't seen a 140 bass Double O.
 

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