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Tenor Bass

The tenor bass consists of four drums cut at two thirds of their length (62 cm). Each drum contains five notes. The tonal range is one and a half octaves, from G2 to D4. The notes are distributed systematically left to right on drums 1-2-3-4 on a chromatic scale (see figure). This will result in each drum ringing in major chords as with the quadrophonic pan.

Overview of the Tenor Bass pan

Special crafting techniques

No separate sinking is done on the basses. The surface is lowered at the same time as the pan is backed. It is important that the borders (the grooves) of the notes have a straight slope (not convex or concave) down towards the middle. The width of the groove is usually a bit broader than on the higher pans, but it seems to work with the same width.

During the softening part of the tuning of basses, a club-like wooden wedge is used to raise the notes, see fig. B.12. This wedge has a long handle to make it easier to reach down to the note surface inside the drum.

Measures for the Tenor Bass pan

The tenor bass was measured during a research trip to Trinidad 1990.

Notes

Drum

Groove

Number
of notes

Tonal Range

Depth of playing
surface [mm]

Length of
side [mm]

Hole pos.
from rim [mm]

Width [mm]

Radial length [mm]

End from rim [mm]

20

G2-D4

100

620

80-100

6-7

300

60

Note

Position

Radial length

Tangential length

Length along rim

G2

1

255

395

570

G#2

2

245

390

570

A2

3

240

400

560

Bb2

4

240

400

560

B2

1

230

350

500

C3

2

230

350

490

C#3

3

230

340

480

D3

4

230

340

480

D#3

1

220

300

390

E3

2

220

280

390

F3

3

220

290

390

F#3

4

220

290

390

G3

1

205

230

300

G#3

2

210

230

300

A3

3

200

230

300

Bb3

4

205

230

300

B3

inner 1

200

200

C4

inner 2

200

200

C#4

inner 3

200

200

D4

inner 4

200

200