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I recently viewed a video of the bassist Rinat Ibragimov playing a bass concerto by Bottesinni.  He was playing it on what looked like a normal upright bass, but which had only three strings.  Having never before seen such an instrument, I'm wondering if this is unique, or are three string basses common?  Is there a reason that such an instrument would be more suitable than a four string for solo work?  Thanks - Ned

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Wikipedia tells us Bottessini played on a Testore bass that had been converted from four to three strings.  Can you tell from the video what the tuning was?  I'm thinking probably fifths, and that many other players did the same thing in the 19th century.

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Thank you, J-G.  Sorry that I didn't think to check Wikipedia for information on Bottessini.  But no, I can't tell from the video what tuning was being used.  I would agree, though, that a tuning in fifths is most likely.

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