Aquila Thunderblack Strings Tested

 

 

Aquila Thunderblack

Aquila says its Thunderblack strings for the uBass are superior to the standard Pahoehoe strings.                                      Photo: Aquila Corde Armoniche

 

If you have been thinking about trying the Thunderblack strings from Italian string maker Aquila Corde Armoniche for your uBass, but don’t want to plunk down $29.95 for something you might not end up liking, take a look at this video by our friend Magnus Sjöquist.

Magnus puts the strings through their paces on his acoustic uBass. The video will give you a good idea of what the strings sound like so you can make an informed decision whether to buy them or not.

If you prefer to read about the strings rather than watching a video, Magnus did a blog post about them on his site PlayUbass.

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New Journeymen Coming Soon

Kala Journeyman Red and Black

                   The Kala Journeyman will be available in Red and Black later this year.                                     Photo: Kala uBass Blog

 

Apparently Kala has a hit on its hands.

Kala says its brand new Journeyman uBass will be getting two new variations later this year. The model will be available in two new colors: red and black.

The company notes:

The Kala U•Bass has always been beloved for its unique look, feel, portability, and giant low end. When approaching the design of the Journeyman, the first thing we wanted to do was give our next U•Bass a make-over in appearance. We took inspiration directly from our Kala Jazz Tenor Archtops and added stylish f-holes, white binding, and beautiful sounding white Aquila Thundergut strings made in Italy.

The Journeyman was introduced at Winter NAMM earlier this year.

Read more the Journeyman HERE and HERE.

On Sale Now: Kala Paddle Bass

Kala Paddle Bass

You can now order Kala’s new Paddle Bass through the company’s web site.
Photo: Kala Web Site Screen Capture

 

In our last post we told you the Kala Paddle Bass was nearly ready for prime time. Well, now it’s on sale on Kala’s web site.

According to the company, the Paddle Bass is:

Simple to use, the single string bass helps players quickly achieve success with music. The Paddle Bass can be played flat on a lap or table, or in a traditional instrument-to-chest position, making it accessible for all players.

Kala says the new bass features:

  • Compact
  • Road Toad Proprietary Polyurethane Pahoehoe String
  • Color-coded & Labeled, Changeable Magnetic Fret Guides
  • Chromatic, Diatonic, & Pentatonic Scales
  • Can be Played Right-handed, Left-handed, & Shared
  • Durable & Easy to Clean
  • Fretless
  • Lays Flat
  • Strap Button
  • Deluxe Gig Bag

All that for $199.99. You can order one HERE.

Kala’s Paddle Bass is Finally a Reality

Kala Paddle Bass

Kala said its new Paddle Bass will be available for purchase on May 4.                              Photo: Kala Instagram Screen capture

 

It took a while, but the long rumored Kala Paddle Bass will finally become a reality next week.

We told you about Kala’s developing the Paddle Bass HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Kala notes on its Web site and its Instagram feed that the Paddle Bass will be available to purchase on their Web site on Friday, May 4 for $199.95

The lightweight Paddle Bass is a collaborative effort with Kalani Das that was designed as an easy and affordable way to add bass to any setting. The Paddle Bass is the ultimate simple bass made from durable, easy-to-clean material. Compact and easy to transport, it’s perfect for any educational or therapeutic environment. The single string allows students, beginners, and players of all ages and abilities to achieve extremely quick success when played flat on a lap, table, or in the standard instrument to chest position.

The new bass features changeable, color-coded magnetic fretboards with the notes printed on them, making it easy to pick out tunes.

Kala says it is aiming the one-string Paddle Bass at the education and therapy fields.

As it stated in a reply to a comment on its Instagram feed:

This product is not meant to be for everyone but we do think it will serve as a valuable launch pad for very young musicians and music therapy patients.

 

 

Putting the Journeyman Through its Paces

Magnus-Journeyman

Magnus Sjöquist puts the new Kala Journeyman uBass through its paces at Kala’s headquarters. Photo: Kala Facebook Video Screen Capture

 

If you were wondering how the new Kala Journeyman uBass sounds, wonder no more.

Here’s a video of our friend Magnus Sjöquist giving the new uBass a workout.

Enjoy.

Happy Birthday Nik

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Nik West and her uBass in her video for the song “My Relationship.” Photo: YouTube Screen Capture.

 

Today is Kala uBass player and uBass Artist Nik West‘s birthday.

Let’s all wish her a wonderful birthday uBass style.