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Re: Tea Chests

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Posted by Butch on March 30, 2003 at 06:49:30:

In Reply to: Tea Chests posted by Tempus on March 29, 2003 at 23:48:47:

I rember it as a large light box with no top and a removable silver foil lining inside . Made famous by skiffle groups, who used it as a "Bass". A slender but sturdy pole glued to the middle of one side and extending two to three feet above the top. A resined length of thick string if you will, was attached from the the top of the pole thro the center of the box and knotted and sealed outside on the bottom. I believe the tea chest was made from balsa wood and would resonate in the lower octaves when the taut string was plucked thus creating "A Bass". When things were tough in Kentucky, back then ,and synthesisers, were hard to come by, an empiy moonshine jug, was found to have acoustical qualities also!. The washboard added to the melee. A pair of spoons, a genuine gitar,banjo, or mandolin. A full jug, a loaf of bread and thou' !

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