The 72 open strings of the Bass Canon sound one octave below the
Harmonic/Melodic Canon.I used
the String Winder to make the strings for this instrument because
long, thin, and highly flexible wound strings in this frequency range
are not available from commercial manufacturers.
In the history of music, the Harmonic/Melodic
Canon and the Bass Canon are the first canons that satisfy two musical
conditions. Both canons have independently movable bridges that
produce mathematically predictable length ratios; and both canons
function as fully resonant performance instruments.