Electric Upright Basses (EUBs)

In 1989 James Blennerhassett, one of the leading bassists in Ireland, asked me to come up with a way to solve the problem he had travelling with his more than 200 year old  double bass which was easily damaged and prone to tuning problems when moving between different environments. Transferring the basic dimensions of James's acoustic bass to an original, semi solid, slim bodied, road tough EUB the idea of The Blen was born. Many years later, at the request of Del Palmer, a fully acoustic EUB, the Odello, joined The Blen. Oh yes, James's is known in the musical community as Blen.

The Odello

The Odello a small bodied acoustic electric upright bass Well, where do you start? This one is another idea of Del's. This is a five string (high C) 3/4 scale length, small bodied, true acoustic, electric, upright base made to be played sitting down. Constructed with a carved, tuned, arch…

The Blen range

Please note that currently I am not building any more Blens. This may change in the future. This section, for the moment, is just for information and as a historical record. There are quite a few of them out there in use.Hand made 4, 5, and 6 string EUBs built…