belfebe (belfebe) wrote,


I have discovered a new musical instrument.

It is not maracas, but it is up there with maracas.

It is easy to make, portable, creative, and absolutely obnoxious.

Yes, boys and girls, I am referring to a boombas!, otherwise known as a stump fiddle. Apparently, this beauty of an instrument originated in Eastern Europe and it is currently very popular in certain areas of the contry.

People make their own boombas by attaching all sorts of noisemakers to a stick. Cow bells are particularly popular. So are pie pans, bottlecaps, your grandmother's spoon collection, you name it.

Here is another fine example of a boombas. Admittedly, this one is a lot simpler than the other one, but who cares? As long as you are making noise, anything goes. And in this other page you can even play one.

A website says that:

The Party Fiddle Factory "Stump" or "Stumpf" Fiddle is a unique folk music instrument with origins in the rhythm sticks of Central Europe. Stump Fiddles are common in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Depending on locale, it may also be called the "Polka Cello", "Hum Strum", "boomba", "boombass" or "Teufel Stick".

It is a muscial instrument that is fun and easy to play and can be played with virtually any type of upbeat music such as: Polkas, Bluegrass, Rock 'n Roll, Country, etc.

A popular use is in a Tavern or Saloon where one or several are made available to patrons to play along with the Jukebox or a performing musical band.


Hmmmm . . . do you think that I would be mob-lynched if I brought one to choir practice?

Or perhaps I could write a piece called "Sonata for Concertina, Boombass and Maracas."

It will be an instant classic.

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