Hi everybody, this is Giovanni from Italy!
First of all, thank you all!! It's a couple of weeks I'm reading your forum and I'm LEARNING LEARNING LEARNING many useful tips and infos about setup and repair... really, THANK YOU ALL!
Then, please SORRY for my terrible english... I'm trying to give the best, but sometimes I say strange things, or maybe simply I can't understand what you're saying... so, please be patient!
And NOW finally, let's go direct to the problem:
I'm buying a new bass... wonderful, pear form, italian bass. It looks really ancient and beautiful. I'm scared, because of its form and because of his dark varnish, that in a short time I'll scratch all the side, puttin it down during reharsal and so on!
So, I've read your discussion about bumpers, but iI'm here again to ask some tips.
It seems the ebony is not so good, because of its hardness (maybe can cause cracks on the side) and because to install it, it's necessary to stratch the varnish to have the glue fastened (WHOA, what a difficul phrase... eheheh
SO some of you talked about LEATHER!
1) how about thickness? (please millimeters if you can..
2) where to put? ofcourse just one side (the one you put tha instrument down... ghgggggg I'm a GENIUS!!
BUT directly on the side next to the front and rear table, o directly on the SIDE of the table?
3) how long and large the pieces?
Ok, I think that's all!
Every kind tip is REALLY consider like gold, because we (me and my luthier) never experienced bumpers... and we want to try! (we're not used to bumpers in Italy... everybody scratch his own bass.... CRAZY!)
So, thank you and hope to hear something from you!
All the best,