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ADVICE RE: Returning Rental

Discussion in 'Rockabilly [DB]' started by viking power, Dec 18, 2013.


  1. viking power

    viking power

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    Hey,

    I decided to try weedwhackers on my rental upright bass. To make them fit I adjusted the notches on the bridge and also the slots on the tailpiece. Now, I'd like to return the rental and save up to buy my own bass. Should I try replacing the parts myself? Should I just take it in and be honest about what happened? They will most likely want a fortune to repair in their shop...

    Yeah, I realize I'm an idiot. I wanted to start slapping and steel orchestra strings didn't seem to be working for me.
     
  2. KUNGfuSHERIFF

    KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    Upstate NY
    Yeah, be straight-up and pay the bill if asked.
     
  3. viking power

    viking power

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    Ah hell, guess I'll just bring it in.

    I should add that I'm not looking to be dishonest. I am also not looking to pay $1000 to them to replace parts on a cheap student bass.

    Or......I could just go with my original plan...save up and purchase my rental. It just sucks that this same bass is less than half the price if I buy it online...
     
  4. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    If you were bringing that rental back to me, I'd rather you told me what you did so that we could correct it as necessary. Its less of a big deal that way.

    Its also more likely to keep the store/luthier from giving up on renting instruments. ;)
     
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  6. viking power

    viking power

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    Thanks guys. Yeah, this'll save me from any kind of guilty conscious as well. Good point also about not souring the shop on the rental business.

    Since we're on the topic - would you say that buying a bass for $3K vs $1.5K is worth it in this case? I know with the rental it's been cared for by pros (until my little tweaks for the weedwhackers anyway) and it's only a few years old. If I buy a new one online for around $1.5K, I would have to setup myself or pay to get it done (cost?). I am very new to this instrument and am open to any advice...
     
  7. frankweir

    frankweir

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    Viking...and I bet you aren't the first one to swap out strings on a rental...
     
  8. viking power

    viking power

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    Just wanted to come back with an update...

    Returned rental. Owned up to any tweaks I had done to the bridge and tailpiece for the weedwhackers install. Shop was totally cool, didn't even flinch. Even allowed me to keep my balance of store credit accumulated through the rental time period. Anyway, just way cool. Not what I expected at all. They will definitely be getting my business when I purchase an upright bass.
     
  9. Feral Feline

    Feral Feline Supporting Member

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    Honky Kong, ShangriLamma
    :cool:

    That's the way it's supposed to work!
     

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