Leather bumpers for upright?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by theStink, Mar 12, 2014.


  1. theStink

    theStink

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    I had an old Kay bass for many years with leather strips along the upper and lower bout (treble side) that would protect the wood when laid on its side. Hammond Ashley did this in probably 91 or 92, these days they use ebony strips and it costs a helluva lot more. I prefer the leather (that sounded bad), any sources out there?

    The bass is a Christopher B305 5 string, 7/8 size, gamba style hybrid
  2. Jsn

    Jsn

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  3. turf3

    turf3

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    Buy some thick harness leather (McMaster-Carr, Tandy), cut it to size, attach with contact cement, color it with tinted shellac. This way you can size the bumpers as needed. I made the lower ones longer, because in laying the bass down it tends to ride along the edges of the top and back. The long bumpers I made prevent any wear.
  4. Hqubed

    Hqubed Supporting Member

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    We use PVC door edge. Simple, easy, cheap, and effective.

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  5. Paul Warburton

    Paul Warburton

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  6. Michael Eisenman

    Michael Eisenman Supporting Member

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    Fabulous, indeed. Was wonderin' what would bring you out again, PW. The bumpers that I modeled after yours (post #4) are still on and going strong.
  7. Paul Warburton

    Paul Warburton

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    Michael, didn't take that much to bring me back in, now that a certain TB Troll has been temporarily banned, I can breathe again.
  8. eh_train

    eh_train Supporting Member

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    +1 for the Warburton (tm) fan belt bumpers. Mine have served me well for about 8 years.

    Cheers,


    Paul (Eh_train)
  9. Jsn

    Jsn

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    Wow. Sounds like the fan belt trick works. But don't you miss having a functional car? ;)

  10. eh_train

    eh_train Supporting Member

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    We have a wind chill of -30 Celsius again today in Toronto (-22 F): Cooling my car's engine is not an issue!

    Cheers,

    Paul
  11. theStink

    theStink

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    Exactly what I was looking for, thanks!

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