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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Maxdusty, Jan 29, 2019.
The mailman just delivered. Now the waiting (with excited anticipation) begins....
Alright, fess up...where in Door County??
Well some people don't consider being in DC until they're over the bridge, but I'm a dirty Sturg kid, born and raised.
Hell, even inside one of those things it's only.... Luke warm.
ive heard about the freezing cold weather coming your way on bbc news this morning in the uk. they said it was gonna go as low as minus 64. brrr.brrr stay safe and warm.
Oh I like what you did there
The USPS cancelled all delivery for today in Wisconsin (Wed Jan 30th).
"Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor dark of night shall keep us from our appointed rounds. But if it's minus 22 in the middle of the afternoon, with a negative 45 wind chill factor, well, f*ck that sh!t."
That said, after 6 weather school day cancellations in the last two weeks (counting tomorrow, already cancelled), plus a 4-day weekend and another weekend, my 2 kids have been home 12 out of the last 14 days, and 14 out of seventeen by the end of the weekend. I work from home (not getting much done).
I am considering going out in this -22 degree weather, and just walking around in my yard for an hour, because at times, well, that just seems more pleasant. It'll be a miracle if we emerge from this confinement with no fatalities.
Had my hoodie on this morning at 60 degrees down in Burbank. I feel your pain
dont blame you
its 7.30pm in the uk its about minus 2 forcast minus 4 overnight thats about as cold as it will get all winter. so i cant grumble. stay safe and warm
Not one manufacturer does this when shipping basses...I would not worry over it
Loosening strings when shipping is pointless. It changes the balance of truss rod and string tension, and is more likely to cause permanent damage than the minuscule change in tension that might possibly be attributed to temperature change. It may have started with sending flat-top acoustic guitars by air simply because IF the top or neck received a severe blow the string tension might compound it. But NO manufacturer does it when shipping new or repaired instruments.
Again, facts- low temperature by itself is not a problem. It's how rapidly the temp changes that causes problems. If UPS or FedEx deliver a new bass today , inspect the shipping container for damage and note it when you sign (or report it to the shipper as soon as you find it). Then let it sit for 24 hours before you open it. If the case hardware is still cold then wait longer before opening the case. If you see fog build up on the instrument, close the cade immediately.
Manage the temperature change and don't get paranoid about the temperature .
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Makes sense to me. Letting the instrument "decompress" as it were so it doesn't get the "bends". Probably not the most apt analogy.
'81 L2KE was delivered today. It's spending the night in the 50ish degree unheated basement to acclimate. My infrared thermometer read 41 degrees on the box surface directly off the FedEx truck.
BTW; mine was perfect; both shipping and set up
OTOH it went from Nashville to MD but it was in the 20's when it was delivered
Good luck to you guys
I've never seen a manufacterer ever ship a guitar or bass with slackened strings. Why? Because it's a non-issue started back in the day by the airlines trying to cover their a$$es by claiming it was the passenger's fault for not loosening the strings.
As a matter of fact, go on the Larivee website and download their instructions for shipping an acoustic guitar (an instrument much more prone to weather influences). They are pretty adamant about NOT slackening the strings when shipping a guitar. So, if it doesn't matter in that case it won't matter here. Of course, if any instrument were left outside (not in a warehouse or parked truck) for too long it would be trashed but don't forget - guitars are made out of wood and wood comes from trees and trees live outside.
The instrument I received a couple weeks ago from Sweetwater had some workmanship issues - I sent it back and requested another one.
That replacement showed up this weekend (it's awesome, a keeper) but this time I thought to snap a quick pic of the Sweetwater Warning label.
It wasn't Polar-Vortex cold, - it was in the low 30's so I only waited 2 hours before opening it.
Trees live outside but don’t go from 10° to 70° in minutes.
Basses are made outta wood and metal brother, not rose petals.
A lot of us have traveled all winter long with our gear stored in a freezing trailer towed behind a car or a van.