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Close Call

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Chris Fitzgerald, Dec 7, 2001.

  1. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Last night I was watching a video with my wife when we heard a loud crash coming from the general direction of the music room. I sprinted downstairs to find my bass - still in its padded bag - lying face down on the floor next to my stereo speaker and stand, which it apparently knocked over on its way from the corner to the floor. Two very innocent-looking :rolleyes: cats looked on...

    I was almost afraid to open the bag. BUT, with my wonderful wife offering much needed consolation and moral support, I opened it with trembling hands only to discover that...

    (insert loud orchestral diminished 7th chord swelling to epic proportions as the timpanist gets his rocks off GINGER BAKER STYLE...)

    The bass was fine. My heart started beating again, and I actually DID sleep last night. Thank GOD for that padded bag, because the bass was lying right SMACK on the bridge. JESUS.

    Anyway, I need to either get a stand that will be sturdy enough to keep this from happening again, or figure out some way to secure the bass to the corner (where it must needs live). Any suggestions? I was thinking of mounting a hook in the corner of the room and then running a strap around the neck and under the fingerboard and attaching both sides to the hook, but if anybody has any better suggestions, I'm all ears.

    OK, I'm off to shop for some new boxers now - I don't think I can salvage the pair I was wearing last night...
  2. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA

    With creative editing, I came up with this:

    I was thinking of mounting a hook in the corner of the room and then running a strap around the neck...and attaching both sides to the hook, but if anybody has any better suggestions, I'm all ears.

    Of course, I'm talking about the cats, and not the bass. Problem solved. :D :eek:
  3. Tell your cat to stay in first position when you are not around!!

    When you use a stand or wall...well..there is always a chance for gravity (or cat) to bring the bass crashing to the floor. Why not just leave it on the floor?
    If I were to use a stand, however, I would use this one www.kcstrings.com (look under accessories)
  4. My teacher, who has a beautiful old bass, has a spot in the corner of a carpeted room into which he leans the bass, bridge toward the wall. Where the corners touch the wall, he has attached what looks like thick pieces of felt as cushioning.
    He has cats, too.
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY


    Have you ever seen a cat's reaction to a DB sitting on the floor? One time I set down my bass in the middle of a practice session, and got a rather long phone call while out. When I came back, Fred (my orange tabby) was sleeping in the cutaway portion of the side. It was cute, but I hate to think what might have happened if he had mistimed his jump and tried to backpedal....plus, I've noticed that cat claws and DB varnish are natural enemies.


    Yeah, I thought about that, but the little varmints are family, you know? In fact, one of the things that I love about cats is that they don't answer to anyone and just do whatever the hell they want whenever the hell they want. It could well be that I only like them so much because I'm jealous that I can't be one... but there'll be no cat lynchings in MY house. Now, if a DOG or a FieLdY FaN were to f*** with my bass, I might be emailing you for directions on how to hang the hook.
  6. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    Cape of New Jersey
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music (retired)
    One of my basses lives in the living room (coexisting with two cats) in one of the MBS bass stands I sell. Never have had a problem. If it's going to be cased I think your hook and strap idea is a good, too.
  7. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    I bought one of the Meisel stands from Bob. Very secure...much, much more so than the type with the endpin cup. I've seen our 20+ lb Mancoon run headlong into my son's Englehardt 1/2 size while it was on that stand and it didn't move.
  8. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    As a temporary solution, I screwed a hook into the wall and used a bungee cable to hold the bass in place (face out) in the corner. Not the prettiest solution, but I can't budge the thing when the strap is on, so it'll do for now. I may look into one of those stands in the future, though....

    And it may just be relief messing with my ears, but I could swear that the bass sounds better today than it did yesterday. Louder, even. Weird...
  9. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Maybe it was reminded of its primal treeness when it was knocked over. Instead of regressing to the womb, it went back to when it was felled in the forest. It's just reliving its youth and has found a reason to shout.

    Or, it's possible I drank too much at the holiday party I just got home from. Hmmmmm.....
  10. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    While we're on the subject, we've got two of the stands at work that I think Bob sells. They're marketed as "gig stands" and look a whole lot like giant guitar stands. They are very secure and work really well....except when the endpin is out. If you're a doubler, like I'm required to be, that's a problem. Anyone have any ideas about this?
  11. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    Unfortunately, yeah...that's a drawback of that stand design. Luckily for me, the length that I pull out my endpin will allow me to scoot the bottom of the bass forward enough that it'll sit on the stand and the endpin barely touches the floor. If I needed the endpin any longer, it'd be a problem.

    I suppose you could cut a couple of pieces of 2" x 2" lumber to the length of the bottom feet and attach them to the bottoms of the feet with tie wraps or something...it'd give you an extra couple of inches, and it wouldn't really add to the bulkiness of the stand all that much.
  12. Another recommend for the stands Bob sells.

    As far as your questions PacMan,
    I strapped 2 4x4's to the bottom of mine.
    Seeing that I am a newbie I wanted to endpin to stay out when I set it on the stand.
    I.e. not having to worry about the height changing on a daily basis.
    It adds extra weight but is still portable.
    May not be perfect for you but maybe it will rattle an idea.

    CF glad to hear all is well, your about 6 weeks behind all the DB destruction stories were trendy then. Good luck with the cat.
  13. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    I had a photo, but have lost it. My cat frequently scales my bass and hangs out on top of the neck. I just make sure that the bass is solidly on the corner, bridge toward the wall, so that she can't bring it down. So for, so lucky, I guess. I had a bass player living on my couch for a bit who didn't like the cat climbs taking place in his bass, and his solution was to leave the bag partially unzipped. This made the bag loose and the cat didn't like climbing the loosley adorned fiddle.

    On the bass stand issue, have you considered taking a hole-saw to the gig with you?
  14. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    :) ....reminds my of the old days, before amps and good sound systems, when the piano player would come to the gig with a screwdriver and disassemble the enclosure to make it louder. The owners would go nuts.

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