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DB portability?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by callofthebow, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. callofthebow


    Oct 19, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    as i've been gas'in for a db, i've been wondering how you all transport your basses. I have a caddy and i'm not sure if a 3/4 will even fit in my trunk, then again i've never tried. I don't want to get a db then have to leave it at home all the time. How do you guys do it?
  2. larry


    Apr 11, 2004
    I drive station wagons.
  3. Most mid-size and larger cars: fold down the passenger seat amd slide the DB in the back with the neck supported and the scroll toward the front.

    Of course these days I have an excellent Kases case and it rides in the back of my pickup. :D
  4. This question has been asked a number of times recently - there are at least six threads related to this, so you might want to try using the "search" function, with (for example) "Wil Davis" as the user, and "Toyota Corolla" as the key-words.

    Good Luck!

    - Wil
  5. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Regardless of which Car, 'Wagon, SUV (or other) you use to transport your Bass..... do NOT leave the Bass in the Car in Hot or Cold weather. Also, many instruments get stolen when left in the car.....

    Wil..... BTW, I just looked at your Bass and it seems to be a copy of the Pollmann Busetto Model....I am trying out a 5-string Pollmann for a few weeks to see if I like it. The engraving on yours looks pretty close...

    This is the Bass I have on trial; http://www.aesbass.com/images/gallery/pollman3_front.jpg
    or here if my links don't work.. ; http://www.aesbass.com/bassgallery1.htm

    It's a 1977 model, restored by Kolstein in 1984......Might be a keeper!!

    This is the current model they make; http://www.poellmann-contrabass.de/indexframe.htm

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Agreed...most mid size cars can handle a DB just fine. I drive an Escort wagon which is perfect for getting to gigs with all of the gear.

    Ken, are you still having your Morelli converted to a 5? The Pollmann looks great. I am sure it sounds even better especially if you are considering it!
  7. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Adrian, at this point I think the original plan of the Fingered Extension is back on the board/bench!

    I was at Arnold's yesterday to compare the Pollmann 5, measurments and playability as consideration for my project. It turns out that the Morelli Peg Box is 1" shorter that The Pollmann or rather, the Pollmann is extended 1" to accomadate the 5th gear. We could 'squeeze' 5 gears up there but I don't want to 'bastardize' this Bass and make it a less than 'well-fitted' 5er.

    I am trying out the Pollmann to see if 1) I can play a 5 comfortably and musically and 2) maybe buy this one in place of converting the Morelli.

    The Morelli is getting some interesting 'attention' like new bottom and top blocks with a very slight cut to 1)correct the shallow neck block and 2) get it to a 42" string length. I basically asked Arnold to do the restoration as if it were his personal Bass and not hold back on extra work due to finances. Each extra $ spent on the Mods will easily add a 1:1 $value back into it if not more.

    Sorry to 'hijack' this thread but...... I went there in my Rondeavous (Buick) with 2 Basses in the back on their sides, back to back (Gilkes and Martini) and came back wth the Martini and Pollmann...... Now, that's a full house if you ask me.....The Pollmann has 29" lower bouts!!
  8. poalf


    Feb 27, 2003
    Phoenix, Az
    When I load my bass with the PA in my small SUV, the back is resting on the speakers (with a foam pad between) and the heel block sitting on the top of the rear seats. Is this a bad idea (going over speed bumbs with the bass basically resting on the middle of the back)??

    Maybe a better question is whether it's better to have the bass on its side or on its back (in either case, there is no weight on the neck) or is either one okay?
  9. Dennis Kong

    Dennis Kong Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    San Mateo CA
    I squeeze my DB, EB (in gig bag), Walkabout & 1 EA VL 208 & or VL 110 cab into my 80's Toyota Supra (hatchback). :D

    If I have rent a car, I try to get a small SUV that has a fold down seat and bring a tape measure to estimate: lengthwise or perpendicular wise to see if the car has enuff space for a DB.
    I learned the hardway: I rented a SUV and discovered it
    was too small and had to return for another one and it took
    up lotta time to do all that. :(

    *My DB is resting on it's back and have not noticed any problems. My teacher also puts his bass on it's back in his
    Honda with no problems either.
    What I' m afraid of: if its on its side- if the bass was to tip to the side (the top)-- it possibly push the bridge out of placement. :eek: That could be a problem.
    But I noticed Ken had done that already with 2 basses back to back. :) Maybe it's all in the Placement.
  10. oliebrice


    Apr 7, 2003
    Hastings, UK
    I don't drive, mybass fits fine on buses and trains, and occaisionally taxis!
  11. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    I love my gaines wheel.
  12. Bass Barrister

    Bass Barrister

    Nov 4, 2004
    I do not drive either, and the issue of portability is holding me back in my decision to get a DB.

    Taxi. Here in Chicago, most taxis have security partitions that are pushed far back into the passenger compartment and barely leave room for my body, let alone a DB. You can order a van cab, but there are few of them around and you'll be waiting for a long, long time.

    Bus. I've been riding the CTA all my life. it was bad enough with a cello. But a DB? Certainly not during rush hour, unless you don't value your life. Off peak? It still seems tough to get on with one and stash it in a way that won't hurt the beast or po another passenger - some of whom have awful tempers.

    One idea I've been playing with is getting the 3/4 DB. It won't be going anywhere for while anyway until I learn how to play it. Then, I might get a half-size plywood to haul around for rehearsals and save the 3/4 for final rehearsals and performances. I know the sound quality will be not be the same, but it's better than not playing at all. This would probably not work in the CSO or Lyric, but for a community orch. or church gig???

    Just my thoughts. Any creative suggestions appreciated.
  13. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    I lived in Chicago many years before coming to NYC. If you don't want to get a car, Don't, yes avoid rush hour. THE CTA is big enough for you and your bass. I do avoid buses as much as possible, but they are needed sometimes regardless.

    Honestly the UB bass isn't that bad as long as you have a good wheel, are careful, and also aware of your surroundings.

    1/2 really isn't all the much smaller than the 3/4, so I don't really see how one is more portable than the other.

    What I would suggest is getting a smaller 3/4 size bass, smaller shoulders and lower bout if you are worried. My current bass is smaller than the one I had before, that one seemed huge.

    Also, for later you will want small amp you can carry with your free hand :)
  14. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    My Camry wagon will hold three 7/8 size basses and up to four 3/4 size basses. I can always fit my amp, stands, two 7/8 basses and the three gutars that I need for some gigs. The mileage isn't what my old Honda Civic wagon got, but it sure rides smoother!

    Steve Swan
  15. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Well, that's handy...in case you break something, it's always nice to have three spare DBs in the car. ;)
  16. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    The taxi method involves some risk - you roll down the window on te opposite passenger side and stick the scroll through, you turn the bass so that the bridge is pointing up towards the ceiling and towards the front of the car, then you roll the window up as far as you can. The scroll and neck stick out only a little farther than the side view mirror on the drivers side (and do it on the drivers side so he's got a better handle on clearance). Then you sit up front next to the driver. I used to do that a LOT and cringe every time we went across the bridge when you see the struts whipping by your scroll. It's hard to get a cab at rush, you look like too much trouble for them to deal with.
    CAVEAT - I just heard a horror story about bassist Don Fanzone coming home from a gig and having the cabby cut a corner way too close, the neck on his bass was broken off in a not so clean break.

    Since our Dodge POS bit the dust I've been doing the ZipCar thing, it's like a time share for cars. Plus it's fun driving a bunch of different rides.
  17. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004

    ...that is, unless you have a Volvo S80. Even as large a sedan as it is, I can't swing the bottom in so that the scroll faces forward. I fully recline the passenger seat, put my bass in on it's back with the scroll resting on the rear headrest, then bring up the back of the passenger seat so that it supports the back of the bass. Works like a charm.