Detune during flight travel??

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by arvidgunardi, Oct 15, 2001.

  1. I've heard people say that we have to detune(loosen up) our bass to avoid the neck to bend; especially during flights.

    The thing is I never do that, and my basses' never have that problem. Some even took the trouble to detune the strings everytime they finished playing.

    Doesn't that make the neck more easily bent due to the stress it creates from the tension and relief of the loosening of the strings?

    Help please...thanks!:)
  2. When I went on a flight from Kansas City to Orlando with my bass, I didn't detune it and it was still in tune when we landed.
  3. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I remember on the flight from Tokyo to Houston(13 hours :oops: ), the damn stuartess made me put my bass up in the OVERHEAD COMPARTMENT. I was an unaccompanied minor at the time, so I was on first, my bass was in the compartment first. :( I got home, the thing had got the hell beat out of it, and the strings were like in baritone or something when I pulled it out of its case. :(
  4. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    In the past year I've made about 15 flights with my bass, all domestic. I have never detuned once, and the bass has always been fine. I'm not saying that this is what you should do, just that this has been my experience.

    Anyway, the thread is off to MISCELLANEOUS.
  5. Hmm...
    Well, the past couple of times when I've traveled overseas (to the US or back. :p) with my bass(es) I've detuned it (them). None of my necks are warped, but I did it just in case, seeing as I'm going from somewhere where daily relative humidity is 90% or above (Hong Kong in the summer. :p) to somewhere where it was a little closer to 60% or 70%. (California. Well...some parts, anyway. :p)

    If anything ever happens to any of my basses, though, I can usually count on the guys in Tom Lee's, now that I've gotten to know a bunch of 'em better. :D
  6. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    I've only noticed tuning changes when the plane was above 40,000 feet for extended periods. I think the problem is that they decompress the cargo hold faster that the cabin on landing causing out-gassing of the wood.
  7. Nanook is realy close aircraft are presurized in all pasenger compartments, cargo holds are pressurized if carrying animals ! Its up to you if you want to but its not necessary.
  8. i would de-tune just incase
  9. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    Maybe if we put a hamster in the case it would solve the problem.
  10. Yeah, but do you really want hamster bite marks and hamster poop on your bass when you open up the case after arrival? :p