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How Could I Fit An Upright Bass Living In A Small Apartment Or Space?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Jalen Fuller, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. Hey, So Recently I’ve decided I’d like to study Upright Bass after watching a few videos of Esperanza Spalding along with watching Adam Ben Ezra Ted Talk and being inspired. I currently play bass guitar and have been for 4 years so space was never really a problem but when looking into purchasing an Upright Bass sewing that it’s a big instrument which needs its own area to sit. I live in an apartment with my mother and sister so it’s not all my space and I don’t have a whole lot of space it my room and there are only two places where I could make a lot of space for it. So I was wondering what are some ways I could fit and upright bass in a small space and or are there smaller frame basses that I could buy that take up less space?
  2. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    If your place has one corner, it could rest there. Basses like corners, and are safe there.
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  3. bpclark


    Apr 30, 2003
    West Central, OH
    Agree about the corners, but that picture reminds me of my brother and me after Mom and Dad caught us doing something we weren't supposed to.
  4. Hmmmmmm, that’s one good idea. Are there also other places or ways that I can fit it in addition in terms of flexibility purposes?
  5. The smallest-profile storage solution I know of are the box-type stands the bass sits in bolt-upright (no pun). About two square feet, but costs $200. Just lean it into the corner with the scroll and neck pointed up at the ceiling. As long as the endpin can't slip, you're golden.
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  6. I was also considering getting an Electric Upright Bass as well both the Stagg 3/4 and Palatino VE 500, so I was wondering if those would those still be just as good for saving space?
  7. John Chambliss

    John Chambliss Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    If you want to learn to play the upright bass, start with one rather than an EUB. I have both, and they are different. I bought the EUB much later when I wanted something easier to transport for rehearsals. You may want to rent an upright bass for starters and find a teacher - it’s not the same as playing a bass guitar by any means.
  8. An electric upright will take up less space, but it requires an amp. Plus, there's nothing like the sound of a real double bass. Here's a photo of my Engelhardt and my more portable NS Design Wav 4. That will give you an idea of the space they take up. Basses.jpg
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  9. I do the only problem is my mom also feels that it’s will be too big to fit in most parts of the house so it leaves me in a tight spot of either try to figure out how to fit a double bass in my room, get a EUB or stick to BG and play Jazz there.
  10. John Chambliss

    John Chambliss Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Memphis, TN
  11. Explain to her that it's important to your career as a musician, and you'll have to spend $3,000 to get a decent EUB. The Stagg and Palatino are garbage.

    Just showing up with a double bass you can actually play music on will get you work, and if you can make room for an end table, you can make room for a bass.
  12. John Chambliss

    John Chambliss Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Understood. I would then go with a fretless (or fretted) bass guitar and wait until you have the space for an upright bass.
  13. I mean realistically I could still get Jazz with a Bass Guitar
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  14. Drang22


    Nov 16, 2017
    Denver, Colorado
    Jalen, I had the same sorts of worries last year when I took up double bass. Heres the deal. It's not the problem you think it is. You'll find a spot for it. It really doesn't take up that much more room then a bass amp would. There are always a hundred good excuses not to do a thing. Just do it. You won't be sorry.

    Edit: The real double bass, definitely not the EUB.
  15. Matunuck


    Apr 12, 2011
    Since you are transitioning from bass guitar, an EUB would probably be satisfying and a great way to learn to play upright and fretless However, if you ever spend time with an acoustic bass, the difference will be apparent to you. Up until last week I was making do with a Palentino VE 500 because of my living circumstances, but I was missing the sound and feel of a real bass (it truly feels alive). So I gave my Palentino to a friend who plays bass guitar and purchased an Upton Standard. I am one happy camper. So get the Pal if that makes sense at this point in your life. Just stay away from acoustic basses and you will be happy.
  16. Lowend65

    Lowend65 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    An Electric Upright bass is definitely the way to go.
    I say this owning and having toured with an upright bass (never again).
    Uprights have a feel you can't get out of a bass guitar, but they are a pain in the ass. Fragile, they take up space, sensitive to heat and humidity.

    I see Gollihur is selling Dean's for under $800. Seems like the perfect solution here
    Dean Pace Contra - Solid-Body Electric Upright Bass at Gollihur Music - Double Bass, Upright Bass, String Bass Specialists

    You can always spend thousands of dollars on a true upright later when it fits your life better
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  17. This is the correct answer. Get one! You will figure it out! This is one of many non-issues people think up when they consider it.
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  18. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    At the very least, I would advise cardboard or other padded surface to keep the upper bout parts of the top to be worn into premature uglitude.
  19. bassmanbrent

    bassmanbrent Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2011
    Vancouver, BC

    About halfway down the 'workshop' page you'll see a description for how to make a box type stand out of basic construction materials... Then you won't need a corner, if one isn't available.
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  20. Jason Hollar

    Jason Hollar Jazz & Cocktails Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    Central Pa
    @Jalen Fuller :


    To answer the original question- yes there are smaller framed acoustic instruments. The one above is a Kolstein Busetto. However, I don’t recommend it for you! They run around $4500 used and like $6500+ new.

    Eminence makes a similar instrument for around $3000.

    On the EUB side, I’ve owned (and promptly sold) a very nice BSX Allegro and an NS Wav. I did like trying the Ibanez EUB in a store - which is under $1000 but it’s a 34” scale like an electric bass.

    Here’s the thing - if you are hearing the vibe and wanting the feel of an upright, you’ve got to get one and put in the time in order to develop the sound.

    Practically speaking, you could get started on a proper EUB. It would be a lot less intrusive on your living situation volume wise.

    Why not find a teacher who has a “student bass” available at their studio that you can go over and plunk around on ... to see if it’s a good fit before you make any big purchase?
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