How do you store/display your basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BillyB_from_LZ, Sep 25, 2002.

  1. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    I had a little "discussion" at home the other day about how my instruments are stored. My house has a walk out basement that we've finished to be a nice family space. My amps/cabinets are lined up neatly along a portion of one wall, very much out of the way. The instruments are all in cases behind the couch that is located in the middle of the room (sort of). They're out of the main traffic pattern but she objects because they're one of the first things that you see when you walk down the stairs.

    I refuse to put them in the storage room/work shop because they'll get dirty and the heat/ac isn't controlled as well in there. I'd love to hang them on the wall but the ceiling height is only about 7 ft (2.1 m) so I don't think that I have enough room above my rigs.

    Any suggestions? BTW, the "It's my house too!" argument doesn't go very far : - (
  2. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    My one bass is on a rugged Ultimate stand off of my left hand as I roll back from my computer desk. My practice amp is tucked further to the left in the corner. Bookshelves are behind me. Off my right is another computer and desk. Off my right are also my collection of CDs. I either play through the practice amp or practice with headphones at night. The hard shell case is in the attic and my gig bag is in the other room. This is my study and one of the most heavily travelled areas in my home. I have four kids from 9 to 16 and they all fight for computer rights, although now we have added two more computers to the network. In other words, my bass is vulnerable but always accessible. Now that I have another on the way, I plan to hang it on the wall out of the way, with the case tucked away again in the attic. Being in the Tampa area next to a wetland, humidity is a constant, so the basses get used to it and are set up in that condition.
  3. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    The big problem here is that you have allowed annexation of your territory for an ostensible "common good". Now you're stuck. Your instruments are now considered the "problem". The worst possible position to be in.
    Solution: Sell the house. Buy a house without a walkout basement so your wife and loved ones will spend minimal time in YOUR domain. My wife can't stand the basement. It IS MY TURF. I intend to keep it that way. It is a constant battle. The CEO of my house is always proposing to regulate the use of the lower dwelling into more "useful space". DO NOT FALL FOR THIS! YOu will lose everytime. Your chops will falter, you will "think" about practicing/playing instead of heading for the subterrenean level at your first opportunity.
    Now you have to work slowly, it will take time to take this territory back. You could try to mark it such as a dog might, but then you won't want to be there either. Just start putting you stuff in the way of everything, and refuse to completely remove it. This will take time, you'll sleep on the couch for a while, but your chops will be sharp, and the turf will be yours again. Persevere, don't surrender. Other than that, when I am not playing my instruments, I store them in the cases to ensure against breakage or damage.
  4. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I will add computers until I get them all the heck out of my room!!!
  5. i have a 3 stand rock stand and i have my amp somewhere along the wall and my chrods and pedals all over the place. I have my marshall half stack on the other side of the room with 3 wall racks holding my Les paul, Strat and SG and once again chords ad pedals all over the place like a jungle
  6. In my good sized living area one corner is devoted to music with an acoustic piano and my basses on display on a Warwick 5 space rock stand that actually has 7 instruments on it. There are 2 small amps and some mixers, defects and recording stuff in plain sight. Other instruments are in the study which is really a storage area for all the cds,records, videos, books and other detritis from a conspicuous consumer. The only complaint is from a neighbor (who has a constantly barking dog) that objects to my noctournal musical activities, "If you get rid of that @#$%^&* dog , I'll move my musical activities elsewhere".
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I hang mine on the wall in my bedroom, except for my practice bass, which sits on a stand next to my computer. The cases and gig bags stay in the garage.

    I live in a small house, we have too much junk, so space is at a premium. Hanging on the wall is pleasing aesthetically, the basses are out of the way, but they are in a secure location and in a climate controlled environment.

    I love waking up in the morning and feeling like I live at Bass Central, or one of the other cool bass only stores.:p
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I throw mine on the floor, along with the socks and underwear.
  9. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001

    (socks and underwear are in the other room, actually)


    (ps - man this pic is already outdated, half that stuff is gone)
  10. I've got my rig in the corner, angled out into the room.
    My 3 basses all fit on my tri-stand. My project basses are stored in a walk in closet.

    It's all very well kept, otherwise I'd go nuts. I hate a cluttered space when it comes to my gear.

    I'd like to get one of the Warwick Rockstands that holds up to 7 basses, but I think I'll build mt own instead.
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    In my living room:
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  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    In my bedroom:
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  13. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    My wife has lost these arguements so many times, that she's been reduced to, "Just keep it neat, okay?" I keep the rig downstairs and the gals in their gig bags in a corner of our bedroom.
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    In my closet:
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  15. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Nino, you'll want to watch that rack over time. I had a bunch of used gear and computer junk on mine, and it eventually ripped right off the wall onto my head. This is a heads up!;)
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Thanks. It happened already. The 1st week we moved in, KABAM!!!!! LOL It's reinforced really well now & it hasn't failed in about 2 years of 4 basses on it.
  17. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    just hanging in the living room
  18. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Heck, your basses cost more than furniture anyway, and look like it. Why not in the living room.;) :D
  19. Amoilbasso


    Apr 22, 2000
    I was used to keep my cases in my room downstairs,together with the amp;but it has been a couple of years since I keep them in my bedroom,where the air is more dry and safer for woods.
  20. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    I've got all my music stuff in one corner of the room - the amps are tilted back leaning against the wall so that they're angled up, not facing straight along the floor - this is better acoustically.

    So far I've been hanging all my guitars on hooks on the wall, but this has a couple of problems, one is that due to the shape of the head of one of my basses (and the shape of the hook) it doesn't hang very well on the hook and is a bit unstable. The other problem is that when you re-organise your room and decide you want to move 'em it's a bit of a task. So I'm going for guitar stands on the floor.