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Keeping your bass a secret in college

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by JP Bassman, Jan 19, 2002.


  1. JP Bassman

    JP Bassman

    Jun 18, 2001
    Jersey/DC
    Ok, I'm going to college in September (yes I know its January, and I have plenty of time, but this just hit me now) and I'm definitely not sacrificing my bass just to go to college!! Now, I'm either going to seton hall or george washington, both of which officially ban all guitars and stuff inside dorm rooms.
    And I dunno how I'm gonna get around it yet. Any suggestions?

    And how did any of you guys get around stuff like this?

    thanks
    jp
     
  2. r u talking about the bass or the amp???:confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  3. At least when it comes to amps, no way you'll get around without someone knowing you have it. Get a POD or something like that and play through a headset. As for the bass, i don't know, maybe you can convince to let you bring it in with no amp? since then it makes no noise.
     
  4. JP Bassman

    JP Bassman

    Jun 18, 2001
    Jersey/DC
    both

    sorry, i should have been more specific.

    By then I'll be carrying around 3 basses, with my Carvin 1000 head and Ampeg 4x10 and 1x15 cabs. All of which is prohibited. I do have a small 25 watt combo, but a man can't live on that alone :)

    Thanks again
    jp
     
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Out of curiosity, since I don't know much about U.S. colleges - do you have to live in a college dorm or can you rent your own place?
     
  6. JP Bassman

    JP Bassman

    Jun 18, 2001
    Jersey/DC
    At GW you have to live there for 2 years in the dorm. At Seton Hall I think it's 1 year mandatory.

    Most schools are like that - the first year is mandatory, after that youre free.
     
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Ouch! :(

    We don't have dorms in Germany - phew! :)
     
  8. Jarrod

    Jarrod

    Jan 1, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    are you going to be gigging? and how far away from home will you be? if you're not gigging, then i say just sneak in a bass or two without an amp... just use a pandora dx3 or a bass ace headphone amp to practice... face it, there's no way you'll be able to sneak a 410 and a 15 in there..... if you will be gigging, and you're not like 2000 miles from home, leave the stuff at home until you need it... or rent out a storage space for your stuff if you're too far away

    and of course after the first year or two... get your own apartment
     
  9. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    in santa barbara there are rehersal studios that you can rent. Look into them there. Truthfully unless you're in a band and NEED to use a rig, having it with you in college won't help much... once you do get in a band, talk to the other people about keeping your stuff at their places, or renting a studio. Another thing you should look into is safety... if your doors don't automatically lock, there is a big potential for theft. Luckily i haven't had a bass stolen, but i lost a skateboard that way once... it was a $150 skateboard...

    I'm not sure how strict your school is, but we had a no amplified instruments policy in the dorms and i never had a problem with my 410 and 15 cabs. Just be considerate of other people and you shouldn't have a problem.

    If you're going to take your stuff to college beware of the magnetic field from your speakers messing up your computer hard drive... it happens... and DEFINATELY get covers for your cabs and a rack or something similiar for your head.

    My advice, take up your least expensive bass and the practice amp with headphones. Get a feel for the place, who you might be playing with, how much space your have in your room for your rig, and how tolerant the dorms are of your playing. When you go home for thanksgiving, or sooner, then worry about getting your rig up to school. You'll miss it, but other than impressing the freshman girls, it's not really going to be any use to you for the first month or so anyway.

    But that's just my opinion from experience.
     
  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    What about an acoustic Bass?
     
  11. JP Bassman

    JP Bassman

    Jun 18, 2001
    Jersey/DC
    That's a good idea about the headphone amps.
    Thanks.
     
  12. JP Bassman

    JP Bassman

    Jun 18, 2001
    Jersey/DC


    Agreed, I probably won't need a rig.
    Yeah, I never thought of theft

     
  13. JP Bassman

    JP Bassman

    Jun 18, 2001
    Jersey/DC
    Another good idea.

    Thanks.

    JP :)
     
  14. Another thing: Don't expect to be able to have your rig with you if you get your own apartment either. I live in an apartment right now with my Eden Navigator, Carvin DCM1000, and Eden D410XLT setup. I've had the cops called on me by angry neighbors (and this is with the volume WAY down).

    If you really want to have your rig at school and be able to crank it, you'll have to play at a rehearsal space or get a house. In my experience, those are really the only suitable solutions.

    Additions: When I was in the dorms my first year, the people around me didn't seem to mind my 25W practice amp at a moderate volume. I actually had my RA come in asking who I had on the stereo, but he was shocked when it was me playing. Note - I'm not trying to say I'm a good player here. :) You really need to get a feel for the people around you in the dorms. But you really can't go wrong with either headphones or an acoustic bass -- perfect solution, IMO.
     
  15. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    There's another consideration here that hasn't been memtioned and that is space. The dorm rooms I had at the University of Florida would not have accommodated the size rig you are discussing, let alone space for four basses. Even if I could have crammed all that in, it would have been at the expense and inconvenience of my room mate. Too, few room mates could tolerate a stage rig that size blasting while they are studying.

    Compromise, at least the first semester. Bring only one bass. That really won't be the liability you imagine right now. At most, bring your practice amp until you have a better understanding of how friendly and tolerant your room mate and floor mates will be towards your music.

    Playing with a small amp will not be a setback to your development as a musician. If your music sounds good only when played LOUD, now would be the time to work on your technique so that it sounds good played at moderate levels.

    Too, do some soul searching as to why you MUST have the full stage rig and all of your basses. Unless you plan to play professionally, you should be devoting most of your time to your studies. Even if you are a music major, you won't need all that equipment. You just won't have time to use it.
     
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I'd say seek advice from a music major. What do they do with their instruments?
     
  17. RHCFlea

    RHCFlea

    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    hide the amp outside your window, and say it's an air conditioner. Then, the next day, tell them "gee, my air conditioner keeps playing bass lines at 1 am"
     
  18. JP Bassman

    JP Bassman

    Jun 18, 2001
    Jersey/DC
    ha!! genius :D
     
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    One bass and a GOOD headphone amp. It beats the hell out of not playing.
     
  20. JP Bassman

    JP Bassman

    Jun 18, 2001
    Jersey/DC


    True.