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my "new" DB lasted 2 days!

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by nil, Oct 22, 2001.

  1. heh heh...

    Well, I took the plunge on Saturday and picked up a used Palatino 3/4...fairly well setup already (compared with the other used Palatinos in the store which all had dirty high action), really nice to play, and (IMO) a nice tone.

    I couldn't believe how much fun I was having when I got it home...I could even feel some "progress" :)

    Then the bloody thing fell over last night (yeah yeah yeah it was kinda balanced at the time...) and the damn neck came nearly right out of the body. Sheesh, and this was a fall onto rugs!

    More $$...oh well...prolly a good thing it broke now...and also explains why the finish around the heel on those cheapies is so thick - to cover the lousy neck set! :D

    Increase the glue, Scotty!
  2. You seem almost happy about this, did you snap?
    Always wondered what would happen if my DB fell out of the stand, thanks for the info. Keep us up to date.
  3. I was well angry when it happened - moreso the fact that I was klutzy enough to actually let it happen!

    But, the damage from such a small fall (I mean, with some coaxing the whole heel would pull out) was so extreme that I had to laugh!

    I guess I could say it serves me right for not spending enough, but IMO this baby seems (seemed? :D ) good enough for me to start out on...
  4. I like your attitude, I used to get upset at small things (not that you DB is a small thing) but I got to the point that the things that should upset me make me laugh. God I am laughing all the time. I kind of question if a more expensive bass would have taken the fall. . .I would hope so. Did it do that thing were it seemed like the bass was falling for ten minutes but yet you could not grab it?
    Good Luck either way.
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Hey, some EUB luthiers charge extra for that feature! :)
  6. bootsaco


    Sep 8, 2001
    Portland, ME
    a similiar thing happened to me. i was driving a small car at the time, so i had to recline the front passenger's seat and lay my bass there. well, while i was in my garage getting my car ready, i had leaned my bass that i had bought 3 weeks before, on the hood. it fell over and the scroll hit the front door. it took the entire weight of the bass, apparently, because the scroll got completely detached from the neck. it was awful. fortunately, the repair guy said that there was enough glue space, and re-attached it with hyde glue, and it's held since then...that was in february. good luck with yours'
  7. Well, a $225 repair (which is like $100 real money), so it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

    It should be done today...knowing kiwi-time it'll be tomorrow :D
  8. Martin Sheridan

    Martin Sheridan

    Jan 4, 2001
    Fort Madison, Iowa
    Bass Maker
    It wasn't a problem of not enough glue. Put your bass in a corner, with the bridge facing the corner and the edges of the bass against the sides of the wall, and this won't happen. The strings put a lot of tension on the neck and when the bass falls and hits the scroll it won't withstand the impact. If they'd used carpenters glue instead of hide glue you'd probably have a broken neck instead of a simple regluing procedure.
  9. dhosek


    May 25, 2000
    Oak Park, IL
    OK, so how is a $225 repair like $100 real money?

  10. I had kinda figured that...it's just a bit of a shock coming from the EB world where a knock/drop/ding generally does sweet-fa to the bass.
  11. Easy...

    $225 NZD, at the current lousy exchange rate of ~40c/$, equates to ~$100USD ("real money").

    This why my bottom-of-the-rung used Palatino 3/4 cost me $1,300... :)