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NS Cleveland Boom Tamed Instantly!

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by pbasswil, Jan 1, 2012.


  1. pbasswil

    pbasswil

    Feb 17, 2008
    I sure am enjoying my new hybrid Cleveland, but there are logistical challenges to playing such a cannon in an apartment building.

    I try to keep the neighbors happy. I've been taking this curvy brown companion down to the basement laundry room to practice.
    But even there, the ceilings are low, the space resonates -- certain notes really boom, and the lady in the apartment above suffers.

    On a whim, I tried covering over the ƒ holes with masking tape. WOW!! What a difference! 90% of the boom is gone. :^) And I can strike the balance I want by leaving some or none of the ƒ holes uncovered.

    Anyone else resorted to this?

    Cheers from the metro center of French Canada!
     
  2. I put socks in mine.
     
  3. pbasswil

    pbasswil

    Feb 17, 2008
    What works better, clean or stinky?

    I don't want to risk dropping anything in the bass. I'm thinking of tracing out the ƒ hole shape, cutting it out in some kind of foam, and then gluing a slightly larger cardboard cap onto that, to form a lip so that the foam doesn't fall in.
     
  4. oldfretless

    oldfretless Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    SoYo County,PA
    Keep it simple. Use two terry towels, the size of a polishing cloth or dish towel, with the excess hanging out. It can be removed in 2 seconds with no damage to the bass.
     
  5. CamMcIntyre

    CamMcIntyre

    Jun 6, 2000
    USA
  6. pbasswil

    pbasswil

    Feb 17, 2008
    Thanks for those great ideas, Cam and oldfretless! I was curious to know how others approach muting.

    Of course the other consideration (in an apartment) is the vibrations from the end-pin into the floor. As a player you may not notice it so much, but the apartment neighbors sure do! Cuz it turns their rooms into giant resonating sound-boxes.
    I've been using dense foam under the pin, which seems to work pretty well for that.
     
  7. heavytrash13

    heavytrash13

    Oct 30, 2009
    old trick when you have to play a loud gig,i used to play rented (only good ones 1/2 the time)at blaring arena rock levels in a proported "rockabilly"band--cover the holes with foam and stick a bandana thru strings behind the bridge would tame the rumbling and mooing--why do clubs build hollow stages with the subwoofers under the stage?
     

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