Remove Bridge Whenver Transporting EUB?

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by GKon, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Hi all,

    I'm new to the UB world. I just purchased a Harley Benton EUB500 (same as the Palatino).

    My question is, do I need to remove the bridge any time I'm transporting the EUB, as in, if I put it in the gig bag to a show?

    I ask because it seems so delicate.

    If so, I guess then part of the order of things when playing an UB is setting up your bridge every time you play a gig.

    Thanks, in advance.
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
  3. Usually: no. Just handle your instrument very carefully.

    For a hollow body EUB like the Harley Benton/Palatino you shouldn't take the bridge down, because of the risk of a fallen soundpost. (I assume it has a soundpost because it should have one.)
    Tuning up your strings with a fallen soundpost might destroy your instrument, so always have a look at your soundpost after transport. (With the strings tuned up the soundpost should not fall, but being a bit more careful than needed doesn't hurt.)

    For a solid body EUB (not yours) taking the bridge down (not more than a few times a year!) might help when you have only a soft bag and need to give your instrument to others for handling (i.e. taking a flight). But in this case you should have a hard case and a lot of padding inside.
  4. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Hi DoubleMIDI,

    Thanks for the info and for the lack of facepalm (totally uncalled for). Very nice of you :)

    Sorry, but the Harley Benton/Palatino is a solid body EUB.
    And, I only have a soft bag for it. But, from what you're saying, I can keep the bridge in place to travel from home to rehearsal and gigs.

    Coming from the world of EB, the bridge on the EUB just seems so delicate, I wasn't sure what the proper protocol was. Thanks for taking the time to share info.