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Rented Bass Catastrophe

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by BarfanyShart, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    My sons and I have been having some rowdy jam sessions since quarantine started (see below) and we just had a rented DB fall and snap the neck clean at the heel (pic below). So I rent this 1/10 scale DB for my 4th grader for an arm and a leg, plus I pay for the insurance. The shop is currently closed until further notice and not accepting rental returns. But I emailed them and asked them to let me drop it off at the shop, for repair or whatever they want to do. I feel bad about it and will probably go along with whatever they want because they're the local shop, but I don't really want to hang on to it broken until Fall, and I was hoping that someone here might be able to help give me an idea of what a reasonable resolution looks like in this situation.


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  2. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    That looks nice and clean like a failed glue joint. That said its a rental and insured. Return it. Its their problem.
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  3. eh_train

    eh_train Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 12, 2004
    Owner, Stand Up Guy Basses (Repair/Sell/Buy upright basses)
    It looks like a clean break to me: That's a very high stress point, and it's not an area you'd want to make a join when building.
  4. What he said. Epoxy might hold for a while, but assuming it’s a Chinese bass, I’d say it’s toast.
  5. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    I've seen quite a few low end basses with repaired breaks on the neck heel. What makes this one terminal?

    Also since the bass is insured, I would recommend doing nothing other than returning it.
  6. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
  7. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
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  8. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    What a family Pesach jam session! Are you eventually going to introduce the change to the Gm for the refrain?
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  9. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2010
  10. If the break was further back, that would be one thing, but it's in the absolute worst part of the heel. That spot has to withstand terrible strain, and there's just not enough meat there.

    It can be epoxied, but epoxy creeps and the joint will eventually fail. Once it fails, that's it.
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  11. jsf729

    jsf729 Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2014
    Central Maryland
    That looks more like terrorism. Someone planted a time bomb inside the F hole. Either that or a controlled demolition. Did the neck fall into the bass body?
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  12. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    ^^Flower pot!^^

    Hey, at least the button didn't break! :D
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  13. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    The bass broke; sure that's a bummer, but...

    1000+ points to for teaching your kids to live life strong and not let your fears undermine your enthusiasm for life! That is the kind of father and bass player I strive to be!

    Events like that are why rental companies charge you $7000 in fees and insurance for a $300 wholesale bass and then try to make you feel guilty about it. Bass necks break all the time, especially cheap rental bass necks. They'll glue it back together and pass it off to another person and make $7k more from them. Take it back, get another, and keep up the family jam sessions!

    Make sure you inform them and your credit card company that the item broke, they are closed and refusing to help you, and that the rental agreement should be cancelled immediately, or they may keep charging you for it...and stand strong when they try to say you broke a $7000 bass...
  14. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
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