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Sideways Bass Stands?

Discussion in 'Accessories [DB]' started by jory, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. jory

    jory Bass Monkey

    Sep 7, 2005
    New York, NY
    Is there such a thing as a double bass stand that holds the bass sideways at about a 45 degree angle, so that you can quickly lean your bass over to switch instruments?

    I double on electric and need to switch quickly. Leaning the bass on its side completely takes too long, is awkward, and takes up too much stage space. The newer guitar-style bass stands (with cradles instead on endpin holders) are close to what I want, but again are too wide on stage and also a bit awkward. My ideal would be to have this sideways stand sit between my amp and the drummer on the backline. I saw the Barenaked Ladies a while ago and it sort of looked like their bassist had something like this for his URB.

    Any ideas?
  2. Ben Rolston

    Ben Rolston Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    A nice sturdy chair can work, a chair not a stool. Stools are dangerous.
  3. Ike Harris

    Ike Harris

    May 16, 2001
    Nashville TN
    In mid-Christmas tour, we played at a very well-equipped casino up in Ontario where the stage tech guy provided me with a box at just the right height that he covered with a black cloth and white tape at the upper corners. Worked like a dream. I imagine it wouldn't be too difficult to construct a foldable wooden box with a similar setup. PLace was unbelievable. Had a budget where, for tax purposes, they HAD to spend a particular amount(at retail no less) on music gear for the theatre. All sorts of guitars, basses, amps, drums, etc. I talked to the guy about getting a bass from Arnold or Barrie for the house.

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  4. jory

    jory Bass Monkey

    Sep 7, 2005
    New York, NY
    Thanks Guys,
    A chair has the added advantage of already being at the venue in all likelihood. I imagine it would have to be pretty tall to work.

    Maybe building something like a felt-lined box that is exactly the width of my bass's depth that would cradle it, kind of like the box-based bass dollies.

    Keep the ideas comin' if you got 'em.

    edit: dang. I tried the chair thing and that does work really well, why have I not thought of that before?
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  5. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    A normal chair works out fine. Have you tried it?


    PS. Sorry, I just read your edit.
  6. How about a keyboard stand? Readily available, adjustable and cheap...
  7. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    One bassist I work with on occasion leans his c-bout on his amp. Pretty sturdy for the most part.
  8. I have just such a stand in the advanced prototype stage of development. The advantages over conventional stands are numerous. I'd show you a picture, but I'm considering patenting the thing, it works so well. If you send me the dimensions of your bass with the endpin extended, I'll build you a custom made one. You can take it or refuse it, satisfaction guaranteed or your mon.. (wait! I can't hawkes my wares in public like this....):bag: Seriously PM me if your interest is piqued.
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  9. DMcNutt


    Dec 7, 2005
    Southern California
    Inventor, McNutt Bass Cradles
    I have built a couple of bass cradles for myself and my teacher. Here are two photos.

    I simply recline the bass in the supporting arms, where it rests at about a 65 degree angle.

    For more info, you can check out my emerging webpage:


    Any suggestions gratefully received.

    Attached Files:

  10. I'm not sure how it would work (photos of a bass on a cradle would be helpful), but the wooden one is beautiful.
  11. DMcNutt


    Dec 7, 2005
    Southern California
    Inventor, McNutt Bass Cradles
    Thanks for your comments.

    Here are two cell phone photos showing the bass reclining on the Cradle.

    For more detailed info, including some videos, go to my website:

    Dennis McNutt.com

    Attached Files:

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  12. DMcNutt


    Dec 7, 2005
    Southern California
    Inventor, McNutt Bass Cradles
    I forgot to mention that I have a patent pending on the Bass Cradle.
  13. dbassnut


    Apr 1, 2008
    Don't use a chair or a stool. It's an accident waiting to happen. Happened to me, broke my basses neck when it fell of the chair.
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  14. bejoyous


    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    Have you tried to contact Jim Creeggan through the BNL agent?
  15. Roger Davis

    Roger Davis

    May 24, 2006
    End of the drum riser....................................no, on second thoughts!
  16. robobass


    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    That looks really nice. I bet a lot of orchestras would like to get something like that. Orchestral bassists normally either lay the scroll on their stool, top up, or rest the C-bout on a chair. Neither is a good idea. Your device could possibly even save them money on their insurance!
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  17. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Can your cradle be used with the endpin extended?
  18. DMcNutt


    Dec 7, 2005
    Southern California
    Inventor, McNutt Bass Cradles
    Yes, the Cradle works best with the pin in playing position.

    I have designed the Cradle to be extremely convenient as well as secure. If interrupted while practicing I simply recline my bass on the cradle. To resume playing I easily tilt it back into position. I play both DB and EB with my band, so the Cradle allows a quick change.

    I measured quite a few basses of various sizes with the pin adjusted for players of various heights. I was surprised to discover that the both versions easily accommodate a surprising range of instruments and players.

    For example, I am 5'7" tall and have three basses, one 5/8, one 3/4, and one 7/8. They all work well on both the wooden and folding metal versions. My teacher is about 6'2" and his 7/8th bass fits well also.

    Here is a link to a photo of my 7/8 bass on the cradle:


    Even my daughterÂ’s smallish cello works on it. Here is a link to a photo:


    The wooden version has an adjustable supporting foot that allows the height of the receiving arms to be varied a couple of inches. This is done by lengthening a nylon belt that controls the angle of the foot. It is held in position by a powerful cam lock.

    The folding metal version could easily be made with adjusters on the main supporting legs. So far I haven't found any need for that.
  19. sludgelord3000

    sludgelord3000 Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Dennis, are you selling these currently?
  20. DMcNutt


    Dec 7, 2005
    Southern California
    Inventor, McNutt Bass Cradles
    Not yet. I hope eventually to find a firm that will manufacture and distribute them.

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