Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Limezone, Oct 15, 2001.

  1. Do you find the term "toybass" amusing or insulting?

    I'm reserving my opinion, till I hear some others...
  2. Well, I'm really not sure how the name of an instrument can be either amusing or insulting; except in the case of the saxophone because it sounds so much like *sex*ophone it's amusing.
  3. Tim Ludlam

    Tim Ludlam

    Dec 19, 1999
    Carmel, IN
    "Toybass" insulting or amusing? Nah!! Now some of the guys that play toybasses (a small percentage).......absolutely!:D
  4. I refuse to be insulted by a term some people (including myself) use to describe an electric bass guitar.

    Now my playing... *that*'s insulting.

  5. I don't lose sleep over it, but it just seems a bit snobby to me. Then again, anyone who gets intensely worked up over such a term should find something new to worry to about.
  6. pkr2


    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    I find it more amusing that you don't have an opinion till you hear what others opinion may be. :)

    Whatever happened to independent thinking?

    To me, it sort of depends on the context in which the term is being used.

    When I first heard the term "toybass" used (right here on TB) by the doghouse gurus, I thought it was pretty funny.

    I also thought it was pretty funny when Don was "offended" by the DB being called the by the wrong name.

    I can't quite fathom why anyone would be insulted by another name for any instrument.

    I call my own BG a toybass sometimes. I sometimes call my upright things that would get my post deleted if I used that kind of language on TB.

    I think most people who are insulted by that sort of thing are usually looking for something to be insulted by.

    It's just good natured ragging.

    The real question is "do DBers hate toybassers". Now there's a question you can get your teeth into.

    Pkr2 (toybassist and doghouseist)
  7. I played the toybass for years, well until the crank broke off.

    Did anyone notice that it is dhosek's birthday today?

    In all honesty I have a fleet of toybasses but since starting the DB a little while back they have become dust collectors. I still won't sell them though because there are a couple of things I can do on them that I can't do on the DB. . .Yet.

  8. I find it amusing. I to own several toy basses" some that are very costly toys". I will always play the toy bass as long as I always get work. The Double Bass"AKA that big`o fiddle" is a new love for me that I have taken very seriously. I don`t find the fiddle thing insulting but I`m sure some on the dark side may.Just the other day,I was at work listening to the Nashville Public radio Station"classical". All the sudden this red neck chick comes up to me and ask " whata you do-n listening to that cartoon music, sounds like your watching Bugs and Daffy over here". Now that is insulting. I guess Mozart will never be a Waylin and Willy.:eek:

  9. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    You know how at Grand Ol' Opry they have all those people up on the stage with the players? You know who they are? They're all people who got caught trying to sneak in without paying.
  10. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I find the term TOYBASS hilarious because it represents the kind of subtle irony that is lost on so many TOYBASSISTS here at TB. There have been several threads devoted to the question of whether the "snobbery" exhibited by certain members of "Castle DB" is intended as irony, or in earnest.

    Whatever...the guessing is half the fun, is it not? The fact remains that a goodly percentage of TB DBers either double or HAVE DOUBLED on toybass. It kills me every time somebody from the house of smoke and mirrors upstairs gets a flaming wedgie because their instrument is being referred to as a "toybass", then later acts shocked to find out that the person using the term also plays TOYBASS regularly.

    I don't know who originally came up with the term, but I would like to offer special thanks to David K for bringing it to my attention. I love to use the term deadpan (in person) in the presence of one or more BGers who don't know me and then wait for the fun to begin (this is especially fun in music stores). The result is usually predictable, but nonetheless amusing.
  11. Hey Don,
    I read a bumper sticker on the back of a van in Nashville the other day that read..." To dumb for New York, To ugly for L.A., Welcome to Nashville".
  12. PKR2
    I had an opinion all along, I just didn't want to get railed by the toybassists that venture onto these boards.

    I really have to echo Chris' sentiments and your own, I too find it hilarious. I first heard it on these boards and have since started calling my own BG's toybasses.

    It's both cute and demeaning, it leaves it up to the individual to decide which side you fall on and it's that duplicitice nature I find so hilarious.

    And as for "The real question is "do DBers hate toybassers". Now there's a question you can get your teeth into." ...of course they do:D

    And german bows are gay...
    french bows RULE!;)
  13. Did he say "cute"?
  14. cute as in:

    aw, look at the little toybass isn't it a puppy
  15. The Bassplayer is between your ears, which machine you use is not that important. I own seven "toy basses and three doghouse's and one susaphone. All of them are usefull.
  16. AMEN!
  17. you say tomato, i say tomato
    you say toy bass, i say normal bass

    now when people call my scooter a moped i get offended...
  18. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    No problem - a scooter is one of those things that kids push around like this :


    And a moped by nature of its name is a motorised vehicle.
  19. bassy18


    Oct 30, 2001
    Hey, isn't a toy something you play with that gives you joy. If you play a bass, and you have fun then i guess it is a toy. I don't play bass guitar YET, but I don't think I would take offense to it. Oh and the thing about saxophone, well where I am from, we say that all sax players must practice safe sax.
  20. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    My basses are toys. What else would they be?
    Tools? I'm not a professional.

    To me, the term "toybass" is spot on.

    And insanely funny! :D