Upton Suitcase Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by pwilliams72, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. pwilliams72


    Jan 4, 2011
    Anybody heard if these guys are on the market yet and how much they cost?
  2. Where did the top and back appear from?
  3. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    Hmmm, it looks like the body of the double bass is divided into at least 3, maybe 4 longitudinal sections, at least for the top and the back and maybe also for the sides. Nicely done, and it sounds good.

    It's got my attention, I'm interested.
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  4. Jon Mush

    Jon Mush

    Jun 3, 2015
    Winnipeg, MB
    I was just watching Travis Book playing with the Infamous String Dusters on YouTube two days ago. I noticed what I thought was a new ‘bass in pieces’. Very interesting.

    Thanks for pointing this out. I need to know more.
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  5. mark286

    mark286 Proud to be a Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Central New Jersey
  6. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
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  7. This is a strong solution. I wonder if a hybrid version is possible.
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  8. Damn.
    Two badger paws WAY up!
  9. unbrokenchain

    unbrokenchain Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Black Mountain, NC
    Throw some backpack straps on that case, now we can hike with a double bass...
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  10. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    There are pieces of an "IKEA" joke in this Thread, but I can't seem to put them together.
  11. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    real cool!

    per the OP: haven't seen them until now, and yes: i wonder about the cost, too.
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  12. I was thinking more of a sniper. Fly in, kill it, get the heck out of town.
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  13. 210superair


    Sep 10, 2019
    I'd imagine cost is like a boat...

    If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

    But yeah, that's awesome.
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  14. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    I wonder about the Sound?!?!
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  15. Knowing Upton it is a distinct possibility. Let's hope the premium isn't Czech-ease level! (twice as much for half a cheap bass). It should be the cost of whatever bass is used + extra parts and basic case plus a reasonable "cherry on top" like Jackie gave Melanie for the idea.
    So far, the Chadwick is the only fairly priced travel option when the case is taken into account.
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  16. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I think it's really cool! Obviously, I would want to lay hands on one before purchasing, and also tie up other loose ends like how to transport a gig bag for the bass while traveling.
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  17. A lightweight, travel gig bag is a missing link from the whole travel bass situation. I also think this is an amazing development as well, if it works. Even more than the Chadwick, if it holds a good set up, it would be easy enough to take on a vacation to not miss practice!
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  18. 210superair


    Sep 10, 2019
    Maybe they'll sell a piece at a time. I maybe can afford that!
  19. pwilliams72


    Jan 4, 2011
    Thanks for all the replies. No info available on the Upton website. I’ll be on the road near their shop next week. I’m hoping to stop by and play one. I’ll report back.
  20. pwilliams72


    Jan 4, 2011
    I played it. Really good sound. Lightweight and looks great. It is shaped just like their standard laminate bass. They have 2 prototypes in the shop. They are hoping to either do a kickstarter or just get at least 50 orders to get started making them. Price point about $5K.