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Wall mounts. Would this location bother you?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tubatodd, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    So I've installed wall mounts for my basses in our upstairs music room. I put 3 of them up by the entrance to the room. I didn't take into account the HVAC vent right immediately near them. Would you be concerned by this??

    Note, I've put the vent in the closed position out of an abundance of caution. I'm letting the vent in the middle of the room provide heat.

  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Yes, it would bother me.
  3. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Yeah, that'd be a no-go.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Not if you ever have that vent open.
  6. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Not a good idea.
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  7. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    Agree with the majority.
  8. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    Yeah, I'd move that bass. Even with the vent closed, air's coming out around it. I can't imagine it not causing at least setup problems, because not only would there be considerable, constant temperature fluctuation, but HVAC pretty drastically changes humidity, too. No bueno.
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  9. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Well poopy. I think I may have a solution though. I just purchased a deflector to direct the air into the room. Also, I'm considering swapping my rarely used electric guitar into that position. I barely ever use it. I'm much less concerned with it.
  10. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Heat or air conditioning?
    Either way it’s not good.
    Even if you’re 10 feet away, I’d recommend adding moisture to the room via a humidifier.
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  11. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    It's going to be blowing heated(hence dry) air in the instrument. The hear isn6a problem, but the fry air blowing right on it will dry the wood more quickly than if the air wasn't blowing on it.
  12. jayridge


    Jun 26, 2006
    Just get a magnetic vent cover
  13. OogieWaWa


    Mar 17, 2013
    Oak Harbor, OH
    Put on the deflector, or cover up the half that's louvers point towards the wall. Then hold a candle up there by the top bass' headstock and see if there's a big draft or not. You might be able to get by having the damper partly open.
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  14. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Beat me to it. Or get a blank vent cover. Or hang your guitar there.

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  15. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    You could at least lower it ...

    Was it me, I'd sell the V and put it there. :smug:

    EDIT: Oh wait, that's a guitar? OK, just lower it.
  16. I would never hang an instrument in that location if I ever planned on using that instrument to play music in any capacity. Deflector sheild or not. Changes in temperature from Heat/air conditioning will still radiate near by.
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  17. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    That vent looks like it's mounted on the ceiling. You said there's another in the room, if it's also in the ceiling consider this. Heat rises so the builder put a fan in your HVAC room that blows like thunder and even with the louvers shunted there will be heat and cold on that location. I would just find a joist a little further away and re-mount.
  18. nbsipics

    nbsipics Unstuck in Time Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Yeh. A heater output vent in the ceiling? That's a little odd. AC in ceiling? Much less so. Intakes? No problem.

    Some places have HVAC with in-plenum butterfly valves so that wall-high vents can be shut off for Winter/Heat
    and lower vents opened for heat. Then, closing that vent during winter should not be a problem.

    Not sure how bad a normal home AC level would be blowing on a bass. Ignoring overall humidity, of course.

    Safest bet has been stated in many posts above. YMMV
  19. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Obviously I had some concern otherwise I wouldn't have consulted talkbass for more input. So I've decided to do the following.

    1. Move the rarely used cheap guitars directly under the vent.
    2. Get a vent air deflector.
    3. Reverse the direction of the air vent.
    4. Add a second door stop

    1. That door usually stays open
    2. There is a door stop ON the door
    3. The stop prevents the door from opening more than 90 degrees
    4. There is usually something behind the door as a secondary stop.
    5. That upright bass is nearly trash and not playable at the moment.

    The hangers on the right side of the picture were put up this morning. I'm trying to find wall space to hang 14 basses plus those 2 guitars. I'm not a fan of the guitar racks.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2020
  20. I have a vent right above my #1 instrument, but I also have a re-direct cowl on it:

    You can grab these from Home-Depot or Lowe's.

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