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jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3382
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:33 am:   Edit Post

http://youtu.be/NWvI3QVjlv8

Jazzyvee
lbpesq
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Post Number: 5379
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:44 am:   Edit Post

Whodda thunk it!

Bill, tgo
xlrogue6
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Post Number: 253
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 9:23 am:   Edit Post

I used to carry my upright, my electric a 4 space rack, a 15" cab and a 210 cab in my early 80's Honda Civic 2 door--it's easy with a hatchback. A much more impressive feat is how I get my upright into my 4 door no hatchback Mercury Mystique.
mario_farufyno
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Post Number: 893
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 1:13 pm:   Edit Post

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(Message edited by mario farufyno on March 20, 2013)
mario_farufyno
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Post Number: 894
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 1:13 pm:   Edit Post

I had a friend who carried his upright in an earlier VW beetle. He used to open passanger's window to get space enough for the neck pass trough. Gigs just on clear sky nights...
pauldo
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Username: pauldo

Post Number: 943
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:30 pm:   Edit Post

My 3/4 size upright will fit in a 1993 Jeep Wrangler with the top ON.
However, I have to remove the passenger seat to accomplish the task.
hankster
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Username: hankster

Post Number: 314
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:44 pm:   Edit Post

My old bass teacher used to get his 7/8 upright into a small 1970s BMW. it was like watching a Doug Henning show.
moonliner
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Username: moonliner

Post Number: 111
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 8:36 pm:   Edit Post

That's great! I LOVE those Smart cars, but people are always saying I could never have one because I play upright.
Take that naysayers!
davehouck
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Post Number: 11035
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 9:00 pm:   Edit Post

Cool video!
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3383
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post

I bought a double bass towards the end of last year and also have a smart car and good to know I can take it to a gig in my car when I learn to play it.

Jazzyvee
peoplechipper
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Post Number: 340
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 - 10:27 pm:   Edit Post

I recently sold a drum kit to a guy who fit it all into a porsche 911; we were both saying it should be in an ad...I was surprised...Tony
cozmik_cowboy
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Post Number: 1436
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 3:28 pm:   Edit Post

I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again: 3 adults (2 of us 5' 11"), a D-28, a mandolin, and a case and a half of imported beer in a Spitfire - with the top up. Hey, you brag what you can.

Peter
ps - The Spitfire was Triumph, not Supermarine.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5387
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 6:11 pm:   Edit Post

Peter:

I'll bet the three of you were very friendly. lol

Bill, tgo
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1437
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

The non-5' 11" person was of the XX persuasion (that's chromosomes, not size). I, alas, was the driver. Mick enjoyed it more than I.

Peter
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3495
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 5:00 am:   Edit Post

Here are a couple of pics I took when I packed my double bass into the car to take it for a setup.



I was surprised it went in so easliy. I just had to put something on the dashboard to protect it from the tuners.

Jazzyvee
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2943
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 7:38 am:   Edit Post

Jazzyvee ,
Congratulations .
I found that the logistics involved with my double bass were a real challenge for me . But you have now beaten that aspect it appears.

Best of luck on the " setup" There are bridges available with height adjustment if that interests you.

Certainly now you will soon have gained the reputation as a fine double bassist as well as your established electric bass credits .

Splendid !!!
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3497
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 2:31 pm:   Edit Post

I still don't know how to play it really.The the strings were far too high off the fingerboard so after a long chat with the repair man, not sure what you call fixers of classical instruments like those, it needs the sound post fitting into the right place, the bridge lowered and profiled, ( it was actually on the wrong way round), the fingerboard needs some relief so it's going to be shaved down to lower the action, nut lowered and new lower tension lighter gauge strings.

Other than that he said the bass is a pretty decent model worth far more than what I paid for it on ebay. Although there is a badly stuck on antoni sticker inside he reliably told me it is NOT an antoni. The sticker was probably put on to help the bass sell.
It has had some professional work done on it previous to me owning it and he thinks the cost and nature of the work, had it been an antoni would not have been cost effective. The back of the neck had been thinned and reprofiled and to compensate, an impressively thick slab of ebony was used on the fingerboard.

He thinks it's more than likely to be a 1950's GIbson bass due to the style of headstock, neck joint, internals and the width and style of the upper body of the bass. So It seems i may have dropped good fortune on yet another bass. :-)


For the adjustable bridge, it was pretty expensive to change to one of those and his advice was that it's cheaper to trim down the one I have now as its far too high and enough wood to work with.
Jazzyvee

(Message edited by jazzyvee on June 10, 2013)
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2944
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 4:06 pm:   Edit Post

Jazzyvee
A Gibson Double Bass , Cool !
Mine was an old Baliol I was told. It was made in the UK . I was told it was sort of a UK Kay. There is a long repair story behind it that I will spare you from in order not to hijack this thread.
davehouck
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Post Number: 11082
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 6:14 pm:   Edit Post

Cool pics!
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 3384
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 4:31 am:   Edit Post

V... "not sure what you call fixers of classical instruments like those".
he's a Luthier :-)
It's really cool that you're playing upright now. Something i've always wanted to try but i can't justify spending the money (at least that's what senior management says)

Graeme
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3500
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 9:07 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the vote of encouragement but I'm not actually playing it as such, more playing with it. So Im not any way further forward than you would be in that respect.
I couldn't really justify spending much on one either. Fortunately I got it cheap (around 300)on ebay with some gig money that was burning a hole in my pocket. I do however have a tutor all lined up for when I get it back from being fixed but will I have time?
Good that you seem to be getting into another style of playing bass with that Dead covers band.
Maybe you will get some gigs further south of the border too.
Jazzyvee

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