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WaveRay

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What do you guys haul your upright around in and how do you like it?
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I have a padded bag that works well for an amateur.  I don't know the brand of it.  I've had it about 15 years or so.  

I think some of the pros use a hard case for flight travel.  I've never seen one in person.  I'd bet they ain't cheap either.

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Well, thanks, TDF5G. However, I meant what vehicle. I guess I wasn't very clear.
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My Buddy has a bass, we have hauled it in his Jeep Grand Cherokee, his wife's Subaru Legacy and in the back of my  Ford Ranger...
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My Buddy has a bass, we have hauled it in his Jeep Grand Cherokee, his wife's Subaru Legacy and in the back of my  Ford Ranger...





So, how did each work out for you? What did you like and/or dislike about the different vehicles? Do you have extreme weather (humidity or temp) when you put it in the back of the ranger?
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I prefer a station wagon. I once went to a festival with 4 people, half a dozen smaller instruments, and camping gear all in the back of a Volvo wagon - with the upright strapped to the top of the car in a case and covered with a tarp. (The tarp was white, we got a lot of comments while looking for a campsite to the tune of "Ahh,  you brought your grandmother along with  you!" - some movie reference).

In winter, same conditions as other instruments apply: warm up the vehicle first if possible, and never leave in there for any period of time unheated.

I've had vans but still prefer the wagon.

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HA HA!  I had no idea you were referring to vehicles! [biggrin]

I had a 1996 Chevy Blazer and now a 2000 GMC Yukon.  Plenty of room for the bass plus other instruments and luggage of course.  I would put the bass on it's side, and over to one side then line up other instruments, packed well enough that nothing would tip over.  

I just returned from a mini weekend tour with a band.  We rented a Ford Explorer and put a bass fiddle, 4 more instruments, luggage and 4 adults in it.  We put the bass on top of the other instruments and luggage (now referred to as "squishies" by a couple of the guys) with the neck over the top of the back seat.  They guys in the back couldn't look at each other to talk though!  But we made it driving through the mid-west for 3 days. 

There are many videos on the internet and youtube of how to haul basses in cars.  Our bass player hauls his in a Ford Focus.  

Here is a video of how to haul a bass in a MINI Cooper I came across a few years back.  I never would have believed it! [eek]

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I have a friend that used to haul his bass in a mini cooper. Crazy. Right now, I'm using a Mazda Protégé . The little wagon. It works but I hate the head of the bass up between the front seats. I looked at a 2008 Volvo V70 wagon. I think it would have worked great had I bought the car. Just wasn't a great car. I am currently looking at mini vans but not sure if even I could make one cool. It would certainly do the job, though.
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The few times we've hauled it in the Ranger were quick, cross town trips, never in extreme heat or cold,  so it  worked out fine. I wouldn't recommend it with a long trip or in extreme temperatures. The Subaru is fine if you aren't hauling much else. The Jeep holds quite a  bit, three guitars, mando, camping gear etc.  The rocket box on the roof rack helps.

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I am currently looking at mini vans but not sure if even I could make one cool. It would certainly do the job, though.


Agreed.  I don't like mini vans, they are not cool. [nono]  But they seem like a very practical choice for hauling bluegrass gear and musicians.  And more economical than a full size SUV.  Dodge does make a sporty model with no roof rack and blacked out trim that doesn't look too bad.  One thing that is cool about the Dodge minivan is how the rear seats fold into the floor leaving a flat cargo floor.

On our last band trip my buddy was talking about a custom built bass that the neck folds down into the body for traveling.  More geared to flight travel.  I don't remember the name of the guy that builds these at the moment.  I'll have to do some research.  I'll share here if I find it.  Seems like the name began with P.  Y'all may know who I'm referring to.
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http://foldingbass.com/blog/

They are great. A friend of mine plays one all the time on the road - I just recently visited and he showed us how it all works.



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Thanks.  I've never seen one of those.  That is just real cool.  I'd probably consider one of those if I had to fly with it.  [thumb]
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We have a dodge minivan and it is very practical for carrying the stuff for my kids' bluegrass band including the upright bass and sound system.  It is tough to find even full size SUVs that easily accommodate 4 people, an upright, sound system, etc... unless they have second row bucket seats.  The minivan excels here, but most folks feel they are not cool.
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Well, I solved the issue.
We bought the world's first "cool" mini van.
Stay with me on this.......

After agonous days and nights of back and forth, I figured the utility outweighs the style. It is, for sure, a great vehicle for hauling around the bass and everything else. And I haven't caught anybody laughing at me driving it, yet.

In this case, it's a base model 06 Sienna. Nice enough looking and lots of room.
I'm thinking of taking up the drums.
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Well, I ended up with a van. Toyota Sienna. Nice enough and plenty of room. It does everything I wanted except not be a minivan. That's where I settled.
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