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Re: Battling the Heat

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Posted by Bob Gollihur ( on June 27, 2002 at 15:14:52:

In Reply to: Battling the Heat posted by Rick Threadgill on June 27, 2002 at 12:49:57:

: Hi, I'm currently in Baltimore and we are experiencing a serious heat wave which I suspect will continue for the next two months as it did last year and the year before . . . Well, until now I had central air conditioning. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for keeping my bass safe. The coolest place in the house is the basement, but I worry about mildew, (I should, right?,) which means the first floor is the only other place. Window unit turns on in the eve, but of course that's not my problem. During the day, it must sit in the house and we cannot afford to keep the air con running all day just for my bass. (The girlfriend already has minor issues with the space it takes up downstairs.) Also, humidity is kickin' around here, which doesn't help much. Is the contrast of air con in the eve and heat during the day just as bad as leaving it in a sweltering room? How much should I worry, what should I do, etc. It's a 2+ year old Palatino plywood. (If anybody has anything to say about me getting a better bass, send the money and a picture of the bass to 1234 Biteme Lane, Baltimore, MD 20852.)

: Thanks for any help and words of wisdom/experience. This board's been feeling a little lonely lately.

While I understand the cost of A/C running during the day, it may pay to at least keep it at 85 degrees or so. A lot depends on just how hot your house gets, if the windows are closed and the home becomes an oven. The bodies of laminated basses can deal with the variations of hot and cold, though I don't think I'd take a bass from an oven into a freezer just to see what happens ;-)

However, I just read a message from someone who unwisely left their laminated bass in a car, and the glue softened and the bass came apart.

If the heat and humidity is really severe (like it is here on the Joisey Shore today, though much worse inland), it may be wise to loosen the strings a bit just so not to tempt fate.

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