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Re: What about the heat?

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Posted by Kinch ( on July 19, 2002 at 08:48:37:

In Reply to: Re: What about the heat? posted by Bob Gollihur on July 18, 2002 at 16:52:43:

: : I'm moving from Texas to California soon and will be transporting my upright in the back of a rental truck. Can the heat damage the instrument? Any advice? Thanks.

: Is it laminated or carved? Laminated basses will handle the heat better, but either may experience softening of the glue with heat and humidity. I would loosen the strings and perhaps even collapse the bridge, wrapping the instrument to avoid damage from the string backs if metal. The less stress during the ride the better IMHO.

Thanks for the advice, Bob. It's laminated. I had planned on loosening the strings, collapsing the bridge, and wrapping the bass in bubble wrap. I think it will be secure, but it's going to get pretty warm back there. I had heard somewhere that it's the change in temperature that can really cause problems. So I thought I'd let it acclimate for a while before strining it up. Any thoughts on that?

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