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Re: What about the heat?

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Posted by Bob Gollihur ( on July 19, 2002 at 10:39:49:

In Reply to: Re: What about the heat? posted by Kinch on July 19, 2002 at 08:48:37:

: : : 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?

Yes, that's a good idea. I make that exact recommendation to folks who buy both the carved and Engelhardt basses I sell, within the insert I include. Depending on the differential in temperature and humidity, I'd let it rest for a day or two.

Be cautious with bubble wrap, too- some stuff can mark finishes with sufficient heat. There is a thin white sort of foam sheeting that is commonly used, that seems to do a good job and is safe. I'd just be sure that whatever you use won't adhere or react to the bass finish, just for peace of mind.

Good luck with your journey! Bob

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