McNutt Bass Cradle (Lay-Down Style Stand)
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Dennis McNutt created -- and patented -- this nifty cradle, and has partnered with a larger accessories company to manufacture them. It's a new take on the bass stand. Rather than holding it upright, this stand allows you to simply "lean" the bass into the stand; the endpin supports the bottom, and the arms of the cradle support the body. An excellent stand for use onstage, since it takes up very little room, and is also lightweight and eminently transportable. It even comes with its own gig bag!
The stand easily opens into a tripod, with easy slip-on braces. It has a small footprint, and shouldn't get in the way. To put your bass in the stand, simply put the bass down on its endpin, and lean the bass over so that the small support arm is supporting the inside of the C-bout (the center cut-out) on the G-side (if you're right-handed.) The cradle will support and secure the bass, making it easy to pick it back up again. To get a better idea of how to put the bass in the stand, check out Dennis' own YouTube video about "The McNutt Waggle", in the "Videos" tab.
The stand is made of black aluminium, with soft padding wherever your instrument contacts the stand.
Although McNutt Cradles are easy to use and are designed to support a wide variety of instruments safely for many years, improper use can lead to a damaged instrument. Furthermore, as double basses and cellos exist in a great variety of shapes and sizes (such as violin, gamba, busetto, cornerless) and with non-traditional endpins, McNutt Cradles cannot guarantee that any specifc instrument will work safely with a McNutt Cradle. The Cradle requires a 30” minimum height from the floor to the top of the C-bout measured with the instrument standing vertically on its extended endpin.
NOTE: The owner is responsible to assure that any given bass will rest securely on his or her Cradle.
- Don’t use the Cradle while the instrument is still in its bag. The instrument may be unstable.
- Don’t use the Cradle without extending the instrument’s endpin. The instrument will be unstable.
- Don’t use a cornerless style instrument with a McNutt Cradle. The instrument will be unstable.
- Don’t use an instrument with a bent or angled endpin with a McNutt Cradle. The instrument will be unstable.
- Don't simply lean your instrument onto the Cradle. You might not adequately connect it to the Cradle, which may slide out from under the instrument.
Three Safety Recommendations
- The Cradle works so well that a user can become complacent about following all the instructions herein. So when using the Cradle be mindful.
- Always carefully place your instrument on the Cradle.
- Slightly lift your instrument onto the Cradle, making sure that the C-bout hooks securely over the lower supporting arm.
When leaving an instrument on the Cradle you will greatly increase its safety by placing a music stand, stool or other obstruction at each end of the instrument. This will cause others to detour around your instrument.
SPECIAL CAUTION! When using the Cradle on a hard floor you must be absolutely certain to hook the C-bout properly over the lower supporting arm. If your fail to do this the Cradle may slip out from under the instrument, dropping it to the floor.
Safely Using the Gigger's Cradle
(These instructions may seem unduly burdensome, but with just a few minutes of practice you will ?nd it takes only a few seconds to rest your instrument properly on the Cradle.)
Keep the instrument endpin extended when using the Cradle! This allows the instrument to settle into the Cradle arms at the proper angle for safety. This also makes for convenience and raises the instrument edges off the floor.
- When you first spread the legs of the metal Cradle notice that each brace hooks onto a corresponding protruding machine screw on only one other leg. Extend the legs and connect each brace to its corresponding machine screw, pressing the brace down firmly to assure a secure connection. Make certain that each brace is properly connected and remains connected.
- When placing an instrument on the Cradle make certain that the upper section of the instrument’s C-bout lies across the shorter/lower of the two cradle arms. The C-bout must rest at a 90-degree angle to the arm, and must extend well over the arm.
- Once your instrument is on the Cradle you should assure that the instrument is properly oriented to the Cradle.
- Make sure that the back of the instrument rests flat against the tall cradle arm.
- While holding the bass securely, gently balance the instrument on the supporting Cradle arm by tilting the neck of the instrument toward the floor. Allow the instrument to settle into a stable position.
- While holding your instrument, gently waggle it on the Cradle. You will readily feel if the instrument is properly aligned with the Cradle. If any instability is detected, immediately remove the instrument from the Cradle.
A tip: Its light weight makes it much easier to bring the Cradle to the instrument rather than carrying the instrument to the Cradle.
Another tip: When using the Cradle fold the bag and place it across the braces.