Laydown, or "cradle" type stands, are becoming more popular. "The Bass Bar" is a newer entry into this growing trend, and the designer/maker of this stand has got it figured out.
The Bass Bar uses a common leg design - a strong, braced tripod - and places a simple, effective crossbar across the top. Wide enough to easily accommodate any size bass, it's quite easy to lay the bass down securely between sets - no little "cup" to aim the endpin into, no "arms" to reposition, no adjustments to make during setup. Easy-peasy!
Made of a sturdy steel, with rubber feet and endcaps, the cradle portion features a durable neoprene pad where the bass contacts the stand, to protect against damage to your instrument. The design is very stable - it doesn't rock or slide around during use. And yet, of all the stands I've ever tried, it folds up into the most compact travel size of any upright bass stand that I'd trust my own bass with.
It even comes with its own zippered carry pouch, which has internal dividers to keep the two disassembled components from dinging each other up. Now that's a nice touch.
- Bar: 0.75 kg / 1.7 lbs
- Tripod: 1.09 kg / 2.4 lbs
- Total: 1.84 kg / 4 lbs
- Length: 42.5cm / 16.75 in
- Depth: 3.2cm / 1.25 in
- Height: 11.3cm / 4.5 in
- Length: 42.2cm / 16.75 in
- Width: 12.5cm / 5 in
Assembled adjustable height is between 45-50cm / between 17.75-19.75 in (approximate)
If your endpin extends more than 6-8" out of the bass when in playing position, the bass will probably "triangulate" on the endpin and two points on the stand. However, if you play the bass with the endpin not out that far, it's likely that the edges of your bass may contact the floor when placed on this stand. (See photo at right, which illustrates what I'm talking about.)
This may not bother you, but if it does, for just a small upcharge, we will include a pair of our durable rubber side bumpers, which you can apply to the contact point on the lower edge of your bass sides. These "stick on" bumpers will act as "feet" to protect the edges from any unwanted scratches or dinging. They'll also provide better "traction" on a slick floor, providing even more confidence that your bass ain't going anywhere.
We normally sell them in sets of four, to be "feet" for the bass when laid on its side edge - with the stand, you only would use two, so that's what we include.
You can check out the bumpers, which have long been popular for "laying the bass down," by searching for our Bass Edge Protectors
Another bonus item from Gollihur Music!
Your new stand is very stable without needing to extend the legs out to their maximum width; in fact, it’s not designed to have the width of the legs at their widest possible stance. Doing so can put extra strain on the rivets that hold the bracing bars in and cause them to fail (and the stand to possibly collapse).
The width of the legs in the first photo ("Correct") is very stable, and will hold your bass quite securely. The inner bracer bars should angle DOWN from the legs to the center pole; this enhances stability and strength and reduces “wobble.” Having the legs too wide will CAUSE wobble, which can strain the joints where the moving parts meet.
DO NOT open the legs as wide as the second photo (braces are “flat”), and DEFINITELY not as wide as the third (braces are angled UPWARDS).
You will break your stand.
This stand packs up small and is very useful at the gig when there is no corner into which I can stand up the upright. Putting it on the floor is always dangerous.
I wanted something that was easy to transport, and would safely hold my bass on stage during breaks. I got tired of lugging around a full-size stand. The bass bar folds up and fits into my bag of "stuff" that goes with me, and is very stable. I also use it at home while practicing and need to take a quick break. Highly recommended.
I really like this stand... it does take up a little bit of room when the bass is laying on it compared to my old upright stand, but it is so stable and it's really easy to carry to gigs because it even comes in its own little bag. Five stars!