But Can You Actually Fit A Double Bass and An Amp In A SmartCar?
Usually, yes! I think most basses would probably fit in very easily, as in this video. Unfortunately my bass is a bit bigger then most, so I discovered it was very awkward to fit into a SmartCar - I had to put it in diagonally, with the driver's seat way forward, which made it very uncomfortable and probably unsafe to drive. But did I let that stop me? Never! I decided that I would have my bass' scroll modified so that it was removable. I figured that if the bass was just a bit shorter, I wouldn't have to put it diagonally, and everything would fit in much more comfortably and easily.
Off With Its Head!
Inexplicably, when I called some local string-instrument repair shops to ask them how much it would cost to modify my scroll so that it was removable, they seemed to think I was crazy! One shop in particular actually seemed angry with me that I would even consider chopping up an instrument like that. Undiscouraged, I found a luthier on the Danforth named Philip Davis who was willing to do the modification. We copied the design of the David Gage Czech-Ease, using a super-strong "rare-earth" magnet and three wooden dowels to connect the scroll to the bass.
|From even a few feet away, it is almost impossible to notice that the scroll has been modified.|
|You have to get fairly close before you can notice the cut line.|
It took Philip a few days to do the modification and if was fairly inexpensive. It looks great, and I'm happy to say the bass sounds just as good as it did before the scroll was modified. But does the bass now easily fit in to a SmartCar? Why yes, yes it does!
|I can now easily fit both my bass and amp into a Car2Go SmartCar.|
|I even have a reasonably good view of the right side-view mirror while driving.|
Shoulder checking might be a bit of a problem... I'll try to be careful!!
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