I recently bought my upright bass and I love playing it. However, it has been the number one source of stress in my life. Ok… that might be a little dramatic, but I’m CONSTANTLY worrying about dropping it, the price of strings, playing in tune, not being completely dwarfed on stage by it, etc. But, I think the biggest problem with this instrument is traveling with it. I haven’t had to take it on the road yet, but when I do, would I have to check it if I fly? If so, how much would THAT cost? That instrument is six feet tall! When I travel by car or van, will it fit with all the other gear, 5 or more other musicians, and all the empty water bottles and potato chip bags?
Well, those days of worry are over! In the November issue of Bass Player Magazine, there was an article on Charlie Chadwick, the inventor of the Chadwick Folding Bass. This is a 3/4 bass with a neck that can fold into the bass itself, making for easy transport! Also, it comes with a hard case… How convenient! Check out the demonstration video here:
Now, I’m sure you’re probably wondering the same thing I was, “But how’s the sound quality? Something this cool has to sound odd and cheap, right?” WRONG! Artists like Christian McBride and Barry Bales (from Alison Krauss and Union Station) use this instrument and it sounds as good as any other high-quality, professional upright bass. Check out a video of Barry Bales playing the Chadwick on the Ellen Show:
So, if you’re needing an upright bass that sounds great and is easy to transport, definitely look into the Chadwick Folding Bass.