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A Free Service That Connects Basses To Bassists Since 2005
Here's the basic idea.
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You don't actually use this site for any transactions. Rentabass.com is here to simply connect you to other kind humans that happen to own acoustic basses.
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The Rentabass StoryIt's getting harder and harder to travel with an acoustic bass these days, as I'm sure most of you know. Since the spring of 2002, I have been renting basses for every date I do on the road, which works out to be over 120 different basses a year. Most of the time the quality is good, but there's been a few gigs where I would have had a better time singing my bass lines!
"Google searching" for music stores might work in a few major cities, but even then you run the risk of getting a bass that came straight from some far away factory that wasn't set up by a professional. In my concert rider I began requesting that the bass to be rented for me came from a professional bass player or string repair shop, not a general music store. This one little sentence completely changed the quality of instruments that I now receive. The only trick was, how does one find professional bass players in each town that you go to?
On one occasion, I had a 10 day tour lined up and none of the venues in the tour were able to locate an instrument. All of our contact people were clueless as to who to call or where to look. That's when it hit me. I decided that with the way things were going, we bassists needed a website where we could locate instruments on the road!
I've been fortunate to have played many great basses that came from very nice bass players. These exceptional humans were willing to rent their treasured, personal bass. My thought was, if these bassists were willing to "rentabass" for my show (see what I did there?), they probably wouldn't mind renting their bass to the next group that comes through that venue.
If we bassists stick together, we can save ourselves from the hassles of the unforgiving airline industry, not to mention the backpain from carrying flight cases! This is my gift to the bass world. Happy traveling!