The Contrabass Shoppe has two types of Central Strap available:
We all know that the double bass isn't exactly the lightest or
easiest instrument in the orchestra to carry. Well - when you've
been on the pro circuit for some time - lugging your double bass,
stool and concert gear about from day to day, gig to gig, session
to session - you start to think of ways to reduce the effort involved.
That's right - it starts to become a matter of getting your
priorities right - and what could be more right than finding a
cheap, efficient method of carrying ones 'dog-house' - sorry
I mean pride and joy - about without buggering up ones lower back
in the process. Yes pro-players have been using a central strap
since bass playing began way back in the ....... well
let's just say way back - an awful long time ago.
Once you've put your instrument in its cover you simply tie the
strap firmly around the waist of the instrument. That's it - away
Well - because the waist of your instrument is so much narrower
than the upper bouts - it is impossible for the instrument to slip
through the strap. This means that the central strap is an incredibly
safe and secure method of carrying your instrument about. In addition
- because the strap is tied around the centre or balance point
of the instrument those awkward manoeuvres - such as stretching
to place the instrument into the back of the car or station-wagon
becomes a much less risky procedure.
The strap is made from mighty strong industrial webbing and it
is fitted with a non-slip plastic retaining buckle.
Yes - for those of you who are fashion conscious
or simply want to colour coordinate with your bass cover there
is a choice of three fabulous colours - black, maroon and green.
You don't have to be a pro to use a central strap. Even if you've
already got lots of handles on your cover it still makes very good-sense
to use one because it's safe, secure and seriously good news indeed
for your lower-back.
of strap including buckle: 220.0cm (ave)
Width: 4.0cm Thickness: 1.5mm
Weight: 61gm (ave) Colours: Black, Maroon, Green
Yes it is - so for more general information on why you need one
and how to secure the strap to your instrument - please visit the
relevant paragraphs under Webbing Strap.
Well sure - you are quite right. The lightweight webbing strap
will definitely do the job just fine but there is just that something
about a real leather strap that makes the whole affair of packing
your bass up after a gig feel so much nicer and the end result
look so much better. You know what I mean - its just quicker,
more practical, more professional, more business like - to buckle-up
using a large quality brass buckle on a wide, thick leather belt
instead of somehow threading a seemingly unsubstantial strap through
a small, fiddly plastic buckle.
Yes that's right - I should say
so. With a width of 40mm and a thickness of 4mm - this heavy-duty
leather strap is what every pro player dreams of getting his
hand on. The features of the strap are;
i) Top quality South African leather
ii) Decorative stitching around the outside of the strap
iii) A heavy-duty brass buckle
iv) A discreet Shoppe logo in red ink-dye at the end of the strap
Yes it is - but if you wanted to you could easily alter its
appearance by using a leather shoe polish, cream or even a dye.
Yes - The Shoppe Leather Straps are available in two different
lengths - a 160cm (approx) strap for three-quarter size instruments
and a 180cm (approx) strap for larger full size instruments or
for those players of three-quarter size instruments that use bulky
heavy weight covers. When fitted around the instrument any excess
length can simply be crossed over the top of the strap and tucked
down behind it.
Yes. We reckon that the easiest way
to work out what size strap is perfect for your instrument is
to measure the Length of its Back (LOB). To find out what this
figure is - measure in centimetres from the base of the back
button to the lowest extremity (mid-point of the bottom edge)
of the back.
3/4 Size: LOB of 107cm - 112cm. Perfect for French "Lamy" or "Jacquet" type
instruments and smallish Germanic instruments of violin or viol
outline, with either flat or swell back.
4/4 size: LOB of 112cm - 118cm. Perfect for all Classic English
instruments, Large Italian, French Lamy and German instruments
that are violin or viol shaped, flat or swell backed.
Tony Houska - Director of The Contrabass Shoppe comments; "If
you've ever splashed out a really nice pair of leather shoes - you
sort of feel a bit guilty about spending the money on them - well
you do at first - but then again there is something very, very
satisfying about walking about in them that you just wouldn't want
to give up for anything. In the same way I am quite convinced that
once tried - the positive, practical and aesthetic benefits of
using a Shoppe Leather Strap will far outweigh any initial monetary
Length of 3/4 size strap including buckle:
Length of 4/4 size strap including buckle: 180.0cm (approx)
Width: 4.0cm Thickness: 4.0mm
Weight: 3/4 - 207gm, 4/4 - 220gm (ave)
Colour: Natural Tan