Marching strap - my shoulder deserves a reliable blood supply

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by dbate, May 2, 2011.

  1. dbate

    dbate New Member

    Hi all,
    Today I marched with my Bb bass from one end of a high street to another. And as usual, by the end, my shoulder felt as if it was going to fall off. After twenty years of playing, it's always the same. Surely someone must have come up with a better solution over the past century. There must be something that can distribute the weight of the instrument in a better way, rather than putting the whole lot on one long-suffering shoulder. Has anyone come across something more sensible? This must have come up before.
  2. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Dave theres a couple of previous threads detailing neoprene full body harnesses

    just search "strap-ons" or something similar
  3. awalker

    awalker Member

    Try I purchased a euphonium strap from him a couple of years ago as I damaged my back in a cycling accident.
  4. boslmjan

    boslmjan New Member

    I bought a neoprene and no matter what I do I cannot get it to hold and e or b flat close enough to me. I haven't used it as I really don't want to be taking the weight of a bass on my left arm to hold it in to place.

    I may have not managed to get the position right but I found it to be of well no use.....
  5. Rebel Tuba

    Rebel Tuba Member

    I always found having a bad back was a solution for not having a bad shoulder on a march. Actually saves not having to march
  6. mjwarman

    mjwarman Member

    Cue the jokes about the 'strap on' at rehearsal on Wednesday.............
  7. whitewitch

    whitewitch Member

    Last year, when my son was 10 and he did the whit walks with his snare drum and was having problems with the strap digging in the bone on his shoulder, the e flat bass's father gave me a solution.

    He had a piece of something called Vetbed (don't laugh). it is kind of sheepskin one side and quite a thick hard plastic the other side (but it will bend). he got it from the petshop but i think he ordered it (here in uppermill). anyway, he had only used half so gave me the other half. so basically, you roll it into a loop and secure it by glueing or sewing. the hard side is inside and the sheepskin side goes outside against your uniform. it really helps.

    i have posted a link to a pic on facebook, which is the closest pic of it i can get. hope it works.
  8. bumper-euph

    bumper-euph Member

  9. Big - C

    Big - C New Member

    I just searched for strap ons on google but it didn't come up with any marching straps?
  10. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Dave you can get seatbelt cushions from Halfords - come in pairs and velcro over a standard strap - spreads some of the pressure.
  11. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    There's plenty harnesses available ... ;)
  12. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    buy a Sousaphone for marching
  13. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    As a bit of an aside, I found out today that the Guards - and I presume this applies to all forces personnel - are forbidden to take BBb basses on parade on H&S grounds - EEbs only :eek:
  14. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    About time someone realised the damage carrying these monsters on the march can do!
  15. Despot

    Despot Member

    Thomann sell an own brand one with a soft white underpart, that doesn't cut like a plain strap.

    They also sell a type with some sort of aircell padding.

    But I've often thought though that carrige rings on a BBb was someone's idea of a joke, but nobody got the punchline!
  16. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Years ago, when I started marching again after a neck operation, I bought a goatskin strap. It is extremely comfortable and the only downside is I bought one with buckles instead of snaps, which can be a real pain to fasten. I'll see if I can remember where I bought it - may have been Dave Ballard.

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