Traveling with the bass is always a challenge. In particular traveling by air is getting
more and more restricted and expensive for double bassists who want to take their in-
strument aboard. To make traveling with the bass easier, Christopher® has developed
a double bass with a removable neck. As the makers of the Eminence bass, Christopher has much experience in making portable basses with removable neck. Due to the steel dovetail joint, the neck is removed and assembled within a few minutes.
Removing the neck could not be easier: First, you start with tuning
down the strings some turns, so the bridge can be removed. Then,
release the strings from the tailpiece (which can stay on the bass).
After loosening the neck screw, you slide the neck forward and store it (with the strings) in the neck bag. The well padded soft case for the Christopher® RN can be used for both the assembled and disassembled bass.
Customed fully carved RN is available upon request.
The soundpost can get fixed by small and very lightweight foam blocks, which stick on the inside of back and top. They hold the soundpost securely even with strings off the bass. These foam blocks stay in the bass permanently, but can easily be removed and attached again for adjustments. Due to their very low weight, they virually have no dampening effect on the acoustic tone of the bass.
The well padded soft case for the Christopher® RN can be used for both the assembled and disassembled bass. The removed neck is stored in a seperate pocket, which is slided into the softcase and secured with straps, the empty neck of the softcase is folded. The overall dimension of this package isn't much more than the dimension of the bass body w 70 x l 130 cm.
An optional flight hard case is also available for the Christopher® RN.
With the neck removed, the Christopher RN is small enough to fit your car's luggage space, a train compartment, or even a bike trailer easily.
Gerhard „Kubi“ Kubach, Bassist ith Uli Lenz Trio, about touring with his Christopher RN:
“I have taken my bass on the road extensively, and it is indestructible. From the deserts of Africa to the far north of St. Petersburg – my Christopher RN bass has endured and survived any temperature and climate differences of without any problems”
Prof. DaXun Zhang with his travel bass, a Christopher double bass DB603 with removable neck.
DaXun Zhang comes from a family of bassists in Harbin, China. He has been playing the instrument since the age of nine, and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing beginning at the age of eleven. He continued his studies in the U.S., where he worked with Lawrence Hurst. He has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and is Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Austin.
In 2001, DaXun Zhang was the youngest artist ever to win the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He has performed extensively with the Silk Road Project, including concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, and in Japan and California.