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Genuine acoustic sound with maximum portability even on plane as carry-on baggage.
Great design and finest craftsmanship made in Italy
Genuine acoustic sound with maximum portability even on plane as carry-on baggage. Great design and finest craftsmanship made in Italy
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TravelBass: a game changer double bass

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Bring your own sound wherever you want in the most easy way
Bring your own sound wherever you want in the most easy way

TravelBass joins the best transportability with a great true genuine acoustic sound. This unique foldable EUB can be easily assembled and disassembled in the smallest dimension ever. 

Its innovative design allows to remove the neck and split the fingerboard in two parts that can be put safely into its TravelBass Box, to be carried easily with you everywhere, even on plane as carry-on luggage.
       TravelBass opens to musicians new venues to bring their music everywhere, with no sound compromises.

True genuine acoustic sound and high quality materials

The instrument is made in Italy by the capable hands of the best Italian luthiers, according to the Italian violin making tradition: the body inner thickness is made following the same method of the acoustic double bass and with highest quality woods, giving to TravelBass an incredible true genuine acoustic sound, definitely in another league than others EUBs on market.

Cedar and ovangkol wood, were chosen for their resistance, lightweight and sounding properties that are harnessed at their best in the acoustic chamber construction method, which is the same of the finest Italian violin making tradition and which provides different inner thicknesses in different spot of the body inner surface, according to the intrinsic properties of the raw wood piece. 

Made to travel

The innovative design and the patented disassembly system allows TravelBass to be safely carried into its TraveBassBox hard case, in the smallest dimension ever. 
   Doesn’t metter if on bus, metro, cab or by bike: with TravelBass you are going to travel in the stressless and easiest ever. Even on plane, as a carry-on luggage.

TravelBassBox dimensions are 35" x 13" x 9", a little bit more than a regular carry-on baggage, but it is still small enough to perfectly fit in overhead bin and that’s enough for the majority of the airline companies.
Almost every airline company have special policies for carrying musical instruments on board and TravelBass falls in these policies: just as example, EasyJet and American Airlines clearly states in their websites that a musical instrument of the dimensions like the TravelBass can be carried on board as hand baggage without any extra fees.
   And, just in case, the airline you are going to travel with doesn’t apply special policies for musical instrument you can serenely embark your TravelBass on cargo hold with nothing to fear and paying just the standard fees for a regular baggage.

Safe and free even for everyday domestic travels

TravelBass is the perfect solution and your best ally also for little everyday travels in town. 
Hybrid Gigbag is definitely an innovative and original concept for a string instrument bag, where practicality, lightness and robustness converge in a charming and smart design.

Its rigid part consists of 3 telescopic hard plastic sections, designed to cover and protect the most fragile parts of the instrument: the bridge and the lower portion of the fingerboard, allowing you to safely carry your already assembled TravelBass around.
          Meanwhile, the soft part is made of a waterproof and cut resistant high quality fabric, which protects TravelBass from scratches and it’s provided with handles and large pockets for bow and further accessories.

The 3 rigid sections can collapse one inside the other while the soft part can be folded inside them, resulting a really small package that can be transported into a standard size luggage or backpack, to follow you everywhere.

Reach your accommodation, set up your TravelBass and then go down the streets towards your gig freely and safely.

On your shoulders or by hands as a bag, take on more easier and less stressful your musician daily routine in town, with your TravelBass safely and comfortably carried into its Hybrid GigBag.

Features

TravelBass set-up is completely configurable thanks to the double adjustment system it provides: the neck angle can be adjusted just screwing a couple of screws, as well as the bridge height by the usual wheels where is placed the amplification system, which can chosen between Fishman FullCircle and David Gage LifeLine pickups, and which is obviously included with TravelBass. 

Shaped Shoulders: two foldable bentwood shoulders that exactly reproduce the double bass silhouette to give to musicians the same tactile references and the same feedback of a traditional double bass. TravelBass shoulders are adjustable in width in 3 different sizes to meet every musician

Split fingerboard: TravelBass owns its extreme portability to its patented cut fingerboard that can be joined and divided easily and quickly to be stored in less space keeping the fingerboard perfectly smooth with no perceptible gaps.
          The two parts are joined thanks to the rigid core in the neck, composed of a T-bar specifically designed and shaped to slide into a dovetail slot on the end part of the fingerboard.

Adjustment screws: an efficient adjusting neck system composed by two screws placed under it, which allows to set up your own favourite neck angle as desired, simply by turning them up or down

SafeBridge Tool®: an extremely useful tool that keeps the bridge in the right position, perpendicular to the body, during the tuning, speeding up the assembly process and maintaining the bridge healthy. 

The SafeBridge Tool® is  also available for your regular double bass to preserve your bridge from breaking or bending while tuning.

Thanks to this powerful acoustic chamber, TravelBass sounds beautifully even when unplugged, with no amp, at the perfect volume to practice without annoying the neighbours and, at the same time, to still enjoy TravelBass true genuine acoustic sound.

Videos from our artists

Stacy McMichaels tells us her experience with TravelBass and all the features she loves more.

 TravelBass duo with Chuck Webb and Chris Gorsick and Andrew Toombs on piano 

Ron Seguin Jammin' on TravelBass

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Our story

TravelBass project was born by the synergy between Gionata Quercetani and his father Desiderio in the summer between 2012 and 2013.
      The first one is a young product designer while Desiderio is a renowned and expert violin maker.

To fulfill a customer’s request, this Italian father and son duo, decided to join forces and competences: the result was an exquisite electric upright bass with a small but efficient acoustic chamber and entirely made by first quality materials and following the finest Italian violin making tradition.
      The sound which came out was really astonishing: genuinely acoustic, full of sustain and harmonics. But there was still much to do.

Gionata realised how strenuous, problematic and even expensive could be moving around and travel for a musicians with his own double bass.
      They kept working on it and, after many attempts and failures, in 2015, Gionata came out patenting his invention of a divisible fingerboard, which allows his instrument to be put away in a small case for a, at long last, easy transportation. That was the first time the instrument was called “TravelBass”.

In 2018 Gionata opens in USA his company “BDP INSTRUMENTS LLC” in order to launch his campaign on Kickstarter to collect funds to start a sustainable production of his TravelBass and to establish his workshop in Chicago, Illinois, where, together with his father, they will produce, import and sell just fine Italian strings instrument and the workshop will operate as customer assistance center in USA territory for TravelBass, meanwhile its production will be kept in Italy.

Risks and challenges

After a lot of tries, experimentations and failures TravelBass is finally at its final and definitive version. The production process and method are is planned in every detail: we decided to launch the TravelBass campaign only after an attentive planning. The goal we've set is needed to start the production and then, to develop the TravelBass business, making it sustainable and stable, and ensuring an effective assistance for our customers opening the TravelBass workshop in Chicago, Illinois.
Rewards fulfillment is definitely guaranteed, delays are still possible in estimated shipping times, even if we've already considered them, but we ensure you that we will overcome them as our priority: the development of our business is planned as a secondary and subsequent phase, only after having fulfilled every order.

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    "Footprints on Travel"

    The Wayne Shorter's jazz classic "Footprints" rearranged and entirely played only with TravelBass. You can hear it as soundtrack of the Kickstarter campaign video.

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    SafeBridge Tool®

    Keep your bridge healthy even on your regular double bass

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    Hybrid GigBag

    Get a Hybrid GigBag for your TravelBass with 80$ Off the MSRP of $248

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    Early Bird Sale

    Get $1,000 Off TravelBass’s MSRP of $4,449 + Hybrid GigBag for FREE!

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    • TravelBass
    • Thomastik Spirocore Strings
    • Fishman FullCircle or David Gage LifeLine pickup
    • TravelBass Box
    • Hybrid GigBag
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    Kickstarter Exclusive

    Get $1,000 Off TravelBass’s MSRP of $4,449!

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    • TravelBass
    • Thomastik Spirocore Strings
    • Fishman FullCircle or David Gage LifeLine pickup
    • TravelBass Box
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    Kickstarter Exclusive & Foldable Stand

    Get $1,050 Off TravelBass’s MSRP of $4,600!

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    • Thomastik Spirocore Strings
    • Fishman FullCircle or David Gage LifeLine pickup
    • TravelBass Box
    • TravelBass Foldable Stand
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    TravelBass Deluxe Bundle

    Get your TravelBass and all of its accessories with a total of $1,200 Off the MSRP of $4,900

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    • TravelBass
    • Thomastik Spirocore Strings
    • Fishman FullCircle or David Gage LifeLine pickup
    • TravelBass Box
    • TravelBass Foldable Stand
    • Hybrid GigBag
    • SafeBridge Tool
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    TravelBass Reseller Exclusivity

    Reserved just for musical instrument shop and resellers: start here your business with TravelBass and become an official reseller and get the exclusivity in your area!

    This is a deposit for verified brick & mortar musical instrument shop only. After pledging, we will contact you for verification of your store's status and provide further information.

    After the campaign the TravelBass MSRP will be 4,449$.

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    • TravelBass
    • Thomastik Spirocore Strings
    • Fishman FullCircle or David Gage LifeLine pickup
    • TravelBass Box
    • TravelBass Foldable Stand
    • Hybrid GigBag
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