A Baritone or bass’s best friend

If you are like me and you find that nearly all gigs feature the not so optional 1/4 mile walk from parking to stage then you know how the weight of a baritone can make one arm longer than the other. I like how my Yamaha YBS-61 case protects it but it doesn’t feature wheels and is not strong enough to support the addition of casters. Trust me I’ve tried it.

My recommendation: Get a folding hand truck from the Home Depot.

This thing folds small to fit in the trunk of my tiny car and it can handle the weight of my baritone, stand, and whatever else I can attach that is less than 150lbs. The best part is that it cost under $30.

Storing Mouthpieces

Storing mouthpieces and keeping them safe has been a bit of a trial for me. I like to keep favorite mouthpieces handy for different playing situations. I tried using a “spare” Crown Royal bag, spare socks, and a variety of original  mouthpiece boxes. These just haven’t been enough to keep them safe on the road. So in a moment of inspiration I came up with using the plastic tube and lid from an instant tea powder container and loading it with foam.

I always placed a clip off reed on mouthpiece to keep the ligature in the proper shape.



If you look clearly you can see it fits neatly in the case and is as safe as possible.