Changes in humidity may have a severe impact on any acoustic double bass! Especially at risk are fully carved instruments – the method of constructing the finest new and vintage instruments. Durability is designed into laminated basses with crisscrossed layers and overlapping grain patterns.

Working musicians active in snowy climates face the added danger of slips and falls – very hazardous to the protruding neck of the bass!

This winter, Mike Asetta has repaired numerous cracks and splits along with much more significant damage.

Your best defense is to monitor the humidity levels and utilize simple room or whole house humidifiers. Drastic and sudden temperature changes faced by instruments utilized by working musicians traveling to venues are a serious danger to the instrument. If a bass is not available for your use at the performance site, consider the possibility of a hybrid or laminated instrument when facing extreme weather conditions.

Inquiries are always invited, please contact Mike at 860-685-1621 or email