Exploring Double Bass Transport Options in Singapore
Hi everyone, hope you guys are doing well.
I am going to address a problem that double bass players would constantly face, which is transporting the bass from Point A to Point B.
This is a video of how you could load up the bass if you have a sedan or a hatchback:
With the first method of reclining the front seat, you could still have a passenger sitting at the back.
What if you do not have access to your own vehicle? The next alternative would be public transportation.
If it's a Wheelchair-Accessible Bus, I can get onto the bus, tap my card and occupy the wheelchair area during off-peak hours. Usually I do so for short distance travel.
Some friends have attempted to bring the double bass up to the MRT only to be met with scorn (and/or astonishment) from fellow passengers.
If you have really no choice but to attempt that, I'd suggest you do it during off-peak hours.
However, station managers would be entitled to stop you regardless of peak or off-peak so it really depends on your luck.
Now this will be the most viable option if we decide not to become "Public Enemy No. 1".
Even so, some of the cab drivers will still show you "black face".
So rather than flagging the taxi off the street, I'd usually call or use the app to make a booking. And under comments section(if any) I'd usually put "Instru Transport" or anything along those lines.
Typical Sedan Cab (Hyundai, Toyota, Chevrolet Epica etc)
This is how I'd normally transport the bass, usually I bring it around with the Bass Buggie.
Following the instructions of the video, this is how it'd end up on the sedan cab, while I'm seated directly behind the cab driver.
*As of recent years (blog post date), I haven't seen a lot of SMRT Maxi-Cabs around.
This is the most comfortable option, the last row seats and second row middle seat (room for the neck and scroll) can be reclined completely, and you will be able to seat a total of 3 passengers (1 front, 2 back) + 1 driver.
However, this is also the most expensive option.
Current Bookings for SMRT Ssangyong 7-seaters Maxi-cab cost 10 bucks and the meter runs like a Mercs. If there additional peak hour surcharges, you might want to consider going for the flat fee instead.
Advance Booking with single trip (Point A to Point B) will be a flat fee ranging from 45-55 bucks.
This is the option that I go with because it combines the really affordable rate of a sedan cab and loads up like the Ssangyong (less straining for the back!). Do note that it only allows for one passenger and one driver, both seated in front.
Bass needs to be slanted to an angle to fit in properly.
Making the booking through the SMRT app
To get the Toyota Prius from SMRT, simply download the SMRT Book a Taxi app onto your smart phone.
Next, under the booking screen as shown above, select "Green Taxis".
If you have an important gig, please consider using the Advance Booking instead. And be sure to buffer more time for transport.
There was once I hit close to 45 bucks on the meter from the Prius because of the advance booking fee, the peak hour surcharge, the ERP gantry charges, and a slight jam on the expressway.
I'd probably be better off with the Maxi-cab flat fee charge without a heart attack, so please remember to do a rough calculation of the cab charges against likely traffic conditions before embarking on your journey.
Hope this helps. Let me know if I missed out anything in the comments section.
*As of 20th Oct 2016, Grab has signed a partnership with SMRT. There will probably be changes that might make it easier or more difficult to get the PRIUS. Will see how it goes and update this post.
*9th Dec 2019 - to update with more transport options like BlueSG