Basschat Double Bass Bash 2018

The 2018 double bass bash was held in mid-April after almost two years, in a different location from 2016, and organised by Brother Malvis as opposed to Bassace. That's where the difference ends, though - many of our DB regulars attended this time too, and the meetup had an added international flavour due to the... Continue Reading →

London Bass Guitar Show 2018 – Part 2

Here is the second part with photos of the best bass event of the year in the UK! The exhibitors are in alphabetical order, although some stands covered more than one company. As usual, almost all of the photos were taken before the doors opened to the general public. This year I noticed the appearance... Continue Reading →

London Bass Guitar Show 2018 – Part 1

This year the London Bass Guitar Show had a different look, the main exhibitor area having been divided into smaller areas through floor-to-ceiling partitions. The new layout had the function of dampening the noise and gathering together similar exhibitors, creating, for instance, an Amplification Zone and an Instrument Zone. As always, in addition to the... Continue Reading →

NAMM 2018, Part 4 – Beyond Bass

The last part of my NAMM blog series includes booths that were not specifically aimed at bass players, but managed to attract our attention and intrigue us even amid the chaos and cacophony. You'll also see some bass amplification, as well as a few well known faces we spotted randomly at booths. Aguilar Amplification The... Continue Reading →

NAMM 2018 Part 3 – Bass!!

The hall that holds much of the gear we GASsing musicians are there to ogle/stalk/drool over/lust after (delete as appropriate) is located on the ground floor in the main centre. The hall is, in fact, made up by four adjacent mega-halls linked by large doorways. We worked out that it’s a rectangle the size of... Continue Reading →

NAMM 2018, Part 2 – A general look

2018 has been the year I finally attended the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California for the first time. Held at the end of January, it’s the first music-related show of the year and the largest, as well as the broadest in scope. The footprint of the show is huge, as... Continue Reading →

Basschat South East Bash 2017

Our usual September appointment with the Jubilee School in Addlestone was another well-attended GAS-fest with mouth-watering gear on show in the Main Hall. In addition, we had an early talk by Lee of Anderton Music, and two great guests offering two totally different takes on bass playing: Davey Rimmer of Uriah Heep and solo bassist... Continue Reading →

London Bass Guitar Show 2017

For the best part of this year life got majorly in the way of my music blogging, but I finally managed to sift through my photos of the event back in March - here they are! This year, once again, the show was mostly populated by smaller companies whose offerings have nothing to envy the... Continue Reading →

Basschat Double Bass Bash 2016

After a few failed attempts in previous years, this year, at the beginning of October, I was finally able to attend the annual Basschat upright bassists' meetup, held in Risley near Derby, and what a fine day it was. Basschat has a small but highly dedicated contingent of talented, experienced double bassists who don't mind... Continue Reading →

Basschat Herts Bash 2016

If it's the first week of June, then it's got to be Herts Bassbash time! And again, organiser Mick The Greek – with help from Bassface2k10, Lozz196, Grangur's wife Louisa and Sibob's parents – did a sterling job. The ream created an excellent opportunity for us to meet up, ogle and try each other's basses,... Continue Reading →

London Bass Guitar Show 2016

The buzz about the 2016 London Bass Guitar Show started as soon as we had recovered from the excitement of the 2015 show. At first, new information came as a trickle: the 2016 date was announced; we were promised the event would be amazing. 'Huh, that's what the organisers always say, isn't it' we mumbled... Continue Reading →

Basschat South East Bash 2015

After last year's November date, this year the South East Bass Bash was back to its more customary slot at the end of September. And a very well attended bash it was. The event's schedule was as fascinating and as full as ever: a talk about setting up our basses, one about a year in... Continue Reading →

Basschat Herts Bash 2015

It's summer (at least according to the calendar) – that means Herts Bass Bash! This year the by now customary, and highly anticipated, appointment with Breaks Manor in Hatfield was on a cool, greyish Sunday in mid-June. Despite the England football match scheduled for the evening, this meetup was one of the most successful ever... Continue Reading →

London Bass Guitar Show 2015

Had we been remotely inclined to listen to its detractors’ bleating in the run-up to the event, the London Bass Guitar Show 2015 was going to be The One The Biggest Manufacturers Did Not Bother Attending and The One Where The Noise Is So Bad You Can’t Hear Yourself Thinking, Let Alone Playing Bass and... Continue Reading →

Bell Studios Launch Party, 15/01/15

As a Chiswick resident, a former Tech Music School (now BIMM) mature student, and someone who often works in Acton near to what was for years simply Bell Percussion, the awesome drums store, I couldn't have been happier to find out that the shop was expanding into rehearsal studios in 2015 and having a mid-January... Continue Reading →

Basschat South East Bash 2014

The 8th annual South East meetup was held at Jubilee High School in Addlestone a little later in the year than usual - on 1st November (Halloween weekend!) as opposed to late September. This year the bash was deliberately planned in a more relaxed way, with fewer talks and masterclasses than the star-studded, incredibly fast-paced... Continue Reading →

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