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 presence of Basschatter Staggering On, who had travelled all the way from Canada.
Waterloo Farm in Fringford, near Bicester, may not have looked like one of our traditional meeting points for a bass bash, but its barn is used for choir singing, and turned out to be perfect for our meetup.
This year we decided to keep the schedule totally unregimented, so there were no planned talks – we wanted to just meet up, play each other’s basses, chat at leisure, and let double bass GAS take hold of us unhindered.
Brother Malvis also brought a Hungarian 1965 bass with a distinctive pairing of colours, and a KK Baby Bass
There was much comparing of amplification and pickup performance.
We adjourned to the lobby for a relaxing lunch break in front of the fire, in the company of Crumbles the house dog.
We even had time for the ritual Burning Of The Old Soundpost by StingrayPete
Back in the main room, Brother Malvis’ distinctive black DB was the subject of some attention.
We also had ukes! One uke and a mini double bass, to be precise.
Bows were brought in, swapped and tested
Then we looked at Audrey’s Eminence – and the GAS was strong with that.
Happy Jack’s Takamine TB10 is an acceptable replacement for those DB gigs where there’s no space or headroom
We took photos of the entire group (minus yours truly who was behind the lens), and these are some of the best.
The meetup was great fun from start to finish, and we all loved having the time to catch up with old friends and putting faces to new screen names. As for GAS, there was quite a lot of it, as you can magine! I’m curious to see how many of us turn up at the next bash with new purchases, possibly – in Basschat’s honoured tradition – having bought each other’s instruments after seeing them here. 😀