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 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 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 →

Basschat Herts Bash 2014

After its success in 2013, the highly anticipated Herts Bass Bash returned to Hatfield on a warm Sunday in early July 2014, again thanks to organisers The Greek (Mick), Lozz196 (Laurence) and Bassface2K10 (Chris). Despite clashing with the Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Wimbledon Men's final, the bash was well attended. We would be... Continue Reading →

Basschat South East Bash, 2013

It had been building up for months, and had become frantic in the last few weeks. The list of participants, regularly updated on the dedicated thread on Basschat, had been getting longer and longer. The gear they were going to bring was mouth-watering. The guests, sponsors and masterclasses were unmissable. It was the biggest South... Continue Reading →

Basschat Herts Bash 2013

On Saturday 1st June 2013 the warm weather had just arrived, finally, when many Basschatters from Hertfordshire and London gathered at Breaks Manor Youth Centre at Hatfield for our first, highly anticipated, Mid-Herts/North London bass bash. As well as using the small reception area to meet up in person, have breakfast and chat, we used... Continue Reading →

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