Saturday, June 24, 2006

Atlanta Bass Gallery

While in Georgia last week for a class (Theater Deployed Communications - a military class) I had a weekend free, so I drove up to Atlanta to take in the sites. I found the Atlanta Bass Gallery. Wow. That about sums it up! Jim Rubio - owner - had just about every high end bass you can think of - from US Spectors (of course my preference!!) to Ritters and Jerzy Drozd (oh my - these are some nice basses) to Eden (of course!) and then Accugroove and also EA, the new Sadowsky amps, Bag End - oh, my. Bass Heaven indeed!!

Jim was super - we talked for at least an hour, then I went and tried not to drool on all the wonderful basses he has in stock. I've never seen that many high end basses in person before - ever. Fodera, F Bass, NS Design (Ned Steinberger) EUBs - very nice - and I even finally got to play on a Barker! Roscoes, Warwick, Zon, Skjold, Pedulla, Parker, OH - The new MTD Zephyr!! - Modulus, Ken Smith, Mike Lull, Elrick - there were so many nice basses - wow. I was truly impressed.

The last straw - as if the store wasn't perfect already - was the supplies. He has every string manufacturer IN STOCK!! And he had some of the nicest straps I'd ever seen - yes, I'll be getting one. . . Eyeland was the name of one company's strap that was super nice - and then of course there's Levy's - and the Ritter straps were very cool as well - wide and made of some kind of "comfort material (Tempur)" - super comfortable.

Ok - I'll stop. If you are ever in Atlanta - stop by - you will be impressed.

Atlanta Bass Gallery
1584 Piedmont Ave
Atlanta, GA 30324

Monday, June 12, 2006

Tour of US Music (with Pics!!)

Well, with the festival coming upon us - yes, Cornerstone - we're working on building up the PA to it's optimum. We've added a couple more power amps, and went this past weekend to pickup our 4 new SoundTech 2 x 18s. Yes, four of them. Should sound good. Very good in fact. :)

While we were there, we were able to talk with our friends at US Music and we got a tour of the facilities! It was very cool. We were shown the places where they make the Washburn acoustics - by hand - and the Washburn electrics, the custom shop where the paint is applied - the drying facilities, the necks for the Parkers, the bodies, the pickups being wound, the CNC machines that cut out the bodies, the bare wood, the blanks for bodies and necks, the neck wood - well, you get the idea. Very cool. Here's some pics to document what we saw. . .

Here's some guitars going through the 'being built' phase. This was very cool to see - the guys at Washburn making guitars. Very cool...

Hmm what's this? An empty area where some new walls are . . .

Empty Eden Boxes - here's Eden cabs going through the process of being built - before they get carpet and speakers:

String Winding - these are the original string machines that DaVinci used - so yes, they wind their own strings:

This is a beautiful thing. . . wow - look at all that EDEN!!!!