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My son and I had a great time! He is the kid with the brown shirt and glasses in the second tier of pics you guys have posted. It was worth the drive down from Sacramento, totally satisfying. Thanks again, Jonathan, Chris and the rest of the gang, your hard work was greatly appreciated. Thanks to Mike Pedulla, Harvey Citron, Stephen Sukop,the Coppolo crew, and all the other exhibitors, for bringing some of the nicest gear I have ever seen, and for being generous, informative,and kind to all of us bassists! And thanks to all the great artists who showed up to entertain and enlighten us...we were greatly inspired and encouraged to excel in our craft. If I were to make a negative comment, it would be about the Key Club. It was a neat club, but the $150.00 extra charge to sit down at a table was pretty sad...we are musicians, not executives or politicians (I noticed that many seats and tables were unoccupied). My son's comment was, "sitting is a basic right", which garnered a laugh from our fellow bassists who heard him. But the show made up for the egregious profiteering! Thanks to Steve Bailey for herding those bass cats, and making the show work...nice job,Steve, you were patient and gracious. Kudos, BassPlayer Magazine! Daniel De La O

By Daniel De La O on   10/28/2009 2:11 PM


I'd like to see as much info as possible on the round table of bass designer/builders. Maybe some video?

By Doug Jones on   10/28/2009 3:46 PM


I drove in to BPL from Phoenix and it was worth every mile. My biggest appreciation goes to both the BP staff for doing an excellent job and the Clinicians (and their musicians) for taking time out of their busy schedules to pass the knowledge on to us. From Ricky's take on the "business side of the business" to Norwood's funky down to earth presentation; made for a perfect blend. I also appreciated Juan's enthusiasm as he loves music and that clearly comes through on the fretboard and seeing Andrew Gouche and his band was a goose-bump moment as they brought the groove. Honoring Charlie's and Rocco's work was the most important event as those guys have given their lives to our craft and to see how humble they are to me exemplifies Bass Players everywhere. I will be back next year with a few friends...

By Steve P on   10/29/2009 2:19 AM


I was somewhat disappointed to see this year's turnout not as well attended as last year. The clinics were great, the exhibitors were plentiful and knowledgeable, and for so many bass players on the west cosat and in the greater Los Angeles vicinity this is a missed opportunity to hobnob with some spectacular bass players. However, if the west coast doesn't adequately support such an event why have it out here if New York attracts more people? Musicians have to support musicians if we want to be counted in the circle of being well informed. Think of it this way: It's far more economical attending an event such as this for people on the west coast when compared to going to New York: considering airfare, lodging, transportation, food, and overall traveling expenses! To sum up my experience at this year's Bass Player Live is the same as last year, and can be done very succinctly: "There are so very many different ways to play bass guitar!"

By Fritz on   10/28/2009 10:11 PM

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