New York State of Mind

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES NEW YORK SO INCREDIBLE is its sheer density of interesting, creative people. It’s as evident in the music as it is among the people making the tools for those musicians. I recently headed east to visit a bunch of the top bass and amp builders in the biz. One thing I learned: when it comes to bass building, tiny little Woodstock gives the Big Apple a run for its money! The shot at left was from heck of a memorable dinner with some of the brightest bulbs in bass. There’s many more cool pix from my week-long sojourn to check out. Just got to our blog www.bassplayer.com.
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ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES NEW YORK SO INCREDIBLE is its sheer density of interesting, creative people. It’s as evident in the music as it is among the people making the tools for those musicians. I recently headed east to visit a bunch of the top bass and amp builders in the biz. One thing I learned: when it comes to bass building, tiny little Woodstock gives the Big Apple a run for its money! The shot at left was from heck of a memorable dinner with some of the brightest bulbs in bass. There’s many more cool pix from my week-long sojourn to check out. Just got to our blog www.bassplayer.com

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