Martin Petersen, owner of the Bass Gallery in Camden, London has been in touch to pass along some big news: Stonefield basses are now in stock. Established in 1992, the Bass Gallery has grown to become one of London's most important places for all things bass. While at the recent London Bass Guitar Show, the Gallery met up with Stonefield founder Tomm Stanley and the discussion about bringing Stonefield into their lineup began.
Martin told us, "Stonefield is based in New Zealand and was only in the UK for the week of the show. Tomm and I had spoken in the past about the Gallery taking on the Stonefield line but this time our meeting was facilitated by two keys friends to us both: Mike Brooks from Bass Player magazine and Dave Swift, the well known bassist in the Jools Holland Band."
Mike dropped into the Stonefield stand with John Chapman from the Gallery and introduced the two. John says, "I was impressed with what I saw and suggested that Tomm get in touch with Martin to discuss the prospect of working with us to bring these unique instruments to the Gallery." Given the busy schedule and tight time frames involved with exhibiting, tear-down and post show move-out requirements, that might or might not have happened had it not been for Dave Swift.
Tomm told us that he and Dave had first met some years ago after the very first London Bass Guitar Show that Stonefield attended, "Dave was always been intrigued by Stonefield's gear, but in that environment Dave's responsibility is to the fans and followers of both himself and Jools Holland's show. That overrides his personal interests, so he's never had time to sit down and really play our basses. I got him over to the stand this year, and he actually had some time to play. He just fell in love with a six-string bass that I had on hand. He wanted to spend some more time on it, but with both of us stretched in a variety of directions, we agreed to connect after the show. Dave suggested the Gallery as a good place to meet."
The Gallery is stocking three of Stonefield’s premium M Series instruments: the very same six-string that Dave is so fond of, a five-string and a five-string fretless.
Visit the Gallery’s website to check them out, or if you’re in the London area, stop into the shop at 142 Royal College Street, Camden and take them for a test drive. To have a look at Stonefield’s complete lineup of basses, outboard electronics and their seriously cool line of Mighty Mini™ amplifier cabinets log onto https://www.stonefieldmusic.com or check their Facebook, Instagram and YouTube sites, all of which can be found under Stonefield Music.