Oh, hello. Didn't see you come in there, have a seat. You know, you're special. Not in the every-snowflake-is-unique sense of the word, but still quite a rare individual, because you've managed to make it all the way to the right of the top navigation bar, and landed here. Congratulations are in order all around.
So this is the blog, where, not unlike a lunatic, I construct sentences and thoughts that are that do not have a high probability of seeing the light of day. I'm not quite sure what my motivation is here, other than the fact that facebook and twitter kind of feel like a farce when we're talking about the kind of audience reach I have. Plus, since the main motivation of the site may or may not be marketing in nature (recommended viewing), it's best to sweep the crazy under the rug a bit.
Here's my electric bass:
It sounds great. It plays great. It looks great. But the best part about it is, I know the guy that made it. Simon Propert works by day doing a helluva job fixing and customizing double basses at David Gage Stringed Instruments, but he also makes electric basses. I played one of his basses at DG a few years ago, and decided instantly that this was the electric bass for me.
There's a mystique that surrounds mass-made instruments in general - as musicians, we don't really know what goes on inside the factory. Sometimes the instruments turn out great, sometimes not so much. Usually the difference is attributed to some change in the industrial process ("ever since CBS bought out Fender and scraped the old machines, they haven't sounded the same", or so the mantra goes). With Simon, there was no mystery, and I mean that in the best possible way - I knew that he was going to build a great bass, and if something in the process wasn't going the way he (or I) wanted it to, it would be fixed until the instrument did exactly what an electric bass is supposed to do.