Originally Posted by T Kerr
I just ran across this posting here and take offense to the last posting, done by KungFuSheriff.
Sheriff, please explain how we are notorious, and what intellectual property we could possibly have lost a dispute over and with whom, and why you would suggest someone look elsewhere for an Eminence bass???
We are absolutely a solid reputable upright bass specialty shop with no reason to be slighted by anyone. Give us some actual facts here or take your aspersions back.
Moderator please take note of this as well. Seems to me this kind of posting violates tou.
What's your real problem Sheriff ?
I can chime in here, being in LA for the past 5+ years as an upright player. For some reason, and I admit that I don't really know why, FMI has a questionable rep among the bassists I speak with. Of course, that's not ALL of the bassists in LA, so maybe I'm getting a biased sample. Regardless, it seems as though FMI have some work to do on their rep before they are really taken seriously amount dedicated upright players in LA. I suspect KungFu is commenting on that rep rather than anything else. Maybe it's just because FMI is the newer kid on the block, but I suspect that there's more to it than that. Prove me wrong.
I do know that I'd buy an Eminence from Gollihur or Gary Bartig directly before I tried FMI. In fact, I bought my Eminence from World of Strings in Long Beach. And I think John was happy to get it off of his showroom floor.
All of that said, I think I bought a styrofoam bass case from FMI several years ago and I think I got fair deal, straight up, for only $300. A few years later, the zipper broke on that inexpensive foam case, and I had a shoe repair guy repair it. It's a cheap case, but I definitely got my money's worth out of it.
Buyer beware, but IMO, I think FMI is a reputable musical instrument business. They may tend towards the less expensive items, but then, that's the consumer's choice. If you want something better than rock bottom prices, I'd ask them and a few others about options.
Gotta say, I tend to trust John at World of Strings, where I bought my carved upright, and Stein on Vine. Over the years, I've done a lot of accessory business with Gollihur and have always been happy with my purchases there, even years later. I think Bob and Mark really make an effort to steer the buyer to the product that meets their needs, and they only carry good stuff.
Long and short, FMI is probably okay for less expensive purchases and for some reason, they have a less than wonderful rep in LA local. My personal experience with them for an inexpensive accessory went well. Shop around. If you're shopping for a bargain, FMI may well have what you want.
Personally, before I bought a bass for non rockabilly music, I'd check with others first and then circle back to them.
Just one man's relatively educated opinion.
Flame away. It's the truth as I know it.