I'm especially looking for bassists here who bought their first bass before the big box retailers and the internet, because I'm looking for stories of great old music stores that may have or have not passed. For me, it was 1983, I was 14, I had been borrowing a friends Sekova bass and I wanted to take lessons and join a band. I went with my mom and a friend to Focus II Guitar in Belmore LI. All I knew is that I didn't want a copy of anything. I wound up buying a Washburn Force 4 that I still have.