I did a gig in Pennsylvania last week, and at the last minute I had an equipment malfunction. Not being from this area and never having played in this part of PA, I had a hard time finding what I needed. So I would like to start a thread of places, mom and pop or small chain, NOT GC, SMASH, yada, where a guy like me could go to find a good selection of basses, decent supplies of parts like strings, picks, pickups, and great customer service. That way, if we need, we can always come here when we are on the road. I'll start with these in NJ: Russo Music, Asbury Park and Hamilton. Carry a lot of high end, including Orange, Hartke, GK, Ampeg, Fano basses and US Fender, Gibson, G&L. Open late on weekends for musicians, and, in a pinch, they will send someone to the store to open up if you have a gig and a major malfunction. New Jersey Guitar and Bass Center, Metucheon. Jay has maybe the best vintage stuff on the wall, and carries Music Man and Rick. He also has tons of new and vintage parts should you need them. Monmouth Music, Red Bank. Limited bass selection, although they carry all the Fender, Squier, Gibson and Epiphone models, usually in all the options. Only place so far I've seen all the Squier Jag models, and several in color choices. Also, if you need a precision, they have ALL the models to choose from. Freehold Music, Freehold. Not the largest selection, but the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and often can pull out what you need. They also have a sister store, Bayshore Music. Maybe the largest display of DR strings I've seen other then in the DR factory. Okay everyone, give me yours!