BLABLA had its first ever meeting/feast/drunkfest this past Monday and Tuesday. What the heck is BLABLA? The Brotherhood of Loosely Associated Bass Luthiers of America. Nnick Lloyd dreamed this thing up at the '03 ISB convention, and he somehow recently convinced the McIntosh family of Cambridge, NY to host the powwow. Check out the attendees, folks: Me, Jeff Bollbach, Robert McIntosh, Nnick, Andy Stetson, Chris Roberts, Bill Lakeberg, Tom Barrett, Mark Leue, Zachary Martin, Jay VandeKopple, and Jed Kriegel (my most skillful assistant). A great time was had by all, and I'd like to thank Nnick for his persistence in getting this off the ground; and Robbie and Bliss McIntosh for their limitless hospitality. TB'ers, I have to say this: I don't think there has ever been such a high-powered assembly of talented luthiers who have gotten together to raise the bar concerning bass construction and repair. Not violins, not guitars, not mandolins, just our beloved doghouse!