NBD: My road trip to Upton Bass (complete with both bass and food porn)

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  1. tb-player

    tb-player sarcasm intended… always! Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Maryland
    Last Thursday I made the 6-hour trek from Maryland to Mystic, CT to pick up my new upright bass from Upton Bass. I had ordered a basic, standard ply bass back in the summer, hoping to have it in time for a few Christmas gigs.

    Due to the pandemic, Upton Bass had to push back their build dates and I was going to miss the holidays. So I called to cancel my order & find another option. Eric Roy, the shop manager said, “I have an idea that you might like...” He had a customer who had commissioned a Hawkes Hybrid bass back in 2007. That same bass today would be the Upton Brescian Hybrid. The customer broke the neck of that bass and ended up trading it toward a new build.

    Eric told me he could refinish the body, put on a new neck and bridge, and have that bass ready to go in two weeks. He sent me a couple of photos and I jumped at it. It was a great deal. Hence, my road trip!

    I arrived in Mystic on Thursday night, got checked into my hotel & decided to see the sights. There was a cool area called the Olde Mystic Shoppes where I bought a few souvenirs and enjoyed the Christmas lights.
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    After that, I got a little hungry. So I did something I don’t normally do... I went to a nice restaurant and ate by myself. At first it was awkward, but it felt like a bass player kind of thing to do. I had some delicious lobster bisque and the best lobster roll I’ve ever eaten. When in New England...
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    The next morning I went to Upton Bass. I’ve been there once before and it never fails to impress. Upton basses are built in a restored barn in the historic district of Mystic, CT.
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    As you walk inside, you’re on the 2nd floor, where the basses are being built by hand.
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    The third floor is heaven. It’s where all the finished basses reside, including mine.
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    It was quite an adventure with a big payoff! This bass is great. It looks new and the sound is booming.

    Of course, as I drove home with my new bass, I had to make a quick stop in Philly for a Tony Luke’s Roast Pork Italian with spicy spinach and sharp provolone. Yummm!!!
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    Here’s a couple more bass photos from when I got her home.
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    Later this week, I’ll replace the D & G strings with Pirastro Obligatos. I’ll leave the Spirocores on the E & A. And that’s it. She’s otherwise perfect.

    Needless to say, I could not be more pleased! This is a beautifully crafted instrument that will bring me years of enjoyment.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2020
  2. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Looks like a winner! And I love road trips (especially when they involve good food)
     
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  3. tb-player

    tb-player sarcasm intended… always! Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Maryland
    Yeah, man! It was a long couple of days, but well worth it (both bass and food... lol)
     
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  4. You scored man, the hybrid is a nice upgrade! Looks beautiful.
     
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  5. sean_on_bass

    sean_on_bass Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    USA
    Very nice! Great looking bass and pics, also super jealous of the food...barely been able to eat out this year.
     
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  6. tb-player

    tb-player sarcasm intended… always! Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Maryland
    Yeah, the solid top really makes is resonant. It’s nice!
     
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  7. tb-player

    tb-player sarcasm intended… always! Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Maryland
    I have to admit, as much as I love the bass, the food was a highlight for sure.
     
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  8. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    Nice!
     
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  9. BobKay

    BobKay Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Estero, Florida; USA
    Great trip report, thanks. Enjoy the new bass.
     
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  10. Len S

    Len S

    Jun 17, 2020
    Baltimore, MD
    Thanks so much for the report and pix! The bass I'm considering are in those pix and I think you responded in the other thread! Very spendy, but we shall see if my wife agrees. It's at the absolute top of my range. The food looked awesome! Due to my COVID worries, I may try to do this drive in one day. It's probably a horrible idea, but we'll see. I've done round trips to Pittsburgh in a single day and probably there is no NYC traffic at this point.
     
  11. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    You could wipe your greasy fingers on the strings. That should give the bass plenty of "stank" for roots Americana. But it looks like you were smiled upon. Great bass.
     
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  12. Sands

    Sands Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2016
    Most excellent adventure. Nice bass!
     
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  13. tb-player

    tb-player sarcasm intended… always! Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Maryland
    One day is an ambitious trip. I stayed at the Hyatt Place in Mystic. I only spent $80 total for the room and their covid protocols were top notch. I felt very safe and comfortable spending the night.

    Traffic was surprisingly busy for a Thursday. The Bronx was no big deal, but some of the CT driving was bumper to bumper.

    It’s a cool little town.
     
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  14. Those Philly Pork sandwiches are legendary. I am getting one for sure next time I am there!
    Lobster rolls are pretty good, but the $20 price tag kind of sums up the north east! You can get a fresh live lobster for $5 if you know where to got, the mayo and the bun are easy enough to add.
    I would have opted for a clam pizza and/or a steam burger at Ted's if was up that way.

     
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  15. tb-player

    tb-player sarcasm intended… always! Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Maryland
    Tony Luke’s makes a nice pork sandwich. But the best is John’s Roast Pork on Snyder Ave. It is spectacular. Their cheesesteaks are also the best in Philly.

    I’ll check out Teds next time I’m up that way. Once covid is ‘managed’, I’d love to vacation up there for a week or two.
     
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  16. Sands

    Sands Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2016
    I may need to relocate.
     
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  17. Len S

    Len S

    Jun 17, 2020
    Baltimore, MD
    That may be the move. Thanks!
     
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  18. Drifter8230

    Drifter8230

    Sep 4, 2020
    NOVA
    If it's one thing Connecticut gets right, it's quiant little workshops in quaint little towns....and lobster rolls and chowder...lots of chowder :thumbsup:

    I am from there and I never knew about Upton bass down there!
     
  19. Sands

    Sands Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2016
    My wife digs lobster. Go east young man!
     
  20. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    A real CT lobster roll and Tony Luke’s best sammie, I’m impressed!
     
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