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New High End Store in LA Area!!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Sep 14, 2002.


  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    went to talk with Michael Spalt at a guitar show in Costa Mesa today.

    He told me about a new store opening up almost in my backyard.

    THE TONE MERCHANTS!!!

    they's in Orange, CA. about 10 mins from me.

    i went to the grand opening today and took some pics.

    http://members9.clubphoto.com/fred536059/913276/guest.phtml

    more of a high end geetar store at the moment. but, the owner (Ed Yoon) will be expanding the bass section soon.

    the website isn't up yet.

    good stuff!!!!!

    fred
     
  2. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Maybe they'll end up picking up where LA Bass Exchange took off...maybe not.

    Man, what's that in the first and third pic? That's one ugly bass....and I use the term "bass" loosely. Actually it looks like someone hit a few of those with the ugly stick.

    brad cook
     
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Looks like a Spalt Magma Lightwave to me.
     
  4. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    yup!

    f
     
  5. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    not a bad selection so-far...
    did you try the Andreas, Kinal, or Ritters?
    I know you don't need to, but I'd like to hear what somebody thought of them.

    Looks like it's shaping up to be a cool store!
     
  6. I just moved *from* there

    I hate life :D
     
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    High end, maybe. But "Ugly Basses 'R' Us" is a better name for the store.

    DANG! Those things are grotesque!

    And xush ... "not a bad selection so-far" Are you on acid, or what?
     
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    GOOD LORD! Those things are ugly.
     
  9. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    I like them :)
     
  10. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    i say hats off to a store that dares to NOT stock Fender, Ibanez, or all the other "non-ugly" brands.

    its all about venturing outside the known.

    i prefer being uncomfy if it makes me rethink what i'm used to.

    for the great unwashed, it boils down to a flip of the phrase:

    "I LIKE WHAT I KNOW."

    i prefer to be challenged.

    f
     
  11. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    I loves me some ugly...
     
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Well, that's all fine and dandy, but the only thing will keep that store (or any other) open is sales. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the basses currently in that store are going to be on the wall for a long time. Why don't you peruse Bass Alone's web site and see how fast the high-end stock in there turns over. Some of those basses have been in the store a year or two. And those are the "pretty" basses. The same was true of LABX, and where are they now? (I bought two Laklands and a Pedulla from Long, Dave and Justin, but it didn't seem to help.)

    Sorry to say it, but our new store is going to need to stock Fenders and probably some of those infernal Ibani, as well, to stay alive. Those god-awful ugly, yet thought-provoking things they've got in there now may tickle our respective fancies, but they'll never be the "meat and potatoes" of bassdom. I suspect they haven't had time to develop relationships with other high-end builders to get something decent in the store. Let's hope they don't turn into one of those Washburn/Dean/Peavey/Jackson kind of places.
     
  13. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    why thankyou, i already have.

    a lot of their stock has sold too. such as the ken lawrence chamberbrace 6 i had my eye on for a while.

    so, with your thinking, we should just avoid trying anything different for the bottom line.

    of course, its about sales...but its also about providing a niche that is pretty vacant out here in what one would think is experimental land.

    maybe some fenders and washburns are in order. but, i nice spin on them would be cool. like some odd mods that would appeal to the street as well as push the envelope.

    if we took your attitude, we'd all be playing $400 basses.

    which is fine. but, i have a problem faulting someone for trying something different.

    i'd rather fail at something i love, than succeed at the mundane.

    f
     
  14. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    i'd rather be on acid, than xanax like you must be to be content with the status quo.

    ;)

    here we go again!

    f
     
  15. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Hey, in my opinion, the more stores out there with custom / hand-made / exotic / fugly / whatever guitars and basses, the better! If I find myself in LA anytime soon I'll appreciate having the ability to swing by that place and check out the Ritters and the Spalts and the Teuffels etc.
     
  16. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    if you do, you'd better ring me up!

    i used to live in the U-Dist...twice actually. once in 1983 and again in 1987.

    f
     
  17. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    :(

    "Sniff"....
    I MISS the LABX!

    :mad:
     
  18. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    yeah, me too.

    LABX is where i got my rob allen, and my only bass at this time - my lightwave zon.

    :(

    f
     
  19. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    I live about 10 mins. from the now-defunct
    (de-funked?) LABX.
    What a great hang!
    Dave showed me the Rob Allen couple years back-
    WOW! I had never played anything that nice & unique!
    Now where am I gonna go, GC? NOT!
    Plus I gotta get my Thomastiks on-line now!
    bummer.
    :cool:
    & Come to think of it, that's where they intro'd the
    Zon Lightwave, w/ the reps & Michael Manring!
    Now I really miss it!!
     
  20. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Oh, don't worry. I'll be over there checking it out on a fairly regular basis. But I won't be buying any of those grotesque doohickies on the wall. It's pretty clear that fhodshon doesn't care about the success of the store. If they don't get some mainstream basses in there, they'd better sell a lot of guitars.

    I never said they shouldn't have any of the exotics in the store. God created them for my amusement, and amuse me they will.