Hello fellow BVB enthusiasts and curious onlookers! I wanted to take a couple of moments to look back on my first full year taking a Barker fretless 4 to work with me. In that year it's been on a variety of jobs, including the CBS-2 Nueva Estrella Awards, the wedding of Regis Philbin's daughter (where the BVB backed up Neil Sedaka), and recording sessions for singer-songwriter Ari Benjamin. The BVB has been to the Waldorf Astoria, The Pierre Hotel, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Rainbow Room atop the GE Building in Rockefeller Center several times. It's also been in a wide variety of synagogues, catering halls and hotels all around the Metro NYC area. The BVB has also accompanied my students at the high school where I teach -- most recently the beginning guitar class recital. Nine kids on acoustic guitars and me on the Barker. The sound and the look have turned heads everywhere I go. I get raves from my colleagues on the bandstand. My students are fascinated and their parents are impressed too. Total strangers come up to me when I'm playing a cocktail hour to compliment this beautiful new instrument. Recording engineers thank me for making their job easier. The sound company for my main band loves it when I bring my Barker to the gig. By contrast, my plywood upright bass (a Merson from the '50s or early '60s) has been in its case in my basement the entire time, gathering dust and taking up space. My Barker fretless has not only usurped the former role of my double bass, but I find opportunities to work it in on jobs where I am not even hired to play upright. This is a really fun, great sounding, great looking, easy-to-play instrument which has made me look forward to my upright calls rather than silently dread them. Thanks Lee, for making life on the bandstand a lot more fun and rewarding. I look forward to many more years of happily plunking away on a BVB.