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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Chasarms, Oct 1, 2001.


  1. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Every once in a while, you have something that happens that allows you to realize that the TB is full of real people.

    This weekend, I went to a show of handmade guitar makers that was held in St. Louis. It was mostly acoustic guitars (many of which were very nice) but in the corner I happened to notice that there were some familiar looking basses hanging up there. So, I walked over and started talking to this very nice young man about their products. He was informative and fun to talk to. I ask about price and he said, "you'll have to ask Bill."

    So about that time, "Bill" turns around and says "I'm Bill Conklin, what can I do for you?"

    Cool. I got shake hands with Bill Conklin, we talked for several minutes. Super nice guy. It didn't take long before conversation led to John Turner, so we talked a little bit about JT and how they had built some really nice stuff for him and showed some photos. It was really cool. It made the show for me.

    I also learned that Conklin's shop is in Springfield, MO. I am actually considering getting him to build me a bass. He said I could come down and look around the shop and we could talk about what I wanted and think it out together. How is that for service. Anyway, having never met him, I feel a little closer now to our own John Turner. And anyone considering a Conklin should know that they are giving their cash to a real decent guy.

    Chas
     
  2. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    That is cool! :)

    I would definately go to a luthier myself, when my financial situation permits. I would love a custom ABG that is large bodies like the Mexican guitarron, but fretted and 5 string.
     
  3. Hey that is a cool story Chas!Small world eh? ;)

    Personally I have never tried a Conklin but it is nice to hear that the boss man is a decent and down to earth fellow.I envy you living so close to the factory.Keep us posted on the situation and/or if you do have them build you a bass. :)

    Heck I think ole JT alone keeps `em in business with all them thar dang bass gee-taurs he keeps buyin`!:D :p
     
  4. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Interesting to think, isnt it, that theres statistically about 1-3 people between you and everyone else in the world. Strange, no?
     
  5. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    It's known as "6 degrees of separation".

    Basically, the theory is that everyone is linked by a maximum of 6 people. So I probably know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone... who knows Angus. We meet thousands of people in our lifetimes, so this is conceivable.
     
  6. CaracasBass

    CaracasBass

    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    That is so true........ I had met people that turned out to be friends of other people I know for many years, and in diferent cities in my country.... the world is so small these days.....
     
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I thought that it was known as the seven degrees of Kevin Bacon.:confused:
     
  8. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    wow, kick a$$. man, you shoulda yelled at him "get back to your shop, dammit, and finish john's 8 string!!!" :mad: :D :D

    that's cool. i wish i coulda gone to that show - how come they don't have shows like that in atlanta? :rolleyes: ;)
     
  9. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Which, by the way, I KICK ASS at. Sure, it's embarrassing to admit, but I have never been stumped at SIX DEGREES OF KEVIN BACON.

    (Of course, now someone will probably see this as a challenge). ;)
     
  10. Ready......... The fat nun from the Blues Brothers........ Go:eek:
     
  11. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Too easy.

    Kathleen Freeman (Nun) was with Dan Akroyd in Blues Brothers
    Akroyd w/ Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy
    Freeman with Kevin Costner in Robin Hood
    Costner in JFK with . . . . . . Kevin Bacon
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    How about... Katherine Hepburn?
     
  13. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    So, Chas, did you sign your bank account over to Bill or does he get your first born???
     
  14. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Kate w/ Henry Fonda - On Golden Pond
    Fonda w/ Jason Robards - Once Upon a Time in the West

    Robards w/ Steve Martin - Parenthood

    Martin in Planes, Trains and Automobiles with . . . . Kevin Bacon
     
  15. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I am still mulling it over. I almost hate to ask him to build me a bass. I am afraid the bass I want will be too normal to spark his interest. I can hear it now, "Are you sure you only want 5 strings?" "what's that, only 22 frets?" (Eyes roll) :D
     
  16. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Actually I told him to give me a call when it was done, and I would swing by and pick it up and drop it off at your place. Save the shipping charges.
     
  17. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
  18. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Wow!

    Clara Bow?
     
  19. We could put on our own! I have my wierd ass Aria necked, defretted, four string, old busted up Silvertone f-hole bodied thing hanging in the back of my shop. I'll give her a coat of krylon and show it off.

    I've also been contemplating building a one or two string PVC bass lately, but haven't quite figured out how I want to build the bridge yet.

    I'll play anything damnit!