Places a bass player should see in NY, CT, GA.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Mister_argentum, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Mister_argentum


    Aug 30, 2011
    Dear TBers,

    Next month I'll be visiting the US (for the first time). What places (bass related, music related) can you recommend as worth visiting?

    Also, what music stores in NY are worth visiting (lots of american basses, amps, etc) ?

    I'll be in the US for three weeks as I'll be visiting family and friends.

    Thanks in advance, any advice will be more than welcome.


  2. Mister_argentum


    Aug 30, 2011
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  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Where in NY and CT? I don't want to assume you mean NYC...and even then...where in NYC? It's a big place.
  4. rstellar13

    rstellar13 Sarcastic Panda

    Sep 2, 2012
    Allentown, PA
    I mean there is Rudys if you wanna see high end basses, I was just there today, nt if you wanna just see american basses theres a Sam Ash thats just general stuff, both in NYC
  5. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
    Atlanta bass gallery. The big chicken.

    Try posting in Off Topic. [DEL]They like to mouth off more.[/DEL] It gets more traffic.
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  6. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    House of Guitars in Rochester, NY.
  7. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    Beat me to it. Use to love to visit there when I was a younger lad, haven't been back in years.
  8. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Unless the world has drastically changed 48th street has plenty of guitars etc. The visit Matt Umanov on Bleeker street. In fact spend a day walking around the Bleeker Street area. Avoid Bleeker Bobs. Go to Ponchitos and the Blind Tiger
  9. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    If you're spending an evening in Connecticut and you're anywhere near New Haven, see who's playing at Toad's Place. Modest-sized venue that gets a lot of great bands coming through.
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  10. Mister_argentum


    Aug 30, 2011
    Thank you guys for the answers.

    Let me specify, by NY I intended NYC, I'll be in queen's brooklin and bronx.

    So good to hear about connecticut because I'll be in new haven, I'll check out who's playing there.

    I'm leaving tomorrow, I'm sure there's a lot going on the USA so I'll let some room for improvising.


  11. Sadowsky in queens, the Sam Ash on 34st is where some of the 48th street stores have merged, Mannys and the Bass Lounge. If you go tho Sam Ash you will probably see Larry Hartke he runs the bass department and Ian Goldrich son of Mannys founder Manny Goldrich works there handling their vintage guitars. Enjoy you trip to the US!
  12. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Most of the better stores are in Manhattan:
    Sam Ash on 34th
    Guitar Center on 14th
    30th Street Guitars
    Rudy's on 48th
    Rivington on 4th (very overpriced IMO)
    Umanov Guitars on Bleeker
    Ludlow Guitars
    1st Flight Music
    Warwick Custom Shop

    Brooklyn has Main Drag Music.
    Staten Island has Mandolin Brothers
    Queens has Sadowsky and Guitar Center
    No clue on the Bronx...they have The Yankees :)

    They are all going to be hit or miss in terms of what they have in stock. 30th Street has a decent amount on vintage stuff. I'm not sure they even carry new basses or amps. Ludlow has a ton of effects but not much bass stuff.

    It has, Rudy's is the only place left on 48th.
  13. JB36

    JB36 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2010
    Albany, NY
    I just found this out the hard way visiting NYC for the first time in a long while. Stupid Yahoo had Sam Ash listed on 48th. Walked there and found Sam and the old Manny's closed. Rudy's was cool, but on the small side. Bass players hike it up to the third floor.

    I went to the new Sam Ash store. Nice selection of gear. I met Larry Hartke there and he was very cool.
  14. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    In Georgia, the Georgia Theater and the Tabernacle would be awesome places to try and catch a show. Sound Tribe Sector 9 came out of there and they've been slaying it lately. It's a pretty hip scene:

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  15. swrbass5

    swrbass5 Gold Supporting Member

    I was in Atlanta at Six Flags with the kids for a weekend. Stopped by the Atlanta Bass Gallery, which was right on the way from our hotel. It is VERY hard to find, in an industrial (or medical looking) office mall. In fact, I drove right up to the door before I figured out that the sign was right in front of me. Very nice store - really organized inside. You can tell that this isnt a place where alot of "kids" come in and get nasty hands on the instruments -(like some of the chain stores I've visited).
    NutDog - I'm assuming that's the Big Chicken in Marietta? Lol
  16. No kidding ABG is hard to find! I decided to check it out last Fall after driving down to Atlanta for a Rush concert. Drove all over the place trying to find it. Asked several people including employees of the Starbucks across the road, and nobody had a clue where it was. The fact that it's on the backside of a strip mall and no big signs out front make it almost impossible to see. Nice store though. Lots of high-end stuff that you don't see at places like GC.
  17. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
    Is there another?

    The list of attractions in GA that you can't see anywhere else is kind of short. Stone mountain, Vidalia Onion Fest in the spring, Ellijay Apples in the fall (side trip to Burt's Pumpkin Farm), John Turner's house.... The three dollar cafe at Windy Hill used to have a world class beer selection.

    Go to a mall or decent place to eat on the north side of Atlanta and you'll see some of the most beautiful, sweetest, best sounding women in the world.
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  18. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    Georgia Tech, CNN, Atlanta Aquarium, Coke Factory?
  19. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
    Cool places, I'm sure, if, unlike me, your interests extend beyond music, food, hot babes and beer (not necessarily in that order).

    I spent several years at GA Tech extending my adolescence. It holds 3 unique distinctions that I'm aware of:

    1. Most red bricks per square foot.
    2. Most nerds per square foot.
    3. A babe repelling device hidden somewhere on campus. The story goes a brilliant engineer named George P. Burdell built it in the 60's. He also built a babe magnet. He was going to keep the magnet and hide the chick repeller at the University of GA as a prank. But word got out and three UGA students (I use the term loosely) stole them both. They hid the repeller somewhere on campus. I'm pretty sure it's in the Chi Psi house, but it could also be in Smith dorm.

    They took the magnet back to Athens and buried it along Milledge Ave. Several attempts were made to recover it but whenever the Tech search parties got close to the beautiful women they lost their ability to speak and think. Some had uncontrollable bowel movements. It wasn't pretty.

    George P. Burdell went into hiding.
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