From the Wal website: Sad news It is with deepest sadness that we must pass on the news that Pete "The Fish" Stevens, co-founder of Wal Bass Guitars, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday 28th December. He had recently celebrated his 65th birthday. As many in the Wal family will know, Pete had suffered from chronic respiratory problems for many years. The world of music has lost a great innovator and a true craftsman, and we have lost a dear friend. Pete's funeral will take place at Amersham Crematorium on Tuesday 10th January 2012 at 12:15pm. Rather than send flowers, Pete's family has requested that friends make a donation to their favourite charity in his memory.