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Stuff in London

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Sharp, Jan 27, 2004.


  1. Sharp

    Sharp

    Jan 27, 2002
    Oakland
    Artists Relations, KMI
    Im going to London for my ski-week break (mid feb.) so... whats there to see and do? esp. musically. esp. esp. bass ?? thanks-

    -Tom
     
  2. Sharp

    Sharp

    Jan 27, 2002
    Oakland
    Artists Relations, KMI
    bump
     
  3. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    The two best bass shops in London are:

    1. The Bass Gallery (www.thebassgallery.com) - a very small, out-of-the-way shop that tends to specialise in high-end equipment. Downstairs is the workshop where Martin Peterson builds Sei basses (www.seibass.com).

    2. The Bass Centre (www.basscentre.com). Has now moved into central London as part of 'House of Guitars'. I've only visited the shop once, when it was at its old site. Hopefully some other TBers can tell you what to expect you now.

    There's also a number of music shops clustered together on Denmark St (www.wom.co.uk). The Bass Cellar has a terrible reputation for poor service. It's a good area for sheet music/instructional books though.
     
  4. 2nd what David says in his post. They are really the only two serious bass shops in London.

    Regards

    Matthew
     
  5. Gia

    Gia

    Feb 28, 2001
    roseability
    i'm here!

    if you're anyway into the gothic/darkwave/ebm scene check out slimelights - www.slimelight.net

    i'll be there every saturday from 11pm to 6am ;)
     
  6. I went to the Bass Centre the other week and I can thoroughly recommend making the effort to go there (and to The Gallery). The guys at the Bass Centre were very happy for me to take my pick of what was hanging up and have a noodle. No pressure, no "are you gonna buy that, then?" type of comments. Very cool indeed. Plus the new shop is very cool. Plenty of space, nicely laid out... :cool:
     
  7. hmmm, I wasn't so impressed by the new Bass Centre in Brune St.(also take an A-Z to stand a chance of finding the place...)-
    the guy there didn't seem to know very much- also he was selling someone a standard Boss Chorus pedal, saying "some companies do bass choruses, but this will work"- yes- Boss, for instance-the CEB3 :rolleyes:

    still, better attitude than the Bass Cellar :p
     
  8. Sharp

    Sharp

    Jan 27, 2002
    Oakland
    Artists Relations, KMI
    all that info is great!, thanks guys-

    now, any recomendations on places to go to hear some great playing? i mean, i love playing with gear, but what else is cool in London?
     
  9. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    What sort of stuff are you into?
     
  10. MTR - Well I kind of knew what I wanted to check out, and what I was playing. I just appreciated the low pressure environment...

    BTW - Lakland 44-02 + Eden rig (WT head) = YUMMY!!!
     
  11. Sharp

    Sharp

    Jan 27, 2002
    Oakland
    Artists Relations, KMI
    most anything except country/western, metal, bad punk, electronic/techno/rave/dance, and preteen pop. i dig just about anything with a deep groove and quality playing/musicianship.
     
  12. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Off the top of my head, I can recommend the Jazz Cafe (www.jazzcafe.co.uk) in Camden, North London. George Duke is playing there 16th-20th Feb - Christian McBride is on bass - should be cool! Brian Auger & The Trinity are there are on the 22nd.

    The weblink I've included above actually takes to you the webpage of Mean Fiddler, a big promotion company over here. The website has details of lineups at a variety of London venues.

    DB
     
  13. Toupé

    Toupé

    Jan 10, 2004
    Southampton, UK
    Toupé at the Dublin Castle (Camden) Feb 13th. You should try and make it. Two bass players kicking the ass out of our basses. www.fakehair.co.uk for more info. If you fancy it... :)