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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rulyøngo, Aug 1, 2005.
For sure my first stop will be at:
20 Jay Street #5C Brooklyn, NY 11201
ruly tu vas a comprar un Sadowsky?
This is kinda off topic but any rad shops besides sadowsky I should try and check out?
New York,the meca of the boutique basses
Go to 48th Street between 6th and 7th (you can take the 1 to 50th -i think-, or just about anything to Times Square(42nd Street) and walk it. The avenues go up from right to left.)
On 48th you have Sam Ash ( ), Mannys ( ), Rudy's ( - Rudy's = Rudy Pensa of Pensa Guitars. They have the nicest basses youll see in a shop in NY), and some custom shop way up a flight of stairs btwn Sam Ash and Rudy's (never been there) ) ... how many parens do i need to close? haha
Theres also Guitar Center on 14th off B'way...
Oh, and in LES (lower east side), theres a few places. Theres ... argh... Rivington Guitars (youll have to get directions for that one. They carry a looot of retro stuff and huuuuge marshalls - they might be fake. never asked.)
Oh, and go to Staten Island's Mandolin Brothers (famous collector of real vintage stuff (www.mandoweb.com).
To get there, take the Staten Island Ferry (take the 1 all the way downtown to it. last stop. be in the first 5 cars) and take the s48 (bus ramp c). Its about 15 minutes, i think. itll be on your right side in a really unobvious building (its yellowish with like 2 windows). I think its across the street from a Duane Reade shopping center.
hmmm.... also I think Nino lives in Staten Island (Valenti Basses.. but Im sure you knew that)... im not sure if he has a shop, but you can probably talk to him or something.
hhhmmmmmm..... Have fun! you can message or email me or IM me or whatever if you need anymore help.
nice,very helpful response
Fodera is in brooklyn as well. You GOTTA check out the 55 Bar ! you can catch Anthony Jackson with Wayne Krantz sometimes- do a google search for 55 bar NYC and you can see who is scheduled to play- get there early! i couldnt last time and had to stand outside and -
que la pases bien en NY!
Yep, these are the places to be. Especially Manny's has a few Fodera's, couple of sweet high end basses. Rudy's has the CRAZIEST basses you've ever seen, but don't even think about going in there with a credit card. All high end stuff, even a few Ritters.
be prepared tp pay those NYC prices , though!
I dont think the prices are that bad in NYC (as opposed to some stories Ive heard), unless you dont mean on instruments, then youre right.
DONT EVER BUY ANYTHING FROM A FOOD CART.
or those "gourmet" delis. Theyre not gourment. Theyre crap.
Ooooh. And dont forget to check out Iridium Jazz club. I saw Bass Extremes there. The place is really really nice and the food is excellent! I think they have Les Paul playing there a lot. Hes a regular.
my dad live in New York and is true,new York have very high prices in everithyng,you may paid $300 more for the same bass in N.Y. to another place,maybe China Town have better prices
I believe Les Paul is on Monday nights.
DEFINATELY hit the 55 bar!!!!!
Don't even mess around man, go down to brooklyn and hit the Fodera shop. Epifani is in the same building as well.
Oh, and contact Dave at the Groove Shop. Nicest guy you could meet in NY. If he has the night off I'm sure you can convince him to hit the 55 with ya.
My favorite bass place in the World,cant go wrong with a visit to the Man himself . Let us know what you think about Rudys on 48th street Manhattan.
So you're going... here! Sorry, I just got Google Earth... I'm just messing around with it.
Ive always wondered what a custom shop like that would be like. Why would you go there? Do they have stuff you can play... do they talk to you a lot? do they give you tours?
I feel like some of those places might not take you too seriously if youre obviously not looking to buy anything any time soon. am i just cynical?
they will treat you GREAT. you can go in a soundroom and play the basses and guitars, a tour?? hmmm dunno, but it will be cool- i really wanted to stop by last month when i was there but i was on a real tight schedule.
What no-one mentioned Carl Thompson's shop?
wow,i found alls bass siten in the internet sinde i have internet(6 years ago) and never find this,thank,s
Yea, Rudy's is the best place to go for the botique basses, Lots of modulus basses, I think I've only seen one Ritter, It was a 6er I think, And was $7000( :scowl: ) or so.
The only thing that I dont like about rudy's is that they dont like you playing for too long. Atleast, the guy that has escorted me up there the times Ive been there. They are also REALLY cautious of the basses. Another thing, Is that I dontthink they like it when you have no money to buy a bass, Or anything at all, Except for when you tell them. This is all based on personal experience though.
The one thing that makes me think they over price the gear they get, Is because about a year ago, I went in there, They had 4 70's era Ric 4001's. I asked to play a black one, I was lovin it, It was a 78 I recall, I asked the guy who came upstairs with me how much it was, And he said $3500. I nearly s@# myself, I asked him why so much? He replys sarcasticly with a smirk "Its vintage, And its A Rickenbacker, Why else?" I then gave him the bass back and walked out the store, Said thanks for letting me play it and I walked out. I should of told him, 4001's In excellent condition only go for about $13-1700 on the bay, But I was too in shock, Im rambling now, But thats just my little story.
Guitar Center on 14th between 5th and 6th ave, Have a great vintage selection, Mostly Fenders, As far as basses go. When I go there, I usually play the Fenders and Warwicks.
If you do go to GC, Make sure you speak to Run Bufford(bald black guy, cool guy), Hes probably the only guy who actually knows what hes dealing with in there. The rest of the idiots who work there only know about guitars.
I'd do a TB search on Rudy's before you waste any, I mean, schedule some time going there...