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Trip to NYC: bass anecdotes

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimS, Apr 21, 2003.

  1. Real quick , boy has 48th Street gone down the pipes.

    However, Rudy's Music Stop is a standout. Lots of fine basses: my favorite in that shop was a Pensa bass with alder body, maple top, rosewood board, Fralin pups. I also tried some MTD, Sukop, Lalkland.

    48 St Custom Guitars had nice guitars than basses but was no slouch in the low end dept. Manny's was OK too.

    Today I hit Sadowsky's new store in Brooklyn, got to meet Nino who was gracious enough to bring his beloved 24f 5 and gorgeous quilt on alder pau ferro 'board J bass. Roger Sadowsky was as patient and kind as usual. I stayed in the soundroom and tortured my girlfriend for about an hour (I can see the one liners now): unbelievable line of amps and preamps there. I could have just drooled for hours on end. Probably the best sounding basses of my entire trip was a toss up between the two Sadowsky basses Nino brought in.

    The g.a.s was so ovewhelming it's suffocating. :bassist: :bawl:
  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Every time I visit Manhattan I visit Rudy's 3rd floor bass shop. <s>That's where I fell in love with Bergantino cabs</s>.... woops, wrong forum. That's where I fell in love with MTD basses.

    Lots of great bass porn at Rudy's. The one that stood out last time I visited was a Pedulla Pentabuzz in vintage cherry burst... that was even prettier than the burl Ritter.

    I won't visit Roger's shop: I know that if I do, I'll come out $4k poorer.
  3. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    Rudy's is very cool, and hopefully, you met Scott who runs that dept. he's not quite a bass player, but he knows the goods.

    but at Sadowsky, too bad you werent there a month ago, where they had at least 5 more you could have tooled around with. seems like they're running low with only 2 true 'Skees, while the others being Tokyo jobs.
  4. Scott was at Rudy's and he was rippin' on the bass: tapping, Jaco. He ain't no slouch. The Pensa bass with Fralin's was great sounding; but I can't tolerate 60 Hz hum.

    At Sadowsky's I played a standard 4, standard 5, vintage 5, 24f 5; 2 strats, a tele, electric nylon classical. It wasn't too bad at all. And I've been in the old NYC shop many, many times. But they all paled compared to the divine light shed upon when I basked in the aura of the great Nino Brown.
  5. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    Actually, that's how I found the place the last time I was there. I just looked for the building in Brooklyn that "glowed"!


    Sounds like a great trip - I love NYC!

    Didn't happen to see some buckeye laying around did you? :eek:

  6. Yep, it was. Hung out with some family and old friends, saw the Mike Stern Trio with Richard Bona on bass--great show, "Movin Out", walked all over the place. Awesome city! I grew up around there but it always has such vibrance and magic.

    As a matter of fact I did. Roger, in a great marketing idea, is packaging his outboard preamp in wood boxes like the Electro Harmonix effects. However, he's using these two pieces of bookmatched burl. The boxes look really nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:p ;)

    No I didn't see it. There were stacks of billets for fingerboards, spalted flamed and quilted maple tops, bodies and necks in all stages. A real drool trip for me.
  7. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    Hey, be nice. :) My RJ5 is every bit of a Sadowsky as any other I have played (plus trebble cut).

  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Are you tryng to give me a big head or something? :D :bassist:
  9. rockbassist1087

    rockbassist1087 Guest

    Nov 29, 2002
    Long Island, NY
    Me and my friends are going to NYC today to visit 48th street. We do it alot actually, about every 2 months. We always try to find new shops though. Rudy's is really cool, but they get uptight when four 15 year old kids walk in there. Hey, with the stuff they have in there, they have every right to be uptight. Manny's is pretty good, just about the only store I found that has Peavey Cirrus basses in stock. Sam Ash, I don't like Sam Ash. It's an ok store, but they don't have a great selection. 30th street guitars is a really cool place. You should check em out next time your up in NYC. Its pretty much right behind Madison Square Garden. Dan's guitars is a cool place too. I'm not sure what street its on, but its in the Chelsea Hotel.

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