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Featured Wal Basses Reference Database Revived

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Feb 5, 2021.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004

    Ever since Ian Waller started building Wal basses in the early ‘70's,
    the excellent quality and distinctively recognizable tonal character
    of these instruments have inspired many bassists to want to own
    and play a Wal bass. After Ian Waller's untimely death in 1988,
    production has been continued for a long time by his partner
    Pete Stevens, while today Paul Herman in Cobham, Surrey, UK continues the tradition.
    A large number of famous instrumentalists have managed to
    own one, such as Percy Jones, John Entwistle, Kim Karnes,
    Jonas Helborg, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee and others.

    While production has always been manual labor and a Wal
    is made to customer specification, availability has never been
    abundant and nowadays a waiting period of two to three years
    after ordering is not uncommon. As a result, there is a large
    crowd of Wal enthusiasts (referred to among themselves as
    Walnuts), who often own more than one Wal and eagerly look
    forward to a Wal popping up at one of the online instrument
    marketplaces or reputable music stores.
    It hardly ever takes more than a few hours for these instruments
    to find new owners, even though the imbalance in supply and
    demand can push prices up to unprecedented heights.

    The official Wal website Home - Wal Basses provides an overview of the possible models and a wide range of exclusive woods these basses can be built from, while Steven Raggat has published an extensive history of the brand and its players at A HISTORY OF WAL BASSES.

    In addition, this new year Dutch Walnut Tony Tabasco has
    revived the Wal reference database at http://wal.nedcom.nl,
    which describes a growing number of Wal basses. Initially set up
    by Stephan Kueler, this database is publicly accessible to anyone
    who wants to enjoy the beauty and splendor of these wonderful

    But beware - there is always the danger of being caught by the Wal
    virus, so you won't rest until you can call a Wal yours.

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  2. hotrodjohn

    hotrodjohn Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    Mick Karn, not Kim Karnes, she's got Betty Davis Eyes ;-)
  3. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    Could be worse ...


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