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Recent News and Updates
Our Deluxe Professional Bass Bag is IN STOCK NOW!
We had such a big response when we debuted our new Deluxe Professional-Grade Bass Bag that we sold out of them in no time flat! But we have finally been able to get a bunch more in our warehouse, so now you can order one and it ships right out! This new bag is heavily padded, and features wheels, massive zippers, and lots of heavy-duty handles and pockets.
NS Design 4 String Omni Basses at HUGE Discount
We've just received a small number of the 4-string CR-model Omni Basses, and can sell them at a fabulous price -- and we're even throwing in a FREE BRAZILWOOD CELLO BOW (the cello bow actually works really well on the smaller scale and string width of the Omni Bass).

This is NOT the NXT -- it's the deluxe model, with the piezo/magnetic dual-source pickup system, onboard preamp with EQ, blend, and polar mode knobs, the Boomerang Strap, Deluxe gig bag... and the basses are BRAND NEW IN BOX, A-Stock basses - no cosmetic issues, no electronic problems. Brand new first-quality basses, just at a killer discounted price that's so low, I'm not allowed to publish it on the site (you can add it to your cart to see).

Check it out - and maybe get one - now!
INNOVATION IS BACK!
After a short hiatus for reasons beyond their control, Innovation Strings is back in production and we're stocked up with all their sets again. They had to unexpectedly relocate their manufacturing facility, which meant that they were out of production for a few months. But they're back up and running! Order away, we have them in stock and they're continuing on...

Recently Added Products
Kremona DB-1 Wood-Encased Upright Bass Pickup for Bridge Wing
Kremona DB-1 Wood-Encased Upright Bass Pickup for Bridge Wing
This new bridge wing pickup is the easiest wing pickup to install; no complicated fitment, no tools, no hassle (on almost every bass). And it has a warm, full-bodied sound. Excellent for the traveling bassist, or someone who needs to be able to quickly and easily remove the pickup.
McNutt Bass Cradle - Low-Profile Bass Stand
McNutt Bass Cradle - Low-Profile Bass Stand
This unique stand was designed and patented by Dennis McNutt. Surprisingly secure and stable, it's very light, simple to use, and has a very low profile on stage. It folds small, and even comes with its own carry bag!
SPECIAL PURCHASE: NS Design 4 string CR OMNI Bass with Free Bow and Rosin
SPECIAL PURCHASE: NS Design 4 string CR OMNI Bass with Free Bow and Rosin
The OMNI Bass (formerly known as the "Bass Cello") from NS Designs is uniquely attractive to players who play mostly electric bass and want a "crossover" instrument. They even make a model with FRETS! Can be played vertically or horizontally, and it's capable of a huge variety of tones. Available in both 4 and 5-string versions. Includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap system, and is compatible with all of their stands and strap options.
A partially completed page entitled "The Bass Education Project" provided access to and hosted images of double bass fingerboard positions. It is no longer available on the web (though you might be able to use this archived copy at the Wayback Machine), and since this is a much-requested item, I will host them as a courtesy to my fellow players.

As you click on any of the listed positions, a separate window will open with the image inside, ready to print or review. You may also simply download the .gif images by right-clicking on each and choosing "save as" or whatever command your browser provides.



I hope that the author of that page will contact me if he reposts his project; I will be glad to link to the new net location. Meanwhile, I will host this resource.

Here is one of the charts for your reference:







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The information contained herein is based on what's in my brain — and/or my observations and opinions from my personal experiences (and those of Bob, before me) — as of this moment today, and is subject to change. I'm sure that a great deal more information and detail could be added — but the intent of these writings is to present easily understood, quick FAQs, to address common questions and improve the reader's general knowledge.

What's written here is by no means any kind of authoritative absolute answer, for I am not the world's greatest authority on bass (not even close), or on much of anything else, for that matter. So, by all means, get a second opinion, and know that all the information provided here is for general informational purposes only. I am not providing professional advice; be aware that, where applicable, any information acted upon is at your own risk.

I simply and sincerely hope the information and opinions here are helpful to you on your quest for knowledge about the bass and related subjects... that's the point!

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Mark