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Mark and Bob Gollihur

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Who are these "Gollihur" guys, anyway?
aka: Who is Gollihur Music, and why should you buy from us?

That's a question that is answered by thousands of positive comments on the web -- look around and ask around, and you'll get your answer.

Who we are NOT is a "big box" music store; we're bassists who specialize in what we sell! And we sell only what we like ourselves -- and what we think you will find useful for your needs. In our product descriptions, you'll find in-depth product details, expanded explanations of specific uses, side information for perspective, and other comments to help you choose the right gear for your specific situation. Most often, these comments are based on our personal experience with the products, not just the typical cut-n-paste info from the manufacturer's website.

Quite often, we include tips, help, and extra instructions with our products. For instance, if you buy a cake of rosin, we'll include a small sheet of tips for getting the most out of it, how to store it, how much to use, etc. If you buy a Bass Max pickup, you'll get Bob's instructions, with tips and tricks for getting the best sound - based on Bob's personal experience using the pickup on his own bass!

We work hand in hand with our many manufacturers. So much so, that we've often been consulted on new products, asked to test prototypes, and provided help and insight on product features and designs. We've been "instrumental" (pun intended) in the creation of new strings, pickup systems, preamps, amplifiers, speaker cabinets, and more.

Finally, we work very hard to get your order out and to you as quickly as possible (most items are in stock at all times!). We've measured our order turnaround efficiency - and confirmed that over 93.5 percent of qualified* orders were shipped out THE SAME DAY they were placed. We hustle to get orders processed and out the door as quickly as possible!

Place your order with confidence - we're motivated to get your bass stuff out the door quickly!
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The Story of Gollihur Music
(in Bob's own words)

Once upon a time (ok, it was in 1997), Bob was looking for a new piezo pickup for his double bass, to replace his broken (and mediocre) one, but choked on the very high price tags ($500!!) of multi-string units. He didn't like the indefinite thump of an individual bridge pickup he tried, nor the muting effect on his sound caused by the pair of metal clamps that one of the most popular pickups out there uses.

He valiantly (and frugally—ok, he's cheap) experimented with constructing hobbyist piezo elements, then bought and returned a pair of piezos designed to be drilled and buried in a bridge ($75 for a pair of raw piezos!!), read up on pickup tests and the market at large... and then found out about K&K Sound and was intrigued—they had a four transducer piezo pickup listing for $137(!!!). He asked around the area and on the web—nobody responded. Then he tried to find one to buy—forget it! Well, it took him a while to find a K&K Double Big Twin, and without ever hearing it, he took the plunge. He was totally amazed at the full-range, warm sound, and went forth, proclaiming their praises:
"It sounds like my bass, not just a bass!"

Unfortunately, as he himself discovered, they were more rare than hen's teeth, since K&K seems to focus more on OEM than retail sales. K&K Sound kindly (and they are kind folks) granted Bob dealer status, so he could pass pickups and preamps on to fellow bassists at musician-to-musician discounts through the Internet. And holy smokes, as of March 1999, I started to advertise in bass-oriented magazines, like Bass Player, Bass World, and Dynamite.

This multi-page site has grown from the original, single page that described the initial experiences with the Double Big Twin and other K&K pickups. Since then, we've seen new pickups from K&K and I ended up developing the Bass Master RB pickup for rockabilly and country slap bassists. We've also worked together to develop a reasonably priced microphone system for double bass. As of 2003 I'm using the Golden Trinity/Bass Max system along with my Acoustic Image Contra since most of my gigs aren't that loud.

Since then all sorts of wonderful things have happened. A right place at the right time opportunity came my way to be be exclusive distributor for wonderful fully carved basses from Bulgaria. This led to selling US-made laminated Engelhardt basses at great discounts, a much better bass than the substandard basses flooding the market. Since my own experiences with Acoustic Image and Euphonic Audio have been so pleasing, we are a dealer for Acoustic Image and their amazing Contra, Corus, and Coda R combos as well as the tiny Clarus and Focus amps. In addition to Euphonic Audio combos, cabs, and amps, and more items are being added all the time. Remember, I am a longtime bass player, and these are bass products I have used and/or thoroughly checked out myself - if it doesn't pass the "Bob Test" I won't carry it. And it means you can call us and get an honest and detailed appraisal of anything we carry, since we have the personal experience to back it up.
Okay, so... who's Bob, and how did Gollihur Music come about?

Bob Gollihur, click to view Personal Bass page I'm just your basic bassist, — I started on string bass back in 1961 (!!) and majored in it at college, though I never pursued music on a full-time basis. But since my first paying gig in late 1963 I've always been very concerned and involved with amplified sound and electronics. I've consulted with and assisted other players over the years, built my own bass and PA cabinets, pickup and mic systems, etc. In my never-ending (it never does end, does it??) quest for "the sound," I found the K&K Sound pickups and I ended up selling these pickups to other musicians pretty much by accident—it wasn't my main gig at the time but has grown into a more than full-time occupation.

For more background info and a look at my current and past musical experience, see my Personal Bass Page.



Who's Mark?

I've often joked that Bob (my Dad) should have encouraged me to play drums instead of bass - we could have made a killer rhythm section! But ultimately, bass chose me, and I've been playing bass instruments of all kinds for close to 30 years. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

I've been mostly known as an electric bassist over the years, playing in several original bands - but the upright has always been within reach as well. For instance, see the photo below, which is from the Spring concert from my senior year in high school (1988); it's my first public performance playing a double bass. While I can't say that I look back fondly to the waistcoat and lavender bowtie I'm wearing, I'm pretty confident that my playing was just fine!

I currently play my own fully carved URB in a group that plays traditional tunes on acoustic and traditional instruments, mostly for charity events.

I also own my own home studio (Digital Din), where my most recent album was recorded. As a result, I've got a decent knack for the technical stuff, microphones, preamps, and using them to get good sound - and I love musical "toys."





Who's Christopher?

I've been playing music for a lot longer than I can remember; but I did not pick up the bass until a friend asked me to join a band (they needed a bass player.) Fast-forward three years, and I made the decision to attend college for music. Since I didn't want to major in clarinet (my instrument from my past life), I bought the first upright bass I could find, started lessons, and auditioned for a few colleges six months later.

While studying bass and composition in college, my tastes changed over the next year from rock to jazz. By the end of my time in school, I was mainly taking jazz gigs -- and had all but quit the rock bands I had previously been playing with. I learned a lot in music school and met a lot of killer players, as well as honed my chops the best I could in those five years.

As it turns out, there's no job placement for music performance majors! Who knew? Working a dull day job at a bank, I quickly learned that the "shirt and tie" world is certainly not for me; before long I was gigging and teaching exclusively. You can find me out three to four nights a week playing; and, when I'm not gigging, I'm teaching, writing, jamming tunes around the kitchen table, or listening to "Bitches Brew" as loud as I can.

I currently hold steady gigs backing a few singer/songwriters in the Philadelphia area, fronting a bossa nova group, occasionally touring with Bill Haley Jr. & the Comets and April Mae & The June Bugs, and taking as many gigs as I can get with my jazz trio and playing in musical theatre pits -- as well as anywhere else that will let me bring my bass through the door.




Do you want to chat about basses and amplification challenges? Let's talk, and we will be glad to try to help—call us at the office at 856-292-3194; feel free to call from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., there's a machine to leave a message if we're out. We're in New Jersey (Eastern USA Time), so please consider any time differences.


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