BunnyBass Field Trip: 2003 NAMM show, page 10 (the Nancy page).
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Coffin Cases. If you've ever fantasized that your bass was dead and you wanted to put your dead bass in a little coffin, well your dreams are now answered. The (non-dead) folks at Coffin Case make very attractive coffins for your guitar or bass. Some of them even have thick quilted padding, just like big coffins for real dead people, so your bass can spend eternity in great comfort.
When we passed by the Coffin Case booth we noticed they had hired a couple of sexy vampires to slink around, but to tell you the truth they were looking a bit bored. We asked them if we could take a picture with them, and they cheered up a bit and became very friendly and accomodating (for being dead, that is) - they didn't even try to kill Nancy and drink her blood. Coffin Cases are made in Sun Valley, California (oooh, the irony) and their website has plenty information on how to order your very own coffin, not to mention lots more pictures of sexy girls in tight leather... with coffins...
[ www.coffincase.com ]
Nancy says: "This is big."
This Balalaika Nancy is posing with is brought to you courtesy of Lark in the Morning Musique Shoppe. They told us they didn't want to take this Balalaika back with them so they'd "give us a deal on it"... Unfortunately none of us could imagine carrying this onto an airplane so... Well, it just wasn't going to happen.
Actually, if you look behind Nancy in the photo you can see how much STUFF the Lark in the Morning people brought down to Anaheim - amazing! There was a lot of stuff, most of which doesn't even show up in the photographs, so I can't imagine how much work that must have been...
Here's the back view of the instrument, it's vaguely bat-like. Pretty impressive, huh?
The Lark in the Morning folks seemed to have anything and everything from around the world. Need a Egyptian Dumbek? Got it! How about Pump Fog Horn? Of course! Aborigine Click Sticks? $26! We could have rummaged around for hours here but alas, we had to go...
[ www.larkinam.com ]
Strapture Straps. Here's a nifty invention you might want to go and check out - it's called a Strapture Strap. Inventor Bill Bazata drove for several days from his shop in Indiana to get to NAMM, and still managed to be really friendly and helpful (AND he had a cold too!). This unique strap was designed to make guitars and basses sit more comfortably on your body as you play. Here's how it would work on a bass guitar: one end of the strap attaches, as usual, on the strap button located on the top cutaway. The other end of the strap, instead of attaching to the bottom strap button, rides along a string that is pulled taught between the two strap buttons. What this does is shift first position on your bass or guitar closer to you (in other words the body of your instrument is shifted to your right as you hold it in playing position) and the angle of the instrument moves into a more comfortable playing position - somewhere near 45 degrees.
This is all very confusing to describe in words, but quite easy to understand once you actually see the strap in use. We tried the strap system on a couple of acoustic guitars and found it worked quite well, placing the acoustic guitars in a nice playing position. Jon will be ordering one for us Bunnies to test out on various basses - we'll report back to you with more details on how it worked out after it gets here. I know there are a lot of people out there with neck-diving basses that are looking for some relief - perhaps this strap will be the one to provide it!
[ www.strapture.com ] (website coming soon)
This is probably my favorite picture we took at NAMM. This is Nancy with Jeff Berlin. Jeff had just finished doing a demonstration for Dean Guitars - this guy is so incredibly good, even more amazing live than on his recordings, if that's possible. As he was stepping off the stage we walked up to him and introduced ourselves as the BunnyBass people, and he immediately went "OOOH BUNNYBASS!!!" and hugged us and shook our hands, it really took us by surprise. The man is just as warm and gracious as he is talented and opinionated. It was such a fun experience for us, really a wonderful moment we'll remember. Thank you Jeff!
Find out more about Jeff's music school here: www.playerschool.com.
Well, we have lots more photos but we think 10 pages is plenty (actually I'm sure most people will say 'too much!'). If we didn't include a picture of your favorite bass builder, it may not be because we don't like their basses (or it might be, no big deal). It might just be that we ran out of time and didn't have a chance to go visit them, or maybe we did visit with them but forgot to take pictures - stuff like that. This happened with Ken Smith - we had a really great chat with Ken about woods and wood conservation, but we simply forgot to take out our camera for snapshots before we left. We also saw Michael Tobias there, but everytime we walked by his booth he was already talking to someone and we didn't want to interrupt. There's a lot of great bass builders out there, we'll try to include photos of more of them next year. We enjoyed ourselves a lot, so we'll be back. ~ bunnies.
Table of contents.
[ page 1 ] introduction & setting.
[ page 2 ] basses & builders: Jens Ritter.
[ page 3 ] basses & builders: Michael Spalt.
[ page 4 ] basses & builders: Celinder, F bass, Dave Olson.
[ page 5 ] basses & builders: Rick Turner.
[ page 6 ] basses & builders: Mike Kinal.
[ page 7 ] basses & builders: Carey Nordstrand, Geoff Gould, Harvey Citron, Abraham Wechter, Lightwave.
[ page 8 ] basses & builders: Hanewinckel, Michael Pedulla, Moses Graphite, VF Guitar Works.
[ page 9 ] interesting!: Daisy Rock guitars, King Doublebass, Burrell (the twisty bass).
[ page 10 ] other cool stuff: Coffin cases, Nancy's balalaika, the Strapture strap, Jeff Berlin. <-- you are here.
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