Basschat Double Bass Bash 2016

After a few failed attempts in previous years, this year, at the beginning of October, I was finally able to attend the annual Basschat upright bassists’ meetup, held in Risley near Derby, and what a fine day it was.

Basschat has a small but highly dedicated contingent of talented, experienced double bassists who don’t mind hauling their precious instruments to gigs up and down the country, and who gather every year at The Risley Park for a long-scale GAS-fest and a catch-up. Upright bass dabblers like me, absolute upright beginners, and bass guitarists curious to see what the fuss is all about are equally welcome. The room is spacious enough for several double basses, many electric uprights, some upmarket bass ukes, amplification rigs, and even a few interloping electric bass guitars (strictly for comparison purposes, of course…). Tea, coffee and a buffet lunch are included in the entry fee.

As well as trying, drooling over, and gassing after each other’s instruments and amplification, this year the group decided to concentrate on taking a closer look at bowing technique, mostly for the benefit of attending bowing newbies such as Happy Jack and myself. Guess what happened next: brand new bows and tubs of rosin have now joined our household. And that’s just because we already have a double bass and several uprights (but there’s always space for more, of course, even when there isn’t…). GAS, you say? I’ve no idea what you are talking about.

 

 

 

 

Owen explains the basics of bowing

Owen explains the basics of bowing

 

Happy Jack steps up to try bowing

Happy Jack steps up to try bowing for the first time

 

That's Owen's 5-stringer

That’s Owen’s 5-stringer

 

Organiser Bassace with his travel Kolstein

Organiser Bassace with his travel Kolstein

 

Organiser Owen with his Shuker

Co-0rganiser Owen with his Shuker

 

Yes, I know…

 

TheRev’s East German plywood DB and Eminence EUB

 

PhilB’s Strunal and rig

 

Happy Jack’s varied cohort, with Owen’s and Bassace’s DBs in the background

 

 

Yamaha Silent Bass SLB100, Rob Allen Mouse, Eminence, Clifton, Takamine TB10, KK Baby Bass, Thomann bass uke

 

 

 

Owen’s distinctively clothed 5-string DB

 

StingrayPete’s Gedo

 

Geoffbassist, StingrayPete1977, TheRev

Geoffbassist, StingrayPete and TheRev with his Eminence and DB

 

PhilB, Geoffbassist and TheRev

 

Happy Jack tries MrBassman’s Clifton

 

…and then his Yamaha Silent Bass, with PhilB scrutinising the proceedings

 

 

PhilB

 

Geoffbassist

Geoffbassist

 

Stingraypete and MrBassman

 

Happy Jack turns his back to the food table and tries Owen’s Howlett bass uke

 

Howlett 5-string bass uke

 

Happy Jack, SpondonBassed and SubsonicSimpleton

 

SubsonicSimpleton with Happy Jack’s Zeller

 

… and with the Eminence

 

Owen with the Rob Allen Mouse

Owen with MrBassman’s Mouse

 

 

SpondonBassed brought a fretless rig

SpondonBassed brought a fretless rig

 

Invicts59 with Happy Jack's Takamine TB10

Invicta59 with Happy Jack’s Takamine TB10, and MrBassman in the background

 

Number6

Number6 with the Takamine

 

… And with the near-twin Zeller

 

PhilB and TheRev

 

Invicta59, Andyjr1515, TheRev, Stingraypete

 

Bassace, Stingraypete, TheRev

 

TheRev, Bassace, Owen

 

Some more amplification contributing to the magic:

 

 

I must say I love that Bose L1 PA.

 

Having at least one Barefaced One 10 is now compulsory at any bass bash!

 

Right, I’m ready for next year’s bash with unabated GAS. Watch this space.  😉

 

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