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Username: george_wright

Post Number: 4
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2005 - 12:37 pm:   Edit Post

Hi, all. I signed up about a month ago, just in time to buy Michael Pallas’ Spoiler. It arrived a week ago, so now here’s my intro. Here’s a picture first.

Three basses.

I know from having read other threads that some of you have experience with other instruments. Maybe you’ll get a kick out of seeing my new bass next to my old bass and even older contrabass.

On the left, you’ll recognize the bocate-topped Spoiler. In the middle is an 82-year-old Buescher bass saxophone. It has just over a two-octave range, starting at the fourth fret Ab on a four-string’s E. On the right is an 89-year-old Conn contrabass sarrusophone. It has just under a two-octave range, starting at the second fret Db on a five-string’s B.

I started out playing sax in 1961, when rock and roll bands had saxes. Since I went to college in the early sixties, I had to learn some guitar---as you folks of a certain age will remember! I played a Fender P by ear in pick-up bands for a few years after graduation, but traded it in for a sax just before I got married.

Parenthood put music on hold for a while, until about twelve years ago. After starting work at Loyola College as a professor in the information systems department, I started playing baritone sax in the school’s jazz ensemble. Two years after that, I started playing bari and clarinet in Moodswings, a Baltimore area big band.

After the last dozen years as a sax hobbyist and collector, I got interested in bass again. My oldest son has a Rick 4003 and my number three son has an Epic. I liked the Epic better than the Rick, so I hit the Internet and ended up here.

Right now, I’m working my through Rufus Reid’s “The Evolving Bassist,” at the suggestion of Moodswings’ bassist. I don’t know about this bass clef thing; I think my brain must be getting full!
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 370
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2005 - 4:21 pm:   Edit Post

Hello George and welcome,
You've obviously seen enough of our little group to realize you've made several Pauls happy with the pix. What a beautiful family photo. Do you and your sons assemble the full combined arsenal for cookouts or to make rainstorms appear? (j/k) I'm envisioning a home filled with low ferquency!
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 1670
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2005 - 5:32 pm:   Edit Post

Cool picture!!
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Username: richbass939

Post Number: 242
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2005 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome, George. I've checked out your website before. It looks like a pretty fun gig. Enjoy your Spoiler.
Username: exploiterplayer

Post Number: 35
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post

Hi George, That is a beautiful Spoiler bass!
Username: george_wright

Post Number: 6
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 6:26 am:   Edit Post

Just some follow up.... I oiled the fingerboard, and it just drank up the lemon oil. No need for a tee shirt to wipe off the excess! It also seems to need to have the frets filed down. I think I'll give it some more time to adjust to the Denver/Baltimore transition.
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Username: richbass939

Post Number: 244
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 10:54 am:   Edit Post

Oh, no. You mean another one left Colorado? I thought I felt a great disturbance in the Force, Luke.

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