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Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 697
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 9:28 pm:   Edit Post

pic is supposed to be in LA circa 1986
Username: squirefan01

Post Number: 13
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 2:18 pm:   Edit Post

This bass was just for sale on eBay wasn't it?
Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 704
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 2:54 pm:   Edit Post

Yes. It is a beautiful bass and reminds me of my Series I (as DaveH stated in his post on the eBay for Sale thread on this bass.)

Seeing the bass on eBay made me dig into the history of 'Starcastle' and Mr. Strater. You know, a few breaks here and there, being in the right place at the right time, all have a part in what bands make it and what bands don't. At least this is my opinion. Some of the most talented musicians I have ever seen or heard are ones I have heard in out of the way clubs or churches and never made it big. At least did not make it big in the eyes of the world.

It seems that Mr. Strater was a dedicated musician who kept his passion going at a high level for a long time and enjoyed some commercial success. As the picture above shows, he obviously had great style and great taste in musical instruments.

Adam (2400Wattman) posted that he met Gary Strater and found him to be a very nice guy and top notch musician.

We are all players who not only should, but must, 'Play On.'
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 1782
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 4:43 pm:   Edit Post

I saw Gary play with Starcastle in '77 or so, opening for Utopia. Great player, great tone and a white Rick as his backup instrument. I believe he's passed away several years ago, from liver or stomach cancer if memory serves...

Username: 76_alembic

Post Number: 8
Registered: 12-2009
Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 8:39 pm:   Edit Post

I saw Starcastle twice in toronto in the late 70,s. The first time with the Ric the second time with the series I.,Sounded great both times w a big HiWatt backline!

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