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Brother Malvis

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  1. Double Bass Bash - nr. Bicester, Oxon - Saturday 14 April 2018

    I was thinking 11am-5pm would allow plenty of time for us and our basses to get acquainted. I’ll chat to David, who’s giving us the run of his barn, and confirm during the week ahead. I’ll also post the address and info about parking. Bob suggested that anyone who’s thinking about buying or selling a bass should consider coming down, which seems like a great idea to me...
  2. Any appetite for a double bass bash this year?

    A little bump to the top of the forum in case you're not a regular visitor to the events page... The double bass bash is happening in a barn near Bicester on Saturday 14 April, and there are more details here: https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/317927-double-bass-bash-nr-bicester-oxon-saturday-14-april-2018/ Hope to see you there!
  3. Double Bass Bash - nr. Bicester, Oxon - Saturday 14 April 2018

    Thanks for your contributions folks, and sorry I've been away from the conversation for a while. At the current count it looks like somewhere around 8 or 10 of us will be at the bash, but there's room for plenty more. If you haven't said already, let us know what kind of bass & paraphernalia you plan to bring (by DM if you like) and I'll compile a list and post it here, which I hope will whet people's appetites. Look forward to seeing you in a month or so
  4. Double bass buggie

    I got one of these a few weeks ago Rabbie. I've taken it out a couple of times and it's been very easy & efficient, but I haven't really put it through its paces. So I can't say much about its longevity, or its ability to handle cobbled streets or festival fields. Based on this limited experience, I'd recommend it, with the caveat that (to me anyway), it seems a fairly hefty price for a pair of plastic wheels with some straps and bungees. That said, it's a good design, and can be adapted to fit basses of all sizes.
  5. Double Bass Bash - nr. Bicester, Oxon - Saturday 14 April 2018

    This is a nice place Bob: http://www.westfarmbb.co.uk Or there are plenty of places in Bicester itself, none of which are spectacularly good or egregiously bad, as far as I know
  6. Thanks very much fellas, this is really helpful. I played at the Old Duke with another band on a rainy Saturday afternoon a few years back, and the atmosphere was amazing. I'll let you know how we get on...
  7. I'd really appreciate any recommendations for Bristol-based sound engineers. The band I play double bass with, Brickwork Lizards, has a gig at the Old Duke on Saturday 27 January. I've only recently realised that the venue doesn't have a house engineer, and only provides a PA. Finding someone local who knows the venue and has their own kit would be a whole lot more straightforward than trying to do it ourselves, or bringing someone with us from Oxford, where we're based. We're an unusual hybrid, mixing Arabic music with rap and trad jazz, so we're looking for someone experienced and fairly unflappable! There's a link below to give some idea. Thanks in advance for your help!
  8. Feedback for Rabbie

    I sold Roberto a double bass bow last week, and as expected, he was a pleasure to transact with - sent a very prompt payment, and wasn't at all bothered about the delay in delivery over the new year holiday. Thanks Rabbie!
  9. Any appetite for a double bass bash this year?

    We're all good for 14th April, and I've started a thread on the Events section of the forum. Link here: https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/317927-double-bass-bash-nr-bicester-oxon-saturday-14-april-2018/ Look forward to seeing you there!
  10. The date is finally confirmed, and the venue too - a lovely old stone barn (with heating) at Waterloo Farm, Fringford, a couple of miles from Bicester. There are a few photos attached below. Whether you play double bass already or you're curious to learn, you'll be very welcome. I'll be bringing along my 1920s Bohemian hatpeg and a KK baby bass, along with an Acoustic Image Coda S4 amp. Feel free to chip in below with some ideas about what you might like to bring, or like to see others bring. Personally, I'd love to try out a Chadwick folding bass and an Eminence. Also any of the classic American basses (Kay, King, American Standard) and anything with gut strings. But most of all I'd like to see a bunch of basschatters and get a chance to chew the fat with a few of you in person. There'll be tea & coffee & cake & beer, and if you have any other preferences for victuals, just say...
  11. Any appetite for a double bass bash this year?

    Hi Bob I think it’ll be April 14th alright. Tomorrow I’ll chase my friend with the venue to confirm and put a notification on the events page on Monday. Look forward to meeting you in a couple of months!
  12. Any appetite for a double bass bash this year?

    Sorry for leaving this thread unattended for a while. Since David Heyes is running a bass workshop in North London on Sunday 15th April, it seems like a better idea to avoid that date. I suspect there'll be a several basschatters who'd like to be there - I know I would. The following weekend was suggested, but I have a recording commitment pencilled in then, which could make it tricky for me. So, here are two options: Saturday 14th April, or Sunday 22nd. I may not be able to make the latter date, but I'm happy to help with the organising even if it turns out I can't be there. One way or another Pete, I'll make sure there's cake.
  13. Any appetite for a double bass bash this year?

    Thanks Neil, that's handy to know. If David's doing a workshop on Sunday 15th, we could reschedule the bass bash for Saturday 14th - if there are no objections...
  14. Any appetite for a double bass bash this year?

    Thanks for all the enthusiastic noises folks. I'll confirm April 15th with the barn's owner and put a post on the events page of the forum. I can canvass opinion about refreshments nearer the time. You're right bassace, the victuals are sort of superfluous, but it's no trouble for me one way or the other. It was great to meet you at the Wells bass workshop this weekend Phil. Looking forward to the next one!
  15. Any appetite for a double bass bash this year?

    Regarding the brewing and the banqueting, there's no kitchen in the barn, but there's a bar (on the left in the 3rd photo). I can get the loan of an urn and sort out stuff for making teas and coffees, and get some beer in too. There's a kitchen in my friend David's house across the way from the barn, where food could be heated up. I'm more than happy to make a chilli or a stew, and bake a load of spuds, or make sandwiches. Whatever is preferred...