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On 28/04/2019 at 11:46, jonno1981 said:

Got my copy yesterday. It’s quite a tome, it’s much bigger and heavier than I was expecting. A quick flick through and it looks great. It says he only started collecting vintage basses in 2012! Not long to acquire so many, and so many custom coloured Fenders. 

This features 250 of the most interesting basses in his collection, so how many does he own! 

His collection has grown by approx 40 since the book.

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4 hours ago, RichardH said:

I had my £15 back order cancelled a few weeks ago, but Amazon have this back in stock now, and currently at £20....

Ordered mine, let’s see what happens this time!

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It's an interesting browse/read... Weirdly, aside monetary value, I'd probably only covet from his collection, a vintage jazz and maybe a good modern version, a tasty clanky Rick and the Wal 5. The weird and the rare don't really do it for me... Collection-wise, I think I'm more in the Entwistle camp who had the jazz's, P's and Ricks but also the Alembic, Warwick and Statii...

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Fantastic! Ordered and supposed to be arriving tomorrow! Let’s see, but “Yay!” all the same!

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12 hours ago, RichardH said:

I had my £15 back order cancelled a few weeks ago, but Amazon have this back in stock now, and currently at £20....

Damn you, RichardH ! I just went and reordered a copy 🙂

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9 hours ago, EddiePlaysBass said:

Damn you, RichardH ! I just went and reordered a copy 🙂

Yup, me too! It will be the "here we are, here's something I can be given for my birthday by one of the kids" item of the year. 

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18 hours ago, fretmeister said:

Back in stock in Amazon. 

Just ordered mine from the Big Forest, should arrive tonight. Looking forward to it.

21 hours ago, arthurhenry said:

His collection has grown by approx 40 since the book.

I'm already feeling less guilty about owning 'only' ten basses.

Wait...if I started to write up a short history of modern averagely priced basses... 😂

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It’s really real! Ordered yesterday at £20... look what arrived at the front door this morning...B392663A-03EE-4EC9-B7C2-1E87F5A65D9A.thumb.jpeg.8a0d2e3c245e25fea189b4b0222e5f92.jpeg

Can’t wait to dive into it! If I can lift the darned thing, that is!

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6 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Is that a Spaceship from Space 1999 you're sporting? 😀

Certainly is... found it on t’internet. Or rather Googled Space 1999 / Eagle Transporter T-shirts.

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So my copy arrived as well. In time for my birthday, even!! At roughly £22,it is quite the steal, although I would not have minded the original price of £15 🙂

I've put it aside for now, and intend to peruse it one page at a time. The additional weight lifting exercises that come with this, are an added bonus 😄

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Not got yours yet? Ged's doing a UK (and europe) signing tour, the UK appearances are in London and Glasgow (Waterstones) and Manchester (Blackwells)

£60 gets you a ticket for the signing plus the book. Already got the book and want to get it signed? no can do :(

 

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12 minutes ago, toneknob said:

Not got yours yet? Ged's doing a UK (and europe) signing tour, the UK appearances are in London and Glasgow (Waterstones) and Manchester (Blackwells)

£60 gets you a ticket for the signing plus the book. Already got the book and want to get it signed? no can do :(

 

It's a great shame that (in my case) I'd need to buy the book again and that it wouldn't necessarily be a first edition either.  Nah. I'll pass.

 

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22 minutes ago, toneknob said:

Not got yours yet? Ged's doing a UK (and europe) signing tour, the UK appearances are in London and Glasgow (Waterstones) and Manchester (Blackwells)

£60 gets you a ticket for the signing plus the book. Already got the book and want to get it signed? no can do :(

 

Oh, June 8th London.

Very tempted by this, I wouldn't mind keeping a singed mint copy for future investment.  Would go nicely with my sealed Robert Trujillo signed copy of the Jaco movie.

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1 hour ago, NancyJohnson said:

It's a great shame that (in my case) I'd need to buy the book again and that it wouldn't necessarily be a first edition either.  Nah. I'll pass.

 

That’s pretty shabby. Disappointed in the organisers.

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12 hours ago, wateroftyne said:

That’s pretty shabby. Disappointed in the organisers.

If a bookshop arranges an author to come to their store - probably at quite an expense - then I don't see it as unreasonable that customers would be expected to buy the book from the store rather than bring along their own copy. 

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34 minutes ago, RichardH said:

If a bookshop arranges an author to come to their store - probably at quite an expense - then I don't see it as unreasonable that customers would be expected to buy the book from the store rather than bring along their own copy. 

The bookshops are paying for it? For enough - I wasn’t aware of that.

i assumed it would be part of a promotional tour arranged by the publisher.

 

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44 minutes ago, wateroftyne said:

The bookshops are paying for it? For enough - I wasn’t aware of that.

i assumed it would be part of a promotional tour arranged by the publisher.

 

maybe, maybe not - it could be the store, it could be the publisher, or it could be the author that is covering the expenses (and I'm guessing that Geddy won't be flying economy or staying at the local B&B).  And sometimes the publisher/author has to pay the store to be able to hold the book signing at their shop. 

So only signing books bought in store might be the quid pro quo for the shop covering some of the expenses and hosting the event.  Tend to agree that it doesn't reflect well on Geddy from a fan's perspective

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Quite. I can’t help thinking it would be a better PR exercise if he’d set up his stall at the Bass gallery or somewhere.

I seem to recall he lives in the UK for a big chunk of the year anyway.

But, I hope enough people buy 2nd copies of the book for 60 quid to make it worthwhile for the bookshops...!

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Does the £60 buy you the book as well or is that just to get you in the door. ?

Dave

 

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11 minutes ago, toneknob said:

I note that it's £60 for a signed copy, whereas they sell the book for £55 on line/in store.  Amazon price aside, book signings are usually a promotional event by the author/publisher/shop to sell copies with a free signature as the incentive to buy it there and then.  Shame that the market now means that they can charge a fee for meeting the author and getting a signature...though I suppose it's no worse than the backstage meet and greets at gigs that fans pay for, or the signed CDs sold by a band's website at a higher price than non-signed copies

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