Hi to all at Basschat from MSL Pro…. We’re the UK distributor for Markbass and some other fine brands!
MSL Pro looks after sales, marketing and service/support in the UK, working with the dealer network. We’re very happy to offer any advice/technical info you may need. If you want to talk to us rather than post here, it will probably be easier to message us or feel free to tag us @MSL Pro in your own posts (what we can’t do though is speculate for Italy on future products and other similar topics!).
Some of you will already know us from various guitar shows, and we were really hoping to meet more of you at the Manchester Bass Show in March, unfortunately we all know what got in the way of that…
Our plan for the show was to launch Markbass Strings and a bunch of other new stuff and, as usual for us, put some great show deals in place through our retail partners. So, the guys at Basschat have let us have a sponsored post to tell you more about Markbass Strings.
Rather than put a label on some good quality OEM factory made strings, they wanted to carry forward the local string-making tradition of the Abruzzo region and work with local craftsmen, so last autumn Markbass acquired D’Orazio Strings, whose origins can be traced back to 17th century. The machinery and the makers were moved to the Markbass factory and they are now in full production of handmade bass strings with five different electric bass options (flats, steels, nickels and soft touch in 4, 5 and 6 string sets with a selection of gauges) and double bass strings. They've already been reviewed here: http://www.mixdownmag.com.au/reviewed-markbass-groove-ns-5-045-125-bass-strings
If you would like to give them a try yourself, go and take a look at our newly updated website, where, using the unique Basschat discount code BCSTRINGS35 you’ll get a 35% discount until midnight on Monday. The code is only useable once per member, but it is otherwise only limited by the stock currently available on the site!
Our Website can be found at www.mslpro.co.uk , shipping is free for orders over £50, but only £2.99 for orders under £50. You’ll also find some fantastic deals on the ex-demo gear we would have had at the Manchester show. We know this has been publicised here before (thanks for that!), but do have another look. It’s been updated because we’ve found some more! We’ve also updated some prices 😊.
(All the amps, cabs and combos listed were un-boxed for the guitar show, ex-demo or returns, but are sold with a new warranty. They range from “brand new but the box has been opened to put on the Birmingham Guitar Show/Manchester Bass Show stand”, to “been out to a dealer/reviewer/artist and come back… some of the packaging is a bit battered but what is inside is absolutely fine” and they’ve been priced accordingly. It might even have been used by someone you’ve heard of! Some of the DV Mark gear was used by Eric Gales last year and some by Cory Wong and his band in February!).
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Hi everybody - 'scrumpymike' here, aka Sales & Marketing Manager for Gillett Guitars! As those who attended the first South-West Bass Bash I organised in May already know, Michael Gillett kindly sponsored the event - which is how I got to know him. (For those who weren't there, Gillett design and build the distinctive 'Contour' range of electro-acoustic basses in the UK and are based in the South West near me.) The basses were generally well received at the bash and a few of us (me included) were so blown away that we decided to get one.
Since joining GG three weeks ago, I’ve shared my passion for this forum with Michael G and explained why I think we should be actively supporting what is the best online community of bass players in Europe and keeping members up to date with what we’re doing. He’s up for that so we’ve taken a Basschat banner ad, this sponsored Gillet Guitars topic, and are giving members first shot at some ex-demo Contour Slimline basses at a big-discount as a Christmas promo (post with full details to follow).
A while back I posted a couple of ‘scrumpymike’ topics about my own Contour bass, which were enthusiastic to the point of being evangelical. Now I’m on the payroll, I’ll be confining my future Gillett content to this sponsored thread — and I’ll try to make it a bit less subjective and more objective / informative. We’re the only company batch-producing luthier-quality bass guitars in the UK so please give us your support if you can. And I don’t just mean your money (though that would be nice). There’s a massive amount of knowledge and experience on this forum and your comments and suggestions will be gratefully and thoughtfully received.
So, watch out for the next post with details of the ex-demo offer. In the meantime, here's our website link: