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Good music stores in London?


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I live in Denmark visit London regularly, and judging from my last trip, Denmark St. currently heavily under-prioritises basses. I know of the Bass Merchant up in Camden, which I usually stop by, but they currently do not have what I am looking for (MM Sterling 4H w. maple, Fender Jazz Elite w. ebony).

Any other shops left in London that have a serious bass department I should check out when I go in a week? I miss the Wapping Bass Centre :/

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Apart from the Bass Gallery, I don't know of any that keep a good range. Take a trip to Warwick and visit Bass Direct. It's a nice day trip on the train from Marylebone and not expensive if you go midweek during the day and travel after around 9.30 in the morning (as little as £28 return depending on the trains you catch).

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Years ago, my wife summed up guitar shopping in a different city as being akin to 'going to GAP'.  Same stock everywhere, nothing to see here.

 

The days of walking into a music shop and finding a wall of vintage Fender Jazz Basses for under $800 each (yep, New York, 1999) is gone.  You're just going to see the same stuff everywhere.  Blame Thomann and Andertons.

 

My advice?  Do your diligence before you travel, target the one or two places that may have what you want and spend the time gained exploring the city.

 

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In defence of Anderton's style music superstores, when I were a lad, it was rare, if not unheard of, to be able to walk into a music shop, no matter how large, and see/try a range of quality, name brand instruments. There might be one or two, but that would be yer lot. I bought my '72 J bass in the late seventies from a shop that had just one, yes one, Fender bass on the wall (they had none after I bought it). We don't know how lucky we are these days.

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