February 1, 2023
Dear Bass Friends,
Please forgive the radio silence for the end of 2022, we got a puppy in August and bought a new house in November, which we are in the midst of remodeling. The best part is that the house has a huge shop so Seth will have significantly more elbow room. We will still be in eugene, but also a bit closer to his folks. The puppy is an Icelandic Sheepdog and she is a handful, but we love her, though the cats are still not entirely thrilled.
At any rate Seth made the most amazing diamond anniversary bass! it is his 75th and it has exterior linings, inlaid diamonds, a cat head scroll (based on Jerry's head) and a mouse carving at the button! Word in the shop is it sounds great. As soon as things get a little more settled (April??) I will post photos. There are several process photos on Seth's Instagram, but the whole thing where videos send you to reels and the fact that it's owned by META, has kind of put us off. If you are interested in coming out to play it, get in touch!
We do plan to be at ISB in some form or another. Seth and another luthier are planning a talk on talking about sound. Sounds fun! (see what I did there?)
For occasional process photos, often featuring our Oregon Coonhound Cat, Jerry, follow Seth on Instagram @sethkimmelbass !
Play what you love; love what you play.
Click the above logo for a link to a credit union that gives loans to its artist/musician members for artistic endeavors such as purchasing an instrument. They let students co-sign loans with their parents and they are pretty flexible about how you show your income, too. You can buy an instrument with (I think) as little as 10% down and the interest rates are low.
The president is even a bass player!
Kimmel basses range from $24-40K, with a 20% discount for any level of student!
"At no point have I felt like I was being 'sold' a bass. Rather, I felt like this was a collaborative process and that the goal was to work together to create an instrument that would be the newest and finest double bass made in America. I truly believe you have succeeded with #20."
Glenn Dewey - -
Principal Bassist for The President's Own U.S. Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra and Professor of Double Bass/Coordinator of Strings at George Mason University