Februsary 28, 2024
Dear Bass Friends,
First and foremost, Happy Birthday to any Leap Babies out there! I really think it should be a holiday!
The bass now featured on the home page--affectionately (and UNofficially as we certainly don't want to get in any trademark disputes) referred to as Itchy and Scratchy by our friend and local player who purchased it--is # 75. Pictures can be found here!
Bass #77 was an amazing commission by a local player who owned a slab of the most enormous redwood lace burl you can imagine, and who asked Seth to build him a customized Busetto model out of it! He picked it up a few weeks ago. It was an exciting build, given the structure of a burl is very different than the gains of the woods he usually uses, but it all worked out well and it is absolutely gorgeous. And it sounds really cool, too.
For occasional rrpocess photos, sometimes featuring Epli the Icelandic Sheepdog and Jerry the cat (our older cat, Bumbles, disdains the paparazzi), follow Seth on Instagram @sethkimmelbass and click a heart and make a comment.
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