Welcome to The Shoppe's first
Junior Guildhall Double Bass Day - Saturday 23rd May 2009
Phoebe Maddrell joins Shoppe
The new Jay Haide basses are here
The Realist Transducer is a winner
Leon Bosch releases 3rd CD
Brass Wolf Note Adjuster - jewellery for your bass
Innovation Strings price slash
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"It has been five years since The Contrabass Shoppe
became an incorporated company and nearly three since it re-located
to Walton-on-Thames - so in only a few words - it's about time we updated
you with all our news, events and plans." - Tony
Houska - MD.
The Contrabass Shoppe ...
truly unrivalled selection of fine Italian, English, French and German
Masterclasses, ensembles, try out sessions and performances
will all be packed into one fun-filled day being held at London's Guildhall
School of Music & Drama. The day is FREE and will be of great interest
to all students, parents and teachers with participation intended for
students aged 7-18 who already play the bass.
The Contrabass Shoppe will be there too! We'll have a selection of instruments
on display and accessories purchased or ordered on the day will have
further information and a registration form please
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Alternatively contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have telephoned The Contrabass
Shoppe recently you might have been
lucky enough to speak with the delightful Phoebe Maddrell.
us this time last year and is invaluable in dealing with customers, packing
up orders and in developing the website.
Phoebe comments: "I really enjoy working at The Contrabass Shoppe. It is incredibly interesting meeting players
from around the world, you never know who is going to ring up or walk
through the door."
Since uploading a short YouTube
video on fitting The Realist Transducer - sales have rocketed.
Regarded as "THE" double bass pick up
by many of the worlds top jazz players - the universal appeal is
because it works so well with a wide range of acoustic basses and
produces a good range of sound for both arco and pizz playing.
Additionally - the pick-up has a high feedback threshold,
it is easy to set up and the price for this awesome amount of flexibility
and adaptability is incredibly reasonable.
At only £5 500 - the new Jay Haide basses are simply
astonishing value for money.
Aimed at the student to semi-pro player
- the two models are incredibly easy to play and have an impressive
full-rounded yet focused sound.
In terms of looks they have an "antiqued-effect
is absolutely stunning.
Click the instrument or here for more info.
There's no stopping bass virtuoso - Leon Bosh. He's just
released his 3rd CD and is already working on a fourth! This one entitled "The
Russian Double Bass" enjoys the wonderful vocal qualities of the
double bass with music by Gliére, Koussevitzky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich,
Rubinstein and Glinka.
Leon Bosch (with one of our Italian basses) - having given Shoppe director
Tony Houska a copy of his newly released CD - "The Russian Double
Bass". Holding Bosch's first two CD's are young talent Ruan
Baartman (far right) from South Africa and visiting restorer Jeroen
Bruynooghe (far left) from France.
Looking just like jewellery for your bass - this relatively new comer
to the market is highly effective in eliminating even the worst of
The design is "rubber" free and fitting is quick
here or on the photograph to see the Wolf Note Adjuster on the site.
The UK string manufacture Innovation has slashed
prices by around 44% on its entire range of bass stings.
As a result the slightly
thicker gauge of string with the sound and feel of gut has seen sales
rocket in the US, UK and Europe.
Amongst the many string sets available at The
Contrabass Shoppe we have the 140B
140H (Jazz), 140RB
(Rock a Billy), 140SS
(Super Silver) and the 140SLP
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