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#31 bassguitarshow

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 06:41 PM

Dear Basschat members,

Reading through this thread it would appear that there is some confusion regarding the main stage £5 tickets that are available in advance. Just to clarify, in response to feedback we received from show visitors, the £5 tickets are available in an effort to offer guaranteed seats for those that are keen to see a specific artist. We have a total of just short of 500 seats available to us in the main stage and, unlike the masterclass room, the venue insist that we only allow in one person per seat. We therefore allocate up to 250 tickets which can be purchased in advance. The remaining tickets (along with any that remain unsold from the '£5 allocation') are given away free of charge on a 'first come, first served' basis one hour before the performance.

You'll be aware that Mark King is performing at next year's London Bass Guitar Show. The last time Mark performed at the show we as organisers received complaints from many disappointed show visitors who were unable to get in, many commenting that they would have liked the opportunity to secure a seat in advance. Hence the new arrangement.

Please be aware, however, that it is therefore not a requirement that show visitors purchase a ticket in advance for any of the main stage performances. There will be a minimum of 50% of the available tickets given away free of charge at the show. But for those that absolutely 'have' to see a particular performance we recommend purchasing an advance ticket to avoid any disappointment.

Hope that helps to clarify the main stage ticket situation,

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 12:24 PM

Speaking of Mark King, could you not ban "Slapping" from the Exhibitor Stands....?

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 12:35 PM

View Postyorks5stringer, on 19 November 2014 - 12:24 PM, said:

Speaking of Mark King, could you not ban "Slapping" from the Exhibitor Stands....?

Or make anyone who wants to do it pay £5 for a ticket to guarantee thier place?
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Posted 19 November 2014 - 12:36 PM

Haha, I so agree with that. LBGS guys, the single massive improvement you can make to the show is seriously enforcing the 45 minutes to the hour (or whatever proportion is deemed appropriate) silence rule. Nobody seemed to do that on any of the previous years, and loud slapping and excessively high volume were constant, and that is costing you the goodwill and custom of many, many potential visitors.

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 12:38 PM

View Postyorks5stringer, on 19 November 2014 - 12:24 PM, said:

Speaking of Mark King, could you not ban "Slapping" from the Exhibitor Stands....?

How about giving every visitor 4 x 5 minute slapping coupons. These can either be redeemed for 5 minutes of slapping a bass... Or 5 minutes slapping someone who is slapping the bass.

That would sort it out in no time!
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Posted 19 November 2014 - 02:12 PM

View Postskej21, on 19 November 2014 - 12:38 PM, said:

How about giving every visitor 4 x 5 minute slapping coupons. These can either be redeemed for 5 minutes of slapping a bass... Or 5 minutes slapping someone who is slapping the bass.

That would sort it out in no time!

Great idea... But can we make it a 1 x 10 second coupon?

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 08:55 AM

If I were to buy a ticket I'd quite like to see the following vendors added:

Ashdown
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JHS/Vintage (they're doing some cool stuff!)


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 11:15 AM

I agree with the person above ^^ Ashdown need to be there. The reason i didn't go last year.

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 11:18 AM

It would be nice to have a few more exhibitors... My only experience of the show was last years event and I underatand it has been bigger in the past.

I only went to check out gear having little interest in seeing any of the seminars etc.
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Posted 20 November 2014 - 01:48 PM

Enforcing the quiet times would be great. Dunlop have had headphones available for trying pedals the last couple of times which is great for keeping you from interfering with others but didn't help block out the slap assault from the amp stand opposite :-)




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Posted 20 November 2014 - 02:14 PM

Thinking about it, this would be a good year to enforce it as the loudest moment of all the shows has to be 10 mins after Mark King played when every stand seemed to have at least one person trying to recreate what they had just seen :-)
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Posted 20 November 2014 - 02:29 PM

:lol: :lol: :lol: I hold MK personally responsible for making slapping acceptable and, for a time, even cool. He needs to make amends! :D

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 05:06 PM

Dear Basschatters,

Thanks for all your feedback on the show thus far - keep it coming!

Yes, we're aware that the number of exhibitors at last year's show wasn't what we'd have wanted it to be. As some of you have insightfully pointed out, this was due to another show being staged at the same time. We were aware of the clash of dates a few months out but, unfortunately, there was nothing either party could do. The two shows running at the same time meant that many companies did not have the resources to attend both and, to be perfectly honest, both shows suffered as a result.

For 2015, however, there are no other shows planned for 'our' weekend and so we are doing our best to ensure that we have a full exhibition hall, rammed with a wide variety of product for you all to drool over. Of course, to a large extent, we are governed by what the exhibitors choose to exhibit too - which is why lefty instruments are always scarce. Maybe we should talk about a new show; The UK Lefty Guitar & Bass Show?! Any takers?!

Just a note about the noisy/quiet time too. Trying to keep people from playing during the quiet times is like trying to nail jelly to a tree. As organisers we have dedicated 'sound police' who are constantly on patrol, exhibitors have a responsibility too to monitor what's happening on their stand, but you guys also need to play your part! When you hear the hooter, step away from the basses!

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 05:18 PM

Thank you for that reply, guys. I think the effort towards a less noisy environment will have to be a concerted one, with everybody pulling their weight, or it won't work.
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Posted 20 November 2014 - 05:52 PM

View Postskej21, on 19 November 2014 - 12:38 PM, said:

How about giving every visitor 4 x 5 minute slapping coupons. These can either be redeemed for 5 minutes of slapping a bass... Or 5 minutes slapping someone who is slapping the bass.


I love this idea, but can you imagine the secondary market that would spring up in the Gents Toilets with people trading slapping coupons for picks & strings ...

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 06:16 PM

I'm not sure how much they cost but I think it would be a good idea to sell the headphones so that:
  • There is less noise in general
  • The offenders could be encouraged to keep their noise to themselves
  • Those who aren't confident enough to pick up a bass with hundreds of other bassists listening can play without feeling intimidated
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Posted 20 November 2014 - 06:43 PM

I went to a music fare at the NEC some years ago where there were demo booths, these were perfect as they kept the racket down and allowed people to properly try kit out. I think it was linked to two of the exhibitors.
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Posted 21 November 2014 - 12:31 PM

View Posticastle, on 12 November 2014 - 01:07 PM, said:

Strings Direct perhaps?

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 06:50 PM

View PostHappy Jack, on 20 November 2014 - 05:52 PM, said:



I love this idea, but can you imagine the secondary market that would spring up in the Gents Toilets with people trading slapping coupons for picks & strings ...

:lol:

True. I suppose we'd have to also have a 'shiny' coupon, just to help with trade values. 'Shiny's could entitle the holder to 1 free kettle lead, allowing them to 'pull the plug' on whoever they saw fit!
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Posted 23 November 2014 - 02:14 AM

View Postbluejay, on 20 November 2014 - 02:29 PM, said:

He needs to make amends! :D

He'll never be able to make amends. Never. :mellow:

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 10:23 AM

It would be amazing if you could get Mark from Limelight along! Desperate to check out some of his basses!

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 03:29 PM

Billy Sheehan has just been announced! He'll be giving a masterclass on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Times and more details will follow shortly... :D

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 03:38 PM

There was a Basschatter who wanted to contact - or perhaps actually contacted - Billy to ask him to attend next year's show... looks like his wishes are coming true! Great stuff! \m/ :D \m/

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 05:06 PM

Over here in the U.S. the Amp Show and the Nashville Amp and Gear Expo are held in hotels, so that each exhibitor has some privacy in their individual room. Sometimes, though, in the open area format you get a chance to compare the sounds between the different brands available.
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Posted 27 November 2014 - 07:26 PM

The slap at these shows has stopped me going completely, with MK on the bill I would be taking earplugs for all his 'fan's' efforts! The last one I attended in manchester gave me the worst headache ever mainly coming from the rig of a prominent member here ALL DAY, awful.

I suggested on the appropriate thread to the organiser that a baton could be passed every 10 mins from stand to stand, only the stand with the baton can make a noise, headphones could be used at all times and if two batons went around the two main areas it would only be about 20 or 30 mins before the baton came back,plenty of time to discuss the basses and feel them unplugged etc. Anyone serious about dropping 3 to 4 grand on a custom build should be visiting the builders in person anyway rather than basing it on hearing it amongst that din!
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Posted 27 November 2014 - 09:44 PM

View Postamir93smith, on 20 November 2014 - 11:15 AM, said:

I agree with the person above ^^ Ashdown need to be there. The reason i didn't go last year.

I seem to remember that Ashdown were at the show in 2013 or 2012 and got the award for the most obscenely loud and unpleasant noise anywhere in the show.

Multiple amps fired up at max volume with huge stacks and sub octave switches all turned on. Huge gobs of bowel wrenching noise that didn't remotely resemble anything musical.

I can see that this sort of low end might sound like a blast but not when it doesn't stop for two solid days!
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Posted 27 November 2014 - 09:49 PM

View Postmolan, on 27 November 2014 - 09:44 PM, said:


Multiple amps fired up


Ha I see what you did there...

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 09:54 PM

View PostEBS_freak, on 27 November 2014 - 09:49 PM, said:



Ha I see what you did there...
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Posted 28 November 2014 - 09:01 AM

Just watching 'Babylon' and the Bass Guitar Show got a mention as a bomb threat target this year lol. Bit of an extreme way to get rid of Slap Bass! :lol:
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Posted 28 November 2014 - 10:12 AM

Just received the email confirming Billy Sheehan will be running workshops on both days!

Add some tapping to that slapping... :-)
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