I got this sad note from my double bass blogging colleague Riccardo Valsecchi. It sounds like Xbass.org (which recently launched a new video project called Xbass.tv) is reevaluating the viability of their project and may be ceasing operations in the near future.
Dear double bass players and lovers,
My name is Riccardo Valsecchi and I’m the Head Editor of Xbass.org and Xbass.tv.
I’m writing this email for announcing sadly that the next issue of Xbass.org could be the last.
Even if we have seen in the last year growing up the number of visits from 4.000 to more than 25.000, the economic investments on our project is been not enough for paying either the domain of the site, not talking about the structure and the works that we have made for making it in the best way, that personally takes myself busy more than 10 hours per days everyday of the week. When we have started to work on it, it was clear that the magazine should be costless believing in the possibility of advertisings and in the conscience of every utents that had found our contents interesting and useful.
It wasn’t so, and it has no sense to continue with an experience, even if one of the best in my life, without economic entries…
It’s clear that our intention is to save the idea and to continue with the project but now we have a limited period…: we will appreciate a lot if someone of you that thinks Xbass.org and Xbass.tv interesting and useful could give what he things right to give … 1 symbolic $ can make more you can think…
Otherwise, I’d like personally to say thanks to everyone that has visited our pages and has made our project richer and richer …
This is a great site with a lot of excellent value–I certainly hope that they are able to continue operating.