The following is a short excerpt from the E-Bass Line Newsletter from the International Society of Bassists. Receiving this newsletter each month is one of the many benefits for ISB members, including special rates on instrument insurance, the excellent journal Bass World, the paper edition of the Bass Line, and much more! Check out the International Society of Bassists website for more information on joining if you’re not a member–I’ve been a member since I was a teenager, and I highly recommend it for bassist of all ages.
Also, doublebassblog.org will be doing live coverage of next summers ISB convention at Penn State (June 8-13, 2009). That’s only 9 months away, and it will be a real blast, so be sure to join up with the ISB and check out this fabulous event!
Jeffrey Koczela, professor of double bass at George Washington University in Washington, DC, says the Honda Fit works great. It’s a 4-door, offers good mileage and can fit bass, driver and three other people (two people in the back seat, at least one of them should be small!) Says Jeffrey, “I can fit my bass on the 40% side of the 60/40 split back seat. The Toyota Yaris can do the same, but it’s only a 2-door, and it’s not easy to slide the bass in the 40% side due to the ceiling-mounted seat belt holder. Same issue with Toyota Matrix. One of my students got a ride with bass to his lesson yesterday in a Mini Cooper – now I want to see someone show up in a SmartCar!”
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