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Monday, May 10, 2010

1950s Kay Upright Bass, Flood Damage Photos

Thanks to Levi for taking these pictures and going to check out the damage while we are out on the road. Without question, it was a lot harder to look at these photos than I thought it would be. I keep thinking of all my memories with this bass: from straight ahead jazz and salsa gigs in South Texas to MM recording sessions and touring. With the help of my parents, I bought this bass in 1997 from a student at UNT, and I started lessons there with various teachers, learning the basics in classical and jazz.

Then, with the help of Salvador Giardina (one of the best luthiers in the country), we modified the bass to be amplified and adjusted to my playing style. I firmly believe that with lots of time and money this bass can be restored, and that will be my aim in the near future.


Patrick said...

We've had so much flood damage from this(and narrowly escaped a tornado by 3miles for me) I hope you get it fixed soon.

Alaythea said...

Oh no! That makes me feel awful...for you. I can't imagine. I'm so sorry. Is it fixable or totally gone for good?

Joseth Gamboa B. said...

Vaya!!! eso duele... espero que pronto puedas arreglar y restaurar tu bajo.

Chris said...

I hope you find a way to repair this, Roy. Seeing you rock this bass was one of my favorite moment from the Armisitice tour. Praying for the best, for all.

portorikan said...

I'm so sorry. :(

Melanie said...

I knew that was going to hurt. It was sorely missed in salt lake! I hope it can be restored. I'd be willing to chip in my pittance towards the project if needed. Hoping insurance will help.

After the first post I envisioned it in literal pieces. Glad that isn't the case at least.

Greg Freeman said...

I'm sorry, brotha. I hope you are able to restore it.

lafayette said...

I'm terribly sorry to hear about your bass.

mini said...

OMG that looked like a really good bass. It must cost heaps to get it fixed. I'm a musician aswell so I know how you feel. hope it all goes well. come visit me at http://timeoutwithmini.blogspot.com

Vintage cab used on MM debut (two 15" Jensen speakers).