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Our 20th Year!
So here we are on the other side of a new year. There's lots of uncertainty in the political climate in the US right now, and many things are changing. But one thing that always remains consistent is that man, we love what we do here! Playing bass is cool, and so are bass players. We get to talk to them every day, and send them cool stuff. Who could complain?
And we've been at it a long time - did you know that this year marks our 20th anniversary of selling double bass stuff on the web? Way back in 1997 (seems like forever ago), Bob started selling K&K Pickups at "musician-to-musician" discounts on his small, one-page website. In short order, he was adding other useful items, some strings, a few parts, even some amps - he even helped K&K develop one of their most popular products (the Bass Master Rockabilly System). I joined up in the early 2000's, and we rebranded as Gollihur Music soon after that. Flash-forward about a decade, and after a slow phasing-out process, Bob retired in early 2014 (yes, he's doing great!) and I have been running the show since then.
I'm proud that Gollihur Music is your go-to shop for all things upright bass, and I truly appreciate your continued loyalty. As such, my door is always open - if you have questions, concerns, suggestions, product requests, criticisms, or otherwise, please don't hesitate to let me know. We want to be "your bass shop" - the one you have to tell everyone about when you find out they play bass - for years to come.
Great new gear coming soon!
'Tis the season! The NAMM show takes place in early January, and manufacturers come out with awesome new gear. I'm taking a pass on the show this year, but we're already starting to get some new gear (and we'll have a few key new items in February) that are sure to get your GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) flowing!
Check out the new BiX preamp from Grace Design, a small-format life preamp for acoustic pickups. Or the brand new Genzler 350/10 combo - an amp that sounds amazing for both electric and upright basses. Or the newly redesigned EA Doubler-2, which features upgraded power and specs, and an updated chassis - we have it IN STOCK for immediate shipment!
We're looking forward to bringing you a bunch more cool stuff, keep an eye on our "New Products" list for updates!
Sometimes the 'Best' Deal... Isn't.
Just like everyone, I like paying less. In fact, I've talked about it quite a bit in our newsletters over the years - hunting bargains is a bit of a hobby of mine. Of course, my wife says I'm destined to "go broke, saving money," but I digress...
Product counterfeiting is a real thing. D'Addario was openly highlighting their issues with it back in 2010, with this blog post (which specifically talks about illegal copies of their guitar strings.) And one of our competitors recently sent out a blast email saying that they have evidence that there are "fakes" of Thomastik and Pirastro double bass strings coming into the US Market from Asia. Other products can be counterfeited, too - there was a big kerfuffle a little over a decade ago with fake Oktava mics hitting the American market (and sold, unknowingly, through big music stores, too!)
Gollihur Music has close to a 20-year working relationship with both Pirastro and the one authorized Thomastik US Distributor, and I can tell you that I've confirmed that there are some people selling strings who are "getting around" the system. All that I'm suggesting is that you ask that the store you buy from is sourcing their strings (and other items) directly from the authorized source(s). You can rest assured, Gollihur Music always does - we have always provided *genuine* goods at a fair price. And as for strings, we always offer free shipping, to all 50 states (on sets AND single strings)! ...as well as offering "extras" like added tip sheets, instructions and bonus items.
Uniting the Nation of Bass
I'm quite lucky, in that I really love what I do. Every day, I have the opportunity to speak with bassists from all around the world, and do my best to help them solve their bass-related concerns. And I'm able to provide a wide variety of products from manufacturers who are situated all over the planet, as well. That's kind of cool, if you think about it.
It made me realize that there was more to the whole "Nation of Bass" phrase that Bob coined so many years ago, to describe our (now ubiquitous) BASS Oval sticker that goes out with every order; stores like ours can really connect people in one corner of the world with their solutions -- which might be made in another corner of the world. And it's a real privilege to be the liaison for that sort if problem-solving.
So in our most recent edition of our Bass Notes Newsletter [subscribe here] is a "World's Fair" of sorts... I'm spotlighting some of the bass items that we are able to bring to you, from a host of other countries around the globe. Hopefully, you'll find it interesting to see just what a global village it is that we live in -- and know that we're happy to make it just a little smaller for you.
P.S.: Hey, did you notice we did a little sprucing up at the website? We made some minor design changes to refresh the look a bit without changing everything. A bit cleaner overall, with some improved navigation (many of our important links are in a menu across the top, now, for easier access!)
Hope you like it!
The Gollihur Music Difference
I'm very aware that there are lots of places, particularly online, that you can spend your bass dollars. If you have a local mom-and-pop music shop, I don't mind losing your business to them; we should support our local "bricks and mortar" stores whenever possible. But for those upright bass items you can only easily find online, we work hard to always be your first place to shop.
As I was assembling the latest shipment of Krivo pickups this morning into our custom packaging, it occurred to me that it was a perfect example of how we do that. Here we have a specialized upright bass product, hand-made in the USA. Only a few stores even carry it. Could you find it somewhere else, maybe at eBay, or at another online store? Probably. You might even find it a dollar or two cheaper.
But here's where the difference is: We don't just want you to buy it -- we want you to love using it. We want you to be able to open it up, install it yourself without difficulty, get great sound without frustration, and have everything you will need to do so already in the box.
On the left is how everyone else, to my knowledge, ships the pickup. It's how Jason at Krivo provides it - a hand-made pickup in a bubble-wrap packet. On the right is what you get from Gollihur Music when you order a Krivo:
Now, are these extras expensive? Not really; all told, the box, sticker, jack mount kit and printed paper don't cost me a significant amount of money. But what hopefully makes the difference is that I saved you the the time figuring out what parts you'll need for the jack mount kit (and sourced them for you so you don't need to make a trip to the hardware store). And I fussed with the pickup to determine what you need to know to have a successful install, and shared that information with you before you had to ask. And I went through the trouble (just this morning, in fact) to pack it all into a nice box that will protect the pickup -- and give you the feeling that we really care about the impression you get when you open a package we've sent to you.
- The Pickup, wrapped in the bubble-wrap packet
- Packed into a retail-style cardboard container with peanuts to protect it in shipping
- A special 4-piece jack mount kit for easily mounting the jack to your tailpiece
- An instruction sheet, written by yours truly, so you don't have to go it alone
We don't just do this for the Krivo, of course. You get tip sheets, extra stuff, and in-depth instructions for all sorts of things you buy from us -- strings, bridges, preamps, pickups, amplifiers, bass buggies and wheels, bows... the list goes on. We strive to provide you with the answers you need before you've even asked the questions. (But we're also here to answer the questions we didn't anticipate!)
This is the philosophy that has driven the way we do things from the very beginning, when Bob first started shipping K&K Pickups back in 1997 -- and is the basis of what I continue to make a guiding principle today. I sincerely hope that you notice "The Gollihur Music Difference," and know that we will continually strive to exceed your expectations every day.
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