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Bass Northwest

I was in Seattle two weeks ago and paid a visit to my friend and Sadowsky Metro dealer, Evan Sheely, owner of Bass Northwest. Evan has a great little shop in downtown Seattle, in a historic area.  If you are ever in Seattle and have the time, you should visit Bass Northwest!  Tell ‘im “Roger[…]>>

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Jeff Golub

I go back with Jeff Golub to the early 80’s and my first shop at 168 Madison Avenue.  I just discovered this letter on his website, dated July 1, 2011 in which Jeff discloses that he is losing his vision.  While this is incredibly sad, Jeff’s letter is a great example of being up-beat in[…]>>

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Happy Birthday!

I celebrated my 62nd birthday today! Given that I just signed a 10 year lease on the new shop, I’m not going anywhere.   I love my work, I love living in NYC, I have a son in college, I don’t play golf and I don’t want to move to Florida. I have no idea[…]>>

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IRVING SLOANE

In 1971, while working on a doctorate in psychobiology, I purchased the Whole Earth Catalog. They had two pages devoted to guitar making, including a feature on the book “Classical Guitar Construction” by Irving Sloane.  This was essentially the only book at the time on how to make a guitar.  I purchased it and devoured[…]>>

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NEW SHOP!

We are finally settling in at our new shop in Long Island City. Sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted but the move consumed me for two months….I think I took a total of two days off during this period.  Although we still have a “to do” list to finish setting up the[…]>>

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Steroids!

As we wait for a verdict in the Barry Bonds trial, I remembered something my amazing webmaster, Kevin Drexler, made for me during the original congressional hearings on steroids in baseball.  Enjoy!

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New Economy Model

Thanks to Megan Blythe and her Dad for developing this new economy model: Dear Roger,I have been pining over a new bass for months now, and so I asked for a Sadowsky bass guitar for Christmas. But because of our lack of funds, my dad found a much more cost effective way for me to[…]>>

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Premier Guitar

Thanks to Kevin Borden for including me in his Premier Guitar article “Milestones In Vintage Bass Evolution”:Roger Sadowsky: When I was entrenched in NYC retail between 1977 and 1978, pre-CBS basses were hot. The ’70s products from the major manufacturers were lousy out of the box and required a major setup, and possibly fret work. (Dave[…]>>

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Jim Hall Begins West Coast Tour

A very nice post by Terry Liberty on the Jimmy Bruno Forum:http://www.jimmybruno.com/forum I got a chance to see and hear Jim Hall last night at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle.  I had my misgivings about going since the 150 mile drive and late evening are not to be chosen lightly.  I also wondered if Jim[…]>>