Sunday, July 29, 2012

Beatin' the Bass

Another interesting shop we found in Staunton was Fretwell Bass.

This was a music store full of, well, bass instruments.

I had to go in. Not because I play the bass, but because I play the guitar, and I love music.

Besides, how could you not stop when you glance in and see something as shiny as this?

This is a 1930s aluminum bass.

This is a line of bass fiddles along the wall. I don't know that I have ever seen so many bass instruments in one place.

Old instruments often are hard to beat. They have a sweet, mellow sound that newer wood simply cannot match. I know I prefer the sounds of some of the older guitars to the new ones in the stores today.

The bass fiddle is used in symphonies and in blue grass music, just to name a few. You also hear it in jazz, country and western, and many other formats.


  1. i love how you have found a store i have never heard of in the area i know. too cool!! thanks, for sharing. do you play? (:

  2. Love anything made from wood. These are beautiful instruments.

  3. Wow, I love that aluminum bass...I never knew there was such a thing! Amazing to see a store selling nothing but bass instruments. If we end up moving to Virginia, I'll have to put Staunton on our list of places to visit.

    I really am enjoying reading about your vacation, Anita...y'all sure visit some interesting places.


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