Re: Amazonian Bass Information

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Posted by Katie on December 24, 2001 at 21:01:09:

In Reply to: Amazonian Bass Information posted by David lewer on December 24, 2001 at 16:46:59:

: In a recent correspondance with a bass player friend of mine, I was informed of the fate of the 'Some like it hot' bass which Tony Curtiss used as a prop in the MGM film production. He informed me that the bass met a sad ending whilst being carried through some mountainous region of the Amazon. Apparently, the bass was being carried on the back of an American proffesor of music when it came loose and was smashed to matchsticks as it fell down into a chasm. It was left there due to the fact that it would have proven too treacherous to attempt to retrieve it. I wonder if there are any more stories of famous instruments meeting with a sad end?

Didn't you say in an earlier post that you saw this particular bass on a recent trip? The one with holes drilled into it to make it look like it had been shot? I'm soooo confused. I've heard off lots of sad bass stories though. Scott LaFaro's bass survived the crash that killed him, although badly burned. Some very nice basses belonging to a symphony in texas(houston?) suffered irrepearable flood damage. I've heard of basses smashed in garbage trucks and burned through by candle's at jazz gigs. The worst story I've heard was of a fine italian instrument that had been traveling by plane with it's owner. Some idiot tried to pick it up with a fork lift and it ended up with a forklift shaped hole in its bottom. . Can't think of any more right now, although it would be interesting to here some. Please clear up the "Some like it hot" bass issue. Thanx

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