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Posted by El Pájaro on May 15, 2000 at 07:18:01:

Hi there people,
If any of you are readers or suscribers of Bass Player magazine, there's something you definitely must know.
Recently, we suscribers of the internet bass digest The Bottom Line recieved a very bad piece of news. Bass Player decided to drop columnists Rick Turner and Mike Tobias, who, in case you don't know, are two of the world's most renowned instrument builders ever. These two guys know more about bass design, setup, construction and other technical related items than anybody as far as I'm concerned. Their columns taught me more about the technical aspects of the bass than I ever thought I could learn. All this time, they were signed as columists by Bass Player, and we readers/suscribers were fortunate to get a lot of insight about those items from these two fine guys, who are capable and nice enough to share their knowledge with us in an informative, humorous and non-pedantic way. Their columns were, IMHO, two of Bass Player's greatest assets (we could discuss here the drop in quality the magazine has experiencedr lately, but maybe that's subject for another post).
Oddly enough, BP decided to drop these guys because of, in their words, their presence in the pages of the magazine could create a "conflict of interests". An euphemistic way to say "the bass-building corporate giants who run ads in this magazine pressured us to drop you because they think you're getting a full page for self-promoting your own products, and even getting paid for it". Now, I know a magazine has to be profitable to remain in business, but this is what I call COMPLETE BULLSHIT. Cutting down the quality and the usefulness of a magazine on advertirser's pressure is a very disrespectful move with regard to the readers, who are the very people a magazine wouldn't exist without.
If you are a BP reader, now you know how little BP cares about you. If you have a spare minute, let them know your dissatisfaction by e-mailing the editor. He can be reached at rjohnston@mfi.com.
Make noise! Be heard! Buena suerte and keep your basses up front in the mix,
El Pájaro.

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