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January 15, 2001

      As we head into this new year, I wanted to take a moment and just look back over what has happened at Global Bass in its relatively short life. This issue is our sixth, and by November it was quickly becoming apparent to us that we were going to have to become a monthly e-magazine if we were going to reflect the changing face of music accurately. I can even see in the not too distant future a day where we may have to become a bi-monthly magazine. That of course will give Marty Straub, my ever patient webmaster, fits, but anything is possible. To me though, it seems that even with a monthly version we can do updates and maintain an ever evolving news section. This of course would give us relevance throughout the month.

I never cease to find it astounding how many people are coming to this site. In our first issues, I was flabbergasted with 20,000 to 30,000 readers. This has greatly changed in a very short period of time. Novembers issue with Jeff Berlin as our Cover Story saw over 100,000 readers and Decembers great visit with Geddy Lee brought us an astounding 247,250 readers! Already, as this is being written on January 15th, we have been visited by over 100,000 people and we are only half way through the month!

This months Cover Story, with one of the founding fathers of electric bassplaying in the Pop, Soul and R & B fields, the incredible CHUCK RAINEY; will put the viewership right through the roof again. I never cease to find it amazing when I interview people such as CHUCK. How can a man who has done so much, seen so much and has so many accolades under his belt, be so darned nice? Not a self-absorbed bone in his body. Even after all he has done, his eyes are trained on the future as opposed to the past.

Many of you ask us when we can expect to have a print version of the magazine...Believe me when I say, this means a lot to us too. The answer to that question is honestly very simple. It really just comes down to bucks. Simple as costs a serious whack of money to print a glossy paged full-colored mag and ship it all over the world. When I look at magazines like Bass Player, I realize that I cannot see us putting out anything until we can at least match the look and polish of those folks or Bassics Magazine. We would be shooting ourselves in the foot.

So the answer to the hardcopy version lies within either building sufficient ad revenue, acquiring a venture capitalist, finding an investor or 1000+ people willing to subcribe to the hardcopy ahead of time.

Now don't get me wrong, I am not whining. This monthly internet magazine is our pride and joy and from a creative point of view this thing is so much fun and keeps us so busy, that if this was all we ever did, in many ways it would fulfill almost every dream we ever had for Global Bass. So the long and short of it is, we will continue to bring you the very best e-magazine possible, improving it on a monthly basis. I think you will be amazed as to what will be accomplished on the Internet in the next few months and years. However, when the day comes where one or more of the above mentioned resources kick in, then rest assured, Global Bass Magazine will become hardcopy as well.

On a creative note, I wanted to particularly thank all those who have contributed articles, reviews and interviews for us this past year. People like Mark Peterson, Orin Isaacs, Brent Anthony Johnson, Lucas Pickford, Andy Long, Sabastián Caffini and his wonderful Spanish versions of our interviews on his website, and all of the Italian translations from our friend Alessandro Arcuri, and of course Dann Glenn.

Dann has been with us since Day One, but sadly, at least from my point of view, his journey with us is now over. After the release of his 10th solo album, SUBHARMONIA, he let us know that he is moving into an intensively creative period in his life, including the scoring of his Symphony #3, and no longer has the time available. We will miss his wonderfully ascerbic writing. He got people reacting like no one else did. His Global 'Swan Song', in this issue, will be sure to flip a lot of people out. Talk about leaving on a high note!

The coming issues will see some incredible Cover Stories, including artists like John Entwistle, Billy Sheehan, Mick Karns, Tim Bogert, just to mention a few. It is going to be one wild year full of memorable interviews and great new products, starting with this issue.

Venture into the article with Wayne Jones Amplification, builders of audiophile bass cabinets. Wayne addresses the fact that often the most important link in finding the Perfect Sound is the most neglected: the speaker and the cabinet itself. You wouldn't spend $5000 on a home stereo only to buy $99 speakers, would you? Well, that precise thing happens all the time with bassplayers. Wayne has a higher road for you.

For the sheer fun of it, take a look at the article on Martin Sim's LED enhancements for your bass neck and body. Taking the art of showmanship and good looks to a whole new level while simultaneously addressing an age old on-stage problem..."I can't see my fingers!"  Martin will light the way for you in this entertaining and informative article.

Also, I'm sure many of you noticed our new logo on our virtual cover.  We have Sean McMillin of Z-Vertical Design Services to thank for that.  He also did the banner ad you see throughout this issue for The Players School of Music.  Next month his personal site, PlayTheBass.Com, will be featured in a new section of Global Bass where we will bring you Internet sites that will help you with your bass playing.  The column will be called BassCraft.

One more thing before I go...I would like to point you to the BassStuff Online (BSO) section in the magazine. One of the goals I have set for myself this year is to really make it clear to all our readers what a great place the BSO is for people who want to buy or sell equipment, CD's, tour t-shirts, the list goes on and on. Visit our BSO page, take a look at what we are doing and if you have something you want to sell or buy that is related to bassists, take a look at our viewership numbers, and you decide if BSO isn't the very best place to move your bass creations.

Well, now I get to lie down for about 15 minutes before I start all over again. But I will say this, even if I won a lottery, I would still do this. This has been the most worthwhile job I have ever done and I love it.

Editor~ GB
January 15,  2001

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