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Articles by Steve Cook

Taking the Backseat

May 17, 2011
Available on DVD, the documentary Bring on the Night offers a revealing look into the world of top-tier touring. Shot in 1985, the film shows a young Branford Marsalis
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Builder Profile: Epifani Amplifiers

April 19, 2011
New York City’s bass-amp innovator talks about his never-ending quest for impeccable tone and how he broke into the scene by tirelessly schlepping his designs to jazz clubs and getting local legends to plug in.
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On Bass: The Call

March 15, 2011
It’s the event we all dream of—the one point in our musical time line that can define a career. That magical phone call (or email or text) asking if you’re
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MTD Kingston Saratoga Bass Review

February 15, 2011
The latest from Michael Tobias'' more affordable line combines familiar J bass features with newer conveniences
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DDyna Music Company Bass 10 Pedal Review

January 17, 2011
The all-analog, true-bypass Bass 10 is a compressor with a 4-band EQ and a switchable overdrive.
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Learning From The Most Unlikely Sources

January 17, 2011
Being with others breeds new ways of thinking.
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Amp or No Amp: The Great Debate Continues

November 16, 2010
Pros and cons of going straight through the PA
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Your Thing, Their Thing, and the Whole Thing

September 21, 2010
Finding the thing that sets you apart
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Staying Hungry

July 20, 2010
In a rut? Are you still hungry?
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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

May 18, 2010
Why can''t guitar players and bass players exist in perfect harmony? And why each should pay attention to the other''s gear.
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The State of Bass, 2010

March 11, 2010
Where is bass today? Steve proposes we''re on the ascent to a golden age.
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Kay K162 Pro Bass Review

January 14, 2010
Kay''s K162 Pro Bass reissue delivers vintage looks and feel for those with a Jones for the past.
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Situational Awareness: Does it Work Onstage?

December 17, 2009
What is situational awareness, and how can you use it to help a gig go smoother?
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To Buy, or Not to Buy… That is the Question!

November 18, 2009
Reasons why to buy a new bass, and reasons NOT to buy a new bass. Where do you fit in?
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The Essence of Simplicity

September 18, 2009
Ask yourself the question: How can I be me with less?
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Live and Let DI

July 22, 2009
Steve shows us why options are such a good thing when figuring out your bass sound while playing live.
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The Best $20 Ever Spent

May 20, 2009
8 ways $20 can save your life on tour
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MXR Bass Octave Deluxe Pedal Review

April 21, 2009
MXR''s Bass Octave Deluxe brings the ''70s-style funk
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Five Rules of Touring Bass Players

March 17, 2009
Five tips to help you succeed in the music industry
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Get What You Play For

January 15, 2009
When to drop the dough on some new gear.
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