"don't tell them
I like it...tell them I love it!"
I met Stanley at his gig with Chick
Corea in Boston. I showed him my sons' baby bass and a carved bass. He
gave me a his number...'stay in touch'. Next time we met I showed him a
big neck bass, again...'stay in touch'. On our next meeting, my lady insisted
that I bring my personal bass (#9), I really didn't want to because,
1. my bass is really beat, it's hit the road almost as many times as I
have and 2. my bass was the absolute in 'basic' 1 p-u, single cut-away,
oil finish body & neck. As soon as I walked into his room, he walked
over to my beat up bag, "what's in here?" He played a few licks on
it ..."this is the one, make me one like this". When I finished his bass
he told me that he wanted this bass specifically to use in the studio,
so "my tech's have to check it out before I buy it". A couple of weeks
later he invited me to a performance at Avery Fisher Hall, I asked him
if I could "tell people that he had bought one of my basses and liked it"
Stanley smiled, "Albey...don't tell them I like it...tell them
I love it!"