Friends, fans and family,
As some of you may know Scratchdog Stringband has been selected by the Portland-Khabarovsk Sister City Alliance to represent Portland on a tour of the Russian Far East in May. This exciting news, in addition to a looming Summer schedule packed with gigs, has us facing the reality that our upright bass, lovingly called "the Frankenbass", needs to be retired.
Max and I bought this student model bass for $800 a year and a half ago due to the dearth of bass players in Portland, thinking we'd have an easier time buying a bass ourselves and teaching someone to play it. As fate would have it, a few months later Scratchdog Stringband lost their own bass player, and they asked us to help fulfill a few upcoming gigs using our bass. 200 shows and a few thousand miles later, we had a carry case full of holes, a bridge held together with epoxy and C-Clamps, a cracked neck braced by two dowels and four metal brackets, and a fractured head stock.
We are asking for contributions to help us purchase a Chadwick Folding Bass. This is a professional level instrument that will be able to withstand the rigors of life on the road and the high volume of gigs we'll be playing. In addition to its durability, the Chadwick Bass folds virtually in half and is stored in a flight-safe travel case that can fit into small spaces, such as a Subaru Outback with four full grown men, their instruments and sound gear, or a luggage deck on a Boeing bound for Russia.
Check it out! http://foldingbass.com/
Scratchdog is matching donations dollar for dollar until we can reach the $3800 necessary to secure the bass from Charlie Chadwick in Nashville, TN.
Contributions $20 or over will get a free CD, and the top contributor will get a free show by Scratchdog Stringband (if you're not in the Northwest we'll work something out)
Thank you everyone for reading, and for your past and future support!
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