Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Talkbass.com Forums


Talkbass.com is an internet monster and, strangely enough, I had never even heard of it until a few years ago. This is a shame, because it is a great place to find anything related to the bass, either electric or upright.

I cannot figure out why I did not know about it, as it has been around since 1998-- it is not like I have been avoiding the internet…

Talkbass has something for every bass player: there are general forums to discuss the state of the instrument, as well as dedicated forums for parts, strings, accessories, effects, and repair hints. There are also forums to discuss technique, recording, live sound and management.

If you are looking for gear, there are classified ads for basses, amplifiers and effects(with oodles of listings) and sponsored forums with special deals for Talkbass members.

My mind is always boggled by the amount of traffic on this web site. As of today, Talkbass.com has:

178,492 members

703,194 threads

10,379,774 posts (more than 10,000 per day are added)

Talkbass is run well, and the moderators do a good job of trying to keep things civil, but I just cannot go there very often. And the reason why is not unique to this site – I have a hard time accepting the amount of meanness and hatred that people enjoy posting on the internet. Just check the reader comments on ANY news article posted on the internet if you do not know what I mean. It scares me if I think about it for too long.

Sometimes even the most innocent threads can eventually degenerate in political diatribes, name-calling and ugliness, forcing the moderators to close them. Some people just seem to relish in putting other people down and goofing on them and their equipment. These folks are generally make huge numbers of posts, and I have to think that if you have the time to make 10,000 (or more) posts…

… maybe you are not spending enough time playing your bass.



  1. I totally agree.
    Money corrupts and rivalry kills Hearts.

    For those in the know luckily, there are a few warm places you can choose to go...

  2. TalkBass is a good forum for bass-related info. But usually you have to put up with the stupidity of some of the members who insist on starting flame wars. Many times your opinion is wrong and they'll let you know it in no uncertain terms. There also is a heavy bias towards certain instrument makers at the expense of others.

    The moderators have a tendency to take themselves too seriously and let the "power" go to their heads. They'll quickly cite you for a rule infraction over the stupidest things. Or erase a thread if they don't like where it's going.