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bbMIA : What's New?

10.31.2003 (Friday)
     Welcome to the grand opening of the BunnyBass Musical Instrument Archive! We are very happy to begin work on what we think will eventually be something very special. To create a large, expansive photo-archive of basses, guitars, and related musical instruments is an idea we've been wanting to do for several years. But it was only about a year ago that we seriously put the idea down in writing and began searching for people who would really be willing to help with the work and resources necessary to create a permanent website home. After a lot of planning, re-planning, a ton of letter writing, programming, and a good measure of good luck, here it finally is. Whether bbMIA survives the first few months has everything to do with whether or not enough people support us by signing up for membership. So if you're reading this, we sincerely thank you for your support. Things will probably be shaky at first, but we promise to give this our best effort and hope you stay with us to watch the development of this dream. We're hopeful that things will go well (*fingers crossed*).
     And please don't forget to tell your friends - for less than the cost of a disposable magazine you'll be helping to support something that will hopefully become a lasting and deep informational resource, a mega-document of many thousands of instruments able to function as something like a virtual library. We're creating this archive for musicians, collectors, luthiers, or anyone else who appreciates the beauty and art of these wonderful tools of the mind and soul. And we're trying to do this the difficult way - without distracting, blinking advertisements in every margin, occupying every available square inch of your computer screen. We're aware that this goes against the current trend - even our oldest and most venerable museum institutions have crossed the line into creating exhibitions or even building collections at the behest of the most "generous corporate sponsors" (museum slang for "highest bidders"). In a perfect world, museums, public radio, public television, and other kinds of educational organizations would be able to present information according to what they consider to be most important, relevant, or interesting. But of course in reality the amount of influence business interests hold is tremendous. The same is true for magazines, newspapers, and websites, and so we've decided to try to run bbMIA entirely on subscriptions and donations. bbMIA will be a lot more useful (and fun) if we're free to say or include whatever we like, without having worry about offending some/any/everyone. If this proves to be impossible, then, okay - better get an eyeful now because bbMIA may be gone very soon! Again, we are very curious to see how things will go.
     Okay, enough ominous scary-talk and back to the collection. Although we'll eventually have roughly equal parts new guitars and basses featured every month, we thought that for our first month it would be appropriate to start things off by acknowledging our first love, our roots: the electric bass guitar. We are, after all, an outgrowth of BunnyBASS, so we will start things off by having basses outnumbering guitars, 12 to 6. But we know that we have been neglecting guitars for many years, so in the future we will try to steadily grow our guitar archive - many of us play and enjoy both kinds, and we hear there are quite a few interesting guitars out there in the world too. We will see if this is really true or not (just kidding).
     For now, please explore the site, and we hope you enjoy your visits. We will be pouring all our energy into developing this site, and we hope you enjoy what will become of this ongoing experiment called bbMIA.
     ~ the bbMIA staff: harry, kim, jana, mimi, henner, nancy, leslie, jon & carol.

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