76 Irwin Bass

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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby TI4-1009 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:18 am

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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby gr8fullfred » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:44 am

I hate to break the bliss, but this is a stolen bass. Its rightful owner is Pete Sears. This bass was apparently stolen from Jefferson Starship at the riot in Germany. Is is awesome that the bass survived, it is awesome that it has surfaced.

It would be really awesome if the bass was returned to its rightful owner, who I am sure was heartbroken upon its loss,
and would be enormously thankful for its return.

Pete Sears, if you do not know it already, is an awesome musician and a really nice guy. He is playing with MoonAlice these days, and can be reached thru the MoonAlice website contact information.

Here is a pic of Pete with the bass a long long time ago(picture is on the Lieber Guitars website):

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And here is a pic of Pete playing with MoonAlice in Burlington Vermont 10/23/2012:
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This bass should be returned to its rightful owner.
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:54 am

You raise a good point but I'm torn on what to think. Pete didn't deserve to have it stolen from him but Kwilms didn't steal it, why should he suffer for another person's actions?
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby strumminsix » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:00 am

Until Mr Sears says that's his stolen bass there is only speculation. I say let's chill, relax, welcome this new member and let the facts come to the surface.
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby Dozin » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:17 pm

Wow, this story gets more and more interesting. I think the collection price of that bass has gone up too.
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby gr8fullfred » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:57 pm

Do you want me to contact Pete Sears and ask him if the Bass was stolen and if he would want it back? I can do that. The bass was custom made for Pete, he did not sell it.
If you read the account of the riot in Germany, the Starship literally ran for their lives. A good bunch of their equipment was burned by the crowd.

Yes the current owner did not steal it, not saying he is a thief. I am saying that this bass was stolen by someone along time ago, and that the rightful owner is Pete Sears
(apparently).

This link tells the story and it is an interesting read:
http://www.gotarevolution.com/lorelei.htm
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby kwilms » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:45 pm

i read all the stuff yesterday and today.
i am really sorry about what happens 1978 in Germany!!!
but i bought the bass in 1990-1991 from someone else, no one gave me information's about the bass, internet search 10 years ago unsuccessful. yesterday i start a new search via internet and it was successful.
after my first post here yesterday i'll send Thomas Lieber a pm and we are in contact.
i think Thomas told Pete the news alright.

for information only, i was born 1965 and the first time in was Koblens Freilichtbühne Loreley was 1996 on a concert with David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bad Religion and so on!
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby gmchart » Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:46 pm

Kwilms, let's be clear-- nobody is saying you are the bad guy here.
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby tigerstrat » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:10 am

This reminds me of Jaco Pastorius' famed Bass Of Doom resurfacing in 2007!

In that case, Robert Trujillo (Metallica's bassist) purchased the de-fretted '62 Fender Jazz Bass (stolen from a NYC park bench in 1986 as Jaco played basketball nearby) and gifted it to Jaco's surviving family. Would be wonderful if something similar occurred here...

http://www.fender.com/news/metallicas-trujillo-rescues-jaco-pastorius-bass-of-doom/
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby Cmnaround » Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:14 pm

This thing has got to be worth some serious cash. Very nice bass for sure.
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby Cmnaround » Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:20 pm

Woops -I didn't see the second page of posts with the stolen bass story. Guess it raises questions of international law and if anyone could even do anything about it.
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby Cmnaround » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:53 pm

Wait just a minute here - pics or no pics - I find the posting date of the "discovery" of this bass - April 2 - to be quite coincidental with April Fools day - nice one
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby Thomas Lieber » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:17 am

Hey everyone, Klaus is a great guy, who is a complete innocent here! Actually to Pete and I he is a HERO. He has taken excellent care for the bass.

In his home country the bass became a legal purchase after 10 years gone missing.

Pete and I thought the bass was burned up in a barn fire after a riot broke out during a Starship concert.

WE couldn't be more thrilled that it is still in existence!

And by the way this is an amazing story that is still unfolding!

One day the whole story will appear in Bass Player magazine and be told by all the participants, Pete, Klaus and myself!
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby strumminsix » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:28 am

Tom, that is completely outstanding, sir! Thank you for putting an uplifting, positve and quality ending to this chapter of the story!
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Re: 76 Irwin Bass

Postby tcsned » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:35 am

Wow! That is an amazing story with a happy ending.

Vielen Dank, Klaus. Dies ist eine wunderbare Erzählung (I think that is the right word :-) )
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