Warburton's Piece

Inspired by their success, Ross and Warburton are looking forward to debuting within the next several months a five-string bass similar to the kind Warburton plays. Models catering to jazz and classical musicians will follow shortly thereafter, and a three-quarters-sized bass for those of smaller stature is on the drawing board. The two plan to make six to ten basses per year, and Warburton is eager to peddle them at bass clinics in the U.S. and abroad. "The bass has already taken me all over the world," he says, "so now I figure that I will just do what I want to. Not that I can really afford it, but I'm not worrying. Showing these basses is going to be a lot of fun, and I'm really going to enjoy it. Not only will I be able to go to each event, but I'll also be able to play there, too."

Playing: All these years later, being able to do so still fills Warburton with joy. "At one time, I kind of fed off the ego thing, like anybody would," he admits. "But that gets you in trouble. Once the ego starts trying to take care of business, you kind of lose the music. So I try to look at my playing for what it is. There's a lot that I can't do, but I don't get uptight anymore about not being able to do some things. I've learned to enjoy the talent that I do have and to try to use it to communicate with people through music. And that's really as far as it goes.

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