Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The New Web Site...Unveiled! looks like I'm about 2 weeks behind on this big announcement, but I thought that I would go ahead and make an official announcement anyway (just in case anyone hadn't noticed). Insert "smiley" of your choice here. After much thought, and a lot of plotting and scheming behind the scenes, I finally decide that it was time to update the internet home of Blueberry Hill. The site turned 3 years old back in September, and while that version served its purpose very well, I couldn't ignore the fact any longer that BHB had simply outgrown the site. Up until the recent changes, I still received remarkably positive comments on the site on a regular basis. My intent in rolling out some of the changes outlined below was to keep the clean look and feel of the site that people seemed to love so much while adding more useful information and relevant content. I also wanted to create a home for BHB that will allow for grow into this site as things continue to progress, and I also wanted to create a layout that was quicker and easier to navigate...where everything had its own place. I hope that I have succeeded in my mission.

As for the improvements themselves, we now have dedicated pages for Nordstrand pickups and for this blog. In fact, the Blueberry Hill Blog has essentially replaced the old "News" section. This is where you can get more "formal" news announcement (like that we have added Dingwall Strings, Lull Strings, Peterson Tuners, and George Ls Cables to the assortment of bass-related items that we keep in stock) as well as more "informal" tid-bits of information, such as new bass arrivals and updates on custom bass projects that have been commissioned by our customers.

Another notable upgrade is that each bass builder now has his own dedicated page. All of the basses that you see on the "In Stock" page are, in fact, in stock and available for purchase. Since the site is updated regularly, you can rest assured that if you see a bass listed for sale, it is still available. Each builder also has his own Sold Gallery as well, so you can check out basses that have already been sold and can see projects that were commissioned by customers. Not only is it fun to just look at high-end, hand-crafted custom basses, but you might also see something that will spark an idea for a custom instrument of your own.

Lastly, the creation of the accessories page allows us to feature bass-related items that were previously unavailable at Blueberry Hill. I will dedicate future blog entries to Peterson Tuners and George Ls cables specifically, but can proudly say that it is a thrill to be representing such great companies that make such outstanding products for bass players and all musicians alike.

Stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks. Although I took a couple of weeks off here as of late, a LOT will be going on over the holiday season. We just received a new 4-string Nordy and a Dingwall Super J in today (photos will be up soon), and we are expecting a couple of new Roscoes next week. Things are starting to get pretty exciting around here, and these new arrivals are just the tip of the iceberg!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Russ Gets A Roscoe

With all of the new Roscoes that have been flying in and out lately, I thought that I had better get this smokin' SKB up on the blog before Russ got mad at me. I'm a sucker for a super-clean maple burl top with great character. With this SKB, that's exactly what Russ got. The wenge fingerboard, Aguilar preamp, and mahagony body make for a unique combination, but the end result is outstanding. Not only does this bass play and sound fantastic, but I LOVE the look. The light amber finish that Russ requested is perfect, and the overall package is very classy. Keith and the boys did another oustanding job.


Friday, November 03, 2006

Changes Coming Soon To Blueberry Hill

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been hard at work on revisions, updates, and overall improvements on the Blueberry Hill website. The current version of the site has served its purpose well over the last three years, but I'm afraid that BHB has really outgrown it. This, of course, is a GOOD thing, but in my opinion, is something that needs to be addressed...and the sooner the better.

I still love the look, feel, and usefulness of the site. I'm amazed at how much great feedback I still receive on the overall look and flow of the site. Therefore, all of the elements that have made the site so great will not be changing. But, while the site will still look the same, things will be a bit more compartmentalized. Each bass builder will now have his own dedicated page showcasing the basses that we have in stock and the basses from that builder that have previously been sold (basses that were previously in stock and instruments that were custom ordered). There will be a dedicated page for pickups, and we will also have a page for accessories. Stay tuned for more information regarding some of the new brands that we are now representing.

Because I have received so much positive feedback about this blog, I have also decided to feature it more prominently on the site. In fact, this blog will now be the primary source for BHB news, as the old news section will soon be removed from the site completely. I will also be reworking and updating most of the text for the other pages. Overall, the changes that are being implemented should increase the amount of useful information on the site and will make it easier to quickly navigate from section to section. There may be a few other improvements in the works (top secret stuff, right now), but at present, we're just taking things one step at a time.