Heart to Hartke: Talking speakers, Jaco Pastorius and Cellphones with Larry Hartke

(Image credit: Hartke)

What’s that noise? It’s the sound of Larry Hartke’s mobile phone ringing, for the 14,000th time in two years. You’ve seen the ads, now listen to the man.

In a move which would be regarded as insanity in any industry other than the world of bass which we know and love, Larry Hartke put his personal cellphone number into adverts run in Bass Player and other magazines just under two years ago. “That’s his genuine US cellphone!” ran the wording on the ads, and although many readers expected it to be some corporate joke, confirmation soon ran through the bass scene like wildfire that yes, it was Larry’s actual mobile number and yes, that he actually does pick it up for a chat. Every single time.

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