BassMechanix

If you had to describe the man behind “BassMechanix”???

I would have to say, cross Mr Happy (Mr Men character) and a giant Jaffa cake!
Then you will have the legend who is “Monty”. To the uninitiated he will be the happiest person you will probably meet and his addiction to Jaffa cakes is very widely known.
His work is not only a way to put food on his table, it’s 100% passion on his part and this is evident in the quality of work he has consistently produced for over 3 decades.

Q & A

Q. Do you feel as passionate now compared to the early days of BassMechanix?
A. Without trying to sound too cliché, BassMechanix and everything that we stand for and produce is a way of life. In a sense that coming up with ideas and then putting them into action and then the resulting BOOM we create has been my hobby from a young age. So, yeah…I am definitely still as passionate as I was at the start, if not more!

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An early install back in the early 90’s and customers wanted Extreme

Q. Would you call yourself a perfectionist? Or have you got audio OCD?
A. Indeed! You can’t be passionate about something and be half arsed at the same time. It’s all in the little details!

Q. How satisfying to you and your team is it when a customer (now a friend) picks his/her car up after you have worked your magic on it?
A. Well we are all like one big family, we have days out, go for meals, turn up at shows together, stay in regular contact and even have impromptu visits at regular times during the working week just for a catch up. Building projects creates bonds that last forever!

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Modern Art display at a top gallery ??… NO another one of their creations, This time LEGO!

Q. Have you always been interested in cars and audio?
A. I’ve always been a petrol head, even at school when kids were talking about what trucks to put on their skateboards, I was like, “Check out these new tyres by Pirelli!”
I’ve always been into music, it’s my escape, everything from Old Blue Eyes to Vivaldi to Bluegrass to Hip Hop and anything in between. I had a HiFi in my house that sounded great, but the bass response was terrible. after lots of research and dicking about, I decided to build my own 4th order bandpass – this was my GCSE project!
My tutor thought I was mad, but after sitting down with him and explaining my theories of wave path lengths, creating more efficiency and matching acoustic response with an environment he was convinced I was mad. The end result I got was an A and a commendation, so the mad man done good! 😉
From there on the passion grew, I got into the UK competition scene and became Master Unlimited Champion.

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This was made to the customer’s specification, Custom dash, clocks, switches and a one off install to match.

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No this is not the cockpit of some mysterious UFO.

Q. When did you do your first install? …. can you remember the car?
A. My first install was in my first car, I remember turning 17, passing my driving test and saying to my old man,
“Dad I want that one please (pointing to a brand new Audi)! to which he replied,
Dad: “knock yourself out son.”
Me: “Urm … Dad … cheque book?”
Dad: “Mine? I don’t think so kid – there’s the van, get some stock and get grafting. You want a car, get out and graft for it!”
So consequently I spent the next year doing markets and car boot sales in hail and snow to earn a few quid to buy a car. A lesson I loved and dearly appreciate. After about a week the old Audioline cassette deck didn’t cut the mustard and so the slippery slope began!

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Dare I say it the boys in blue didn’t like this demo van out on the streets.

Q. Has the cruise and show scene played a big part in your company and personal life?
A. Of course! If it wasn’t for the cruise and show scene, then BassMechanix may not exist today (and that thought scares the living daylights out of me)

Q. Is the social part of the business just as important than the professional?
A. The social part of the business is the reason we are in this game, we love to see people smile and that goes back to when we had the big orange VW Transporter (which ended up being banned from Newcastle City Centre). That van used to draw a crowd as soon as it arrived anywhere. Every single person in the BMX family are on a level with each other and all bring their own personality to the table when we all get together for Showtime or family time. Social is the heartbeat of BassMechanix.

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He couldn’t even leave his sons toy Hummer alone.

Q. You have a very big following in the car community and have an even bigger reputation for high end bespoke installs rather than fitting head units or speakers, how important has that reputation been?
A. I am humbled that we have such a good following and clearly any good reputation within the car and audio communities is massively important.

Q. How long does a full install take?
A. Everyone is different, it all depends upon the size, scale and difficulty of the task in hand. For instance, a simple single subwoofer flush with the boot floor may take a few days and then the “tank” we did take three months.

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This armoured personnel carrier even got the BassMechanix makeover.

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Half way through their transformation and it looks stunning.

Q. What would your dream garage have in it?
A. MK1 golf campaign restored to new.
BMW X5m – with a healthy stage 2 and that’s it – I’m not a greedy man!
Oh and a huge chiller full of Irn Bru.

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That’s why there is glass all over the workshop floor.

Family vehicle = BMW X5m
Commuting vehicle = BMW X5m
Summer vehicle = MK1 Golf
Bad weather vehicle = BMW X5m……(are we seeing a pattern here ??)
Just to explain the X5M – standard 567hp 0-60 3.8secs 160mph
map, exhaust, inter cooler, few other fiddles you’d be into 800hp …. in a damn 2 tonne X5

Project vehicle = MK1 golf – or possibly a MK1 Jetta coupe
Your vehicle = E90 M3

Car History
I’ve had too many cars, I’m a petrol head!
Everything from Evos to Porsches to Bentleys to vans!

How about a few memories

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Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen edition, with a show winning install.

Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen edition, with a show winning install.

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2 Beautiful examples of a rally winning icon.

2 Beautiful examples of a rally winning icon.

Old skool rules! His Mk1 Golf GTi was even used for a wedding car.

Old skool rules! His Mk1 Golf GTi was even used for a wedding car.

BassMechanix
79/83 Blandford street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 3PZ
Tel: 0191 261 2445
Opening:
Mon – Fri: 09.00am – 5.30pm

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I must say a really big thankyou to BassMechanix and the very talented individuals that work there.
As Monty says everyone who walks through the door enters a very warm and friendly, family type atmosphere.
I’m not going to disagree with that one bit and the work that these guys produce is phenomenal.
Remember they might even give you some discount if you mention …

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