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"Tom is without doubt one of the finest, most gifted musicians I have worked with in my 50 year career in music and entertainment.  Looking forward to being in the studio and working with him on my new album 'Silver Years'.  P.S. Thanks for the fabulous arrangements."
Joe Longthorne MBE
"Thanks so much.  You're a monster player!"

Becca Lindley
Bandleader - Live For The Night
"A total professional, can sight read or busk.  Great bass player and easy to get along with. A total gent."
Steve Ellis
Recording artiste with Love Affair and Widowmaker
"Tom is a very experienced and dedicated professional bass player.  As the managing director of an agency specialising in the supply of professional musicians, I can highly recommend Tom.  He is a great musician with a very professional attitude and consistently works to improve the product he delivers.

Warren James
Managing Director, Musicianpro
"Tom Read's dedication, not only to detail, but to the groove and feel of everything he plays makes him my first choice bass man.  He plays from the heart every time."

Paul Johnson
Professional drummer, Saga Cruises
"Hi Tom, THANK YOU SO MUCH.  What an amazing transcription.

I just listened to the original song, set to half speed but keeping the pitch and audio-concentrating on its bassline while reading through your transcription note-by-note.  Tom, you really nailed it!

Dr Broder Schwenson
Bass player, Germany
"Tom is a top class musician and all-round great guy, a true professional in every sense of the word.  He is very accurate with amazing feel, always punctual and a joy to be around.  I was also lucky enough to be taught by Tom's dad Roger Read who was also a top class musician and great guy.  I suspect that has definitely rubbed off on Tom.  Can't wait to work with Tom again, always a pleasure."
Simon Faulkner
Professional guitarist / bandleader
"Having worked with Tom many times, I can sincerely say he is not only one of the best bass players and arrangers I have ever worked with, he's also one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet."
Darren Day
Actor, singer, television presenter
"Tom is the consummate professional. Reliable, friendly and preps for every gig. From the very first event I booked him on it was as if we had played together on many gigs."
Sophie Garner
Professional musician / bandleader
"Tom Read is a true professional. A very competent bass player who can cover all genres of music. A great musical ear so busking not a problem. A great reader and arranger so nothing will phase Tom. A pleasure to know and work with Tom over the past 20 plus years. Highly recommended."
Andy Mudd
Musical Director
"Tom is the consummate professional. He sat in on our 60's show at short notice and brought an attention to detail that would surpass most dep bass players. He also took the time to do away with the dots and learn the set for us. Tom is also a great guy to work with and I would thoroughly recommend him to enhance any show with his playing and reading skills."
Tony Young
Bandleader - Gerry & The Pacemakers
"Tom did an excellent transcription of my original that had a lot of harmonics and tapping, and he doesn't finalize it unless you're completely satisfied."
Gary Gould
U.S. jazz bassist & composer 
"Big shout out to Tom Read, I've been working with him a year this weekend, what a pro, I never have to worry about him, he always has my back on stage!"
Rick Henry
Professional musican / bandleader
"I've just discovered Tom's website as I was searching for a transcription for an upcoming gig.  I just wanted to say many thanks for the service being provided here as it's saved me loads of time that I don't have!"
Wayne Banks
Professional bass player
"A big shout to Tom Read for his excellent bass guitar skills and taking on the New Year's Eve gig with just 48 hours notice and 38 songs to learn!  A real professional and a mega nice guy!."
Billy Strahan Jr.
Professional musician / Bandleader
"Tom Read is a top quality, professional musician. Whenever I have called on Tom's services I have always been blown away by his incredibly high standards of professionalism and commitment. As well as being a brilliant bass player, Tom is a lovely, hard working, pleasant guy to work with, and I couldn't recommend him enough."
Chris Johnston
Bandleader / act-owner for Motown Gold
"Tom is a consummate professional, both in attitude, approach and talent on the bass. When we played for the first time together, his groove and feel made it so easy for me to lock in, and it was as if we had been playing together for years! If you have Tom playing bass for you, you simply can't go wrong."
Ian Bee
Professional session drummer
"Tom is my go-to dep for the Motown Gold bass chair. He's a great guy and a pleasure to work with, and his performance has been exceptional from the first (very short notice!) show he played for us. I've got no hesitation leaving any gig in his capable hands."
Michael Prosser
Professional musician & sound engineer
"Funky bastard!"
Andi Marriott
Professional druumer
"One of the things that has been helping me on my bass guitar journey is Tom Read. I played a gig with him, and after chatting to him about wanting to learn bass he told me about his website. His website is amazing for free transcriptions to download. He must have well over 600 songs. It's helped me learn songs and improve my reading. 
He also provides other very affordable services - He'll modify, change key, arrangement change or tab chart any of his transcriptions. He can also transcribe a song that's not in his catalogue."
Christopher Webb
Professional drummer
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