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  2. The problem has nothing to do with tubes or anything like that. Generally the power supplies are not repairable because the safety certification (especially in the EU) depends on many critical factors within the power supply itself. It's no different than trying to repair a conventional power transformer that fails... it can't be rewound without break-down voltage testing and re-certifying as the EU safety regulations view these parts as critical to safety. This is true of all SMPS (including those integrated into class D power amps, mostly designed in the EU by the way, we are not allowed to repair except for a limited number of specific faults). That said, I see a failed NeoPak SMPS maybe once a year at the most, and I'm the factory service guy (the brand is still supported, but sometimes it's not economical to do so outside of N. America. Generally I can repair most defects, but some components are no longer manufactured and as of the beginning of this year I don't have any of those components left. I did have a few replacement supplies, but none are left. The amp was discontinued 18 years ago, and though I still support just about everything with the amp except the parts (specifically the power supply) that I do not have. I can support any Fender authorized service center in the EU that is willing to work on it though. They are not easy to work on however (even with the factory test fixtures), they are tricky and depend on critical timing throughout the circuit. They can also be very dangerous without a transformer isolated test bench and equipment. Most techs don't work on SMPS for these reasons. Regarding the more recent amps that use the ICEPower modules, these are all still in stock (still a current part) and available to any Fender authorized service center through the Fender EU parts network. For those in N. America, there's an $85 flat rate factory service program for all of these amps. I know that doesn't help you, but those members in N. America may find this useful. If you message me, I can look to see who in your area might be an option. The challenge is that the cost of repair is likely more than the amp is worth because of the amount of labor involved.
  3. After 50 years, I still struggle with eye contact and smiling. Another thing I'm working on is walking properly on stage. I do this thing when Jenny is soloing where I walk over by our other guitarist and we stand side by side by her and the audience gets the groove we're playing to support her solo. But that's not important , what I'm concerned about is how I look walking back and forth across the stage. I'm 68, I don't want that " old man" walk. I want to look energetic and youthful. Blue
  4. Agreed, in general rock star banter at the local level is dangerous. Walk On Music is another one, not really appreciate at the local level. I saw Tower Of Power today at Summerfest. Their walk on music was really cool.
  5. I received a text from him last night: Hi it’s Ben from basschat, can I have your bank details again please? and I’ll sort out your refund for the Zuma ASAP apologies and thanks I responded with my bank details. An hour or so later I received a text containing my comments in the post above. Followed by 3 more texts as below Oh dear !!! Whistle mate ! After this second text I responded with Will be going to the police in the morning. Don’t bother getting in touch again you can explain yourself to them To get the final text Scum
  6. That's exactly what you don't want to use (actually one of the two worst kinds, especially for pots). Contact cleaner is like brake cleaner, it dissolves "stuff" and washes it away. It's fine for electrical switch contacts, connectors and contactors/power relays and such, but it's not intended for electronics. That's why they call it "electrical" rather than "electronic". It's intended for automotive use (they distribute brake cleaner, car polish and such), where pots are not used (or fully sealed for things like servo feedback or sensor applications). 1. The solvent is formulated for dissolving grease... the grease needs to stay exactly where it's been placed inside the pot, because it's an essential component to how the pot is supposed to operate. 2. There's no lubricant... that leaves the carbon track and wiper assembly vulnerable to rapid wear. The lubricants used for the pot's conductive element surface is specially formulated for the application, and when properly applied is microscopically thin (in the angstrom range). 3. Only use the tiniest amount possible, this application is an instance of "less is more". A can of DeOxit D-5 lasts a couple of years in a busy commercial service shop.
  7. Some things cannot just be unseen….
  8. I don't know if I can say there is a particular album or something which changed my life. I'm more of a 'music is my life' kind of guy. Many years after first getting into music (and many years ago !) I got his track by CSS which comes closest to summing up my relationship to music. Example lyric: "Music is where I meet my friends". CSS - Music is my Hot Hot Sex
  9. Absolutely right, this is screaming for cream covers!
  10. It has happened a lot with me. I noticed it happening when I was replying from mid stream. So I went to the end of the thread and it autocompleted my previous response window. Then I had to submit and worked.
  11. “Last orders half past ten” - The Fall, Totales Turns.
  12. Yes I remember Rockschool on TV. Henry and the other two seemed like decent coves, but a bit straight-laced. Little did we know what was to come in the YT era! Come back Henry, Diedre and Geoff - all is forgiven 👍!
  13. That'll be the new sponsors.
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  15. Joy Divison - Preston 1980: in the midst of an incredibly intense performance fired up by equipment failures, someone grabs the mic: "Anyone from Burnley - the coach leaves in 10 minutes" At another point you hear Barney tell the soundman "everything's fukcing bust so everything's going through the bass amp"... I do like to think about the band's more humourless fans trying to discern the poetry and mystery in all this.
  16. He paid over £48 delivered for the unloaded body, over half the cost of the entire bass when new. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bass-Guitar-body-yellow-black-sunburst-/144189049592?hash=item2192564af8%3Ag%3AaDIAAOSw27lhMpNa&nma=true&si=xcdkfYLg3Jf2in%2FQSCIic1WvPj4%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 The seller sold the neck for £35: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bass-guitar-neck-by-039-Tiger-039-/144164304305?nma=true&si=xcdkfYLg3Jf2in%2FQSCIic1WvPj4%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 And the tuners for £8: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bass-machineheads-tuners-set-2-each-side-/144164305496?nma=true&si=xcdkfYLg3Jf2in%2FQSCIic1WvPj4%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Pickup listed for £13: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144163995991?hash=item2190d80157:g:kXUAAOSwAQphIEa5
  17. I was thinking about it, but a 6 hour round trip isn't that great a prospect.
  18. See I bet he's got the original 24 fret neck from that bass stashed in a cupboard ready to be gleefully transplanted onto an unsuspecting Kay body.
  19. The absence of sheds, rice boilers and lingerie is a grievous disappointment.
  20. Just got back from rehearsal, first time I’ve used my RM500 EVO2 with the band and it sounded great, if anything I need to tweak it to reign it in a bit. It was through an Ampeg 810 though. Shape in, touch of compression & drive. Might either take off the drive or put a set of Rotosound flats on my Precision, reckon for 70s classic rock they should work nicely with the RM.
  21. Over the bit of body, between the cavities... 1/2" - 3/4" wide, so it gets hidden under the pick guard...
  22. My new RM800 met it's partner in crime for the first time this evening - a Barefaced Big Baby II. Smart little rig and sounds great at home -straight out to a gig tomorrow night for a proper test!
  23. Oh amazing, thank you!! Will give that a go. I did think about the strip on the bridge but wasn’t sure if that’d mess things up! When you say another stripe to connect the cavities, I’m assuming you mean over it? Thanks again those are brilliant ideas! Ander.
  24. I've just been watching some of those, since @ped put the solo video up. Some great retro stuff there.
  25. You know that shot with the earth wire under the bridge ? Put a stripe of copper tape over the end of the copper wire to hold it in place and then screw the bridge down tight. also use a stripe of tape to join the pickup cavity and control cavity in case the pick guard ever worked loose
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