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  2. I thought the entry was a kin to Brexit, messy and seemed to drag on for ever. I also do not get what Israel and Australia have to do in Eurovision so me rhinks once Brexit finally does become a reality you will still not be rid of the horrid ordeal.
  3. If I accidentally dropped a set of fret markers at your place I reckon you'd build a bass around them! Irrepressible.
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  5. Sorry just seen this, I don't know the answer to that I'm afraid. I will try to find out for you.
  6. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing but I think that’s because I totally ignored the songs, or rather none of them did anything musically or lyrically that aroused the slightest interest. Also I was waiting for Madonna, I’m hardly what you’d call a fan but as her career is on the downslope and this was a worldwide broadcast I thought she might do something radical or even controversial, unfortunately not, in fact she just blended quite well into the unremarkable pap.
  7. Of the ones that I have tried I would say my fav is the Nordy NP4.
  8. Do bass strings have a best before date? I found 5 packs of Ernie Ball Super Slinkies languishing at the bottom of a cupboard that I completely forgot about. They must be 5 years old at least, but the packets are sealed. I may get round to using them at some stage, but otherwise I will bin them if they are perishable.
  9. Many of you won't have even heard of these but I'm certain that my Veillette Citron is an absolute classic waiting to be recognised. Used by Bjorn from Abba and Tina Weymouth amongst others, it is reported that only about 260 basses were built by the two owners. From the net: Starting in 1976, luthiers Joe Veillette and Harvey Citron built and sold VC basses and guitars which were made of the finest woods and wired with revolutionary electronics (staged pickups and truly floating pickups) entirely handbuilt (except for tuners and knobs!) and beautifully crafted and balanced instruments. Each one is unique and today they are quite rare as total production of all basses and guitars was 530 instruments with somewhat over half, perhaps as many as 300 being basses. Their creations were played by Tina Waymouth (Talking Heads), Kasim Sultan (David Bowie), John Sebastian, The guitarist from the Good Rats and many other notables. By 1983, due to the cost of production and difficulty tooling up to meet demand, VC went out of business. Today both Harvey and Joe build amazing, custom made instruments and are located in Woodstock NY. As a bassist and collector of vintage basses, I have owned over 20 VCs - again, each is unique, but the one commonality they share is they are phenomenal players - thick ebony fretboards that have a unique and rich sound, never go out of tune, and the pickups- oh, the pickups... If you are not familiar with VCs or have never played one, do some research. They are much sought after and quite rare. http://www.veilletteguitars.com/press_citron.shtml
  10. Hi, having played a EUB for a number of years, I decided to take the plunge and go for the real thing. I eventually took a chance on the bass in the photos below, it is all laminate, there is no label inside that I can see but it had a good sound and although the action was on the high side I figured it could be lowered. It was fitted with Evah Pirazzi Weich strings which are like new, it has also had a new bridge and sound post fitted. I found a receipt in the soft case for the bridge fitting and strings which came to £500. I reckon the shop ripped the seller off for the bridge and fitting, they charged £300 for that, and they have made little attempt to lower the action to be more playable. I have searched this forum and others to try and determine the origin of the bass with not a lot of success. The closest fit I could get is some version of a Strunal? Single tuners, outer linings and the flat surface on the low E side of the fingerboard all seem to tie in to that. Not sure on age but the previous owner had it for about 3-4 years, they bought it 2nd hand and by all accounts it was in need of TLC, hence the new soundpost and bridge. Any help appreciated. TIA
  11. Hi , stickers applied on my first 4 String Bass.This bass will be a burner with a few goodies.... stay tuned dear friends!
  12. Nice. Ive got a bunch of lollipop sticks and want to give this a try. Where did you get the foam from?
  13. I've never involved myself in discussions like this before and don't plan to make a habit of it, but it has to be said. Rather than reliving the nightmare by talking about it, I'll just paste in the message I posted on Facebook last night. It sums up my feelings on it pretty well. I thought having to sit through this year's Euro torture was bad enough, but no! Just as I was thinking it had reached an all time low Madonna showed up and somehow managed to be even more c**p than most of the contestants! Christ almighty!!!
  14. krispn

    Zoom B1 Four

    Possibly but the interactivity of the TH pedal, how the treble becomes more of a presence control, AGS mode engaged introduces the drive circuit etc. Similar controls but quite different sounds. I’ve seen TJ Spicer’s BBNE review and the sounds he gets are not the same as with the TH AGS engaged. Think more amp like than standard 3 or 4 band active eq a la a BDDI.
  15. With the retirement of Michael Pedulla, the shift in production of Ken Smith basses and the transition to the use of new apprentices by Vinnie Fodera etc I think we’ll see basses ‘made by the original’ becoming sought after, regardless of whether the instruments are any different. It’s happened before; isn’t there a ‘Dan Smith’ era fender from the 80s or something that for some reason is worth more? A lot of the innovators from the 70s/80s are retiring or dying and I don’t know if we’ll ever have that same era of ‘new’ ideas like that, on the same scale (although I’m all for innovation, collectors don’t think like that). So the basses will be worth more and newer ones take inspiration from them. So for a bass to be considered valuable in the future I’d say it would have to be made ‘in house’ by one of the original ‘masters’. Do you think a Sadowsky made by someone after Roger retires will be worth as much as one he made? Folks on TB are already saying that Smith basses from the ‘Ken era’ will be sought after, even though production has always been outsourced to some extent. Any plastic components will be valuable when we run out of oil
  16. Thanks my bass-brethren, I'm sure a more experienced fretless player can make her sound a lot better than me, but the tone is definitely there!
  17. He was trying to look like someone who wanted to be noticed while looking like he didn’t want to be noticed. None of it mattered as I pushed him out of the way to get to the sautéed potatoes. I’m lucky as I’ve been around a bit and not too startstruck. Mind you, I met that Marsha Hunt once in the Manchester Travelodge and she just sat there while I filled her plate.
  18. Thanks for clarifying. In mitigation it was a good while ago back in the day when we used to drink on gig nights, hence the guitarist taking the tumble down the fire escape.
  19. Listen to the Albanian entry, they nicked the intro from 'be my baby '
  20. Was he crafty? Was he cockney? Do tell.
  21. Al Krow

    Zoom B1 Four

    Thanks - sounds good and not a million miles from what's happening on the BB NE2 with it's sweepable mid cut to overlay the mid tone EQ.
  22. I think the Darts theory has it. To prove the point I met Eric Bristow at breakfast in the City West Hotel, Dublin.
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