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  1. You realise everybody else is discussing this casually and you're the one who's overreacted? I would have a think about that before labelling anyone a snowflake.
    4 points
  2. +1 I get just a little bit fed up with this idea that cause ur disabled the world owes you a ton of everything. I have a mildly debilitating neurological condition which is very difficult to explain, do I keep on about it.....nope, I get on with it and there are days when its so bloody difficult I just wanna lay on the sofa and to hell with it all, but you dont cause life goes on and waits for no-one so you compensate as best you can and keep going.
    4 points
  3. /\ This. Some people simply like to moan, about everything. Also, its funny how it got straight into the press and an interview. 15 minutes of fame anyone. Respect to the organisers, they did all the could, and more, and are still taking flack.
    4 points
  4. Thorny subject, but I think the lady is being unreasonable. For a group of deaf people, perhaps it would have been a more reasonable request, but for one person? Having worked on events of the sort, to hire additional specialist staff, reconfigure lighting at the planning, control, and rigging stages, and to add public announcements to video screens all take extra, chargeable man hours and add extra pressure to what is, almost invariably a tightly timed and highly strung schedule to get all the components of the show up and running. I can see that they may have decided that for one person simply accompanying her daughter, the request didn't constitue a reasonable effort. That, after applying a legal threat, she got what she demanded, plus a carer's ticket (she wasn't a carer) and freedom to use the accesible toilets (which she didn't require under her disability) looks like she's being churlish to kick up a fuss that she didn't also get signing which she didnt request. Looking for trouble using the 'equality' buzzword... And that is where it all falls down for me- why push for pure equality when we are not all equal? Non-discrimination? Yes please. Fair treatment? Absolutely. But to fool ourselves that we can all be perfectly equal is just unrealistic. To use some extreme examples to make a point, should someone in a wheelchair be given a job as a hod-carrier in the name of equality? If a man expresses a desire to gestate and give birth to his own baby, should we bend over backwards to stretch reality at great expense to make it possible, or should he just get over himself and let his wife do it? Is it sexist to say that women are better than men at carrying a pregnacy? Is it unfair that they have all the wombs? It's certainly not good for equality! I want to live in an inclusive, supportive society, but our ideas of fairness need tempering with a good dose of reality. A deaf person will never enjoy a concert in the same way as a fully hearing one, as a blind person will never enjoy a film in the same way as a fully sighted one. It's just an element of reality. It's a shame that finances must come into play- if a group of 200 wanted signing at the show, the producers might have been more willing to accommodate- but if the show isn't finacially viable it won't happen for anybody. Like it or not, that's just economics. To finish with a real life example, my local railway station is very easy-access, certainly stairless anyway, and has wheelchair access ticket machines. All of them! Of four machines, for almost all customers the screen, coin slots, and card machine are at crotch height. I'm over six foot with an occasional bad back- big deal. But old ladies with arthritis? Pregnant women with a toddler in tow? A guy on crutches with his knee in a splint? No one can buy a ticket at those machine without bending over double to do so. Less accesibility overall- very weird! Humanity's struggle against the imperfect nature of our existence has led us achieve great things and make our lives endlessly better, certainly in this part of the world, but that same spirit can lead us into some pretty mindless denials of that fact that we are not all afforded the exact same opportunity or abiltiy in life.
    3 points
  5. Whats wrong with your dad being black? All he was saying is, he is not entirely what he seems. Get over it. Bloody PC brigade.
    3 points
  6. I think so. An alternative would be 18 1v batteries, but it might make the basses too heavy.
    3 points
  7. The great thing about building your own guitars is that you lose the fear of changing things A couple of times, friends have gone pale - after agreeing with me that something might be maybe shaped a little differently - when I immediately get out the rasp file and hack into the gleaming beauty, there and then. "Something like that?" I ask, as they sway from the shock. Well - I'm just about to do the same here. Having played this myself over a couple of days, and having just watched someone whose objective opinion I greatly respect play it, I'm going to get the micro-plane rasps out tomorrow and create some sawdust This is what it looks like at the moment: And this is what I think it should look like: Yes - it's subtle but I think it will make a big difference to the playability. In summary - Slightly deeper cutout at the top horn. The contact I watched play is - a bit like me - a lazy-thumb player. That is, his thumb stays in the 'wrap-round' position even when he's playing the higher frets. And when he's playing the highest frets, he anchors his thumb round the cutout. In terms of my own playing (I rarely venture that high playing lead...makes my nose bleed) there is one number where I have to play barre chords with a capo on the 8th fret. It is possible with this guitar as is, but it would be a lot more comfortable with another cm of hand space Slightly deeper cutout on bottom horn. No real benefit to me, but same logic to a 'proper' lead player Slightly further rearward lower waist. This guitar, as is, is GREAT on the strap...but, for me, it's just not quite right played over the knee. I was interested to see exactly the same when my contact played it It will only take 1/2hr to make the changes, but it will then, of course, need refinishing. But that itself is an opportunity because I'm going to give the Gloss version of the Osmo one more go - but applied closer to how it is supposed to be applied than how it's been applied above. This, of course, means a complete strip-down but what the heck - what else am I going to do in the evenings?! Oh...just to add. My contact runs a very successful guitar and music shop and - with me allowing maybe a smidgin of smugness to creep in - I feel obliged to mention that he loved the neck profile and feel. Took a while to get my swollen head through the shop door back onto the street
    3 points
  8. A much-needed presence who cut through the cynical bullcrap of the music business. And unlike so many others, he never sold out. He was grotesque, totally unique and his like will not be seen again.
    3 points
  9. It looks like the promoters did what they could, offering the free carer tickets was a nice gesture in my view, then providing an actual interpreter is a massive gesture albeit forced by the legal threat. Do they provide a carer to help people with mobility issues in or out, or just a free carer ticket, etc? For the mum to then moan about no interpreter for the support acts is a bit too much for me. It's not like it was a festival where every act is a knockout, the support would have been some never-will-be act or x factor rejects I bet.
    3 points
  10. Nice. Hope it works for you. As a few people have asked, here is my 8 string. 😊
    3 points
  11. @Dan Dare Many young people are into Little Mix and all that comes with it, so why should a deaf person not be able to enjoy the experience of seeing them, seeing the show, being part of the crowd etc. It's the difference between saying "I was there, I loved it" or not. I'm sure you'd agree that anyone should be able to enjoy an experience, regardless of how you think music should be enjoyed, or whatever disability they have. @NancyJohnson Loads of deaf people go to gigs. Many blind people / vision impaired enjoy films too using audio descriptions, so they can either go with mates or enjoy the experience and sound, Odeon do it. For some people being disabled means that they are generally less engaged as they have less opportunities than non-disabled people, so enjoying a film that way, or going to a gig, is no less a meaningful experience that it is for those who are non-disabled - it's just different. The medical disability model says that the disability itself disables people, the social model says that restricted access is what really disables people - as do people's lack of empathy. It's sad that some people just don't get it, but then that's why disability campaigners have to fight so hard.
    3 points
  12. Read the full story and the organisers did a lot, sorted the main event, free upgrade, offer of free carer tickets, access to private toilet facilities etc. As a passionate supporter of disability rights I find this a bit frustrating. Unless there is something being missed by all the media, which is possible, then it seems to be someone looking for an angle to moan at. I truly hope that isn’t the case as it’s been a hard slog to get rights for the disabled and it only takes a few freeloading idiots to spoil it for everyone.
    3 points
  13. Please, not the tedious snowflake cliché, it's so boring. The rest of your post seems to be mostly gibberish.
    2 points
  14. I’ve been looking for a cheap bass to take to the various festivals and some rather dodgy venues my band is booked into over the coming months. If we’re the only band playing and I can see my gear all night I’m quite happy to take good gear, but I have some very nice basses which I don’t really want left in a room full of gear with people coming and going all day. Anyway I was looking to get a squire having heard some good reviews about the Indonesian models however I ended up getting a used Overwater by Tanglewood Classic J for £120. I put some new strings on and took it to practise last night and we were all mighty impressed, some proper bang for your buck with these, very nicely finished and a good punchy sound, very nice indeed. The only criticism I would have is that this is a PJ model and the P pickup is quite a bit louder than the jazz, although it’s probably a set up issue which I can easily sort. amazed at what you can pick up for £120
    2 points
  15. Good, and I hope its expensive. The courts have much better things to do than deliberate over this petty attention seeking squabble
    2 points
  16. I've always had a soft spot for this very moving Spanish love song: La llama es un cuadrúpedo Que vive en grandes ríos como el Amazonas Tiene dos orejas, un corazón, una frente Y un pico para comer miel. Pero está provisto de aletas para la natación. Las llamas son más grandes que las ranas Las llamas son peligrosas, así que si ves Uno donde personas bañándose, grita, mira, hay llamas Very lovely, I'm sure you will agree.
    2 points
  17. New stuff coming to the Helix and the HX fx unit Helix Firmware 2.50 (Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT) AVAILABLE SOON—DON'T LOOK FOR IT NOW! New Amps (2) Cali Texas Ch2, based on* the drive channel of the MESA/Boogie® Lonestar (Ch1 coming later) Placater Dirty, based on* the BE/HBE channel of the Friedman BE-100 (Clean channel coming later) * All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. New HX Effects (6) Delay > Multi Pass (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original bandpass-filtered multitap delay Reverb > Glitz (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original Reverb > Ganymede (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original Reverb > Searchlights (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original Reverb > Plateaux (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original Reverb > Double Tank (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original New Legacy Effects Models (77) Helix Floor, Rack/Control, and LT now include a library of effects from M13, M9, M5, DL4, DM4, FM4, and MM4. These appear in a new "Legacy" subcategory in the model list. Distortion > Tube Drive Distortion > Screamer Distortion > Overdrive Distortion > Classic Dist Distortion > Heavy Dist Distortion > Colordrive Distortion > Buzz Saw Distortion > Facial Fuzz Distortion > Jumbo Fuzz Distortion > Fuzz Pi Distortion > Jet Fuzz Distortion > Line 6 Drive Distortion > Line 6 Distortion Distortion > Sub Oct Fuzz Distortion > Octave Fuzz Dynamics > Tube Comp Dynamics > Red Comp Dynamics > Blue Comp Dynamics > Blue Comp Treb Dynamics > Vetta Comp Dynamics > Vetta Juice Dynamics > Boost Comp Modulation > Pattern Tremolo Modulation > Panner Modulation > Bias Tremolo Modulation > Opto Tremolo Modulation > Script Phase Modulation > Panned Phaser Modulation > Barberpole Modulation > Dual Phaser Modulation > U-Vibe Modulation > Phaser Modulation > Pitch Vibrato Modulation > Dimension Modulation > Analog Chorus Modulation > Tri Chorus Modulation > Analog Flanger Modulation > Jet Flanger Modulation > AC Flanger Modulation > 80A Flanger Modulation > Frequency Shift Modulation > Ring Modulator Modulation > Rotary Drum Modulation > Rotary Drm/Horn Delay > Ping Pong Delay > Dynamic Delay > Stereo Delay > Digital Delay > Dig w/ Mod Delay > Reverse Delay > Lo Res Delay > Tube Echo Delay > Tape Echo Delay > Sweep Echo Delay > Echo Platter Delay > Analog Echo Delay > Analog w/ Mod Delay > Auto-Volume Echo Delay > Multi-Head Pitch/Synth > Bass Octaver Pitch/Synth > Smart Harmony Pitch/Synth > Octi Synth Pitch/Synth > Synth O Matic Pitch/Synth > Attack Synth Pitch/Synth > Synth String Pitch/Synth > Growler Filter > Voice Box Filter > V Tron Filter > Q Filter Filter > Seeker Filter > Obi Wah Filter > Tron Up Filter > Tron Down Filter > Throbber Filter > Slow Filter Filter > Spin Cycle Filter > Comet Trails Improvements/Changes If a Snapshot has been given a custom switch color, that switch ring now displays a dim color when not active 12 of Helix’s 17 reverbs originally appeared in M-Class processors and Verbzilla. As such, they’ve been moved into the new “Legacy” subcategory within the Reverb category Helix's tempo no longer responds to pressing TAP at tempi lower than 40.0 BPM (Beats Per Minute). This is to ensure that multiple fast tap entries are recognized properly, as previously, they could be seen as one really slow tap entry. You may still manually select a tempo all the way down to 20.0 BPM and your presets can still be saved with tempi down to 20.0 BPM—just touch TAP and turn Knob 6 (BPM)
    2 points
  18. Blimey i thought i was on facebook for a minute then,i take none of you are sex pistols fans,The lyrics should remain how they were written and if some snowflake is offended then so be it,some people are taught to feel offended nowadays but be the lefty schooling kids get now get on with life and stop trying to change history the Lyrics are what they are so what.
    2 points
  19. As I understand it, the mum was kicking up a stink and all ready to sue Little Mix when they changed their minds and actually provided a signer/etc. However she is gripping onto the case by her fingernails and noticed that the supporting acts weren't signed, so is now suing based on these. To me, it sounds like she just wants attention/"her day in court", I can foresee her losing her court case - badly - and ending up with egg on her face.
    2 points
  20. those lyrics were written down by Knopfler, almost verbatim from a conversation he overheard, as such he is singing in character. Changing the 'offensive' lyric, not only detracts from the ire towards the person being sung about, but also changes the person being sung about (80's American hair metal type). IMO of course
    2 points
  21. So did I, hence why I set about doing this. I wanted to learn a bit more about coding with Arduinos/microprocessors too, so killed 2 birds with one stone, so to speak.
    2 points
  22. Current project on breadboard. Not so much an effect per se, at least not yet... but certainly related! Arduino Micro controlling 0.96" 124x64 OLED display, quad digital pot chip and 4 status LEDs. Inputs from single rotary encoder (with push switch) and 2 momentary footswitches. Foot switches are notionally for bypass and selection of presets. LEDs for bypass state and current/next preset indication. OLED display for preset indication and menu structure for modifying and saving presets to Arduino EEPROM using rotary encoder for navigation. All sorts of possibilities with this!
    2 points
  23. Strange really, from my own point of view, as a friend of mine recorded a fantastic jazz/rock album in the 80's ( i still have it ) and he used a 4003 and the sound was ace. You'd think i would have one I really hate the look, though. Not a fan of chunky necks either. I sacked an ex girlfriend for the same problem
    2 points
  24. So if for some medical reason I couldn't drive could I expect the promoter to provide and pay for a taxi both ways? And a real case: I really don't like opera, but it may be that I haven't had the correct education. Would the promoter please supply a qualified tutor to talk me through the performance so that I can fully appreciate it and get the full experience? There was a local case a few years ago where a small museum was told it had to install a lift for disabled people. It couldn't afford this and decided to close. So now nobody can visit. 95% of the population deprived for the sake of 5%. Society should take account of disabled people (although I'm not sure we can call them disabled anymore!!), but not be dictated to by them. I'm a bit grumpy topday because I normally vent myself over Private Eye (my wife calls it my Mr Angry magazine)on a Wednesday evening, but for some reason it didn't arrive yesterday.
    2 points
  25. Try this configurator instead? https://www.public-peace.de/custom-shop I would say it has more options which might help you drill down to precisely what you want.
    2 points
  26. Focusing on a small, thus minority, group of people is exactly what Anti discrimination legislation is designed to do. If we didn’t there wouldn’t be wheelchair viewing areas or disabled bogs. This isn’t a “deafness at a gig” issue, this is just a “deafness” issue. We don’t get to get to decide whether deaf people should be allowed to try and enjoy something, even if a hearing person thinks it’s useless. The legislation also references changes that are practical. So for those worrying about open nights or 50 punter pubs having to do this - they won’t. But a big arena show with well resources promotors will have to. As for signing ruining the show for hearing customers, what do you suggest? A separate night for the deaf? Not enough local deaf people in a particular location so do it in a smaller venue with a less impressive stage show at a higher ticket price? That really treating deaf people the same. Swap deaf people for wheelchair users and see how repugnant that would be. Raised platform at Download for wheelchair users ruins an able bodied persons view? So what? I’m loving the value judgments based on the quality of Little Mix lyrics. Never gave a thought about a deaf 8 year old wanting to enjoy the same things as their friends to feel part of the gang? Are you really judging whether the request for a signer is valid based on whether YOU like the artist? Really? I’m betting everyone on here has more than 1 embarrassing CD in their music collection. I fully support the woman taking this action. It won’t affect the grass roots at all and she is not a chancer. All she wants is for deaf people to be treated the same. Good for her.
    2 points
  27. Apparently not, or you'd have one on order by now
    2 points
  28. When I read this story earlier today, I did kind of think, 'Where does this correctness end?' What about a blind person who buys tickets for an art exhibition or a film? Yes, it's tragic this woman is stone deaf, but surely you makes your choices, deaf, blind, disabled, whatever, don't you? I'm all for equality...I'm struggling for the words here, but if I was deaf, I wouldn't have bought tickets, let alone be inclined or even know how to instruct a solicitor to take action. Going back to my 'Where will it end?' comment, where does it end? Bands playing in pubs?
    2 points
  29. Surely, there's got to be more to this story than is being reported? On the surface, it appears that the mother in question is a bit of a chancer.
    2 points
  30. Hi Well done to ped and all others involved on what was clearly a major upgrade. Great stuff and much appreciated folks Andy
    1 point
  31. '51 P bass that I've been building over the last few weeks , One piece swamp ash body from Guitarbuild.co.uk Fender neck, Schaller nickel tuners, Schaller nickel strap buttons, Solid Brass high mass bridge modified for string through body, Second hand Seymour Duncan Hot pickup, Fender pots, Home made control plate, Ten coats of Danish Oil, Ten coats of gunstock oil, Sounds fantastic, Very punchy even with two year old Dunlop flats, sounds smooth deep and warm with the tone rolled off, This ones a keeper. Very lightweight at 7.5 lbs. delighted with it.
    1 point
  32. Having a sort out and came across a brand new set of 45-100 D'Addario Nickel Medium scale strings (4 string set) I bought them for the Chowny SWB-1 that I had a while back as they were the factory fitted brand. £12 including p&p
    1 point
  33. It looks like a literal and half-arsed translation into Spanish, and in one case they got the verb wrong... but it's pretty normal as far as translations in songs go. You'd imagine they'd use someone who actually speaks the language, right? No le gusta caminar - He doesn't like to walk (nothing about dancing on that one!) No puede montar a caballo - literally and in isolation "no puede" = "he can't", however... if you say "no puede montar a caballo" it implies that there's some kind of impediment... either physical, or maybe he's not allowed to. When you really mean that the guy just doesn't have the ability/know-how... we'd use "saber": "No sabe montar a caballo". But I don't know what the right person should be... the Spanish ones are in third person while the English ones in first person. I would assume the English is the correct one... so it should be "No me gusta caminar, no se montar a caballo" Similar story with the other bit...
    1 point
  34. Great bass line to play though. Especially the solo
    1 point
  35. To clarify my position on Rics why we need to be insulted as to say we've never tried a good one the shoddy frets, shoddy binding,shoddy body colour finish bleeding into the white binding (every blue one I've seen), the shoddy bridge, shoddy sharp body edges, shoddy neck dive, shoddy splits in the head between the laminates, shoddy pickups with shoddy sharp edges has almost put me off trying them but it didn't, I've actual gigged one a couple of times before giving back.
    1 point
  36. So that’s my VS4 out of the window then 😄
    1 point
  37. No, you misunderstand me. I understand the characteristics as defined that qualify a member of public requiring protection under the act, my point here was more about classification of big venues/small venues, which going back was my opening salvo here earlier today. Legislative order aside, it's all well and good saying that <insert band name here> should be providing someone to sign their songs while they're playing live. What if you're at the O2 in Landaan and your seats are (metaphorically) in the car park? What good is someone signing when they're 200m away (and don't say that now every band should have a screen with a camera on the signer all the time). What about when Michael McIntyre or Lee Evans plays there? How do you sign a comedian, especially when his show, however well rehearsed, may not follow script night after night. I'm really not trying to make light of this. This woman's actions could set precedent and the ramifications could be immense.
    1 point
  38. Maybe it would, but I see the Accountant as more of an overdrive pedal with a bit of compression thrown in for good measure! If you want a boost for solos etc then in some cases a bit of extra compression is very welcome to help you stand out.
    1 point
  39. There are wiring diagrams and advice on the Talkbass Dingwall thread about changing pickup selection options. (Just to help the GAS along). It certainly has a 'look' esp. with the DG-pedal knobs.
    1 point
  40. That's not a disability tho is it? maybe an inability. I'm really torn on this issue. Part of me thinks its crazy. Part of me sees the issue from the participants point of view that she just wants to join in with her daughter. But here has to be a line. As suggested earlier about the blind student being advised to take a film and media course, requiring a full time assistant... bonkers! any way you look at it. I knew a person years ago who was numerically dyslexic, and quite severe too, struggling with basic arithmetic. Despite failing Maths at school he was accepted on an accountancy degree course but required significant support and was provided with resources such as laptops free of charge, extra tuition and had course fees paid for due to his "disability". The thing that annoyed me about this was he was from a fairly privileged back ground with both parents in well paying jobs - GP and lawyer - who could easily have afforded to support him. He struggled constantly through the two and half years of the course, didn't enjoy it at all, before bailing out to pursue a career in retail.
    1 point
  41. It depends what he wants to do. If he wants to do a lot soloing then the lighter the gauge the easier it is to bend the strings. The downside is, the lighter the string the easier it is accidently bend some or all of them out of tune when playing chords, especially certain barre chords. I also feel that the lighter string gauges lack a certain punch, although that might be in my head. All things considered I'd probably say 10s would probably have more advantages than negatives for someone just starting out.
    1 point
  42. It's a shame you can't do that with a BF Midget, could make for an interesting conversation before a session, "What have you got?" "I've got an Elf in a Midget in the car!!" "Err.....ok???!!"
    1 point
  43. Welcome John. Ah. Fingers. Take care to pick up good habits now and you will avoid painful repercussions in later life. You will find plenty of pointers here.
    1 point
  44. I picked up a Sonuus G2M V3 to use with my bass guitar though the latency is still pretty off-putting. I’m running the Minitaur from a controller keyboard at present (until I can afford an industrial Radio MIDI bass).
    1 point
  45. Steve Lawson will be performing both days!
    1 point
  46. Yeah that’s what I’m thinking - but then I saw this on instagram so the tort would be gone...
    1 point
  47. These strings would suit anyone with a Chowny SWB-1 that has the facility to string through.
    1 point


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