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  1. 10 points
    I think you’ll find we’re well known for being a very open and friendly forum. Naturally things get heated now and then but usually during the holidays when people are stressed. At the end of the day, be the change you want to see. More often than not any ‘hostility’ is closed down by sensible members. Also, there’s a report button.
  2. 4 points
    I’m on here quite regularly nowadays, I’ve noticed so many BC’ers are fast to create drama and hostility towards each other and jump down each other’s throats, what’s the deal? What happened to peace & love among bassists???
  3. 4 points
    Being fairly new here, I personally think it's one of the better forums I've ever used, especially considering the quantity of posts and the number of members. People will always disagree on certain issues, and things said tongue in cheek can often be misread and misunderstood. But I've yet to see any active trolling or outright nastiness, which is more than you can say for the internet at large, and I'm quite a sensitive soul, having left Facebook and all other forms of social media for that exact reason. Well, that and unregulated public displays of stupidity.
  4. 4 points
    In some respects I think it’s the words written, most of communication is taken by visuals, as well as tone of voice - remove those and you’re left with just the words which will more than likely seem much harsher than were intended.
  5. 4 points
    Al, without wishing to derail this thread, I'd just say that I'm currently sorting out some flat pack kits that anyone who can assemble an IKEA wardrobe can make in a weekend. You do have a point that players in the UK seem to be reluctant to roll their own (unlike in the US). So I'm trying to make the whole build as easy as possible, with easy-assemble flat-packs and pre-built crossovers. In theory, all you need to build one of these is a screwdriver and some wood glue. To make the project more attractive to potential builders, I'm also working on branding - so that the finished product will look quite swish, and not in the slightest bit home-made. All of this is a part-time effort - so progress is a bit slower than I'd like, although I am getting some great help from a few fellow Basschatters. Off my soapbox now......
  6. 4 points
  7. 4 points
    I haven't missed many - at my school from the mid-70s we had a geography teacher who ran a music library from his own stock of albums - for 5p on a Friday you could check an album out for a week. That way you could at least give a fair run to things you'd hesitate to stump up your precious spending money on on a Saturday in Piccadilly Records in Manchester. As well as being able to sample most of the 'Classics', I got to listen to things like Can, Bong, Tangerine Dream, Blue Oyster Cult, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Einstürzende Neubauten, Tomita, ELP, and an awful lot more. Some I liked, some I didn't (including the 'Classics'), but at least I got to hear them. In later years, when spending money for an album was less precious, I'd buy albums much more freely, but still in the spirit of 'A Belgian electric sousaphone quartet, you say? Let's give this a go' which that teacher had developed in us. It was only years later that I really appreciated what this chap had done for me and a lot of my fellow pupils. I never did get to thank him. So thank you, Mr.Murphy; you started something.
  8. 3 points
    Bilbo, so sorry to hear the news, but very glad you're still here to tell us about it. Please do not think for one second that BC is the place to ask for advice. Nothing is worth the risk, least of all a gig too soon. You will have hundreds of gigs down the line, but you've got one heart, look after it mate. Cheers. Chris
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    And also, when two of the feet fall off, you'll get tiltback monitoring anyway.
  11. 3 points
    A good video if for no other reason that it reveals a lot of 'classic' bass parts in isolation sound like a mess of string noise, fret buzz and unbalanced tone, yet in a mix they sit perfectly and sound awesome. For a bass amp / cab noob like myself mucking around on a Helix Stomp it's quite a lesson on NOT setting up patches that round and full through headphones at home only to find they disappear or don't suit in a band mix; better to try and get something similar to these isolated tracks that, while not perhaps 100% satisfying to listen to at home, sound much better in context with drums + guitar etc.
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    Our Keys player uses a keytar for one tune, Van Halens Jump ! We big it up and gets him out front, the audiences lap it up Tasteless probably but then we are an 80s rock tribute show www.that80srockshow.co.uk Dudes and Dudettes I give you Fish Fingers ...
  14. 3 points
    Pair of ‘61 ‘burst Jazz basses
  15. 3 points
    The job is done 😎 Started the tung oil coats very early yesterday morning and did last coat around 11.30pm. Gave it a buff over this afternoon then came assembly. Still a small amount of fettling to be done, couple of touch ups to the finish and a wee bit off the saddles to tighten up the string spacing. Comes in just shy of 10lb.
  16. 2 points
    Why the f**k are folks stressed during the holidays? All joking aside, if you think it gets hostile here you're clearly not spending enough time on twitter. BC's a forum, a place where ideas and views can be exchanged. A big problem is not hostility per se, but that people confuse disagreement with hostility.
  17. 2 points
    Very interesting as always to read everyone's different opinions on live sound... Ultimately (and as a regular gig-goer, player, and someone who has toured at several levels through several continents in several capacities....) I personally conclude that trying to get a great sound at any live gig is kind of like trying to polish a turd a lot of the time; unless you're in an acoustically wonderful and probably designed-for-purpose venue, you're at a place that can never sound like your record player speakers, so don't expect it to.. Some of the best sound I've heard at gigs has been at small pub venues with just a basic PA with a not-overly-experienced sound person simply mic'ing vox and PA, perhaps with kick as well, and just balances the backline. In fact, my favourite venue for sound has this setup. It takes a bit of common sense and equally co-operation from the band; in this case, the sound person is balancing the backline before dealing with their own mix, so it's up to the amp users in the house not to flip the gig up for everyone by turning up during the gig or being a pink torpedo during soundcheck. And equally, some of the worst sound I've ever heard has been at major venues and festivals; as others have mentioned the typically poor sound found at outdoor festivals, and I concur; I've been at huge metal festivals watching name bands and for example, cannot hear any bass whatsoever, to the point in which I'm certain that the bass-player must be muted, but the gig goes on that way, and nobody seems to bat an eyelid... so, I guess it must be on... FOH guys have one of the hardest jobs around I personally think, and there are, like musicians, countless incompetent and arrogant ones, but trust me, it takes a flipping lot of effort to get it right. As I say, unless the venue is a God-send, 90% of the time the FOH has their work cut out for them, and is battling acoustics, time constraints, technical issues and egos... so, when they do get it right, they deserve a f*cking medal really... And crucially, with exception to what people can now do on their iPads, FOH guys are working from a single spot usually two thirds at the back, and have to factor in a compromise for everyone in the venue, so if you're stood at the very front, or very back, or to the left, or the right, or the middle, you'll hear differently in all of these positions - FOH guys aren't actual magicians, guys. Really, like everything in live music, you get what you get. You get which sound engineer the venue has, until you can afford your own. If you're that worried, hire your own. But even then, you can't expect them to pull the rabbit out of the hat at every gig... I think every tour I've been on there have been both rave reviews and terrible criticisms of the live sound within the same run of dates with the same FOH engineer, often even from the same gig... I think that says a lot. Respect your local engineer, they've got a harder job than you.... and when you come across the grumpy c*nty ones (of which there are a few...), their c*ntiness is usually an expression of their own incompetency, so bark back and tell them what to do.... IF you know better
  18. 2 points
    Glad I signed up to this - there's a bass for sale on here that I would have had in a heartbeat . . . but I don't actually 'need' another bass and I do need money for other non-bass related rabbit holes.
  19. 2 points
    Just for information, you can wire the Tone Pump for Pan/Vol/Bass/Treble, which I find infinitely more satisfying. According to Petr Michalik (who makes them) it's his preferred configuration. http://michalik.cz/img/pdf/BP-4_balance_rev2_en.pdf
  20. 2 points
    I’ve got mine too, very light and nice padding, and the width is just right, thanks ped for recommending 🙂
  21. 2 points
    One extra tip ( sic ) is using a clean tip so wiping on the damp sponge before soldering is a good idea, but remember this kills the heat for a while so the tip needs to heat back up. I have a soldering station, rather than just a gun on a cable, and have an adjustable temp, + LED temp readout, so can easily set temps, and can tell if it fluctuates when cleaning the tip on the damp sponge
  22. 2 points
    Mine arrived while I was away and I finally had a chance to try it... Very nice! Decent padding, feels very comfortable and super flexible, so I don't think I'll need to take it off my bass (which is nice, as I use rubber washers that are very tight and I don't want to be removing them and putting them back on a lot)... Cheers for the heads up! It helps a lot with my monstrosity of EBMM SUB (monster sound, and monster weight)
  23. 2 points
    Great. You've now made me right handed in what is clearly a left handed bass shop!!! I just can't escape this wrong handedness! Incidentally what software or app did you use to do that? I've got a load of old holiday selfies that are mirrored and I need to re-mirror them so they're the right way round. Ta
  24. 2 points
    Took it to its first band practice last night. Wow. I know a lot of people love the 2 EQ version but I really like the mid bump I can bring in on the 3 EQ. I read elsewhere that keeping the mid flat, maxing the bass and giving a slight treble boost gets v close to the 2 EQ sound... whether true or not is irrelevant it gives a great tone! I can vary the tones but always get something that cuts through and sits nicely with two guitars. I love the neck too, I don't know of I've got rolled fingerboard edges because I don't really know what that means but it's just so easy to play. I'm finding the fingerboard very flat with the frets looking smaller than I was used to on my jazz. I like the rosewood board too, I think a maple board with the ash body and the huge pickup might be a bit too much, I need to calm the highs on this quite a bit as is, and my Sire is ash/ maple and can sound brittle in the highs. Overall I'm blown away by this. If I was buying a "recording bass" for studio work (I don't do any) or just playing at home I'd have got a new USA Fender jazz, but for playing 80's covers at functions I just wanted the big, round punchy sound from a bass I know will only ever sound excellent. I'm a happy bunny. You can see where the extra money goes. I didn't play it but I picked up a bottom of the range SUB on a shop months back and found it to have some sharp fret ends, scraggly bits of pickguard not tidied after cutting and generally plain looking neck wood. I don't think it would have felt anywhere near as nice to play. However if my Stingray love in continues to the point where I can't use anything else I may be buying a SUB as a backup and/ or to de-fret. Top marks again to Wunjos, it's nice when you feel that someone genuinely appreciates your custom when spending new USA Stingray money, and they accepted my MIM Jazz in trade "warts and all" as it was a well used gigging bass.
  25. 2 points
    Brexiteers really are idiots though. (Stands back with smug grin and waits for it all to kick off)