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  1. I try to avoid hyperbole in ads but this really is a fabulous bass in every respect. I acquired it recently from jay-syncro (fantastic deal) but it's just too long/big for me - as with any other Precision. I only play short-scales and should have known that I wouldn't get on with a long-scale (I've had enough of them for this to be evident). Jay-syncro's ad is here (and there's a link through to the original Walshy ad): It's a Bass Monkey (Walshy) build and an extremely high vintage spec. as follows: Hand-built lightweight swamp ash body Allparts licensed US Precision neck (quarter-sawn maple, 1.625" nut width and ebony board - lots of 'ping') Nitro finish in LBP including MHS - finishing undertaken by Dave Wilson Fender TV logo Gotoh res-o-lite vintage reverse wind tuners Badass II Bridge Kent Armstrong vintage pickup CTS pots and Switchcraft jack Fender F neck plate Weight 3.75kg The bass is extremely well put together, and is built exclusively from premium parts and materials. Condition is excellent with some light swirling in the nitro finish. The Dave Wilson finish is superb as one would expect and the LPB is very vibrant. The grain in the neck is lovely, though I should note that the some of the lacquer on the back of the neck is worn through up to around the fifth fret. I actually rather like this effect and have had the lacquer taken back on previous Fender-type basses to reduce the potential for 'stickiness'. The neck feels very slick indeed. The bass sounds to me like a '70s P - a big round bottom-end but the potential for some aggression and clank with the tone wound up. Playability is superb. I had the bass set-up with 40-95 D'Addario Nickel rounds. The set-up is excellent and the bass has an extremely low action. I actually dropped the action a little when the bass came back from set-up as I play with a very light touch and stupidly low action (too low for almost anybody else). As a result there's a bit of sizzle on the D at the 19th fret and on the E and A from around the 14th fret. This could be removed with a slight adjustment of string height (indeed, I'll do this if any buyer would prefer). The action will remain low. I have a little over £800 in the bass in total but I'm willing to sell at £725. I think this represents quite a bargain. Please take a look at the images - jay-syncros are better than mine (I hope this is OK jay) but please ask if you want anything specific in terms of photographs - or any further details. The bass can be collected from Manchester or if a buyer would prefer, I can pack the bass (in its included Thomann hard case - again, very good condition) and the buyer can organise a courier - at their own cost and risk, of course. I can be around to hand over to couriers.
    9 points
  2. Donated a gig at a local-ish ale house in Skegness. Passed the hat around the punters a couple of times and, together with £100 from a secret Red Letter Day raffle, raised £510 in total which will go to the relief effort in Moldovan refugee camps. A nights work well done.
    8 points
  3. It won’t be a problem, I’m making the bass for Prince Andrew.
    7 points
  4. PRICE DROP to £1,200 and edit for update to payment options I have been procrastinating about this for months but I am finally reconciled to parting with my beautiful Zoot Funkmeister Custom, made for me by Mike Walsh. If it weren't for the impending arrival of a new Zoot and the fact I already have another 3, I would be keeping hold of this but pragmatism and space have won out. I'm looking for £1,200 - a considerable amount less than the same spec would cost to be built new. EDIT: For interested parties with cashflow issues I'm happy to take payment in 2-3 instalments over a couple of months if wanted. Delivery/collection on receipt of final payment. Even by Mike's (our very own Cosmicrain) usual high standards this is a bit special. It has an exhibition grade flamed maple top which really has to be seen to be believed - the pictures don't do it justice at all - with matching headstock, both finished in a deep amber/antique brown colour. Body is mahogany laminate with maple veneers separating the two layers and the top wood. The hardware is custom (black/gold mix) USA Hipshot throughout, with Haeussel pickups and a John East U-retro (3 band with para mids) preamp (18v) with passive switching and tone control. Neck is a 5 piece laminate of roasted maple and tiger striped blue jarra. As you can imagine, it has tone to die for: Specifications: BODY: Two piece mahogany with maple veneers between. TOP: Exhibition grade flamed maple finished in deep amber/antique brown with matching headstock NECK: 5 piece laminate of roasted maple and tiger striped blue Jarra. 32" scale' 37.5mm nut width. STRING SPACING: 17.5mm at bridge FINGERBOARD: Macassar ebony, approx 16/18" radius. Medium jumbo frets with rolled fingerboard edges HARDWARE: Custom Hipshot (USA) in black and gold PICKUPS: Custom Haeussel Slan humbucker Jazz-type PREAMP: John East U-retro with passive switch and tone. Wired for 18v WEIGHT: Approx 9lbs based on the tried and trusted bathroom scales method It's a great bass and a fantastic example of a top luthier's work. Completely clean and in 'as new' condition - no scratches, buckle rash or marks of any kind. Plays like a dream and sounds fantastic. Currently strung with Roto steel roundwounds (40-90). I'm happy to demo if anyone cares to visit Bass Culture Towers in Chester - tea and cat tickling will be optional extras. So, if anyone fancies a top quality custom bass, at a greatly reduced price - without the 12 + month wait, and with 'easy payment' option - you know what to do! Pick up is preferable for obvious reasons but I do have a spare Hiscox lite flight case I can send it in if needed (for, say, £40), so the buyer is welcome to arrange delivery by their preferred courier and it will be securely and safely packaged. Any questions - just shoot. Oh - and sale only please. Not looking for any trades.
    6 points
  5. Just a feeler to see how much interest there is in my G&L L2000 as I need to raise some funds for something I’ve seen on here, stunning Sunburst finish with the usual L2000 versatility and choice of tones you can rely on from these basses. I can package it securely for postage if buyer wants to arrange own courier just let me know
    5 points
  6. Just got back, with a new Bass in hand! So, I tried a fair few basses, and found the following ; G&L L2500 tribute. - Stunned by this, for the wrong reasons. QC was shocking, out of the box. Wobbly pickup selector switch, a set up that meant the B-string was almost resting on the polepieces, causing distortion and popping. The neck had a large, prominent white scuff under the lacquer, possibly from a poor sanding job. Even if it had been a good one, the string spacing was way too close for my tastes - I kept tripping over myself on quicker lines. Yamaha BB435/735 - both were nice playing and had a good tone (especially the rear pickups), but ultimately a bit uninspiring. Heavy as well. Sadowsky Metro-Express PJ5 - light, poorly set up, tone was quite flat sounding. Bass felt dead acoustically. Ibanez SR1405 - Light, superbly finished and set-up. Felt professional compared to the others and had a great, growly tone. Ultimately I didn't dig the finish that much. But that's a 'me' thing. Would have happily bought this in a sombre colour. Sterling SUB Ray 5 - Flat, lifeless tone. Had loose tuners and pots. Poor QC. Sterling Ray 35 - Great neck profile, tone was a bit thin for me on the upper strings, didn't really feel it was worth the asking price (£1100). Then went to Bass Direct. Musicman Bongo 5 - It was bloody loud. But, ultimately not for me. Suffered from neck dive. Nice neck profile, though. Sandberg TT5 - light, great tone, nicely finished, but was surpassed by something else. MTD KZ5. Yes. All the yes. B-String was much more defined and tighter than anything else I'd played (likely due to 35" scale), with much more articulation to each note. It weighed 8lbs 5oz, so, easy on the shoulder and back. The tone was deep and rich, with exemplary string balance. Beautifully finished and set-up, it was not even up for debate - this was the best bass I played all day by some margin (and exactly what I was looking for), so, I bought it!
    5 points
  7. I just realised as I was checking my gear before tonnight's gig that I've had this 7 months and not actually taken any proper pictures of it. I could've put it in about a dozen different threads but chose this one as the settee is brand new last week. It's a chambered alder with mahogany top Warmoth dinky jazz body finished in satin taos turquoise. Fender bridge, EMGs with 2 band EQ, 18v, Hipshot Ultralites with Xtender on the E and Status graphite jazz neck with no front markers. I had thought about going down the garish sparkly route as I have once or twice before but decided on something completely different this time
    5 points
  8. :: SANDBERG California TTi - Lollar TBs :: Soft-Aged :: Special Run :: only 15 pieces worldwide :: Here I offer my gorgeous and just bought Sandberg California TTi Bass. The Sandberg California Bass should be well known regarding. The special feature of this special model, limited to 15 pieces, are certainly the Lollar Thunderbird pickups. These give the bass not only a particularly cool look, but also a very powerful and defined sound. The output and the dynamics are on the level of active basses despite the passive circuit. Another special feature is the color "Light Grey", which is more reminiscent of a faded sonic blue and harmonizes super with the chrome-plated hardware. The bass has received the Sandberg soft-aging. All marks and scratches come as "from the factory" and are created by the luthier. It's a matter of taste - I think it's pretty cool! I bought the bass at Zoundhouse music store (Dresden / Germany) at the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, two weeks ago an ultra-rare and always on my wish list Celinder J Update came across my way. It cost me a lot of money and since the 30-day return period had just expired, I am now offering this special bass as new at a reduced price. The bass comes with an original Sandberg gig bag, which can be exchanged for a case in "vintage tweed design" if desired. The bass can be seen, played and bought in 58300 Wetter (Ruhr), Dortmund or Recklinghausen (Germany). Since I'm on vacation on Sylt next week, a free "delivery service" to the north of Germany would also be possible. Otherwise I also offer free shipping within Germany and worldwide shipping upon request. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Here is the official "press release" and the technical data: The Sandberg Special Edition California T4 Passive RW Light Grey Soft Aged electric bass comes as a special run of the popular California-T model, limited to 15 pieces, with a specially designed finish and powerful Lollar Thunderbird HB pickups, which together with the straightforward passive circuitry make it a first-class all-round bass for almost any style of rock or metal. In addition to the offset alder body, the four-stringer also features a bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and comfortable "C" profile, while indestructible Sandberg hardware completes the features of the Special Edition California T4 Passive RW Light Grey Soft Aged by Sandberg. :: Alder body in offset design :: bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and matching headstock :: Abalone dots fretboard inlays :: scale length: 864 mm (34") :: Fretboard radius: 14" :: nut width: 39,5 mm (1,55") :: 22 frets :: pickups: 2x Lollar Thunderbird style :: passive electronics with volume, balance and tone :: Parchment pickguard :: Sandberg Lightweight tuners and Sandberg hardware :: Color: Light Grey (RAL7035) :: Sandberg soft-aging :: incl. bag :: Original price: 2.390,-- EUR :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Feel free to ask any questitions - but please: NO TRADES!
    4 points
  9. Don't expect anyone who has said they are "definitely" coming to watch your gig to actually do so. At least you may be pleasantly surprised
    4 points
  10. My go to bass-
    4 points
  11. Easily my Stingray Special refinished in faded fiesta red! Just a perfect sound for me in the vast majority of all situations.
    4 points
  12. For your interest I visited his new showroom today (not fully finished but is a relaxing atmosphere, sette to sit on with hot/cold drinks, appointment required so you get Will's full attention). I tried out some basses - really nice easy-going chap who is keen to help you find the right bass, and does not rush you. I recommend anyone visiting Warwickshire book an appointment (and there is another bass shop 5 minutes away ... BD???) Tim
    4 points
  13. 4 points
  14. Having been without an ABM for the last year or two, I rejoined the ranks today with an ABM500 2x10 combo which I bought from a fellow bass chatter. My plan was to have a cheap combo that I could leave where we rehearse so I wouldn't have to take my gig gear (currently an Orange Little Bass Thing and Barefaced Super Compact) - but the Ashdown combo sounds so good I might reconsider that idea. I'm rehearsing with one of my bands in Oxford tomorrow and am very tempted to take the Ashdown along, but there are steps down to the rehearsal room, so will need help from a band mate.
    4 points
  15. Well, you gotta obey the rules.
    4 points
  16. I’m sorry but that’s nonsense. ”follow the law blindly” - as opposed to what? Ignore the law? That would be unlawful! And it’s the clients that bring the cases, not the lawyers. The lawyers do as they are instructed. In the UK a lawyers first duty is to the court, not their client. Other jurisdictions are different. Lawyers are not allowed to lie for their client. That’s why a criminal lawyer will never ask their client if they did it. They will ask how they want to plead. If the client says they did it and then says they want to still plead not guilty then The lawyer has to withdraw or not offer any evidence. Cannot lie for their client. And you are missing the subtleties too. Often lawyers represent people who know they are wrong. It’s those people who need representation the most! The lawyers job then isn’t to “get them off” it’s to make sure the punishment or penalty is correct and proportionate and within the law. It is not a binary job in the slightest. If a claimant lawyer goes to trial and relies on a precedent judgment that for whatever the dispute is awarded 50,000 then the defendant is entitled to show a precedent that only awarded 20,000 on similar facts. Cases are not just about winning or losing. Sometimes it’s about controlling the extent of the win / loss. Every one of these sorts of threads shows that misinformation and misunderstanding is rife and confirms the need for civics and basic law to be in the national curriculum. The old “ignorance of the law is no defence” has to apply for obvious reasons, but the state should also have to make an effort to educate too.
    4 points
  17. That's not pedantic, it's accurate. Every case ever bought for any type of dispute at all is pedantic and it has to be. Hindsight doesn't work. If the other guy had shown ES had heard the song before then it certainly would not have been a waste of time, and with the granting of the declaratory relief it wasn't a waste of time for ES in any circumstance, even if the counter claim hadn't been made. There was enough of a triable case to mean than ES had to put a hold on a couple of million quid pending the outcome. And we also need to remember each side had their own music experts - those experts have to sign a Statement of Truth confirming that their duty is to the court and not their own client, and their pay is not allowed to be linked to the outcome of the trial. Trials proceeding because opposing experts cannot agree is common in all types of litigation where experts might be needed. Medical, engineering, accountancy etc etc. There will now be another hearing about the costs. The usual outcome is that the loser pays the winners costs "on the standard basis" - that means any doubt as to the reasonableness of the costs is resolved in favour of the paying party - the LOSER of the main event gets the benefit of the doubt and the costs payable will be smaller. If the loser has done something particularly unwise or has failed to accept a sensible offer made by the winner then the court can punish them for wasting everybody's time for all or part of the costs by making an "Indemnity Costs" order where any doubt as to reasonableness of the costs is resolved in favour of the receiving party - the winner (ES) and then the loser will have to pay a higher percentage of the winner's costs. The costs order will decide whether the judge thought the matter was a waste of time as a whole or in part. And now for the bigger picture - all cases form part of precedent. So while the other guy didn't get what he wanted, and ES did get the Order he wanted there might be other benefits from this case being run. The judge's very careful and indeed pedantic review of the music led to a conclusion that the melody structure being argued about is very common and that there's nothing special about it. This decision will now be used as a basis to help decide whether other songs that are similar to each other in the same sort of way are just using a common melody structure or if there are genuinely unique elements that have been copied. It's not a binding decision as it's only in the High Court and not in the CA, but it will be powerfully persuasive. It is now likely that a potential claimant in an IP related case will not even start the matter if the type of similarity doesn't go beyond the ES example. On the flip side, any defendant will now find it easier to defend such an action bought by an unwise claimant. It also means that if someone writes a song that last year they would not have released because it's too close to ES's song for the relevant few bars, they can now release it knowing ES probably can't sue them for that common element. We all know how inadequate IP law is in the modern world and in the absence of parliament getting round to re-writing the law the way the law develops is through precedent. So no - this hasn't been a waste of time. It's helped develop the law on the issue. Just like the process does in other areas of law where parliament has no interest in updating statute.
    4 points
  18. Also, I'm reasonably sure Guy Pratt's been in Pink Floyd for longer than Roger Waters so that must count for something... (runs for cover)
    4 points
  19. Hello. Like new condition. I brought this a few years ago from the last batch of these to come to the UK. Has received a professional setup [care of JayDee Guitars]. Includes official padded gig bag. UK P&P included. No trades. Weight is 9.2lbs. Price based on previous basschat and reverb posts. Thanks. Here is my feedback page…
    3 points
  20. Beautiful looking, sounding, and playing Ibanez Artcore AB 140 bass..in amazing condition..9.25 out of 10 only one slight chip in lacquer on headstock 34 scale. Maple top and sides 3 piece Maple/Mahogany/Maple neck. One Musicman style humbucking pickup. Volume pot. Tone pot. Sounds brilliant acoustically by itself..so neighbours, family shouldn't grumble!!! Though with the simple volume and tone very versatile.. The build quality exceptional..fitted with a new set of Rotosound RS66LB 35-90 Shipping to mainland UK included in price.. Any questions please ask.. Absolute bargain this..👍😃
    3 points
  21. Maruszczyk Elwood Bass Guitar. 34" scale Elwood 'Jazz' bass with original gig bag. Colour is a transparent white and very thin (could be nitro) coating which leaves the grain exposed. I think they called it 'White Rabbit' or something silly. It does have a tortoiseshell scratchplate which isn't fitted at the moment but will be supplied (inc screws). Typical Fender Jazz bass tone but lots of upgraded features when compared to a Fender. Excellent bridge, zero fret, angled back headstock (negates the need for string trees). Rosewood fingerboard with abalone dot inlays. Can deliver within 1hr of NE24 at fuel costs or insured delivery via courier at buyer's expense. Just priced a new one and they are close to £1500 https://www.public-peace.de/info/maruszczyk-instruments.html No dings, dinks or damage. Happy to take a trade on it but... PLEASE do not message me with bits of kit that I can clearly find on BC / eBay / FB for £200 and tell me it is worth £500, I'm not daft and I know how to search for relative values. Likewise '1 off' custom orders that you may well have paid £3000 for but sadly the average bassist values at £500, I can't give you £2000. Sorry it is better if I'm just up front about it rather than waste anyone's time. Vintage Warwick basses will always float my boat, likewise unusual esoteric brands. I'm partial to a light weight bass so anything that you 'estimate' to be over 9lb (and will likely be 10lb+) isn't of interest; Sandberg that is 8lb or under would be good. Be sure to message me with offers and not directly on this thread.
    3 points
  22. For sale is my lovely 1983 Squier SQ Precision, Made in Japan by FujiGen Gakki. SOLD
    3 points
  23. Are you sure you didn’t get that at Ann Summers?
    3 points
  24. I’m a 2-band Stingray guy and this Classic is the best I’ve owned in my 37 year playing career…
    3 points
  25. It changes every now and then but, at the moment, it's El Presidente.
    3 points
  26. Yeah it does the job nicely for me!
    3 points
  27. First full gig last night since lockdown. We had to cancel one in March due to a band member getting Covid. Went really well, we are already booked to return in September but landlord tried to fit us in for another but we didn't have any mutually acceptable dates unfortunately.
    3 points
  28. I think that you're all missing the point which is that Ed Sheerhan is terrible.
    3 points
  29. Again that’s not a problem. Admitting a killing is not the same as admitting murder or manslaughter. Could be self defence, pre-emptive strike, diminished responsibility, lots of things. Can even be an accident with no criminal liability. And even when a client admits a murder to his lawyer (not the court or police) he is allowed to refuse to enter a plea and make the prosecution prove their case. The lawyer is allowed to test the prosecutors evidence but not offer any evidence on behalf of his own client. In reality this hardly ever happens. But why can it be done? Be cause Innocent until proven guilty. It is the state’s job to prove to the jury that it happened. This assumption of innocence until proven otherwise is a vital part of a fair system. The state isn’t limited to the crap legal aid rates that the defendant has. The state can spend millions on a prosecution if they want. It’s such an uneven playing field that innocence must be the starting point. Again this is basic jurisprudence that should be learned at school. But even in the event of an actual murder guilty plea that person requires representation to ensure that the minimum imprisonment tariff is set correctly in line with the sentencing guidelines set by parliament. Theres an old saying that guilty people actually need lawyers more than the innocent ones because of the imbalance. If you want something to be angry about with good reason then try these 2. 1: If you are not eligible for legal aid so you have to pay your own lawyer and you are found Not Guilty then the state does not have to reimburse your costs even if clearing your name made you bankrupt and homeless. 2: If you are wrongfully convicted and later an appeal finds you not guilty then unless another person is found guilty of that offence the government position is that the question of guilt is not yet resolved so you get zero compensation for being locked up for 20 years. Then, if another person is convicted so you can get compensation (you’ll love this) your room and board expenses from being in prison are deducted from the compensation amount, because you would have needed to pay for them outside anyway. Be angry about stuff like that.
    3 points
  30. Such a clean and clutter free set up , really great 👍
    3 points
  31. I don't have a problem with Gilmour and Mason getting together under the name of Pink Floyd. Do have a problem with the media going overboard with their reaction, calling it as a shock reunion. If Waters was there, then yes worth the column inches.
    3 points
  32. All proceeds go to Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief, so if it makes more money that's a Good Thing (unless you happen to support Putin, of course, in which case you are an inhuman festering piece of loathsomeness).
    3 points
  33. How little time it took to go from new Pink Floyd song to whether bands should call themselves bands. I found the video profoundly moving, if you have no humanity in you then you probably won't.
    3 points
  34. I have an Overwarer-Tanglewood joint venture 4 string jazz in trans-black which has essentially become a spare following me getting a d-roc which has become my #1 4-string. This is an active bass and is great to play, with great tone and a slim neck and very easy to play. I’ve gigged it once and it’s in good nick. Other than that only used in a non-smoking house. I have put it on the bathroom scales and it is around 4kg so bit over 8lbs in old money. It has Dunlop strap locks fitted. I am based in Milton Keynes and would prefer collection but will meet 1/2 way within reason. I only have a rudimentary carry case.
    3 points
  35. Rocking my 4003S last night at Fiddler's Elbow, Camden
    3 points
  36. Violent pornograhy - System Of A Down
    3 points
  37. no win no fee means that many cases are not taken on in the first place due to the ending of legal aid in 99% of civil matters. And if a matter is taken on and then is either abandoned later or lost at trial then the lawyers have effectively funded the claimants action and then not actually been paid a penny. That’s not even covering the overhead. That’s a massive loss. No win no fee retainers were introduced by government because the govt wanted to remove legal aid from as many civil matters as possible. More people do know their rights now and that’s a very good thing. The amount of serious injury and fatal accidents at work has plummeted since no win no fee was introduced because employers actually discovered it was cheaper to properly protect their employees. The employers didn’t do it out of the goodness of their hearts! Nothing else ever improved that situation as much as that single change. Yes, the lawyers got paid just like every other profession. But the benefits were to every single employee in the country who had concerns about the safety at their place or work. Once again, the way to avoid paying lawyers is to not break the law in the first place. As another example the case of RvR in 1991. Before that case it was impossible for a husband to be accused of rape of his own wife. Before that date the marriage was deemed to be unconditional consent to sex. A man could hold his wife down every day and violate her and there wasn’t even anything the police could do. The thankfully aggressive lawyers ran it all the way to the House of Lords to get the interpretation of the law changed. Parliament updated statute later on. It needed the aggressive lawyers to get the law changed. That benefited every woman in the country. Similar approaches had equally wide benefits regarding asbestos exposure , smoking risks, clinical negligence and informed consent to surgical risks etc etc. Calling it aggressive as an insult is pointless. It’s always 2 or more opposing views that need a referee to sort it out. It’s never pleasant and it is always a last resort because the opposing parties cannot agree on something. But it’s the clients that decide on the approach and give the instructions to their lawyers and as long as those instructions are lawful the lawyer must follow them. The way litigation is conducted is set by parliament, and the way lawyers are paid is also set by parliament and various sub committees parliament sets up. The lawyers operate within those rules or they get struck off. A lawyer is only a spokesman for their client. They often do not share the same views as their client. There is a reason why the cab rank rule exists for barristers, to make sure everyone gets representation if they need it. A good recent example of this is Dinah Rose QC. She took instructions to defend the homophobic policies of the Cayman Islands in the Privy Council. She is not homophobic. The issue to be resolved was were the policies unlawful. Personal views do not come into it. Refusing the instructions was not an option. As for my job, my job is all about challenging lawyers fees and setting budgets for high value litigation. It’s my job to make sure litigation spending is proportionate so nobody spends a million quid to sue over a £10,000 dispute but also to make sure that the parties understand what needs to be spent to actually achieve a resolution to the dispute. The parties then get to make an informed choice and give their instructions to their lawyers. I’ve been doing this work for over 20 years and I am well aware of the problems in the system but the concerns you raise are not within them.
    3 points
  38. Ok. It's time to talk about what things cost. We've put our prices up to reflect the new UK manufacturing and have already had several angry emails from potential customers. So I want to address a few things. The cost of manufacturing in the East Even if we'd kept our manufacturing in India, our prices would probably have gone up 30%. This is due to the cost of wood going up. Shipping prices skyrocketing. Import Duties (we used to get our instruments tariff free on an EU trade deal. That's now gone). And just simply the factory in India raising their price. So although our new 60% price increase seems a massive jump. It's two jumps in one. One of which we were already absorbing. The sustainability of manufacturing in the East First - it's a bit wanky - but it's not too environmentally friendly shipping guitars all over the world by ship. Ships are massive polluters. It's not a great idea. But even that aside - all the manufacturing capacity at the Indian / Indonesian / Korean manufacturers is being bought up by the big boys. Smaller manufacturers like us were being pushed to the back of the queue ALL the time. They're just not interested in manufacturing for us. A move to the UK We know that if the ONLY thing we're offering for the increased price is that it's made here - then people are going to see that for what it is. So we are taking advantage of the fact that we can now work more closely and flexibly with a UK factory to squeeze in some improvements. Chambering / Weight Relief, Boutique Woods, Better Finish, Carbon reinforcement in all necks, Blind Fretting, Rolled Edges on Fretboards, Better parts. ALL of these are included in our price increases. So you're getting a lot for our money. Come along on the journey with us. We KNOW we are going to lose sales. Spending £850 on a bass is a lot more than £530 on a bass. We are not worried however about where we sit in the market. It's a totally fair price for what you're getting. Our confidence in the market on the whole is a bigger concern. Higher bills, national insurance and inflation makes us worry that people might not have the money to buy a bass. But it is what it is. Come on a journey with us while we build a proper UK build bass brand. It's going to be fun! Thanks for letting me ramble.
    3 points
  39. As a song It's obviously bolted together - as DG says himself he had to do a "rock god" bit in the middle! - but I bought it anyway. It's grown on me, and worth the 99p. It also prompted me to make a proper donation, so clearly in this case it's achieved exactly what was intended.
    2 points
  40. Those ABM combos have a reassuringly good sound to them, congrats Dave.
    2 points
  41. I'm watching Rammstein live in Paris. No one puts on a live show like Rammstein. It's as much a theatre show as a heavy metal concert. It's amazing that no one on stage ever gets burnt. If it wasn't for ticket master jacking up ticket prices to four times face value, I'd definitely see them again.
    2 points
  42. Sold in record time I'm afraid. Thanks for all the interest.
    2 points
  43. I wonder how many TM5s your video has sold I know that I would have gone TM rater than VM had I seen this before I got mine. Don't get me wrong, I love my VM... but I think the TM would have been more my thing (there were none to try in the shop 'though).
    2 points
  44. 2 points
  45. The jazz just isn't Flea, still sounds like him obviously. Musicman missed a trick and now they're throwing sig basses to anyone.
    2 points
  46. I've only just realised that the BB body shape is thinner on the controls side of the strings I've cropped this photo so that the strings and pickups are in the centre:
    2 points
  47. ACE PA Hire are brilliant. We've used them at The Printworks a few times and they are the go to company for some popular Manchester band's. Not sure if they have a website. I can get a number for them if you prefer. Here's their FB page with a WhatsApp link. https://www.facebook.com/acepaltd/
    2 points
  48. Townshend & Daltrey don't have any problem in billing themselves as the Who, so I don't see why not.
    2 points
  49. As it is painfully clear that nobody in this thread has actually read the judgment here it is https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2022/827.html 1: Sheeran sued first for a declaration that there was no copyright theft, basically to stop the allegations. 2: Chokri then counter claimed Both issues were dealt with at the same hearing. So they both got their day in court and Sheeran needed his day in court too. The massive delays and underfunding in the criminal justice system were not affected at all by the time taken in this civil matter.
    2 points
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