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  1. Bit of a feeler, but needs must somewhat. I may withdraw though. 1978 Precision bass in a nicely aged Olympic White: - Original finish throughout - Original pickup & pots - Original scratchplate - Original hardware other than knobs, which are RI replacements - Original thumbrest is included - Pickup ashtray cover is missing. - B width neck - 9.5lbs - Lovely dark rosewood board - Tight neck pocket - Simple gig bag included or you can take a Reunion Blues gigbag for an extra £50 I’d prefer collection/meet-up if at all possible. Lovely bass, in decent condition for the age, sounds awesome and is a good weight for the era. £2350 Only part-ex’s I’d be interested in are: - Sushibox Finally v2 - Xotic Bass BB Pre - Cioks DC7 Ignore the saddles and janky 80’s piezo here, original saddles are fitted now. Cheers Si
    22 points
  2. Well, whoops - I bought one, and im very glad I did! This is an amazing instrument. It feels great - I cant describe it, just really well constructed and "Premium" (which youd expect considering the price...) Even the rear of the bass has been bound at the edges with the classic Ric checkerboard finish. The bottom string using the neck pickup is thunderous bottom end, its like an EB2 on steroids. Then one flick to mid position and youve got a honky sort of vintage 70's tone... lastly on full bridge pickup (with a pick, preferably) you've got a sound very close to the classic 4003. A very versatile instrument indeed! The case is somewhat bigger than the other vintage case I have for my 4003 BRG but thats to get the wider body in... speaking of which this might be short scale but it doesnt FEEL it. Reason? The body is basically a 360-shape body so its mahooosive, so the bass itself is pretty much as long in total as a 4003. So if you are put off by shorties, maybe try one of these first and see what you think - its not dinky like an EB3 (which puts me off using my SG Bass). Oh yeah, and theres 24 frets so dusty-end widdling is very much catered for here! There's a great deal of "give" in this neck, absolutely no effort is required to bend strings on this unlike nearly all my "early" Rics. The independent dealer I bought mine from had FIVE (!!!) of them in stock, i picked up the one which was the lightest (got to start thinking about my back now, haha) which coincidentally also had the nicest wood figuring under the finish on the body, as well as the darkest fretboard, which I like.. particulaarly in contrast to the crushed pearl sharkfin inlays. Feel free to ask any questions... this one is a keeper!
    18 points
  3. Well I've gone and done it again, another ACG! It's no secret I'm a huge fan of @skelf's work, and I'm happy to call him a friend, so I guess it's no surprise that when I fancied another bass, it would of course be an ACG. I haven't had a 4 string for a while, and I've never had a super fancy one, so here we go! This is a Salace SC E Type 4 string. It's actually a downsized version of the original design, by about 10% I think. The scale is 31.5", which has become my go to scale length these days, every bass I own is the same. It has a Tasmanian Burl Blackwood top, with a Wenge accent on a White Limba body. Set in, asymmetrical Wenge neck, with an Ebony Fingerboard, super slim 36mm nut width and 24 frets. SB single coil pickup upfront, and a BZ1 hybrid humbucker at the bridge, with a 4-way rotary switch for front ceramic coil, both coils in series, both in parallel and finally the rear alnico coil. East Uni-pre with active/passive switching. Hipshot a-type bridge, 18mm spacing and Gotoh Resolite Tuners. I know single cut basses are a bit marmite for some, and single cut 4 strings are quote a rare beast, but I'm absolutely over the moon with it. It has such a massive range of available sounds, it's incredibly comfortable to play too. As usual, working with @skelf was a dream, amazing communication throughout and the bass arrived well within the estimated 12 month build time. Here's a cheeky unboxing video >> And finally, a few more pics... Cheers, Eude
    17 points
  4. Up for sale is my Wilcock Mullarkey. I had this built a couple of years ago and it's a very cool bass. Built to the same spec as Tim Lefebvre's (schaller bridge, gotoh tuners) it's a wonderfully resonant and detailed hand crafted instrument. The only reason I'm selling is because I need the funds for a different type of bass. It's got a very nice flamed maple neck and is currently strung with DR sunbeams (sounds killer with flats too!). It's in immaculate condition as it's mainly been used in the studio with some very occasional live use, I can't find a single mark on it. Other spec includes - 30 inch scale length, master tone, master vol and pickup selector, 2 custom armstrong pickups, comes with a standard tweed hardcase. Looking for £1950 collected, There's a few videos of me playing it on here: https://www.instagram.com/alexphillipsbass/
    15 points
  5. Took this bass in a few weeks ago as part of a trade, have used the original pics and description from the seller, Andy Baxter (www.andybaxterbass.com), definitely a site worth visiting for any vintage basses and amplification. Here we have a 1980 Music Man Sabre bass in excellent condition. White finish with a maple neck and a rosewood fretboard. Black pickguard, 2 band EQ, Contoured body, 2 humbucking pickups, internal micro powered pre-amp, brightness + phase in/out and pickup selector switches. All original and complete including the case. The body finish is in excellent condition with just a few small scuffs and tiny dings as well as a little buckle rash. The back of the neck and the fretboard are in excellent condition. The headstock is also clean with just a few small scuffs on the top edge. There are 2 small repairs to the pickguard - one through the screw hole nearest the neck joint (G string side) and one by the tip at the lower horn. The body and neck both date to 1980 but only the neck has a visible month which is May. The body month is very hard to make out but think it says Feb? The pots are dated to mid '79. The frets are in great shape with plenty of life left in them and the truss rod is fully operational with plenty of room to move. The neck is straight and plays smoothly. This bass has been fully checked over and set up with a fresh set of Ernie Ball roundwound strings. Serial number: C005479. Weight: 10 lbs / 4.53 kg Nut width: 43 mm. Depth at 1st fret: 20 mm. Bass is in Ireland… shipping can be arranged either by the buyer or myself I have all the necessary shipping cartons and packaging. Price £3,200 plus shipping
    15 points
  6. A bit late to the party here, because the gig was on Tuesday, but hey.... We played a tiny little pub in Shrewsbury called The Yorkshire House. The other band brought the PA; well, sone powered speakers and a desk, but no monitoring. They also brought instruments and drum breakables but nowt else, so we lent them our amps (the smallest ones we own, to save space), mics, mic stands etc and were good to go. It was very hot and sweaty, the sound was crap and we had to do the best we could to hear what was going on, but other than that it was great! We went down really well, received lots of compliments from the surprisingly large crowd, and have the landlady wants us back later in the year. What topped it off for me was some friends coming down from Manchester to see us play and really enjoying themselves. Obligatory glory shot: My gear was my usual three basses (2x Player P and nasty Squier plywood J-type), pedals and the big Eden was substituted for my Ampeg PF500. Cheers, JRK
    15 points
  7. Up for sale I have my absolutely stunning Leduc Modern 4 bass guitar, built in 1994 by French master luthier Christophe Leduc. Picked this up from Will at Bassbros last year, previously belonged to our own @Gardenerben. Gorgeous design, the ash body under the red finish is really smart and the Padouk neck is one of the thinnest and fastest I’ve used. Bass is currently in BEAD but arrived to me in EADG, no modification needed. Honestly THE clearest B string I have ever heard, its quite something. Preamp is a clever little design; 2 band EQ, with the toggle switch on, the treble control also controls the mids. Boosting treble cuts mids and rolling back treble boost them. Dummy pickup coil hidden behind the control panel keeping things quiet. Specs e.t.c. Leduc M4 Model Name: MODERN (1994 to 97) Scale : 34" (24 Frets) Neck: Padouk Fingerboard: Padouk Body: French Ash Pickups: 2 x Leduc - Benedetti Single Coils with Dummy Coil Electronics: Leduc - EBS EL-5, 2 Band EQ with Treble Control Mid Switch Bridge: Leduc type "H" String Locks: Schaller Neck Depth 1st fret: 21 mm, 12th fret: 22.5 mm Nut Width: 38mm Spacing at nut: 9mm Spacing at bridge: 19mm Dimensions: 1060 x 320 x 60 mm Weight: 3.8kg List Price: €4,400 Playing Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cprRkNuqOw0 Originally built for French musician Sylvin Marc. The bass was the successor to the MNV and precursor to the Maurad. EL-5 Preamp The bass is in really good condition for its age, hard to believe it’s 30 years old! Pots are a little scratchy but nothing too bad. Selling as I need something more traditional for a new project, namely a MusicMan StingRay Special, which I would be open to trades for with any necessary cash adjustments. Otherwise, cash sale please. Bass comes with a almost new Mono Vertigo guitar case (~£215) that is a perfect fit for it (bass cases are too large!) Photos taken by the previous owner and reused with thanks, with a couple of additional photos by me with an ebony ramp fitted, appearing as a dummy pickup. Despite its appearance, it was only held on with double sided tape, it's removed now for sale but can be included if wanted, I think it looks great!. More photos available on request!
    15 points
  8. My originals band, Diamond Bridges, played a set at yesterday’s Nailed It festival in Belper. It’s a great little one-day event with music in eight pubs across the town. All within 15 minutes walk of each other. The ethos of the festival is very much original music only. Consequently, there’s a lot of solo performers and duos but all of the larger pubs had at least a couple of bands. We had the 9pm slot at The Cross Keys. Slightly shonky shared drum kit and back line but a good Bose PA and a sound man who was on the ball. Hectic turnaround and no soundcheck, but such is the life of a small-time originals act out in the provinces. Very busy pub and appreciative audience. We even managed to come home with fewer cds than we took!
    14 points
  9. 80% of The Inevitable Teaspoons played at Drummonds in Aberdeen last night. Our sax player guffed up his dates and realised he had a wedding to attend (not his own, I must stress!). So to be honest I wasn't feeling it going into the gig. Isn't it funny how sometimes the gigs you're not looking forward to end up being great fun - maybe because there's nothing to lose and it takes pressure off oneself. So when we arrived for soundcheck, we learned that the support act had cancelled, so the whole night was ours to play with. We ended up playing for 2 hours (with a 15 min break) which is rather unusual for a no-name originals band such as ourselves, but we had enough material to cover it, and threw in some covers to break up the relentless cycle of "tunes nobody knows". It wasn't super busy, but we had folk up dancing nonetheless, so I guess we were doing something right! I expected it to be a bust, but it ended up being a really fun night! I played the G&L Tribute LB-100 into the house amp which was some sort of Ashdown ABM head into some sort of Trace cab. Sounded good, but it was just for monitoring, FOH was handled by the venue's sound engineer (who did an amazing job - I had a wander out front cos wireless and it was sounding great).
    14 points
  10. Emergency Exit at Tomintoull bike rally. Left the house at 2pm got there 6pm with a 15min stop at Costa coffee in Aviemore. The organisers of TMG Bike rally gave us 50% more than we originally asked to cover our fuel costs as well so all in all it turned out to be a worthwhile gig. Busy, plenty of dancing and full floor by the end of the night. Lots of people telling us good things at the end when i was packing up the car. Luckily my wife took a spell at the driving and that made a huge difference on the 3.5hr drive home thru mist, fog and heavy rain. Only good thing on way home was not a lot of traffic but weather kinda defeated that advantage so no real time gains made once we got past the average speed cameras on the A9. Used my Godin bass into Shure GLXD wireless and into Handbox WB-100 and Mesa SW210/115 cabs. No PA support but from what i was told it sounded good out front. Dave
    14 points
  11. The Bastille Days gig was ok. Load in and parking was a nightmare. Downtown Milwaukee was packed. The Republicans convention started tonight. It's being held here in Milwaukee. We were too loud for my taste. Decent crowd and decent pay, $1,500.00 for two and a half hours. The lighting was right up in our eyes,we couldn't see the crowd. Here are a few pics I took. Daryl
    14 points
  12. Saturday night I was playing with blues band The Alligators at Burton Agnes Jazz& Blues Festival, just on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds near Bridlington. I was originally asked to dep for their long standing bassist ( another Pete ) who was having some health issues, but as he declared himself up for the gig I was then persuaded by my old pal and band leader Tony to join them on second guitar. I haven’t played guitar on stage for many a year, but was told it would be good fun so thought I’d give it a bash. On the day the weather had turned horrible, so rain and mud everywhere. We set up on a small stage in the beer tent, and then watched some of the other bands until our set (as the closing act ) started at 11pm. By this time the audience were well lubricated and just wanted to dance, so we obliged with mostly uptempo stuff. Towards the end of our set we were joined by Simon ( owner of the wonderful venue / estate ) and friend Ben on saxes which really made the night. Finished around 12.45am, packed down in the cold and rain and just got my car out of the field without getting stuck in the mud. Home around 2.15am, absolutely knackered but certainly a gig to remember. Pictures show Pete with his fretless Wal / MarkBass set up ( and me with my 59 Les Paul Junior straight into my Fender Deluxe Reverb 65 reissue for any guitar nerds.)
    13 points
  13. Quick 24hr trip over to Switzerland on Saturday to play bass for US blues rocker Dudley Taft, headlining a blues festival at the bass of the Alps. Splendid! 😃🎸🎶😎👍 Pic is of support band in action....
    13 points
  14. Two gigs for me this weekend - a local jazz and blues festival on Saturday, where I was depping with blues band ‘The Alligators’ (hopefully more on that one later). Then last night we played in Scarborough at The Lookout on the Pier ( Milestone acoustic Duo). The usual full house of punters at this super harbour side cafe, where we juggled our two sets of audience requests around a bit to finish at 7.45pm so folk could get off home and watch some football match or other. Nice varied requests including ‘I wish I knew how it would feel to be free’, originally by Billy Thomas and made famous by the BBC as the theme to ‘Film …..’ Other tunes included ‘Take it easy’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and ‘Flowers’ (which was a nice change from the more usual older stuff). We declined ‘3 Lions’ but relented on ‘Sweet Caroline’ as as a token footie reference. Not back there now until September due to the influx of holidaymakers, but have been promised two gigs a month from then so all good. (Ibanez PCBE12MH into a Fender Rumble 100v3 / DI into house PA for anyone who’s interested.)
    13 points
  15. We played The Ziegler Winery yesterday 7/13/24, 3-6. Finally a good gig. We were tight and hitting on all 8 cylinders. The sound on stage was beautiful. The crowd got us . Tips were lucrative an extra $50.00 for everyone. Daryl
    13 points
  16. Saturday, Played 9-10 at the Hanbury Arms with Bluesfire. One of two pub venues in an 11 day arts festival. We had over 100 people which is good for what is basically a beer gardens and marquee. Plenty more people out of sight down the slope between us and the pub. Very responsive music-loving audience. One woman told Al that when she was down the slope she thought there were give or six of us, not three. A lapsed guitarist budy telling everyone the gig was 'exceptional' which was nice. Al ignored the setlist and just called what he thought people would like. Best one for a while. Got back to the club in time to catch the bands last four songs. Today, Bendricks Rock at the Llandovery Bike Weekend for Blood Bikes Wales. The event is 10-4 and wew were on at 11:30. Left at 8:00 to pick up vocalist! Better attendance than I expected, nice but simple setup with vocal PA and plenty of space. And a proper if brief soundcheck- the only feedback was for me to turn up. Don't mind if I do. Purple, Zeppelin, Cream and Sabbath all went down well, our setlist was not long enough so we added two extras and then an encore - What Is and What Should Never Be. Tricky and with the potential to be a car crash, but we nailed it. Our endings were a big sloppy, but our best playing so far and a great reception. Watched a couple of the other acts. Drive back was extended by 30 minutes due to a "diversion" and a crash blocking the a470. Got back and somehow found the energy to catch a train to the far side of town and catch my brother's band Stonehouse closing out Cadstock to a couple of thousand people.
    13 points
  17. Hurtsfall played on the second day of the Leodis Requiem Festival at Wharf Chambers in Leeds. It was an all-dayer with 8 bands, we were in the second half starting at at 7.30 and the first band to have a 45 minute time slot. This was the fourth time I'd played at this venue and it's a bit of a strange one. Unless the bands are actually playing there is hardly anyone is in the room, they are all either in the main bar next door or in the garden at the back, so it's always slightly worrying when we're setting up with just the PA engineer and the festival promotors in attendance. However it does mean that it's possible to do a proper sound check without giving anything away. Luckily for us just as we're due to start the room fills up with punters. I don't know if it's that I had a different perspective from the stage compared with being an audience member, but it did feel as though we had the the biggest, most attentive and vocal audience of the 5 bands I saw. Simply announcing some of songs (one of which is so new that the only way people would know it is if they have seen us play in the last 3 months) brought cheers from the crowd. Didn't sell much merch but AFAICS none of the other bands were doing at any better. I did manage to get a festival T-shirt in small for me, as pervious years they've always sold out the day before my band played.
    13 points
  18. Old Masons Arms just south of Leeds last night. Second Glam Fever gig with the new dep drummer and things had tightened up considerably thankfully - he did a great job and we had a blast. We've got him until the end of September when we take a month long break to allow for any hospital treatment I might need, then a new drummer starting in November who knows the crack. It was a hot and sweaty one - just the sort of gigs we enjoy with lots of dancing and whatnot; it was nice to see a fair few faces from bikers rallies who'd travelled far and wide to catch us in one of our rare visits to this locale. The 'tip bucket' was nicely full at the end of the night!
    13 points
  19. Hi folks I have always loved the look of Gibson EBs, possibly/probably influenced by some of my favourite bassists using them, but I have been able to find 'that' bass. Not easy to find a luthier who offers them either, however I noticed a build by Alex at AGH and asked him if he would make me something similar and here we are. Specs in brief are: Rosewood top over a 5-pc maple wenge neck through with cherry wings, 32" medium scale. Lower horn shaped to suit me so somewhat asymmetrical. Artec Mudbucker with series parallel switch and a Thunderbird style bridge pickup. V/V/T controls. Gotoh and BadAss harware (mostly because they were in my spares drawer). Sounds mega!
    13 points
  20. So I missed the Harley Benton Mustang-a-like first time round but bought one when the second edition went on sale. The plan was always to use the bass as an upgrade project. The bass is a fantastic instrument, great fit & finish, lovely neck ,light and well balanced. I saw all the upgrades others had done on the first generation ( Low End Lobster etc) but the @ped , @Andyjr1515 pathway really appealed. So stage one Eric Custom T'Bird bridge Pup from EY Parts fitted with the extra black pickguard surround to cover up the wider 'P bass Pup opening. I left the controls stock and I have been amazed with the huge tone from the EY T'Bird Pup. It's positioned 10ins from the 12th Fret, the so called short scale sweet spot. Stage two will be to replace the pickguard, upgrade the controls and add a second EY T'Bird in the bridge position. The cavity for the 3-position selector switch is very generous and I may replace the switch with a balance control with a mini chicken head knob. Very pleased so far!!
    13 points
  21. Near run thing last night. We have a weekly Bandeoke at a notoriously tardy paying venue. Sick of their shenanigans the band leader was forced to remind them of our agreement that we receive payment within a week or she could not guarantee her musicians would turn up. They coughed within a couple of minutes of the 6pm deadline so our strike was called off. Turned out to be a great night. Phew.
    13 points
  22. Selling my original Smith BT5 with the big black headstock. Specs: 5pc Body and 5pc Neck Top and Back: Quilted Maple Core Mahogany Board: Ebony 24 Frets, Neckthrough, 34“ Scale, 18 mm spacing Built 1990 Original Teardrop Case A wonderful bass from the earlier Smith era, with the low action and the amazing feel that comes with this basses. Everything works as expected, frets are still top. The golden hardware still shines and looks nice, even if on tghe edges there is some reduction on the gold plating. A few signs of playing here and there, but notghing serious. Neck is flawless. Original papers come with the bass. Asking 5300 GBP / 6.200 EUR plus shipping from Düsseldorf. No trades unless you have a BSR5 Elite with a dark top.
    13 points
  23. Speakeasy gig last Saturday for Southern Frontier was a stormer. Place was full, although it's only a capacity of 70. There was some mighty shape throwing by the crowd during set 2. Country Roads always gets everyone singing and we've added MIFLAW (clue, Shania Twain song) as last song for set 2 so everyone was up and grooving. Threw 3 originals in this time which were well received. My goto gigrig of Mike Lull P4, Handbox R400+cab and Thumpinator did the bizzo. The drummer from my previous band turned up and was genuinely complementary which was nice.
    12 points
  24. Satdy night was a pub in Preston we've played before - half an hour trip for the other guys, an hour for me (I live further East), but an easy hour sat on the motorway with the cruise control on saving diesel. Agency gig, and to echo other sentiments, I've no idea why some pubs put bands on, there was little to no interest. Apparently there never is, according to the bar staff. It wasn't helped that the patrons were thin on the ground (tho we've played to much, much less of a crowd) - chatting to the bar staff when we got in they were expecting a quiet night as a lot of people were holding out for a big Sunday for the match. So we were left with 80% hard-drinking 60+ blokes, a smattering of borderline-underage kids in the pool room, and a few bored 60+ wives who'd been dragged out for a brandy and babycham. And lots and lots of tellys... 3rd choice drummer (we're undergoing some Drummer Hoohah at the moment) and we were a 3-piece (percussionist dipped out so we'd make enough to justify the trip), so it was more by the way of a paid rehearsal to bed the guy in to the versions of the songs we play. 2 x 45, one encore (shouted for by the landlord after an embarrasing minute's silence when I'd started to pack up), pack and go. Upsides were the paid rehearsal thing, better money than usual, and an 11:04 finish. On the road home for 11:20 - the landlord had bitched on last time about the time it took us to break down and pack up, so we'd taken minimal gear. Oh, and I got to watch Argentina beat France on the telly, too. The Sonic Precision was really good, and the Stellartone Tonestyler (bought from Ead in this very parish) I'd fitted worked very, very well in a live setting. It's all about dem mids... Sonic P, Stomp, inears. That's it.
    12 points
  25. Wedding gig last night for the daughter of one of the guitarists. As such, the band and partners were graciously invited to the whole day, which meant a rather early start in order to get in before all the guests arrived to set up followed by a very long day. Out other guitarist, who usually sets up half the mildly complex PA was also unavailable for this one as his wife gave birth to a baby girl the day before. We’d planned for this with my brother stepping in for him. He’s depped with us several times before so I knew he’d be okay, but this was his first experience of gigging ampless, relying totally on IEMs. I’m not sure he totally loved the experience and now wishes he had bought new foam tips for his old IEMs that he hadn’t used in years, as the silicon tips didn’t seal that well. I was also anxious before hand and got a little stressed during set up as I knew I had to wire up most of the PA more or less on my own. I think going forward, we need to give everyone individual tasks to do to make this process easier and quicker. The set was handpicked by the bride and groom (not something we usually let happen), but we agreed it just this once. They love alternative music so we got to play some heavier numbers with a few classic bangers. Luckily for my brother, it was a shorter single set of around 80mins rather than our usual couple of one hours sets as they had also booked a “superstar dj” who rounded of the evening with some old classic and modern metal. Totally broken by the end of the night and had a well deserved lay in this morning.
    12 points
  26. Played Kingsfest in Emsworth on Saturday for a British Heart Foundation benefit. late afternoon/early evening set that went well. Lots of singing along and a pretty tight set as planned. No IEM’s which would have been nice but stage sound and monitors were ok and good practice for the Gosport Waterfront Festival next month where we’ll also be reliant on stage monitors and no IEM’s for me which is annoying because I’ve got used to them now and miss them. Guitarist started the second half of Final Countdown where he does the horn part a semitone flat and I had to nudge him. Noticeable on a recording/video but most likely gone in the moment live
    11 points
  27. I never buy from Amazon as they are a dodgy company in terms of how they pay tax and treat their employees. But also, I want to have independent shops where the people know what they are talking about and where customers are important to them. The only time I will ever buy from Amazon is if they get exclusive rights to life saving medication one of my family needs, otherwise they can FRO.
    11 points
  28. Played at The Victoria in Swindon last night with Phantom Droid and Thrakian (we're Hora). It's a cool venue. Decent size live room, good sound, very competent sound tech, good lighting, smoke machine 🤘 Despite growing up in rural Wiltshire where Swindon was the closest big town, I'd never actually got my act together as a teenager to play there. So, it was nice from that aspect too. Really good fun. I did have a few flubs though. I blame that on almost having a migraine on Friday. I'm still not 100% and my wife didn't really want me to go out. I felt like sound check actually helped my head in a weird way though. Very strange. Gear: Combustion, GX-100, Mojo Mojo, Bass Big Muff, ABM-600 into the Hartke cab that was there.
    11 points
  29. TODAY! Depped on Sousaphone for the AD concert band at a garden party for one of the band member's 80th birthday. It was in deepest, darkest, poshest Knowle, where the drives are bigger than the flat I've just agreed to rent. Nice marquee in the grounds (!) of his farmhouse (!), a fair few family and friends were there (his, not mine) and we played well (the band is a pretty high standard which not all 'community' wind bands are). The birthday boy is a big sports fan, so we played the old Ski Sunday theme and the old cricket theme (Soul Limbo) while some folk played cricket on the field in front of us, which was jolly good fun. Other highlights were a Mary Poppins medley which rattles along at quite a lick (*and* I got the important tubular bell solo cue bang on, which was nice) and a Sousa Medley which is obviously fun to play on a Sousaphone. Other pieces were the usual wind band rep, Seventeen Come Sunday (every wind band must play this by law), A Sodding Andrew Sodding Lloyd Sodding Webber medley (Jesus Christ Superstar is acceptable) and a piece imaginatively titled Waltz no 2 (Tchaikovsky? Stravinsky? Someone like that) which is a really, really beautiful piece of music (Actually, it's Shostakovich now that I think about it). A record five people asked what the instrument I was playing was (It's a Sousaphone, basically a marching Tuba, named after but not invented by John Phillip Sousa, the American composer and band leader of the late 1800s (I should have this printed on a business card, it would save so much time) and yes it is very heavy) and one woman knew what it was so she got fifty points. Two sets, a sandwich, a glass of very passable red, a brownie and a meringue thing at half time, lots of thanks for standing in, a few viola jokes shared with Colin the Eupphonium player (his best mate's wife plays Susan in The Archers) and home in time for a stiff G&T. Oh, and it's my 50th birthday today *and* I've agreed to rent a tiny flat in lovely Bewdley. Cheers!
    11 points
  30. I'm taking the 3x10 for it's first outing on a gig in Lancaster this evening. I'll be using my '73 P bass with flats through the Bergantino Forte D, that's it, nothing else. I'll let you know how I get on. Rob
    11 points
  31. Hi all! Here we have my Ibanez EHB1005 bass in Pink. Although it's actually a bit darker than Pink and has a nice pearlescent effect. Condition wise it's unmarked and near mint aside from the locking tab having previously been removed on the input jack. Bought this a few months back as I needed a back up bass at the time, and truth be told, I've played it maybe 5/6 times since then. It's also currently strung up with Flatwounds, although you can use any bass string you like on these as Ibanez don't require specialist short scale strings, you just load up and snip any excess length past the post. It's a short scale 30" length bass that weighs a scarcely believable 3kg on the nose and is supremely comfortable to play. American Basswood Body 5-piece Roasted Maple and Walnut neck, with Roasted Birdseye Maple fingerboard. Electronics are Bartolini BH2 humbuckers mated to a 3 band active EQ with Active/Passive switch (treble works as a tone control in passive mode). Midrange control is a vari-band EQ, so you can dial in or out any midrange frequency you like. Comes with the Ibanez case, manual, tools and ramp. All in all a really nice little bass that'd do anyone on longer gigs really well. I'm based in Moreton in the Marsh in Gloucestershire - happy to travel a fair distance for handover if you're further afield, as my feedback attests. Apologies, I can't post as i just don't have the materials to do so. Thanks for looking! 😁
    10 points
  32. Spector euro 5 LX Tiger stripe in mint condition, Bartolini pups, Spector gig bag. No trades please, trying to make some space.
    10 points
  33. Well, the morning after the night before, and only 6 hours sleep because I have a plumber coming at 8am. I am blown away by how good this cab is. I didn't have to EQ my sound in, it's right there with everything set flat. It's got the right amount of everything, deep but not too deep, not boomy, not too toppy, lovely pushy mids and it's loud. I ran the Bergantino at around 9 - 10 o'clock on the volume and it was plenty, enough to control things from my bass. Also, I think every other member of the band commented on how good my bass sounded last night. It helped that we had a really good night musically. The band is really starting to cook. I'm a very very happy customer. Rob
    10 points
  34. I think my board is done for now, though I may change the filter at some point. I’ve yet to find a sound I really like from the Pearl White, but then I’ve not really played with it yet. the 2 Demon FX pedals still need some Velcro too.
    10 points
  35. just added a Thumpinator, decided to go 3@1 > thumpinator > cali76 > jive > warped vinyl > bassrig
    10 points
  36. Played our now monthly gig at the wonderful Sun Inn in Beverley. ( Milestone acoustic duo) It was Armed Forces day in the town, so instead of the usual acoustic guitarist who plays before us, they had booked a female singer ( with tracks) to do some wartime songs - Vera Lynn / swing stuff. Unfortunately this didn’t appear to be what the regulars wanted, so by the time we arrived to set up (an hour later than usual) most of them had departed. Anyway, we cracked on with our usual request format, and did 3x40 min sets. Had some great requests, including one from a couple who had just got engaged and asked for ’Stuck in the middle’ which got a laugh. Hardest songs of the day ( for me ) were a fast version of swing standard ‘Cheek to cheek’, (so many chords!) and then also a request for some Mark Knopfler stuff, so we played ‘Why worry’, which is a beautiful song written with the Everly Brothers in mind. It has a tricky count in a few places, but we managed it okay and you could have heard a pin drop in the room. Finished the gig with a singalong during Bowie’s ‘Starman’, the audience helping out with the ‘na-nas’ on the outro. Had a couple of booking enquiries after we’d played, so still a useful gig!
    10 points
  37. A message I received from Paul Jefford, Strings Direct: Hello Mick A few years ago I took a phone call from a customer… who was banging on about Amazon and comparing us with Amazon. He asked… ”So why on Earth should I deal with you instead of going to Amazon?”. Good question I thought… why should he buy from us? My reply was off-the-cuff but honest and legitimate: “Well, the fact that you have called me and spoken to the director of the company on the phone is the first reason. Try calling Amazon and asking them a few questions... or asking to speak to Jeff Bezos”. “Being a family-run business for over 25-years now, we care about our customers and our reputation is our business, and when we get something wrong (which we do, believe me!) we take it personally and rectify it”. “We have on-site string experts and guitar techs who can answer pretty much any guitar-related question you have”. “We've built rock-solid relationships with the world's biggest strings brands and get our stock direct from the official suppliers, and - I’m not gonna sugar coat it - there is a counterfeit guitar strings epidemic on sites like eBay and Amazon, so if you see a set of Ernie Balls for £4 with free delivery it's odds-on they are cheaply made strings in wolves clothing”. With us there is no guess work – we are selling the real deal”. Look, I’m no salesman and honestly, I hate sales spiel but I was quite proud of myself by the end of that call. It goes without saying that the guy ordered then and there! I still speak to him now when he calls up... nice guy! Thank you, Paul Jefford Director Stringsdirect.co.uk
    9 points
  38. Saturday saw our (Rascallion's) third appearance at our local charity outdoor festival, Anderby Rocks. Shan't bore you with the details of why the first two bands who were due to appear had to be replaced by a solo acoustic singer and an acoustic duo, but the upshot was that after the acoustic duo who were scheduled to appear before us had finished, we ended up being the first full band on, which actually worked in our favour in terms of setting up, though it still didn't mean we got anything more than a basic line check - luckily the regular sound crew working the festival know their stuff, and after one minor burst of feedback early on, quickly gave us a superb onstage sound and, as confirmed by my Better Half who's fussy about volume in particular, the sound out front was equally good, balanced, and just-loud-enough. Just to add to the fun, we'd not managed a full rehearsal this week after our frontman went down with the lurgy on Monday. It had been touch-and-go until Friday morning whether he'd be fit enough to handle the vocals and harmonica, but luckily he'd recovered enough to do so, and apart from a couple of minor on-the-hoof rearrangements which we managed to catch and cover hopefully without anyone noticing, everything went well. Not much in the way of dancing to report, though a few folks did stand up from their camping chairs and jig around a bit towards the end of the set, which to be fair is all we ever tend to get anyway. At least the weather, which had started off alternating between drizzle and light rain, finally got its act together and it stayed dry throughout our set, not so much of a concern to us due to the solid tentage covering the stage, but great for the hardy souls in the audience, bless 'em. In the rush to set up, play, then get off, I didn't manage to grab any rig photos, but I used my trusty MIJ '51 Precision Reissue --> Thumpinator --> NUX tuner --> Ampeg OptoComp --> Ampeg Scrambler --> Ampeg Liquifier --> Ashdown 12-band EQ (pre-shape only engaged) --> Trace Elliot AH200 + BLX-110 cab --> DI'd into PA. Couple of photos from the event FB page...
    9 points
  39. Royal Blues, at The King & Queen, in Fitzrovia. Acoustic night, drummer played a Cajon. It was still a tight squeeze on stage, our line up is vox, bass, guitar, drummer, and 3 backing vox. It went really well, people were surprised when told it was the first gig for the band. Gear for me, Rob Allen Mouse, Swiff Audio wireless, into the house bands mini Markbass combo which fed into the PA.
    9 points
  40. Took a punt on this Vintera II Early 60's model just under a month ago, the neck shape has took a bit of getting used too, but it's a lovely thing, Fender Ensenada have really upped their game over recent years.
    9 points
  41. My band fell into that trap years ago. We'd build up momentum and then lose the audience with a lesser-known, albeit great song, that we put in because we like it. We realised in time our job was to entertain the audience, not educate them. Songs like Sex on Fire and Mr Brightside are seen as something of a cliche amongst the cover band community, but, they always, always work, so we suck it up and play them! Another piece of advice we were given by an agent, from feedback they had received for all of their artists from a number of venues was skip the slow songs. Whilst the singer may love to belt out a power ballad, or the guitarist to get lost in a lengthy pink floyd solo, the audience will get bored. Get them up dancing and keep the energy level up.
    9 points
  42. Almost finished I can’t wait.
    9 points
  43. Status Empathy 4, neck through in absolute stunning condition, zero fret wear, walnut burl, apart from a couple of scratches this could pass as new, the action is low and neck relief perfect (no truss rods on these early status), I won’t bore you with the ‘Status not producing anymore graphite’ as I’m sure anyone interested knows that🤷‍♂️ Looks like I might have missed my next purchase so I’ll add a trade: status headless S2000/S2 or king bass nexk through (no solid colours) OR a Stingray natural/maple (cash adjustments either way) sorry it’s a bit specific 🤷‍♂️thanks all
    9 points
  44. We played at a pub with a loud obnoxious drunk last night (before the football).. 'Been doin' music for years mate I know what it's all about...' Yadder yadder yadder... 'You can sing....' to the singer 'You know that's got wheels..' to us loading the van with a drum case over shingle. All very slurred. He also took offence at me sitting down like I should be doing some sort of Christina Aguilera dance routine for him? One of those typical annoying tw@ts at a gig, not had one for ages, glad I didn't bite.
    8 points
  45. Our gig this evening is at The Speakeasy in Hinckley. Bit different to playing at the Dog n Duck next to one of the big TV's 😊
    8 points
  46. Yeah, but you're not likely to get 'opportunistically stolen'....
    8 points
  47. What's that you say? Oh, go on then!
    8 points
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