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  • Birthday 29/05/1987

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  1. Hi all, I hope this is the right forum to post in! Over the last couple of years I've been building a mic preamp/instrument amp for bass and I've managed to make a push to finish it lately. I've pieced together a plywood box (only small - like a small amp head) and I want to back it with some nice Marshall style British racing green tolex I have. I've never used tolex before and obviously don't want to get it wrong, I know how to overlap and do corners etc, but there are two holes in it - one in the top as a vent for the valves, and one on the back for an input/output plate. I was hoping someone who had worked on backing amps or cabs could give some guidance of the best way to approach it. I could wrap the top bottom and sides then try to fold down to cover the gap at the back panel, or there might be a better option. I've attached a couple of pics - any input is hugely appreciated! Cheers
  2. Cheers for that - I thought Soviet might be a possibility since it reminded me of some I'd seen before but I can't even find it amongst those! It makes me wonder whether they use cheap, rare instruments as TV props rather than anything more recognisable, as every other picture I've seen her playing a Precision. Jermaine Clement had a Kavkaz bass on both series of the Flight of the Conchords aswell
  3. Hi all, not been round here in a while! Wondering if anyone can settle this as it has me curious - The Veils were in one of the later episodes of the new series of Twin Peaks a few months ago. Really liked the track and I noticed the bassist, Sophia Burn, playing a rather nice vintage looking bass which looks akin to something 60s and Japanese (Teisco and the like) but I can't for the life of me find anything like it from searching. Anyone seen one before? [url="https://consequenceofsound.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/rr-17933-r.jpg?quality=80&w=806"]https://consequenceo...uality=80&w=806[/url]
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  5. Just found this by accident whilst looking for something else. [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Paisley-4-string-bass-guitar-with-single-jazz-pickup-Right-handed-/271561297699?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=item3f3a508f23"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Paisley-4-string-bass-guitar-with-single-jazz-pickup-Right-handed-/271561297699?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=item3f3a508f23[/url] Is it just me or is that bridge living its life dangerously close to the edge?
  6. Could it be something to do with that direct monitor switch on the front, doubling something up and making it sound odd?
  7. I wonder if it could be a sample rate mismatch somewhere? Ie if your interface driver/settings are set to be using one sample rate and the project is using another, it could transpose and play back at the wrong pitch. I think I've had it before but I'm not 100% sure. When you say it's fine when you mic it, you mean as opposed straight into the interface?
  8. I would have loved this, but the finish... Did they do the these blazers in solid colours?
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  10. I used to have the original MOTU Ultralite, think it was around the £300-400 mark when new, I think that had the option to daisychain units via firewire so you could add more inputs/outputs etc. I had it for about 6 years and it never had a problem, apart from the inputs and outputs would sometimes have a bit of a seizure and start sending random crackling and noise to all the channels. The Windows drivers have always been a bit sketchy compared to Mac ones (so I've read at least) but after a while the problem became really infrequent, in fact it may have stopped altogether so maybe they fixed it. Last year I decided it was getting old and wanted something quieter and a bit more 'pro' so I traded the MOTU plus £500 for a used RME Fireface 800. The RME is quieter probably owing to better circuitry and AD/DA converters - the MOTU still is quiet and gave about -85dB to -87dB in REAPER with the line ins to begin with though, but the RME is -99dB to -102dB in some cases. I prefer to use outboard preamps anyway so I prefer quiet high quality line inputs. I spoke to the guy who took my MOTU off me and he said he noticed a definite difference, saying that the low end of the MOTU was not as evident and high quality as the RME. RME drivers have been rock solid from day one and never had a single problem. FF800 also has ADAT connectors for connecting additional units or better quality AD/DA units. There is a Fireface 400 at the £750 ish mark but it only has 4 line ins on the rear, the other 4 are 2x combo XLR/TRS and 2x jack instrument/line ins. One thing I loved about the MOTU Ultralite was that it had two dedicated main outs for your monitors - the FF800 makes you sacrifice your line out 1 and 2 so effectively you only have 6 analog outs for routing signals out of it. It does however have very complex mixing software that gives you full control over your ins/out/buses etc. MOTUs have a dedicated main vol control and headphone level on the front panel, the master vol is also the power on button and as time wore on it felt looser to the point that it felt it might break anytime - I looked into this and it's a VERY specialist part and nigh on impossible to replace yourself. I did a lot of research at the time and it felt like MOTU and RME were the only good choices under a grand but this may have changed since! I was never keen on going over the £500 mark but the sad truth is if you want the next step up in quality you don't really have much choice. Not sure if all this will be relevant but it's good to know anyway!
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  12. [quote name='Panamonte' timestamp='1392105685' post='2364616'] Definitely sounds like it's worth a go - thanks very much for the link. [/quote] No problem - if you decide to pick one up, be sure to post back and let us know what you think
  13. [quote name='Panamonte' timestamp='1392048973' post='2364028'] Anyone had any experience with the Sub Zero valve amps that gear4music are flogging? [url="http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/SubZero-Tube-H5-Guitar-Amp-Head/NE1"]http://www.gear4musi...ar-Amp-Head/NE1[/url] Obviously there's only so much that you can expect at that price point, but I'd be interested to know whether they're worth taking a punt on, or not worth touching with a bargepole! [/quote] [url="http://www.musicradar.com/reviews/guitars/subzero-tube-h5-5w-mini-stack-574730"]http://www.musicrada...ni-stack-574730[/url] Seems favourable, can't really argue for less than a hundred!
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  15. Funnily enough I was looking at the kit yesterday and I do quite fancy it, and wouldn't mind an electronics project to get stuck into... it looks a bit simple and I' prefer something with more control over gain/output vol and maybe some EQ. My mate happens to be selling his Vox AC4TV and I'm wondering if that might not be a good option, along with a few mods...
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