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mrtcat

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  1. Some pretty standard wedding stuff going on here.
  2. From Saturday night. Standard wedding guff but my mate Steely was depping on drums. So much better and far less arrogant than our regular guy lol.
  3. Euro 4 LX with Aguilar pickups and a John East Uni Pre.
  4. I absolutely love my Spector, it just punches it's way through every mix and I find the body shape super comfortable.
  5. Haha, my guitarist describes my Spector as looking like a half sucked boiled sweet.
  6. Tone is so subjective and also context is everything. That Flea tone at the end was god awful to my ears but most of the rest worked within the context of the song it was in. I thought the fieldy sound was poor tho. Just sounds like his bass needs a set up and that the engineer had mixed him terribly. The only thing wrong with Newstead's tone is the same thing I've always struggled to like with Metallica. Lars Ulrich.
  7. Willie Weeks bass sound on this is killer, especially from 8 mins.
  8. Bands can't carry bad drummers. As the other half of a rhythm section, bass players will find working with a bad drummer a pretty soul destroying experience. I certainly couldn't play with a bad drummer on a regular basis.
  9. We managed to wing it. Fortunately we use an acoustic kit converted into an electric kit. Drummer was able to pull the trigger out of the electric kick pad and turn it into a makeshift stomp box. Thankfully the td50 brain was able to make it sound like a convincing kick drum. I don't think he'll forget his pedal again in a hurry. Gig went well but I don't think it made for enjoyable playing for him. Sadly he's a partner in the business that is our band so sacking him would be a major hassle.
  10. Long shot. We just turned up to a gig in Bridgenorth and our drummer has left his kick pedal at home. It's a 4hr round trip and we're due on in 3. Can anyone help. Will pay for fuel and give a good donation to your beer fund. Happy to collect and drop off if we can make it to you and back in time.
  11. Jamiroquai's 1st 2 albums are the only two I really love. The later stuff is so much more sterile in comparison. That said, I love Paul Turner's playing and we'd all love to play with Derek McKenzie on drums every week. I've met JK a few times. My wife works for Audi motorsport but was previously involved with Porsche at Silverstone and he has been a regular at events with both companies. He's a very likeable character and really polite and respectful. He isn't at all standoffish like many of the other big names.
  12. Jesus Christ that's a lot. Our function band has a repertoire of about 200 but 1) they're all well known and 2) only about 45 ever see the light of day.
  13. Just use the postcode and look for the house with the white Nissan 300ZX. Easy spot from the road.
  14. Both amp and cab were bought with sound quality in mind. I'm only in my mid forties so weight isn't really a concern.
  15. Does a job very nicely.
  16. Haha, that's very kind but if you get close you discover approx 70% clover, 20% dandelions and only about 10% actual grass.
  17. 29 gigs and counting since mid june. All weddings with the exception of one charity fundraiser. Never felt like I wanted to give up gigging more than I do right now. All distancing and boundaries go out the window as soon as people start drinking. We're being really strict with our clients but their guests just don't give a crap.
  18. Unless you are a vat registered business, you're technically selling this for more than the shop does. I am vat registered and could buy the same amp new and claim the vat back meaning I could buy a new one for £979.17. If I had an issue with it, I could then take it back to the shop I bought it from and let them arrange sorting it out. Warranties generally aren't transferrable. Also, as mentioned before, it's second hand. Just like buying a new car, you lose a heap of value as soon as you roll it out of the dealership. I don't doubt it's a wonderful amp, I really don't but if I were looking at spending £1k on an amp I'd have no issue paying the £180 extra to have one that is brand new, fully covered by warranty and the backup of the shop it came from plus I'd know it's entire life history. Personally I think £800 is a more realistic price. This isn't a criticism btw (you are entirely free to offer it at whatever price you want and that is entirely your perrogative) just my thoughts on why it's not selling.
  19. Just remember, if using helix, you have lots of options with signal chain and also output signal. If going into the front end of an amp make sure your output is set to instrument level but if going direct into effects return make sure it's set to line level. For me, the best thing about the helix (and the LT is a really capable bit of kit) is the ability to split signal, apply fx to certain frequencies and then merge the signal again. For example, when I use overdrive, I split the signal at 250hz, compress the low signal and apply drive to the high signal before merging it back together. This maintains lows and low mids without making them mushy / boomy but still gives the benefits of nice overdrive. If I was using a helix with both amp and pa support I would have two signal chains running. The one to pa could have amp and cab sims (I personally never use cab sims) the one to the amp wouldn't have any amp or cab sims if I was running into the front of the amp head but could have a preamp sim if i was going into fx return on the back of the amp. The trick with a helix (or any other similar preamp) is to take your time and build your sound at gig volume. What sounds good at low volume at home usually sounds pretty bad at gig volume.
  20. Yes, it's a very capable little mixer. My only issue would be not enough outputs to run stereo IEM mixes for each band member. The X32 rack can give you a whole lot more ins and outs.
  21. Couldn't agree more. Feel the Steel was ace. I liked a lot of Balls Out too but struggled to get into later stuff.
  22. 17 gigs into this "new normal" gig season. We play weddings and have approx 12-15 a month booked from here until late 2022. We are all double jabbed but the events are pretty much all just a free for all. We do everything we can but, despite having signs everywhere, a dj request sheet away from the stage area, masks etc etc we regularly get drunk idiots trying to get close and demand requests in our faces. On Tuesday our guitarist has tested positive. We all immediately booked PCR tests and only the guitarist tested positive but the rest of us are lateral flow testing daily. This weekend's 3 gigs have all been cancelled because we are all isolating (3 non infected members were contacted by test and trace) and will be back out gigging next Saturday again either with dep guitarist or regular if he's recovered. It'll potentially be a repeating cycle for the forseeable future. We will take every possible precaution but there's very little protection for bands on the function scene.
  23. I recently bought a trace elliot head from Paul. Delighted with my purchase, comms were excellent and Paul was an absolute gent and bought it to a service station right next to a venue I was playing at. Great seller - Thanks Paul.
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