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  1. darkandrew

    Aria- making a comeback?

    Ooops, I think I've just come over all unnecessary. I did buy an SB1000 re-issue once, the John Taylor signature one with the Oak coloured wings and black hardware. I think I paid about £1500 for it, which at the time seemed like a lot of money, but thinking back to it - it was a beautiful bass, a real work if art and worth every penny.
  2. darkandrew

    First gig played, where and when.

    And here's my Westone Spectrum GT too. I'm surprised how popular they appear to have been - they were great basses (typical Matsumoku) but I don't ever remember seeing anyone else playing one back in the day.
  3. Just watched the first 2 episodes of The Defiant Ones on BBC4 last night and found it really interesting. Before watching, I thought the Jimmy Iovine story would be of most interest to me but I actually found the Dr Dre stuff more so - I think his reputation and dare I say it - the image of hip hop generally, unduly undermine a very smart, intelligent artist and businessman. As for Jimmy Iovine? Yes he's had some luck but as the old saying goes, "you make your own luck" and in Iovine's case it appears to have been made by hard graft - so good luck to him. The second episode left us in the early 80's and I'm looking forward to the next instalment next Friday.
  4. I won't name the shop but I had a hankering for a particular guitar and found one in stock at a well known and well respected music shop. Before clicking on the buy button I thought I'd drop them an email just to check that they did actually have one in stock - the reply was that they did have one, on the shop floor of one of their stores and that it had some damage ("buckle rash") on the back. So, what if I hadn't checked first? Would they have taken my money and palmed me off with a damaged guitar, hoping I'd just accept it? It wasn't even as if they'd discounted the guitar, they were still selling it at the same price as another well known music shop and even when I queried the guitar's condition, I wasn't offered any sort of discount. Needless to say, I ended up getting the guitar elsewhere and will be careful with any future orders from them.
  5. darkandrew

    World class musicians in a pub

    I remember seeing a video recording of a pub jam night (I think it was down in Folkstone) where Brian Nash of Frankie Goes To Hollywood got up and played The Power of Love - while not necessarily "World Class" it was actually surprisingly good. Edit: Here it is (and it even features Steve Monti of Curve / Jesus and Mary Chain on drums).
  6. Even the coolest of bands can sometimes make the worst promo videos, and I think it's only right that we name and shame them here in a rouges' gallery of [email protected] videos. Here's Depeche Mode to kick things off:
  7. darkandrew

    Headless Precision

    On a side-note, I'd forgotten how awful some of Depeche Mode's early videos were (don't ever watch the video for the single "Meaning of love" if you want to still think of DM as being cool, dark and moody). Oooh, maybe I should start a thread over on "General Discussion" about cool bands with [email protected] videos.... https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/336518-cool-bands-with-crp-videos/
  8. darkandrew

    So, I answered an Ad.....

    Sounds a bit like Brexit.
  9. darkandrew

    Daft as it may seem

    And that brings me onto something I have learnt that many eBay sellers and music shops seem to have never learnt - just because a bass has a battery in it doesn't necessarily mean it has active pickups. It's just as common to have a bass with an active preamp and passive pickups as it is to have one with active pickups - both of these would have a battery and the presence of the battery does not mean the pickups are active.
  10. darkandrew

    Prison worthy "upgrades"

    Oooh, I love that strap - it'll look great on my black Warwick Vampyre (oops, did I say that out loud - perhaps nobody noticed).
  11. darkandrew

    Daft as it may seem

    Surely a volume setting of 11 would be louder?
  12. darkandrew

    Daft as it may seem

    And if you do find yourself on that wrong note then just slide into the right note whilst pulling your best "bass-face" and everyone will think you are the best bass player ever!
  13. darkandrew

    Daft as it may seem

    That brings me on to my epiphany - timing is everything! You can play pretty much any note you like as long as it's in time but play out of time and you're done for.
  14. darkandrew

    First gig played, where and when.

    University of Greenwich Students' Union 1992, Age 21 and playing a Westone Spectrum GT.
  15. Does anyone have Johnny Marr's latest album? The lead track sounded pretty good - is it representative of the album as a whole?