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  1. Site Bugs - List them here

    Thought it was just me who is finding the wider layout difficult, it's like watching a tennis match because I'm constantly turning my head left and right to read the posts, lol And the quotes all over the page are driving me mad as its making it hard to make any sense of the posts. The only reason I've logged on today is to see if others are experiencing the same problems, it's taken ages to get past all the "fatal error" messages to get this far. Please don't think I am having a moan, I really do appreciate all the hard work that goes into running this forum, but I think its important to point out any problems we are experiencing our end so they can be fixed. Below are a couple of screenshots of what I am seeing:
  2. What PA for Pubs and Social Clubs etc?

    [quote name='dave_bass5' timestamp='1510320437' post='3405567'] Over the years ive ended pu buying quite a few bits and pieces for my band. Two of them had a 'lets make do if its working' attitude. While this was true me and the drummer could see where things needed to be improved (mic leads, stands etc) and would occasionally just buy them ourselves for the band. It was my hobby after all and i wanted to enjoy it, so didnt mind the few £ every now and then. Same thing when the band split and we got new members in. Me and the singer brought the new active speakers. My reasoning was that if the band didnt work out i would still have a nice combo to use if i needed it, and secondly if we got rid of anyone or someone left it was less messy. In fact i use one of the speakers all the time at home now. Im not saying this is ideal for everyone, but i could afford it, so i didnt mind, and in return we sound much better. [size=4][/quote][color=#000000]I’ve thought about going down this route, and I suppose if I went second-hand, then at least if I was to sell it on, the chances are I would get most of my money back.[/color][/size]
  3. What PA for Pubs and Social Clubs etc?

    [size=4]OP here, thanks for all the tips and advice so far, but s[/size]ince I started this thread, a couple of the band members are now saying that they don't think it is worthwhile upgrading our rubbish PA system to something half-decent, their reasoning is because they don't think we get enough gigs to warrant the expense. [size=4]Now this has really wound me up, and if you take a look at my thread, [/size][color=#323232][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] [/font][/color][size=4][color=#323232][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b]How does your band go about getting gigs?[/b] you will probably understand why I'm so cheesed off. [/font][/color][/size] http://basschat.co.uk/topic/314932-how-does-your-band-go-about-getting-gigs/
  4. All the members in my band have more or less the same musical tastes, so generally speaking, we like all the songs we play, but after playing these songs over and over again, I find that I actually go off them and hardly ever listen to them again.
  5. How does your band go about getting gigs?

    [quote name='Ghost_Bass' timestamp='1510231685' post='3404799'] Just explain to your mates that they don't hacve to close deals, just go in a local pub with live music for a pint and talk to landlord saying they're playing wit band X and they would like the have the contact so that somebodyelse can call at a certain time for a bit of a talk about prices and conditons. [/quote]TBH, that's what I've been saying to them for three years, and it's getting to the point where I can see that it annoys them by me keep mentioning it. I often go into a pub even when I don't really fancy a pint (although that's not very often) just to ask the landlord for a gig
  6. How does your band go about getting gigs?

    [quote name='BassBunny' timestamp='1510231358' post='3404791'] This is pretty much the way it is in all the bands I have played in over a considerable number of years. Some people are good at finding gigs and selling the band others aren't. With the current band it is myself and the singer who get all the gigs. Even if the other members get wind of a gig or are approached, it is inevitably passed to me to seal the deal. Sometimes I actually think I enjoy the thrill of the chase more than the actual gig. Any of the agencies we work for come to me as well. [/quote]I wouldn't mind making the actual enquiry if a band member gave me the details of a venue they think might give us a gig, but they just don't get round to it
  7. [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]I'm after a Precision bass body, not too bothered about condition but must accept a Fender spec neck.[/font][/color] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Cheers[/font][/color]
  8. [size=4]We are a five piece band that plays pubs and small clubs, and we have all agreed that one or two gigs a month is all we want because we all have family commitments, the thing that is bugging me is the fact that no one can be bothered to seek gigs, it's all left to me, and if I mention about others looking for gigs as well, it’s always, “[i]yeah ok[/i]”, and months pass by until I mention it again and then they’ll say, “[i]we’ve been too busy[/i]” or “[i]I will have a look next week[/i]”, but nothing ever happens and this has been going on for three years now.[/size] [size=4]I moved up to Shropshire from Hertfordshire just over three year’s ago, so my knowledge of the local music scene is limited to my local area, whereas, the rest of guys in the band have lived in the area all their lives and have gigged regularly around the area, so they know the area much better than me, but despite this, I have got at least 95% of all the gigs we have played so far.[/size] [size=4]Because of this, the gigs we have played have been mostly around my area because I’ve actually done the leg work by going into the venues that I know have live bands, now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind doing the lion’s share, but a little bit of help would be welcome because there are only so many gigs that I can get on my own, especially with my limited knowledge of the area, I have tried emailing and sending FaceBook messages to music venues I have found via Google, but most of them don’t bother replying, and I have mentioned to the guys that if we all managed to get just four or five gigs each in our own areas, then that would be our calendar filled for a year seeing that we only want one or two gigs a month.[/size] [size=4]To make matters worse, one member actually complained about nearly all the gigs being over my way, well you should have seen the look I got when I said, “[i]well you know what the answer is, go out and get some gigs in your area and I will happily travel to them[/i]”.[/size] [size=4]They are all decent enough guys, but it is getting to the point where I am thinking of either packing it in altogether, or try and find a band where most of the members are a bit more proactive.[/size] [size=4]But before I make a decision, I would like to know:[/size] [b][size=4]Is it this the norm in bands where most members can’t be bothered and just leave it to the person who is bothered?[/size] [size=4]And how do your bands go about getting gigs?[/size][/b]
  9. Set Up Time

    [quote name='discreet' timestamp='1510062752' post='3403638'] Pet hate is a drummer that very slowly and deliberately takes at least an hour to set up his kit. WTF?? I wouldn't mind so much, but it's inevitably impossible to set up yourself as he will also strew his cases and boxes over the WHOLE stage area. [/quote]This is why I like to get there early and set my gear up, I then stay well away from all the drum cases until the drummers ready.
  10. Set Up Time

    [quote name='cheddatom' timestamp='1510059925' post='3403595'] See the drummer taking 30+ minutes to set up his kit seems pretty standard and generally tolerated. I don't understand! If I have to stand there waiting for them it's a real wind up. Thankfully there's normally a pub I can escape to [/quote]I usually get to the venue first to set my rig up, then sit and have a pint while I wait for the drummer to set up. But whats even more annoying than our drummer taking ages to set up, he is always late, the last gig we arranged to be there and set up at 7.30pm for a 9.15pm start, he turned up 8.25pm which left us very little time to do a sound check.
  11. First proper paid gig....lessons learnt

    For me, apart from the hanging around, I generally didn't like the type of songs we had to play at weddings/functions, admittedly, we played them quite well, especially as our keyboard player was exceptionally good, we could knock out Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down" or any other songs with quite large arrangements, and they would always be well received, but deep down, I love the rockier side of music which is why I left the band. I'm happier now playing in a rock band for just £50 a man, and I'm sure the bass player who replaced me in the function band is happy spending more time at gigs to earn maybe £250 a man. It's definitely horses for courses, methinks.
  12. Set Up Time

    I'm sure some do, but I haven't played with any drummers who don't take at least 30 minutes to set up, and the current one takes about 45 minutes. Me? about 5 minutes.