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  1. You should definitely try a Tecamp Puma 900 (if you can find one) or the EICH equivalent. I had the same problem as you, still have my Trace but it's just too heavy - I also have an ELF but that is not what you are after. I use Vanderkley cabs for what it's worth.

  2. Just now, bnt said:

    I don't think so: shorter scales, headless, more Strandberg-like.

    Best I can tell, the Nordstrands are slightly wider than the BH2 shape: 1.27" (32.2 mm) vs 1.15" (29.2mm) = 3mm difference.

    It's the fanned frets I mean, are any non-fanned?

  3. On 24/12/2019 at 11:28, mcnach said:


    Not sure about the Affinity (definitely try first, they're very variable) but 100% second hand.

    Last year my girlfriend got an older Squier Standard for £90 at a Cash Convertors type of shop. It's really light, very nice neck, sounds good... the only reason I don't steal it is that it has a rosewood, not maple, fingerboard ;)


    Fair comment, I got lucky with one of the great ones, can't understand how its so playable for a £200 bass but then again I've been playing since 1985 and we weren't so spoiled then!

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  4. On 17/10/2019 at 19:21, funkle said:

    I like the GK amps. Also Tecamp. Both put out a ton of power, when measured by lab tests at Bass Gear Magazine. The GK amps have more voicing to them, but once set flat are powerful and adaptable units. The GK MB800 is great. 

    The Tecamp Puma 900 or 500 (or now, Eich, since the company changed up) are powerful and neutral amps. A bit too neutral for me, but easily coloured with fx etc. 

    That's really interesting. I switched from Aguilar to Tecamp specifically because the Tecamp had some character to it and gives out a great 80's tone (I play in an 80s covers band) - the Aguilar seemed too neutral to me, horses for courses I guess.... 

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  5. 16 hours ago, Soledad said:

    was the predecessor the CE5? They're both still available but Boss say the CE5 is for guitar and keys. BUT I do like the top and bottom filter on the CE5, as I want to close in on the mids with the fretless. As I understand the CEB3 just has hi-pass. 

    Are they pretty much evens or is one better than the other for bass?

    Not sure, however I started on the old guitar one back in the 80s (before the bass ones came out) and it sucked the bottom end out totally. The advent of the bass one (the brown and gold one was my first) got rid of that problem. The current CEB3 is the best yet, I wouldn't migrate to the CE5 personally.

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  6. 6 hours ago, Max Normal said:

    I have also been playing 35 years and switched last year with no problems at all. Now I feel restricted on a 4 string. I remember trying to swtich to a 5 many years ago though and really struggling with it, so I wonder if it's got something to do with how individual bassists perceive the fretboard and strings? 

    If you consider that people use both visual references and memory of hand and finger position, I wonder if different players use more of one type of perception than the other and this makes a difference to switching to different scales and ranges? 

    I'm very visual and I can switch between short, long and extended range basses (and 6-string guitars) with no problem. I can play well enough, but I'm one of those people who is always looking at the fretboard unfortunately.

    That's a really interesting perspective, I think you're probably right. I always look at the fretboard as well but I think that's the reason I can't do 5 strings, I just think maybe more along the fretboard than across, does that make sense?

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