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  2. Johns customer service is absolutely top drawer in my experience. When a part broke on my U-retro he had me over to his place and sat me down with a brew while he fixed it for me free of charge even though the unit was out of warranty it also helps that his electronics sound amazing (IMO of course). Ben
  3. All of these less well known players influence different facets of my playing Scott Ambush Munir Hossn Damian Erskine John D'Ercole Evan Marien Tony Grey Nick Blacka Rich Brown Me'shell N'degeocello
  4. I've not gigged my Warwick Hellborg rig yet, the first gig can't come soon enough!!!
  5. Thats interesting WH as far as the pickup types vs string types is concerned The thing that made the biggest difference to my bass was having an East U-retro preamp put it, it totally transformed the bass. To my ears, the MEC pickups/preamp have a thin top end with a harsh edge to it, the East pre really sweetened it a lot while still retaining the Warwick growl. I'd never heard of a Warwick being fitted with alembic pickups before, they must be a rare beast indeed! Ben
  6. Thats Andrew Gouche. And he was the MD when he was playing with Chaka Khan.... If you want to find out what the actual show was like, the record is called All The Hits Live. The band is absolutely smoking IMO. Ben
  7. I'll add Hadrien Feraud, Matt Garrison and Tony Grey to that list not people that need any sort of crutch whatsoever for their technique Ben
  8. Thats what you're saying here.....
  9. If you get the kind of bands from situation A, thats fantastic and I would be very appreciative of you setting up a Berg/vanderkley rig for me to play through if I were in that situation. Unfortunately I've come across a lot of situation B (younger) in the past. I think its fair enough that I don't want players like that anywhere near my Hellborg amp.
  10. Practice is the simple answer, The more you work on it the more second nature fingerboard navigation becomes. Personally I find it harder to go back to 4 strings because I'm used to having more options in each direction on the 6er. I would also second what Doddy already said, you can do everything on a 6 you can do on a 4 but not the other way round. The additional weight can be compensated for with a wide padded strap. Ben
  11. They can be addictive, I switched to 6ers full time in 2008 and have never looked back, though I still own a P bass for teaching and when I need a passive sound. John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson and John Myung opened the door onto another world of possibilities (and later Tony Grey, Damian Erskine, Oteil Burbridge and Bjorn Meyer) that I don't think I'll ever tired of exploring Ben
  12. I’ve seen too much gear being treated like s*** at multi band gigs to let anyone near my amp. The cabinets maybe, provided that the other bands had asked ahead of time. If they just turn up and expect to use it then no
  13. Thanks very much and thanks for checking it out! 🤘 Ben
  14. This is the most recent of the lockdown projects I've gotten done from my laundry list, and It also happened to tie in nicely with the odd meters challenge thats been running over on SBL! This is taken from Dream Theater's Live At Budokan DVD, it was built around The Dance Of Eternity and features music from various other instrumentals. This is Instrumedley! Its a particular thing (as is all of progressive music) but hopefully some of you will dig this. Ben p.s - props to any of you that make it through all 12 minutes!
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