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  1. I believe that the Ignition models have MIC hardware but the HCT models have all German hardware. I can't fault the build quality of my HCT. But there again I can't fault the build quality of my other violin bass the Tanglewood RVB-2. Maybe I've been lucky.
  2. Paul here illustrates in song what I consider must have been a flashpoint moment in popular music when Elvis took a well established C&W standard and turned it into Rock&Roll. Written by Bill Monroe in 1945 as a waltz it was a Bluegrass number. What would he have thought when he first heard Elvis singing it? McCartney 1st sings a Monroe version then the Elvis & does a good job of both. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18LhkDgtbOY
  3. I have one of these. This looks like a good buy. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tanglewood-RVB-2-Violin-Bass-like-Hofner/284245692235?hash=item422e5d0f4b:g:FLwAAOSwR4Bgaf5H
  4. Yes, chin up, that's the spirit.
  5. Something good about the UK. https://qr.ae/pG8iLH
  6. 73 this July. 1st picked up a bass at 50. Retired as a weekend warrior at 65 from a 50s/60s/70s cover band. I now help run the Quarry Bank Music Club at the community centre with the remnants of the band. Club members are all ages though mostly has-beens amongst a few wannabes. We have been zooming since Feb 2020. Club members perform locally and have done local charity gigs. Some would regularly entertain around the old folks homes in the Black Country. The youngsters just starting out get encouragement and advice from us oldies. People come and go but in the main it serves as a focal point and keeps folk in touch providing valued friendship and a bit of fun for many of us in our dotage. Most are lovely people from the local amateur music circuit which we can't wait to get up and running again hopefully later this year. At 65 I joined a Jazz quartet + female singer. Practice once a week before lockdown. Not a busy band regarding gigs. Audiences can be all ages at clubs, pubs, functions, fetes, etc. As an amateur I enjoy my music more than ever.
  7. Taking things a bit too far!
  8. These are great instruments. I've had mine a couple of years now and wouldn't part with it. I have Labella BB2 flats on and a good setup is essential. Once you get used to the quirky controls they can deliver a variety of tones, quite a clear hi-fi-ish sound. SS and mine weighs 6.5 lbs so easy on the shoulder. That case looks nice. If you fancy trying a Hofner this looks a good buy and I don't think you would suffer any depreciation.
  9. I bumped into Jet Harris at the NEC 'Mad About Guitars' show maybe 20 years or so ago. We smoked a cigarette together and chatted for 5 or 10 minutes. He was very personable. I then watched his demonstration/performance and the same later that afternoon with Hank Marvin. All in all a good day out.
  10. It's all gone out of numerical sequence. Was it ever going to work? I'm stuck at number 7!
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