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  • Birthday 01/06/1964

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  1. JPJ

    SWR SM-1500

    Happy new year style bumpage.
  2. JPJ

    Bass related presentry

    So first lesson was this morning, and I loved it! Lots to learn, and I need to work on my left hand technique, but great fun. Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks 😎
  3. JPJ

    Bass related presentry

    Well after 40 years of playing, Mrs JPJ bought me a beginners book of reading the dots and an introductory lesson with a local music school. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years, especially as I’m working with ‘proper’ musicians these days. So yes, this 54 year old is going back to school and I couldn’t be more excited 😎
  4. JPJ

    SWR SM-1500

    Pre-Christmas bumpage
  5. JPJ

    Piezo on Warwick 3D bridge

    There is almost something sinister in the way you phrase this, like a Bond villain stroking his chin whilst luring poor Andy into a false sense of security before WHAM! hitting him with plans for a double neck project with full midi that must come in under 5lbs weight 😂
  6. JPJ

    SWR SM-1500

    Here it is, the daddy of all bass amps. If you like the SWR sound, then this thing has it in spades and then some. This is a pro-high end bass amp with so many features. I have owned this since 2009 and I am the second owner. The amp consists of a valve preamp and two power stages which can be run either dual-mono, stereo, bi-amp, or bridged mono. The preamp features: 1 - dual inputs selectable by a switch on the front panel with a pad 2 - a mute switch 3 - gain control 4 - SWR aural enhancer circuit 5 - Eq section comprising bass, two separate foot switchable three-band semi-parametric mid controls, and a treble control 6 - full feature compressor with threshold, ratio, attack and release controls with its own on/off switch, and a position switch which allows you to place the compressor either before or after the eq section 7 - the SWR 'bass intensifier circuit again foot switchable 8 - boost circuit which is also footswitchable 9 - effects blend control 10 - dual master volumes The back panel features: 11 - a DI out with level control, phase polarity switch, ground lift, and a three-way switch selecting the tap point for the DI, either direct (before eq), post compressor, or line (same as speaker out) 12 - A side chain effects loop with single send (TRS) and left/right returns for stereo use 13 - A crossover control, with jack outs for high and low signal; 14 - a tuner out 15 - a parallel input jack 16 - three speakon sockets and four speaker sockets on jacks, giving either left & right (stereo), low and high (bi-amp), or just two mono output signals, each giving 750w @ 2 ohms, 450W @ 4 ohm, and 250W at 8 ohm. The centre speakon is for bridged mono use which gives 1500W @ 4 ohms or 900W at 8 ohms. A slider switch selects between normal or bridged mono. The amp will come housed in a shockproof rack case which has an extra handle fitted to the lid, and corner wheels added to the case to make this a little easier to move around. The only downside to this amp is the weight which the manual claims is 67lbs or 30.4Kg, and i reckon the shock rack adds another 10kg. The amp will come with the original manual and the four button footswitch controlling the bass intensifier, eq select, effects loop, and boost circuits. Price is fixed, firm and final. No offers please, and no trades. I am selling because I simply do not need this amount of power for the gigs I'm playing these days, but that said I am in no hurry to sell. Due to the size and weight, this is strictly collection only from Newcastle upon Tyne.
  7. If you go for the J-Retro, the whole thing comes pre wired and assembled on the chrome (or black, or gold) bell plate.
  8. Squire Vintage Moderns and Classic Vibes get a lot of love too, but as they are factory passives the battery will have to go under the preamp (the way John designed it)
  9. The Sires are amazing value, and even more so secondhand, plus they’re already active and have battery boxes.
  10. Thanks Si that’s made me feel better 😎
  11. So I’m in the fortunate position of owning three beautiful Overwater basses. I really felt I had all bases (intentional pun) covered until last night. o2 Academy, Newcastle, Friday 2nd November, one of my favourite bands, Blackberry Smoke, bassist Richard Turner playing a ‘51 style P bass. OMG what a tone! Now gassing for a butterscotch blonde ‘51 P bass.
  12. JPJ

    Is volume killing smaller gigs?

    By way of contrast, last nights gig, large hotel type venue. Band set up on lower level, on hardwood floor area no curtains or soft furnishings, audience up six steps in a carpeted lounge area. Acoustic drums were peaking at 105-107dB at the top of the steps, dropping to 80dB five metres back. As the PA was also setup on the lower level I had a weird mix pointing the subs at the wall behind the band to get any bottom end up onto the upper level. After much tweaking I managed to get the mix sounding good where the ‘audience’ were, but I was still well over 100dB at the steps. An example of how much environment can impact on volume and your mix.
  13. JPJ

    Is volume killing smaller gigs?

    There is no excuse for being too loud these days. We used to be stupidly loud, but having bought our own basic PA have slowly brought the stage levels down to were I can speak to the drummer without shouting, and the FoH is at a comfortable 90-92db. Both guitarists use Marshall 50w heads into 2x12 cabs, I use either an SWR or an Aguilar AG500 through a 4x10. How do I know 90-92db is comfortable ? I have a cheap app on my phone. Go out front, turn your back to the band and listen. You’ll soon know what needs turning down (as against up). Many good sound engineers have taught me its better to subtract than add. The drums are in the PA but only to give the kick drum a chance to project. The guitars and bass are in the PA because it’s easier to get a balanced sound that way. We have a fiddle player who shares the vocal monitor to hear herself, so again keeping the on stage levels down helps her pitch. Finally, use the channel eq’s to create a space for each instrument or drum. One of my best weapons is a channel compressor on the two guitar channels. Both guitarists invariably tweak their amp settings (‘turn up’) after the first couple of numbers. My friendly compressors mean the FoH stays exactly as I set it despite their knob twiddling.
  14. JPJ

    Ten String ThunderBird (5x2 multicourse)

    Sweet Jesus Mary & Joseph, that there is the bass I didn’t know I needed until now 😮😜😜