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  1. JPJ

    Advice please

    So this turned up this morning. First impressions are very good. Seems to do everything I need 😎
  2. JPJ

    Advice please

    So after much procrastination I’ve pulled the trigger on a Valeton Bass Dapper, largely based on our own Dood’s online review. Looks like it’ll do pretty much everything I need in a small form factor unit with the added benefit of a ‘flyrig’ style preamp.
  3. JPJ

    Advice please

    First a confession, I’ve never been much of an effects user. But like many, I’ve been faffing around with recording during lockdown and realise that there is space in my life for a bit of chorus, octave, and maybe even a bit of filter squelch. So my question is am I better collecting a few individual pedals or is there a modern multi-effect pedal that will do this without a tonne of background hiss (my only experience of multi effects was an early Zoom 501)? I’m not thinking Helix expense but open to other ideas.
  4. Hi Andy, I'm a bit of a novice in the double bass field but would a Headway EDB-2 not do everything you want?
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  6. For bass in GarageBand I just go straight into my iPad from my iRig HD2, select the Clean DI which is basically a clone of the Avalon U5, click the tone to 3 and away you go.
  7. My first bass too. Wrapped mine in black sticky backed plastic from Woolworths and covered the scratch plate in tin foil. GLWTS I'd buy it for nostalgias sake but the missus would kill me.
  8. I'm not much of a reviewer, but I've had mine for about a year used exclusively as a headphone amp at the weekday 'home' in Holland. However, I brought it home to the UK with me when I retreated to lockdown two weeks ago, and I've been using it as an interface for recording into GarageBand (first time for me). First thing I'd say is this doesn't have the 'baked in' Ashdown sound. I has a good range of tones available from the bass + mids + treble eq's and it handles my five-string basses very well with no clipping on an enthusiastically strummed low B. Plugging your phone or music player in via the 3.5mm jack makes it an effective practice tool for those late night stadium gigs. I've not had chance to check the line out but everything else works as it should and I assume this will too. Recording into GarageBand via the micro-USB output, I'm getting a bit fat tone that growls like a growly thing with a little bit of added mids. The unit is well made, with a metal case and metal jack sockets for the instrument in, line in, line out, and headphone out. Looks like it will survive life on the road for a good few years.
  9. And this ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of addiction 😮😉😂
  10. What a cool setup! I’ve always loved the PJB stuff and will own another briefcase one day soon. Hope you don’t mind me saying but that photo has a whiff of Spinal Taps Stonehenge about it 😂
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  12. Guess it depends how you route your tuner. I much prefer a mute on the amp.
  13. Looks good, but no mute? When will manufacturers learn this is essential on a gigging amp.
  14. Now sold to our very own Bassman Sam 😎
  15. @Skybone sorry, no case. Where abouts are you based?
  16. Well colour me shocked. My band was playing a multi-band event with backline provided yesterday. Early Facebook photos from the gig showed an Ashdown Mag combo was the house bass rig. Now I've never really learned (or tried in truth) to get along with any flavour of Ashdown, so knowing the sound guy and his rig, I threw the BG250 208 in the back of the car 'just in case'. On arrival, the previous band's bass player had used his own rig and the house Ashdown was no where to be seen - RESULT! In came the little TC. I stood the amp on my leads trunk to get a little more height, turned the master up to just below half, and went for it. Unbelievably she coped admirably without any complaints. This little thing continues to surprise and amaze me in a nice way.
  17. Another vote for the TC BG250 208 from me. Granted I’ve upgraded mine to put the full 250W through the combos internal speakers (in truth a marginal improvement) but even in stock trim, these things are built for the coffee shop style and acoustic gigs. If I could ween our two guitards off their 100W Marshall’s I’d happily gig with it more regularly allowing the PA to do the heavy lifting.
  18. Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro bass for sale. Recent purchase but as good as this bass is, and it is good, I'm a five string player at heart and this is just sitting on a stand unused. Purchased recently on a whim, I'd been told how good these basses are, and every word was true. This is as close as you are going to get to a seventies Thunderbird for less than £2,000. This bass snarls, barks and bites like a good Thunderbird does and the vintage style pickups have all the tone and authority of the originals. This is a neck-thru version made in Indonesia. Recently restrung with Daddario EXL's. There isn't a mark on the beautiful black finish that I can see. I'm pretty firm on the price and as there is no case or gig bag with the bass, its strictly collection only from Newcastle or very local delivery/meet halfway is a possibility. Any questions, fire away!
  19. Me too, one of the most comfortable ‘perching’ stools, and comfortable lower down for that acoustic gig too 😎
  20. Oof tempted! Where abouts are you based and is shipping an option?
  21. I’ve been using AmpliTube with an iRig HD2 on iPad as my weekday practice amp, as I’m away from home Mon-Fri every week. I’ve been struggling with getting enough volume out of it without distortion to play along to Spotify playlists. Tonight I finally decided to look for something else and a google search suggested the iPads built in Garage Band app. I can’t for the life of me think why, but I’ve never really used Garage Band before but after a quick look around I discovered a clone of the Avalon U5 comes built into the app so I decided to give that a try and wow, it sounds great! The combination of the Avalon clone and my Sire V7 sounds gorgeous to my old ears. Started me gassing for a U5 again.
  22. I’ll throw in a vote for the Orange Bass Terror here, or the newer OB-1’s. Both a pretty much one trick ponies but it’s a hell of a trick and both cover that 70’s rock sound beautifully to my ears.
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