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  1. I thought I should weigh in here with my recent experience. I've just fitted a John East Uni Pre 5 to my Mark 1 (slap-cut) TRB5. Went in fine although you do have to enlarge two of the pot holes in the body which is a little scary! The stock pickups are single coil with a dummy coil for eliminating hum which relies on the circuitry in the stock preamp, so the default position is just to attach the signal wire from the pickup (red) and leave the dummy coil signal wire (white) disconnected. This is what I did and indeed it does work, BUT you will get hum when the pick-up pan is anything but central. I went and foil-shielded the pickup cavities but it was still a problem. Then...after reading a bit about dummy coils I started experimenting and discovered that if you connect the dummy coil signal from the opposite pickup to the pickup signal connection, voila! - hum cancellation! Unfortunately you do get an associated drop in signal level but it is definitely worth it (the pickups are pretty low-output to start with too). Sounds great though. Having discussed this with John East he's thinking about producing a little plug-in module that would buffer the dummy coil input to prevent that signal drop, with maybe a trimmer for adjusting the cancellation, basically emulating the original Yamaha circuit. I'll report back any progress on this, but if it happens I'll be more than happy to keep the stock pickups. In the meantime I also cut a scratchplate to fit over the "slap cut" as ironically I find it anything but helpful when slapping as my fingers like to knuckle-pivot off something when I'm popping like on every other bass I have. It works very well though could be even thicker. Pic attached. All this has done wonders for this bass as the build is absolutely top-notch (original preamp excepted!).
  2. Turns out silicone sealant tubes make pretty good 49mm diameter speaker ports.

  3. Bit of a sacred cow this one so I hope I've done it justice! (dons best rock face)
  4. One of the best basslines on TV, it's Go Jetters!
  5. There's no simple answer to that I'm afraid. I first played it in a band setting about 6 years ago. I've been noodling on it on and off ever since as I find it an excellent exercise especially for the right hand. I've been playing in total for around 37 years!
  6. It's a BB1500A. Don't see many of them about!
  7. My second play-along a I muck about with a new channel. Not sure where it's going yet but I'm having fun upping the production values inbetween homeschooling!
  8. Cheapest way to get 'Kontakt': http://thesamplecast.com/cheapest-way-to-get-kontakt-6/
  9. If you can beg steal or borrow enough to get hold of Kontakt full version (look for second-hand licences too), that will open-up a whole world of fantastic instruments, including a good many free ones, eg. via https://www.pianobook.co.uk/ In the meantime, this should keep you busy: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/labs/
  10. I just took delivery of mine. I'm impressed with the cleanness of the preamp and headphone output. Sounds great even with a cheapie passive bass - plenty of gain available. Perfect portable setup for learning songs and practice. Potential for use in a makeshift wired IEM setup too. Only minor quibble is batteries only, no power input socket.
  11. Still using my Cobra 1x15 cab, albeit with a TE / Celestion driver in it now. It's a really well-built cab!
  12. The CCA C10 is pretty much identical to the ZS10 no? Same driver config. I have them and am well impressed, but haven't tried them live with bass yet. https://www.thephonograph.net/cca-c10-review/
  13. PM me your email and I'll wetransfer it to you
  14. Yes you can output to the PA though the DI and still use the briefcase as your monitor. The DI is very good quality. It's definitely a quality over quantity kind of amp, so if you need to be loud (eg. keeping up with a drum kit) I'd look elsewhere. Great for an acoustic ensemble though. Bear in mind even just the briefcase is pretty heavy.
  15. I have one. Mostly impressed so far, but I haven't gigged it yet. The core tones seem great. I'd have thought it should be perfectly possible to accommodate what you want to do. You can assign any amp model to either channel using the editor and set eq per-channel. My biggest disappointment with it is the quality of the built-in reverb, but guessing that's not an issue for most.
  16. Could anyone else with a briefcase comment on how loud their fan is? When mine kicks in it is very obtrusive and I've wondered about replacement.
  17. While we're at it can I have a moan about sound 'engineers' who *still* base everything around a kick drum that sounds like cannon, leaving a slither of sonic space in which to fit everything else. I'm looking at you O2 Academy Newcastle last Wednesday.
  18. If something looks too good to be true... I just emailed that Amazon seller and got this reply: Thank you for your email. Our Amazon account has been hacked so please don't purchase anything from there as the items don't exist. We are working with Amazon to rectify the situation. We apologise for any inconvenience. Kind regards Kelly
  19. Where does one find out about KiOgon and his wares? I have searched Basschat on that name but come up with nowt! EDIT nevermind - found him. Search facility doesn't quite work as advertised.
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