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  1. I like the Presto's, don't get me wrong, I just prefer the feel and silkiness of steels compared to the synthetic or nylon wrapped strings so prefer the feel of the BC on a longer playing session. My favourite actually was the Innovation Honeys but they won't work with mag pickup as not enough metal content and I much prefer the sound of the mag pickup to the various piezo I tried. I did think of trying the Spirocore Solos and then tuning them back down to standard pitch but not looked at this further as it seemed a lot of cash to splash on another 'maybe' to go with the various sets of Spiros and Prestos that I have in the cupboard that I really ought to sell on!
  2. Ha, maybe! It is a little strange though as I REALLY like the set I have on my main bass. But then that bass never got on with the spirocores that everyone else raved about.
  3. As an update: I got my new set of BC strings. This might be an unfair appraisal but they 'seem' more cheaply made than previous sets, even unrolling the fresh strings they don't have that same slippery and sliding like a snake feel that I remember from previously . I put a set on my EUB and they feel a bit lifeless and rattly, no real tone, a real step down from the Prestos that normally reside. Obviously, not an ideal test being a Stagg stick bass and not a 'proper' bass, but even so. They might just not suit that bass which is entirely possible. Prestos going back on. I will try this same set on my other bass too (that also has prestos on) to see how they go before I reserve full judgement.
  4. I also have the Krivo pickup as well and I find it great if you want a more natural double bass sound, especially with the Prestos. For my own purposes, I prefer to sound pretty much like a big fretless bass guitar, with a smidge of overdrive, into my Ashdown ABM and I find the Armstrong pickups better in that scenario so have the Krivo as a backup. Sorry about the BC being out of stock now, I ordered 2 sets just in case because I do slightly prefer the steel strings to the Presto (mainly because that is what I have been used to and I get that slightly longer sustain, without the real brightness that I got from Spirocores) So, if you were interested, you would be more than welcome to have a loan of both Prestos and Krivo to see if it would suit?
  5. Hadn't realised that they now had a UK supply. That is excellent news!!! I will take the opportunity to get another set to try out on my other bass. I would definitely prefer to play them over the Prestos. I will keep the Prestos as a backup, or my second bass may actually prefer the Prestos and I will have the BC as a backup. Once I have swapped them off to try, you are more than welcome to try the Presto set, AndyBass. for a comparison
  6. I of course meant occasional LEFT hand blister mainly on my little finger when sliding up to notes... One of those days.. Doh
  7. I use 2 basses and a Stagg EUB. 1 bass and EUB with Presto Ultralights and Blast Cult lowlifes on the other, both double basses fitted with Armstrong magnetic pickups and EUB has piezo. The Blast Cult are slightly thinner and lower tension than the Prestos and are nice under the fingers. The Prestos are nylon wrapped and a little sticky so I get occasional blistering on my right hand where I slide up, the Blast Cult are great for that. Sound wise though, the Blast Cult are a little indistinct on the E and A so you need to get a boost pedal or something to make them zing a bit, the D and G a little bright, whereas the Prestos sound good to me straight into my Ashdown. But the big killer for the BC strings is availablility. You can get them direct from Blast Cult in the USA but they never have full sets in stock (even though you can still buy single strings) and the shipping is horrendous making it over $250 a set plus import tax, or you can get them from a dealer in Sweden but you can only pay for them in Swedish currency (which the bank will charge £25 to pay) and with the shipping again they cost more than £180 a set. When the Prestos can be bought for just over £100, the Blast Cults seem like a bit of an extravagance. I do slightly prefer playing with the Blast Cults, but the Prestos don't offend me in any way so have chosen not to buy any more BC when they need replacing. To be clear though, I rarely slap and use more for swing style pizz playing.
  8. Looking for a rock and roll (as opposed to full on rockabilly slap) bassist to help out on a project. Upright or electric. At this point a short term speculative project for some fun but could maybe become the main event. Essentially I am doing upright bass and vocals in a 50s and 60s rock and roll band doing all the usual suspects and a few less known tracks (Elvis, Cochran, Cash, Perkins, Berry, Cliff, Beatles etc) with a guitarist is very traditionally minded and has that 50s feel and sound. The sound that my drummer and myself have in our heads though has a bit of extra grunt and a slight punky attitude into it and want to try out a couple of sessions with myself on guitar and a different bassist. This might be brilliant and we switch the personnel, but it may not work at all, most of that riding on me being able to play well enough (been a while)! So it could just be a couple of jam sessions for some fun with no commitment or it may work well and we want to continue in this vein, either with whomever comes to help, or to advertise for a full time member. If it worked and everyone wanted to continue, the aim would be to play locally probably only about 10-12 times a year at pubs, social clubs, charity events, village fairs and festivals. Not intending to get on the rockabilly circuit at this stage. We are based in Woking and Walton-on-Thames and rehearse in Sunbury. Just drop me a message if you are interested and I will ping over some basic demos we already recorded in this style.
  9. True, but you could treat the family to a day out at the London Eye, and just happen to make a stop off on the way! Everyone wins
  10. As I mentioned in an earlier post, if anyone happens to be London way then you would be more than welcome to come and try out. I am only a few minutes from mainline railways station or M25. I have a Stagg EDB too which I really like too but it does fall away from me as I play which the slimline doesn't.
  11. Mine doesn't seem to like Spiros so well. I tried both Mittel and Weich and it just felt a little 'choked'. I used Presto Ultralight for a long time and now use Blast Cult Lowlifes as I use Magnetic pickup mainly now to get a slightly more 'electric' sound. Interestingly, I tried recording my full size with both a pickup and condenser mic (positioned by bridge on E side) at home. I recorded the Slimline one with the same setup on 2 other tracks too for comparison and I couldn't really tell much actual difference and picked the slim one for the final mix on the demo!!
  12. jrixn1 It does get a little lost in a full depth bag so is a little uncomfortable on shoulder straps, and I put a couple of cushions in the car to stop it moving around. But it is much lighter and less cumbersome and I even put it neck down in the footwell with the back resting on my front passenger seat (laid flat as much as possible), so I can go to rehearsal in my convertible car if the wife needs the estate.
  13. Compared to my full depth bass it is probably about 25% less volume, maybe a touch more. Loud enough to play along to rehearsal tracks but not loud enough to wake up the kids or to play along with anything more than an acoustic guitar. It is perfect for me, it is easier to play than my full depth, easier and lighter to transport and easier to amplify, so it is my go to bass. That said, it doesn't have the same mojo as my full depth bass, for some reason the front is very plain and a yucky reddy brown gloss varnish whereas the back is nicely flamed.
  14. I have a set of silver slaps that I have just taken off my stagg and put steels on. You are welcome to try them if you haven't sorted this. Drop me a message if you are still looking
  15. I have one too. I really like it. Even my luthier was surprised with it. He hadn't seen one before but was generally impressed. As you can imagine, the sound isn't as strident and loud as a full depth one and is less complex, but still pleasant and sounds like a 'proper' DB, just a bit quieter - ideal for home practice actually. If I was playing in an acoustic bluegrass band it wouldn't be my choice, but I play amplified and it is SO much easier to amplify than my full depth one. It is also easier to transport being that little bit thinner although it does look a little strange when you are used to a full size (which I think happens to be a good thing as far as I am concerned - I do like to be a bit different). If you happen to be all the way down south towards London then you would be more than welcome to come and try out.
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