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  1. I think both are valid paths and choices and I was discussing this with my bass teacher Anthony Wellington a few weeks back. I made my living from the age of 23 from music and have done a number of different things from being in signed touring bands, working as a sideman/session musician, function gigs, writing songs, working as a studio engineer, managing rehearsal studioa before coming back to my first love bass the last few years and making a living just from playing bass. That being said, when covid struck I was pretty lucky to get a "real" job quickly and with a little help from ant showing me the light I have learnt some valuable things from not being in that full time musician lifestyle. I've learnt to say no to people/gigs that I haven't wanted to do, where in the past I would've taken them because I needed the money and not enjoyed them. I've been able to focus on the projects with the people I want to work with playing music I believe in and also instead of having to learn three hour long sets of covers for a one off dep gig I have been able to use that time for myself as a bass player and for myself as a human being. A more meaningful use of time I feel. I think focus has been the main thing that I have gained and I believe it's so easy to get lost, chasing your tail and you lose sight of why you wanted to be a full time musician in the begining. I do want to return to music full-time when it's possible but the break and the opportunity to step out of it and reflect has been priceless. If I can't then there is no shame in having a job outside of music and still be able to play bass in my spare time. I love music and the instrument and whatever helps facilitates that love is welcome.
  2. I have had an OK experience with bassdirect on average... Buying low cost things like strings, straps etc mainly and found that they have always replied pretty quickly to my emails and offer advice freely. I did buy some nordstrand pickups and a Delano preamp this summer though which ended in a bit of a fiasco and I can't remember exactly what happened but I had to chase the order after a few days, then the preamp arrived and only one of the two pickups I think, so I emailed an explained I was missing a pickup and they said they would send out the other one, the following day two sets of pickups turned up which I was slightly confused about and then the day after that the original missing pickup arrived! I of course returned the extra pair of pickups, I would never take advantage of a business big or small in that way but I did wonder how it had happened and it was a bit of a pain to send them back and to worry if they did make it back to the store. Mark did deduct the postage money from a string order to be fair so it was al good and would still buy from them.
  3. I've been loving the sound of the PJ model that bassist Josh Paul has been using on a few of his instagram videos recently. I used the older J version model in a studio for a song about a decade ago and it sounded and felt awful to play, I imagine it hadn't been set up properly. But what I have heard recently of them they sound really good! Don't know what's changed but whatever it is, it's for the better!
  4. Thanks for the link and the info, I think I know what to do now hopefully!
  5. I've got a Delano preamp on its way to me and it looks simple enough but I am confused as to what to do with the various grounds coming off the tone, volume and preamp. Do I just send the ground from the blend to the volume and then to the jack input and also send the preamp ground to the jack input? Do I need to wire one of them to the bridge?! Usually I can wire passive instruments but not sure what I am to do here as it's not clear in the Diagram (to me)! Here is the diagram
  6. I used one on a song on an album once. It was hanging on a wall in a studio in eagle rock and looked and sounded like it hadn't been played in years. Worked perfectly for this sting-esque verse on a song! We also used it with an ebow which sounded glorious through a Neve console tho I don't know if that actually got used for anything. Had no idea there were so many variations of the bass!
  7. Bump. Did you use the preamp for some session stuff at home recently and it sounded incredible but decided there are a lot more bass toys id like to buy!
  8. Microbass 3 user here! Received mine just before lock down so haven't been able to gig it or use live! It's become very handy for silent bass practice with the headphone and aux input over the last few months. One thing I will say about the Drive section and the unit in general is that I have found I've gotten the best results using it in series and treating it like an amp. I find the drive is great in the lo setting, just adding some harmonics and edge/grit to the sound rather than using it as a full blown overdrive/distortion and switching from clean to overdrive. I find using it in series also gives you a slighter darker/warmer tone from the Hi-Fi EBS signature tone especially when using EMG loaded basses.. But you can add that brightness back in and have more control using the bright switch and the drive section mid EQ - found boosting roughly 4k there really helps add some presence if needee Don't miss a speaker/emulation sim either - the lo pass tone control works great if it's needed. I usually find that cab sims either sound nothing like their intended cabs or just feel very weird to play through. Currently enjoying using it with the clean channel flat, some compression, going series into the drive section with drive in Lo gain mode set at around 12 o'clock and the deep switch engaged and then adjusting the mids on that channel on how I'm feeling that day! One thing I saw mentioned in the original post was the issue of balance between clean and drive channels when using the blend. I think in serial mode the blend isn't really a blend, but just a control of how much of the clean volume channel is being pushed into the drive channel. I think in that setting it's best to put the blend to maximum and alter the drive to your taste. I haven't had any issues the of balancing between cleans and drive channels doing it that way - not that I do that anyway!
  9. I've recently rediscovered my love for Warwick basses after years of playing fender type instruments. I have a 97 Corvette 5 string with EMGs, a 2001(?) Thumb Bolt on fretless and a recently required 2000 Streamer Stage 1 with EMGs and Aguilar OBP-2. The Corvette 5 I would say is probably the best made of the lot of them, with the wenge neck and plays very nicely but is very heavy. It also has the thicker tone of the three. I would says I prefer the EMG pickups over the MEC stuff - to me it just sounds a bit more solid in the low end and liver - probably finds a middle ground between the Spector and Warwick in terms of tone You can probably pickup up a German made 90s Warwick Corvette for not too much money. I've never played a Spector tho I was tempted by one when getting my streamer. Both companies no doubt make great basses but owning that Corvette for 20+ years and it never letting me down and still looking and playing well despite touring it heavily in the early 2000s made me stick with Warwick.
  10. I had the Henry Thomas/Rock School bass VHS that my mum had bought me from Virgin Megastore the same day my parents bought me my first bass at the age of 10. I loved that tape, tho I can't remember much of it now I do still remember some of the warm and basic finger exercises from it. This must've been back in '95. It's amazing the life long relationship you can have with an instrument and that tape definitely helped point me in the right direction.
  11. attackbass

    Dubs Feedback.

    Just bought Ben's Streamer Stage 1. Good communication and very patient, as it took me a little while to find myself at a computer to pay for the bass! He did an excellent job packaging the bass up for me to survive the UPS delivery, waited all day in for them to pick the bass up and did it all with a broken wrist! The bass was as described and would happily buy from him again.
  12. Strange I never get DPD showing on interparcel. I would've used eurosender before when it was 24hr delivery insured for about £27 but since Covid-19 I think they've started to take the fosters and have had some bad reviews on here lately, when it comes to customer service. Didn't want to risk the bass taking 3-7 days hanging around warehouses.. it's bad enough as it is, we recently had a delivery that never showed up on the day it should've and didn't until 2 weeks later... Experienced similar things happen at my current job to. I've gone for using UPS through Transglobal express where I was able to insure the value of the bases for £18 on top of delivery... Can to about £44 to deliver to work. I'll see how that works out and update you on here! It seems a lot of people are having issues getting suitable couriers or a decent level of service currently. I don't understand why eurosender etc can use DPD yet booking it on as a general member of the population you can't due to size restrictions. I wonder if basschat could get a commercial account with somebody like DPD, work out how many instruments are shipped via the market place sales per week/month and offer it as an option... I don't know how realistic that would be, if it would mean somebody on the basschat actually having to sit and book the orders on I can't see happening haha, I'm sure they have enough on their plate!
  13. Oh really - when i put the dimensions on DPD it either lists no available services or doens't let me book anything due to the size!
  14. Think I'll try UPS and hope for the best! I would like to use DPD as the drivers who usually deliver to where I'm currently working take care of our parcels and stack the vans sensibly - but it's dimensions are too long! If only basschat could get a deal with DPD or UPS that would be amazing!
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