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  1. It's been a slow but steady transition, from "happy shopper" type gear to "boutique" or custom upgrades - over a period of about 30 years. It's something THEY don't tell you at the beginning. It's THEM !! It's all THEIR fault - ALL of it................ 😎
  2. Slight tangent. Increasingly, there's been signs of pre-Brexit activity with some on-line suppliers. On more than one occassion this year, I've been led to believe that I was ordering gear from a supplier and distributor (with a UK address). Only to experience fairly significant delays in shipping - from Europe. The first, turned out to be shipping from Holland, and the other from Poland. Unless you can establish they have what you require IN STOCK (or a prepared to wait, with all the anxiety that entails), then buyer beware!!
  3. Yes, I'm 47 and still (after all these years') have a SoundCloud account to not only host my own music, but also to listen to, and occasionally share/promote other artists tracks - via my own curated playlists. I've never really got along with Spotify, on either desktop or mobile. The *new* music I tend to "like" (and save for later), usually features recorded instruments - guitars, drums, Bass and keys - and not what is modern R&B or ultra EDM genres. There are still plenty of Bands and solo artists out there, that I'd never heard of, writing decent, well crafted music. It will be interesting to see over the next 18-months just what effect the various global crisis have had on bands/artists, and what the longer term effects on writing/producing music will be? I hope everything will be alright...
  4. I'm quite into Phil Jones Bass.. so I'd have a couple of these C8 cabinets, with something more powerful than my current D-400 (!) Then, I might phone J D and ask him nicely to re-create my 1st "Roadie" Bass - in tobacco sunburst - and pay him literally MILLIONS to build it in less than 18-months...
  5. These day's, most "radio" broadcasts can also viewed Live via the internet.. which also means there are Webcams in the studio. All I can say is, they had better be very, very careful. Else, it's all pre-recorded and edited to death! "Oooo look, there's a lady swimming naked in the pool.. but only on the radio".
  6. No. I listen to quite a lot of new music.. but not the mainsteam "R&B" and "Indie" acts/bands that the populist media outlets circulate. Now don't shoot me! 🔫 I host my own music on that orange cloud - whom I've had a marmite relationship over many years'; ring any bells? Also, (over many years') I've struggled with my weight - but i've found music to be one of the key's - no pun intended. I put on my walking shoes, grab my mobile, put on a pair of wireless headphones and hit the pavement.. not the road - because that would be dangerous (!) This is compilation No. 11 of eight tracks from mainly new-ish, independent and mostly unsigned musicians posting their music "out there". I'd never heard before; why not give them 30 seconds:- https://soundcloud.com/simonedward/sets/indie-pop-2020-winter-playlist
  7. My comment was not in the context of loopers which only play WAV files...
  8. If you have VLC media player, and have just been converted to WAV - then you might also like FLAC files? They are a lossless format, which take up less space than WAV.
  9. Yes - I'm an active Bass owner, and record a lot with preamp's / DI's into interfaces (pedals or rack versions). For me, they are mandatory. Although the EQ's on my basses are comprehensive enough, and the Bass pre-amps run at 18 volts, sometimes there's a lack of gain/headroom. The only preamp I've ever had a problem with was the V1 Sansamp (20 years' ago?) - which my active Basses didn't appear to get along with.
  10. Thanks for letting me know! I see these Line 6 Relay systems on quite a few set up's and was curious............... 🤓
  11. Hello! I've recently been looking into the possibility of acquiring a pre loved Line 6 Wireless system, from their G-series range. In the last few minutes, I've been on to Anderton's website (to check the RRP) and noticed the following disclaimer on the G-30; "please note: Line 6 Relay transmitters are NOT compatible with active pickups." Which is a blow. But begs the question: what are those who have gone wireless using? and/or - is there a work around we should know about? Cheers
  12. "The Death Of The Amp".. I found my amp/cabinet sound way back in the late 90's. It was a David Eden (not "Eden" Marshall) World Tour series hybrid through a 4x10. At the time, these amps were very expensive and had a poor reputation for reliability, so I carried on using my solid state Trace amps (with a GP12XV valve pre) until I could justify buying a pre-loved WT550 (through a BassChat seller) a few years' back. It's still the right amp for me. Today, I still have everything - even the TE gear - because I can, but haven't played Bass Live for many years' ~ because of poor mental health. I write and record at home, so priorities change. In my situation, It's mainly about compact pre-amps, and valves (yes!), tone, headroom, computer interfaces and not so much cab modelling - at the moment. But Hypothetically, if I were to play Live again.. a small rig would be essential. FOH would get a DI out, and I would shape the rest. A monitor with vocals and/or soloists would be ideal. It really depends on the wants and needs of the gig. In the next 10-years, Bass amps and cabinets will continue to reduce in size, weight but hopefully not features or heft! That said, in my experience, 'Class D' amps are/ were not the great messiah many were predicting in the last decade. In general, these over promise and under deliver - in many areas. Death Of The Amp? No, not anytime soon!
  13. Hallo! and welcome.. they say the first eight years' here are the worst ~ but it get's easier after that. 😮
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  15. Hello Harry - and welcome to Basschat! We've all been where you are now - at least once. Some of us are still where you are - but it's now sometime later..! Anyway, I wrote some words called "7 secrets Bassists don't want you to know". I hope you find it useful? https://infinitybass.com/7-secrets-bassists-dont-want-you-to-know/ Best wishes, Simon.
  16. Yes - agreed! World Machine was the 1st album I bought on vinyl back in 1985. Of these three, it's my favourite - the writing, musicianship and production is just a cut above the other two..
  17. Level 42: World Machine (1985) - 2× Platinum; Running In The Family (1987) - 2× Platinum; Staring At The Sun (1988) - Gold. All three very different sounding albums - commercially succesful. All within the space of three years.. and a considerable change in line up.
  18. Yes - I ordered a custom Bass, which obviously I hadn't played before purchasing. I was familiar with the brand, as I owned a number of their signature Basses for many years' before. The last Bass I purchased on-line (from a popular auction site), I only played for a few minutes when I went to collect it from the sellers' house. It was about an hours' drive away from me, which saved on postage and peace of mind for me as the buyer. It was a Sterling RAY34ca and after several months, I decided that the neck didn't really work for me - and I moved it on, for a little more than I paid. That's the way it goes sometimes. IMHO, I don't think you can really get into an instrument by auditioning it in a shop. There's way more to it than that. And why limit yourself to a choice of what retailers may or may not have in stock at the time?
  19. It's on the other side of the board - TC Polytune 2 Noir. If you mean the pedal closest to us, that's an early 1st batch valve EF86 pre-amp called the Edison by Night Owl Industries (NY, USA). https://www.nightowl.industries/edison-preamp
  20. An updated shot of my pedal board and chain ~ now includes a Neo Series Wavelength by Alexander pedals...
  21. Thanks for sharing TrevorR. I'm a bit out of the loop, and haven't heard this song before, but I enjoyed listening to it. A very talented group! Ps. I know you're far too classy for this.. but have you ever succumbed to temptation and banned your pianists from the low end ??
  22. I love a bit of "slap and tickle" meself.. and slap Bass! tsshh. I couldn't let this thread pass by without an honourable mention of Julian Crampton on "Jacob's Ladder" by Incognito. And here is the man himself, playing a version in London a litle while back: -
  23. Interesting post and thread. I grew up attending an Evangelical 'Free' Church (more a United reformed/Baptist hybrid) and served in the music ministry from the late 80's for around 15 years. As teenagers, we had formed a 'Worship Band', and as per other thoughts and themes in this thread, we had our up's and downs. Anyway, during the offering, we once played an instrumental version of "Cherish" by Kool and the Gang - and the assistant minister tried to look it up in one of the Spring Harvest books.. which was funny, but you had to be there. A rare highlight. I stopped in 2002 and moved away...
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