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  1. BTW, they make beautiful stuff in the UK too
  2. Thread necromancy: vigier guitar necks are the best necks I've ever felt, no contest. Nothing else comes close. Not pre-factory PRS Customs, not 80s high-end Ibanez, not the Kramer Nightswan II I had, or any of my Hamers, not even the EBMM Steve Morse model or the Zion Radicaster! If you play guitar, you owe it to yourself to source a second-hand Vigier before the end of the year when you'll start incurring more costs for purchases from the continent. So, are the bass necks equally sublime? This might be a perilous question.... XD edited to add: see, my post IS relevant, I'm asking how the bass necks are!
  3. It's the fourth picture. Now I see how it's an optical illusion where the angle of the shot makes the height of the bridge and the pickup disppear. I might need a new pair of glasses, if no-one else sees the pic like that
  4. Is the bridge countersunk into the top? You don't see that often, is there some other reason apart from the aesthetics?
  5. And the necks are always to die for, so there's something for all the senses!
  6. Well nothing else sounds quite like an MTD, there's a reason they are so popular with church boys. My only MTD regrets are 1) I had SO MANY boutique basses before getting my first MTD. And 2) that I couldn't keep them all As A Gouche puts it: MTD4Lyfe
  7. Oh you sold that one, it was a good one too! Although I think Roscoes were the most consistently superb boutique basses I've had, not a single dud, just great basses one after the other... I seem to have lost the archive of the roughly 100 boutique basses I owned. Would have shared a couple of Roscoe beauties but oh well
  8. Yes... ESL moment there. Living in Sweden is corroding my English. It's the other super addictive substance. That you don't shoot. Rather, one 'shoots' into it, right? Actually, adding to reasons to quit: bandmates doing any illegal stuff. You know, failing to report the full gig pay as income, drinking and driving, or, indeed, buying or selling illicit substances.
  9. Not to sound judgmental, but please tell me you drive first and take substances later? I used to put down a lot of time with a psychoactive substance -- alcohol, in my case -- so I'm by no means a saint, but cars and substances don't mix Edit: Wait, wait, the word you've masked isn't shooting, it's the other thing, isn't it? Reasons to quit bands: having different aims than the rest, not being able to sack the one with a different aim, mismatch of aims and time investment, personality clashes, market just not being there for the band's oeuvre...
  10. There's a Tannoy mid-field mastering monitor and the abovementioned Genelec 1022a and it's successors, can attest to zero mush at monitoring sound pressures.
  11. The amp maker is db. They make very respectable power amps. I know, I know, corporate accounting practices and antitrust regulations mean that they are not allowed to sell their amp modules to RCF under market prices, but, you know, it's not always straightforward to appraise a custom spec power amp module for active loudspeakers... https://www.prosoundweb.com/company/dbtechnologies/
  12. Am I misremembering that at some point, there was a connection or maybe even identity in the ownership of PowerSoft's and RCF's parent companies? This would explain the pricepoint vs. quality. I would imagine it would take a company like Yamaha with a similar horizontal value chain benefits to compete. From their own timeline:1998 "RCF becomes part of an international group until the end of 2003 when previous shareholders take over the company again " I'm probably wrong, but I seem to remember that this corporate group also had a power amp manufacturer and RCF active cabs got a vastly better power amp section during that time.
  13. Had a reply typed, then misclicked. Don't see a reason to be snarky even if I don't swallow marketing hype. RCF offer a good product, they have for years. They have not made a quantum leap out of the weight, cost, efficiency, fidelity field. They are still subject to the conflicting design goals, but yes, the points one is able to reach in the 4-dimensional space are better now than earlier. That's nothing new, materials and processes evolve over time and this has always been the case. I've used them a lot back when I lived in Finland and the spec was 'sound reinforcement that doesn't break the back or the budget.' And RCF and Yamaha were my first recommendations for small-scale sound reproduction. I'm not an engineer, never claimed to be. I'm just a former gearslut. For my back and money, the Acme were a good pick, and having used them, I can recommend them. They are a passive 3-way speaker that have an 'accurate'* response and wide range. Can't recommend stuff I don't use. For gigging, I'd in general recommend passive speaker setups unless you are very sure you can get a replacement cabinet during a weekend in time. Woofers can and will blow on passive and active setups, but that's something that is hard to prep for, unless you have spare woofers with you. The more electronics you have in a speaker cabinet, the more you're subjecting those electronics to wear and tear. The sound reinforcement company I used to work for went with passive line arrays and subwoofers and separate power amp racks, partially for this reason, partially for scaling. A woofer is a much more robust electrical component than most non-mil spec circuit boards. I'm sure there's an absolutely bullet proof and cheap circuit on a board somewhere, because people make knives out of pasta and chocolate, these days. I still think my summary mostly holds: the most relevant stuff is portability and price, many solutions are high enough fidelity and put out enough 'volume' to hurt yourself. I'll add that reliability, replaceability, ease and cost of repair are important, too, depending on where you live. *if very accurate is your goal, then PA loudspeakers are not the right place to look anyway. You want good mastering monitors.
  14. I'm having a brain freeze. What kind of top end are you looking for? A lost of MTD players like and have a very glassy top end that sounds terrible* on a lot of speakers. I like to imagine having had that tone on my best days. Depending on the sort of distortion used I'd imagine your tone is more, less, or about as susceptible to sounding terrible*. I certainly sounded terrible* on all piezo tweeter setups. *and by terrible, I mean 'not flawless'
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