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  1. I heard people can't send me message, but that's weird, you and I have been able to send messages back and forth all summer.
  2. Economic disaster ameliorated enough that I don't have to sell this. Withdrawn. tl;dr hard times*, longer explanation in the end. I was raving to Tony all week how this was even better than the fretless Ken Lawrence and MTD I had had and then got terrible news. This bass somehow manages to attain that really difficult bit in sixes, a clear and authoritative B-string and a thick c-string at the same time. Very punchy and solid tone all through the range. Very jazz-like, you can go full Jaco if you want to I got Tony's kind permission to use his ad text: --- In fully working condition, fully original and in excellent overall condition (second owner). [I'm the third but 6 days hardly counts eh?] Here are the specifications : Body : old stock mahogany Top : old stock spalted chestnut with thick old stock rosewood veneer between body and top Neck : one piece old stock flamed maple Fingerboard : superb old stock LEGAL Brazilian rosewood Positions : 21 original maple lined fretless Headstock : 3 + 3 shape with spalted chestnut veneer Pickups : 2 original hum-cancelling Noguera single coils with spalted chestnut covers Preamp : Noguera 2 bands Controls : volume (active/passive), blend, bass, treble Tuners : Hipshot UltraLite USA Bridge : original Noguera old stock rosewood with adjustable brass saddles Strings spacing at bridge : 19 mm Nut : bone Strings spacing at nut : 9.5 mm Knobs : 4 dark rosewood Scale : 34" Hardware colour : black Truss rod : one (fully working) Finish : high gloss Land of craftsmanship : France Serial number : 6002 Year : 2007 Weight : 4.487 kilos Action : from a bit under 2 mm under the C string to a bit under 2.5 mm under the B string at 12th position (can go lower, but was perfect for me) Will come with the original non branded Noguera hard case. Non-smoking environment as usual. The bass has been fully set up professionally by Christophe LEDUC. It has a new battery and has been fitted with a brand new set of Kalium Hybrid Bass Balanced BH-136-6BS round wound strings (29 - 41 - 57 - 76 -102 - 136). This bass has been custom made with exact specifications for the previous owner and is in almost new condition. Link to the Noguera page where you can see this very bass : http://noguera-basses.com/modele_basse.php?serie_b=Harmony&model_b=Deluxe&page=photos&categories=Serie Harmonie&galeries=Harmonie Standard Custom&nopage=1&ppp=6 Link to the Kalium strings : https://kaliummusic.com/product/string-pack-2g2x343c3k3q/ What you see is what you get ! Look at the photos taken under different angles to see the almost new condition for a 13 years old bass ! This is a totally unique bass !!! All the photos are here : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hz6HjS1hD1zw9g3co2vPw1iy-oP5dnGa?usp=sharing ---- My asking price is net price excluding shipping, as it would be unfair to ask people who can come pick up the bass pay the same as someone in Australia or New Zealand. Wiggle room might be there, but I'm exploring my options to resolve the crisis in a way that lets me keep this bass. Original hard case included. *I just had disastrous news -- benefits denied out of clear blue sky-- regarding my personal finances on Thursday ago, and have agonised over this for 2 days now. Should the situation change this bass is off the market immediately. I'm trying to do everything I can to appeal, but we all know how that goes. The price reflects my situation and you probably won't find a Noguera Harmonie Custom (at least not one this good) at this price again. I haven't been able to get to really know the bass yet.
  3. Traded a bass with Tony, he's a great BCer, would absolutely recommend him to anyone
  4. Doesn't the math get ... 'non-trivial' also? Thanks for the informative reply
  5. And I bought ACME bass cabs because this was being explicitly said when almost no-one else making high-end bass cabs in 2004 did. It made sense to me, and the cabs behave as advertised. I may have quit physics, but I can still appreciate being told what tradeoffs are made in the design of a product. What's the tradeoff in making high-excursion vs low-excursion cones? Accuracy of reproduction? The durability of the suspension? Weight? Difficulty of manufacturing? IIRC Acme said it's difficult to find a manufacturer that's willing to produce low-sensitivity, high-excursion drivers that have accurace low-end reproduction in the small-ish enclosure, but that may have been mostly about his buying relatively small amounts of drivers.
  6. Hi Manu, do you have any recordings with this bass by any chance?
  7. BTW, they make beautiful stuff in the UK too
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. Is the bridge countersunk into the top? You don't see that often, is there some other reason apart from the aesthetics?
  11. And the necks are always to die for, so there's something for all the senses!
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
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