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NickA

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  1. Warwick Dolphin Set Neck - 2003

    Ohhh black hardware!! Much nicer than the (scuffed) gold on the pro 1s.
  2. Patrick Cosme basses

    What on EARTH do all those knobs do XTof?
  3. Anyone feeling flush?

    " We wanted a fully electric bass having nothing metal except for the tuners & frets" ... doesn't bode well for what's inside the pickups!
  4. I never played or even saw one of these .. but Trace used to have a very high reputation for acoustic instrument amplification, acoustic guitarists who couldn't quite afford AER used to love them; I think Trace knew their stuff. Plus 100 "trace" W is probably a lot louder than anyone else's 200W. 'tis true, my trace 1215 combo with its 15" speaker was horrible with the double bass, but it wasn't really designed for it! For all the build quality and loundness, Trace size and weight is always an issue of course. How much does this one weigh?
  5. Yamaha BB 2025X (WHITE ) as new

    Regrets, I've had a few ... part exchanging my BB2000 for less than £200; I didn't even need the money - just thought owning >2 basses extravagant .. oh the errors of relative youth :¬( . A new BB2024 is around £3000 and a 2025 even more!!! This 2025 is less than HALF PRICE!
  6. Fast legato arco runs

    He's right you know. You can play anything if you really work it out and practice. But life is too short to work out and practice all the notes in Neilson's 5th. BTW provincial amateur orchestras don't get the best conductors; and anyway they have all those Violins (and back desk cellists) to worry about.
  7. Please tell me about Schecter basses

    Denmark St. But it was two or three years back. Downstairs walls were lined with Shecters, which I'd never heard of at the time. I used to love Denmark st, it was a magnet for wasting any free hours in London; pretty much all gone now and it seems that Crossrail is killing the last of it (and HS2 killing my favourite curry houses and a really good pub near Euston). Anyway, enjoy the new bass - when you manage to get it.
  8. Bass heaven, bass hell

    For me: Bass heaven = The Enormous Room played by Michael Manring on his Zon hyperbass; Jaco's basslines on Joni Mitchell's Hejira; Percy Jones weaving beautiful chaos on Noddy goes to Sweden .. and you know, now and then, Mark King playing Sandstorm. Bass hell = some bloke, in a covers band, thumping out roots and fifths on a (relic-ed) passive precision fitted with flats But it strikes me that we're arguing more about tastes in music than about what bass players should do. If you like Jazz you want to hear a complex, ever moving bass-line that weaves around the harmonies of the music. If you like Rock then you probably want to hear a solid foundation with few frills or thrills - and doing either really really well, is heaven in its way. There are of course people who manage both kinds of playing almost simultaneously, for which I finger Richard Sinclair, Tony Levin and (a little left field) Steve Swallow - who's playing is never flashy and often harmonically weird, but all the same, somehow very special.
  9. Please tell me about Schecter basses

    I spent a sunday morning in Westside's shop a couple of years ago, officially trying out AER amps. But they sat me in a bas(s)ment that was lined with Schecter basses so I couldn't help but try a "few". They are certainly very well made out of good quality materials and look really nice too. However I wasn't overly impressed with the sound, which was rather dull and "generic" (characterless). The ones I did like were those with the EMG pickups and a coil tap (effectively taking them to single pickups rather than Hs) - bit more life. Some of the "dullness" may have been down to the AER amps which are very accurate but a bit flat sounding (not much "zing" unless you press all the colour and contour buttons) and the fact that my amp of the time was a big heavy Trace GP12SMX thing that had zing in spades (but a certain lack of subtlety or accuracy). Anyways, a trip to Westside is a great idea, they were simultaneously helpful and non pushy, have a huge number of Schecter basses and will let you play with them until you're bored or buy one. Given your list of past basses, I can't see you'd find a Schecter an upgrade mind; IMHO a stingray would knock the socks off any of them (but then, I like Wals and you don't much so ...)
  10. Fast legato arco runs

    Wow, Phil, your conductor knows he has a bass section! Ours rarely looks in our direction unless a back of the desks 'cellist plays a bum note - upon which the back of the desk 'cellists will look over their shoulders in the hope of passing the blame! Though when we managed a section of 6 he did say how much he appreciated the solid foundation it gave the orchestra. Anyway, we (my bass section colleagues and I) reckon a lot of bass parts (especially early 19th century ones) are really cello parts with the basses expected to join in when they can. Come on now, in the time of Beethoven, many basses had only three, heavy, unresponsive, gut, strings. Either those guys were brilliant, the music sounded AWFUL or they faked it. If there are too many notes, just aim for the first of the group. Played Neilson's 5th a few months back - it has endless sequences of seemingly random chromatic bass notes at a very fast pace, mostly in groups of 6; so we decided to hit the first of each bunch of 6 and then make a rhythmic scrubbing sound for the rest of it. No-one knew ;¬) tho the conductor was miffed when I told him in the pub afterwards. Seriously tho, and under ideal circumstances, given sufficiently time; in legato runs, you should work out a fingering and try to play it properly, its often not as difficult as it seems. I'm learning Tchaikovsky's 6th at the moment, from a part that has been meticulously fingered by a previous user - it's a revelation, some of those fingerings really work well - so I'm going to use them! Sliding will sound wrong and it's probably better to play no note or a harmonious note than one that "falls under the fingers" and makes a discord. So play them all properly or pick some key notes and play only those. My (very amateur) opinion anyway. Won't wash in Phil's orchestra I imagine.
  11. Best Soapbar Pickups?

    Depends on whether BEST means: "I like the sound best" or "most accurately creates a voltage proportional to string position". you can't accurately reproduce the "sound" of an electric bass as until you put pickups in, it makes the sound of one hand clapping. I agree with the harmonics thing tho. Are two soapbars ever going to sound like a PJ set? (the sims pickups aside, which can be made into J's, PJ's or "H" Soapbars by flicking a switch); something with coil taps would do it maybe; though the effect would be more JJ than PJ. NB: I like both the sound of my Wal and the sound of my Warwick (with the bridge soapbar pickup coil-tapped into a single) - so even that definition of "best" is a toughie ;¬)
  12. Best Soapbar Pickups?

    dont know if they are "the best" but certainly the most flexible ... if you can't make your mind up! http://www.simscustom.com/pickups/ clever idea. IMHO Wal pickups are the best soapbars, but you can't buy them without the bass ... tho I see mr herrick makes something very similar.
  13. Single cuts Gold hardware Lurid stained wood Unnecessary hardware ( pickup covers, thumb rests, pick guards ) Huge headstocks Strangely, given my love of curvaceous waxed wood bodies I don't like wooden pickup covers and knobs either. ... But will put up with any of it if it sounds good.
  14. new bass on the way day (almost)

    Well tough stinky poo, more of them for those of us that don't really care about neck profile :-) ;-). seriously, tho, you get used to it pretty quick. After all, it didn't hold back Percy Jones or Mick Kahn too badly. As ever, each to his own
  15. Buy a double bass. 😋😋😋 but You know it's pretty hard to get a DB to sound like a DB through a pickup and amp. Sometimea seems like an eub sounds MORE like a DB than an amplified DB does! It does take a very subtle kind of amp (aer, Pjb, acoustic image etc) Seems strange to me that yr trying to reduce sustain, as on the DB we're usually trying to increase it ( hence high tension spirocore strings). Still, poss you need a gentler amp? Ofcourse it depends what yr playing; I'm thinking modern jazz, so if you're playing slappy rockabilly .. then we're after different sounds!
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