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  1. Malcolm Healey. Box Hill. http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=DChcSEwjQ68fGzrjmAhWYrO0KHSvVBPUYABAAGgJkZw&sig=AOD64_01QoWDRxeebqRJVhjrSPhNXK60mA&ved=2ahUKEwivk8DGzrjmAhWNEMAKHbUWC8UQ0Qx6BAgLEAE&adurl= Gallery Strings (used to) contract everything to Malcolm, they are dealers not repairers.
  2. Oh sure, but having a separate filter on each pickup is a major thing for getting a "particular" Wal sound. Do the passive Pro2s have two filters? I'm not sure. Also, the Wal electronics over-drive in a very nice muzzy organic way if you dig in .. which as a hifi amp officionado I shouldn't like, but do. By comparison, the acg-eq-01 sounds completely clean, but if you do overdrive it ( eg because the batteries are low ) it clips rather harshly, so still not the same. Always a major debate amongst Wal owners as to what exactly makes them sound as they do! Everything, I guess. I'll bet this MTD sounds great regardless.
  3. ... and I thought you were going to chisel two neat little grooves all around the outside and hammer in little strips of dyed maple ..... Looks great btw (certainly better than mine); probably needs a coating to keep it wipe clean, but otherwise it could stay that way.
  4. Wonderful strings. Nearly as nice as proper round wounds! I have them on my backup fretless and may yet put a set on my best bass too. In truth, they feel nicer than rounds and sound really good. .. quite distinctive though; might change the sound of your bass more than you like; especially if you really want the deep thuddy fundamental of regular flats.
  5. Just pointed a bloke from the Wal facebook page at this. He wants to buy a Wal and has a budget of $3400 .. given a choice between the genuine Wal Pro 1 (passive, single pickup) he can just afford ... and this - I think I'd go for the Wal Mk2 copy myself (or an ACG!).
  6. I'd like my "real" Wal to have that! There are some sounds you can only get with single coils :¬) Depends how you design the filter doesn't it? You can set an upper frequency that is anywhere up to the bandwidth of the op-amp in the filter circuit (1MHz if you wish)! Harder on a truly passive bass, in which the inductive impedance of the pickups is always loaded by the low pass filter control resistor and capacitor (and the input impedance of the amp) !
  7. Something we do on Double basses for some orchestral pieces is to tune the bottom three strings in 5ths (C G D G) ... various composers want the basses a full octave below the cellos. Not heard of that on an electric bass, but it should work OK - probably better as using all four fingers (not possible on a double bass really) you can still play a scale without changing position. Just a thought.
  8. John East ACG EQ-01? Have one on my fretless Jazz Bass. HUGE tonal palette; a bit TOO huge. Best to find a sound you like and superglue the knobs in that position, as you may never find it again. Looking at John East's website I notice that he doesn't list the ACG EQ-01 any more. Shame, as it means no-one but Wal make a filter per pickup system now (I suppose you could fit two NB: I don't generally like the look single cut basses much (I understand the advantages .. they just look ODD).. but this one is rather special.
  9. The bigger PJB stuff is very neutral. The 5x eq knobs mostly stay at 12:00. If the cabs aren't near a wall then the bottom two knobs need turning up a bit to get enough bass. When I had a trace GP12SMX + 15" thing it always needed a smile EQ or sounded boxy and midrangey (to me). I'd assumed that adding the PB300 to the flightcase would bring along more bass and add more heft to the sound ... but it's also neutral, just makes things louder - probably improves bass at a distance though as the wide total area of the extra 6 forward facing 5" speakers will suffer less dispersion. In some ways (for electric bass, especially my Warwick, which is rather "polite" sounding) I miss my old Trace rig.
  10. Nice looking bass. Very neat workmanship. True quality, especially at the price. I'm guessing the sound is less Wal than the looks as it doesn't have the separate filter on each pickup. Still, someone could retrofit an East ACG eq-01 ( though it seems to have gone from John East's product list). I have a couple of Wals already, so not for me ... But Glwts.
  11. You know, a few cracks in the table (if that is what the front is properly called) isn't an issue. The rest of the front looks rather nice and it has quality tuners too. Shame about the ribs, but a decent mender should put it right and a new bridge and maybe sound-post would be part of a normal first time setup. Probably worth a few £1000 .. so worth spending a few £100 on; expensive things double basses.
  12. The PJB bass cub is not loud at all. It's a good thing for practicing electric bass at home, but hardly adds volume to a double bass unless you add a PB100 or PB300 (powered cabs), which kind of spoils the point. I think the 4 speaker flightcase (or maybe the cheaper, heavier and slightly more lively sounding BG400) is the minimum in the PJB range for performance. Though people have managed with the "briefcase" for playing in a trio (un-amped piano and light drums). By luck and perseverance, I found good priced PJB kit on this very site ... if I had to buy new I'd certainly be looking at the Markbass one too. PS: At a gig last night, our baritone sax player kept saying he couldn't hear me very well; I kept turning the volume up, but it still seemed quiet. When packing up I realised I hadn't turned the PB300 on, and had been playing though only the PJB flightcase. So it will hold its own in a small venue!
  13. Plus one for PJB here. Great with double bass; with a good pickup you hardly know it's there. Bit 'hifi' and insufficient thump perhaps for electric and not very loud either. My 150 flghtcase is nice at home, but even in a jazz sextet (2 saxes, guitar, electric piano, bass) I have to sit it on a pb300 to be loud enough. Markbass seem good - one of these was the amp at a jazz session I went to http://www.markbass.it/product-detail/mini-cmd-121p/. sounded fine whatever bass was plugged into it . ..from a double bass through a fretless Wal to a fretted 6-string.
  14. Do NOT look at your left hand! If you feel tempted, start playing in a dark room. When I was a small boy learning the 'cello, my dad (who was also my teacher) put a bit of elastoplast on the neck where my thumb should be in first position (ie finger 2 on the A string = C, thumb behind 2nd finger, more or less); from there, one finger back is half position, moving your hand up to the neck so your thumb is on the heel gives you a 5th up, or an octave up from the next open string down. Filling in the space between first position and "tuhumb on the heel" is a matter of replacing second finger with first finger (do that three times and you've reach the neck position) - the brain's ability to map where a finger was touching and replace it with a different finger is amazing. It got to be learned and is quicker than you think ... and won't hurt your neck either! It's much easier than an electric bass because of the clues telling you where your hand is (but harder as you can only use three fingers and the gaps are bigger!). I admit to looking at my hand now and then when playing electric otherwise I just get lost - but never look at my left hand when playing double bass or cello.
  15. Pretty much a stock answer to this type of question: "Talk to David at Bassbags" They used to (and I assume still can) get custom sized cases made to measure but also have lots of stock (I guess the clue is in the name of the company!). My own bass is the opposite to this one, being long in scale and body, but not very deep. I assumed I'd need a custom case so took it to BassBags, where David looked it up and down and pulled out a stock Westbury case that fitted like it was made for the bass. www.bassbags.co.uk
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