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  1. Mine too... but electric wood are fixing it. Not a problem, apparently. NB: you know this would fetch £5000+ if it were right handed?
  2. Oooh stealth black!!! Have a bump. I was gagging for this exact model of bass a year ago; failed to find one and bought a different kind of twin humbucker 5-string instead. But still badly tempted, so really need someone to buy it.
  3. Physio. I had a bad back for years and years and eventually found a physio who knew some exercises to fix it (4th one I tried, I think). Back starts twingeing, do the exercises for a few days = better. Could wear my 5-string bass all day .. and it's not a light one. There's a lot of fandom for light and/or chambered basses, but IMHO there is nothing to beat the feel and sound of 5kg of solid mahogany / ovangkol / wenge / padauk ... whatever.
  4. NickA


    I've got this one's twin (though no crack in the neck lacquer - does that mean it's a fake?). Could almost be from the same plank of wood. The way light plays on the flamed shedua is almost holographic. It's so beautiful I'm a little embarrassed to take it anywhere!
  5. My first "decent" amp was a Cobra .. 60W I think. Compared to the other affordable amps available back in 1983, such as the Laney ones (awful), and Roland Cubes, the Cobra was clear and punchy and still just about portable. I was mighty pleased with it at the time. The EQ push buttons were vicious though and sitting near it whilst trying to learn slap bass lines off level 42 tape cassettes is probably the major cause of my hearing loss! In a few years time everyone will be slagging off MarkBass ;¬)
  6. Ok. Double basses also have different scale lengths. Usually between about 40" and 44". BUT, there is another defining measurement, which is the note you get when your thumb hits the heel of the neck and your first finger is opposite your thumb .. it will usually be a D or an Eflat ( but may be somewhere in between). Hence D neck or Eflat neck. If you are used to a D neck, then play an Eflat necked bass, you will find yourself playing sharp when your thumb hits the heel. I never knew basses were different in this way unit someone played mine and said "oh, Eflat neck".
  7. Ah yes, well, strings ........ local luthier looked at my bass and said: hmm helicore hybrids; you should swap those for a set of Evah Pirazzis let me show you (a very expensive) bass that's fitted with them. A snip at £214 a set to you guvner. They did feel nice (as did the bass) but I don't suppose anyone else would tell the difference. Playing the right notes at the right time is doubtless more important (though my former Jazz tutor says "there are no wrong notes, only opportunities": this does not apply to classical music). Got my popcorn ready ... off you go ;¬)
  8. Nice to know I'm not the only one (who plays a 44" bass and doesn't care where D is)! I didn't know such differences existed 'till I went to the Double Bass Bash the other year. Refreshing after all the bollix we hear about "what's the weight", "what's the string spacing", "what's the fingerboard radius" in certain other threads. I think we can conclude ... it really doesn't matter.
  9. Good thread. Mostly supportive of Eflat. Also mostly quite old so perhaps not with latest fashion. I was trying a D neck 3/4 bass the other day (41" scale) and it felt fine. My bass is 4/4 (8/9 at least) with nearly 44" scale; a D neck on that would be hard work in 5th position. Frankly, I don't mind and reckon I'd easily adapt to either. So still bemused by the popularity of D necks.
  10. I notice a fashion for "D" necks .. to the extent that a bass dealer I talked to says he's been asked to modify the odd bass to D before someone will buy it. My own bass is Eflat and when I bought it ( some time back!) the matter wasn't something that mattered or got mentioned. Likewise 'cellos have E and F necks and anywhere in between, but it's never mentioned. I like the Eflat neck on mine as it puts my thumb in the same place relative to fingers as I use in other positions and a bit of rotation makes an F or a G harmonic easy to reach. So .. tell me people, why are D necks the bee's knees and Eflat necks worthy only of modification. Who is playing what and how much does it matter?
  11. Few £100?? I spent £180 this week on just a new end pin! Very nice new end pin mind .. and neatly fitted; but that full refurb is on the back burner again!
  12. Lovely baß Phil. Just what I'd like to own .. swell back and everything. I doubt many of us on here would have the ability to do it justice ( not me I'm sure ). Does Martin make his own extensions ?.. that's much less ugly than the usual ones.
  13. Yes I'd noticed that. Same thing I guess with DI into a PA system. If we're looking for a clean / accurate sound then just play through big HiFi! More kit to carry than a pjb flight case or an ai coda tho.😉
  14. Talking to the owner of bassbags about this thread today. He reckons pjb come out better overall than ai codas, even for just double bass ..so he's now stocking pjb almost exclusively ( has a good collection in the shop now ) - of course there will be a commercial element involved! Lower price point certainly and work well with electric ( gentle electric that is, doubt any metal heads or other valve lovers would be impressed). On the other hand I've heard PJB's support is dreadful ( never needed it mind ). Got to try both and see!
  15. Phenomenal for double bass .. at a price (£1600). Someone brought one to the last double bass bash and it was hard to see how something that tiny could sound that good. Has quite a big amp (600W) and a 10" (down firing) speaker in it. Lots of knobs to twiddle too (useful stuff like high pass filters and phase reversers). Never heard an electric bass through one though.
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