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  1. Assuming the entity purchased from was "MUSIC STORE PROFESSIONAL UK / DV247 LIMITED", then this is a UK company, presumably fully registered for UK VAT. I would argue that this transaction does not involve an import by a UK based purchaser, despite the fact it may have been shipped from Germany. The importer is the UK DV247 entity, and probaly involves an intercompany sale by their German parent entity. A UK based company can't sell something to a person in the UK without charging UK VAT. There' is no way that this should have been stopped at customs, nor should UPS have charged you anything. There may be an argument that the goods should have first come to DV247's UK site, rather than being shipped to you directly - I don't know how that works these days. ( There's also the scenario that if you've purchased from Music Store in Germany rather than the UK subsidary, then UPS have done things properly. Although in this case, the retailler should not have charged VAT. My advice - check the order confirmation and query the VAT charge with DV247. Then you may need to deal with UPS... George
  2. As I understand it, they'd have to pay the VAT in their country and probably a UPS type handling fee - but no import duty.
  3. Certainly does appear that it's vat-inclusive. Foreign retailers shouldn't be charging UK VAT for invoices exceeding £135. It's probably worth clarifying with the retailer, though I suspect it may be a system issue due to rushing through the new changes.
  4. So about 20% VAT, plus a £12 handling fee by the sounds of things. Previously, you'd have just paid the 20% VAT directly to DV247. But not the extra £12 from UPS.
  5. I have a Gary Moore, Live at Montreux DVD. Jonathan Noyce is the bassist on the main show, but if I recall correctly there are some bonus tracks of another year's show with Guy Pratt on bass. I think!
  6. Last time Gibson were in the news, was because they were bankrupt. Surprising they've turned things around enough to be in the acquisitions market.
  7. Certainly a departure from designing Pink Floyd album covers, what would Roger Waters say? I know it's an entirely different company, though I'm astounded they've chosen to them themselves like this - it's not like Hipgnosis isn't already a well known name in the music business.
  8. I'm absolutely not sure of anything... an interesting read. The points about VAT being charged at the point of sale for goods under £135 is massive and should prevent delays and handling fees on these. However, based on my quick read of this, I think what I described will still be applicable for goods exceeding £135. It'll be interesting to see how the likes of Thomann deal with this, since the £135 is per consignment - so a £120 bass shipped alone would require them to charge UK VAT, but add on a £20 of strings to the same order and VAT will instead be charged upon import. I think I'll be buying locally to avoid problems, and I suspect this may be their intention. George
  9. You'll notice now that Thomann are selling items without UK VAT. VAT of course is still payable. What will happen is that it'll be held at customs, your courier will likely pay the VAT, along with import duty (around 3% I believe), then deliver your parcel. They'll bill you for VAT, duty and most likley a handling charge for their service. Realistically, the VAT will remain the same, but the import duty and courier handling charge are new. A £500 bass would probably be £25 more expensive in total. (Approx £15 duty at 3%, plus a guessed £10 handling fee) George
  10. I'm terrible at practicing. Back in the days when gigs were a thing, I'd learn whatever new songs we were going to try in the set. More often than not, we'd agree a few new songs at the weekend, give them a bash at rehearsal on Wednesday and gig those that worked out on the Saturday. Practice would start by listening to the songs on Spotify which travelling to work, then I'd spend some time learning the bass part as closely as possible before rehearsing with the band. I studied music as secondary school, and learned a reasonable amount of theory back then. But I can't remember the last time I worked on scales, arpeggios or anything. I honestly feel that gigging regularly (25-30 times per year) has done much more for my ability than any specific theory, scales or technique exercises ever did. In saying that, I've often toyed with getting a tutor or signing up for a Scott Device course or something similar. I've no doubt plateaued, but I tell myself that my playing's good enough to get me through three hour sets a couple of times a month without stress, so what more do I need? Perhaps if I find myself financially stable enough to quit the day job my perspective will change. George
  11. I've favoured Jazz Basses all my life, and I opted for a narrow necked Ibanez. I was convinced it was ideal for me, but after a while I realised the string spacing was too tight for me and I moved it on. These days, I have a Lakland 5501. The width of the neck and 35 inch scale make it seem like a bit of a monster, but the string spacing is just so much better for me. Obviously it's difficult to try things out these days, but without trying a five string it's hard to say what will work for you. In my case it took me months of living with one. Perhaps take a punt a used one, and at least you won't suffer too much if you need to move it on.
  12. Pretty poor by the BBC, though their statement is interesting "Had they performed they would of course have been paid for their appearance.” I performed on the now defunct STV Glasgow with my old originals band around five years ago. No suggestion of any payment, though they provided some tea and biscuits while we hung around... Before going on air, we had sign a waiver which basically said that STV have full ownership of the recording and can do what they like with it until the end of time. We didn't really mind - we were going on the telly! They put out a Twitter link to one of the two songs. We asked them to do the same for the other, or just give us copies of the recordings - and were told no. They are a commercial operation, and not in the business of giving away their content! Many of the better local bands played went on the show - STV will have built up a nice wee catalogue. I wonder if any of the bands went on to commercial success?
  13. Much of Scotland has been like this since October. Pubs & restaurants either closed or allowed to open until 6 with no booze across much of the country.
  14. A wee anecdote of an experience that changed my view on gear... I remember my old originals band managed to get a support slot with the Pat McManus Band. I had no idea who they were, but Pat was a proper hero to our guitarist. What was surprising was that they used budget gear - With a Vintage (brand) Les Paul and a Pino style Squire P Bass doing most of the work. I had a chat with their bassist Marty about his gear. He had tried a proper Pino signature model in the past. There was a definite difference in quality - but nothing to justify a ten-fold increase in price. Overall, their ‘cheap’ gear was perfectly sufficient to gig with, played well and sounded great. Also less to worry about when chucked in the back of a van. From a whole other perspective, a friend of mine will happily drop £2k+ on a Gibson Les Paul to play at home. Folk will play the gear that’s right for them - who are we to judge?
  15. I ended up coming to the same conclusion a few months ago. I'd have ended up putting vintage voiced pickups on it and changing for a tortoiseshell scratch plate anyway, so saved myself the bother. There's also the fact it looked rather like the bass had recently been stolen from me. And was then recovered a couple of months later.... leaving me with two blue Jazz Basses with similar sounding pickups! It's a really nice sounding and looking bass, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
  16. I done a little digging on this exact topic when I got a six-string equipped with dual truss rods. It seems the concensus is to keep them even, no need to put more tension in one side or the other. (My inquisitive brain makes me think that this makes sense if the strings have the same overall tension on each half of the neck - but does this really happen, and how to we measure it?)
  17. 100% agree. I like a bit of vintage styling and tone, but no need to make things difficult for users unnecessarily. It’s compounded by the fact that - in my case at least - it was shipped with no tension in it at all. I must have had the neck off six times initially. I spent much less time setting up a Harley Benton costing a fraction of the price.
  18. I have a Vintera 60s, and I'm really happy with it. The pickups sound very similar to the Custom 60s I put on my other Jazz a few years ago. I've not used a Player Series, but my other Jazz is an early 2000's Standard (i.e. - Mexican) and the pickups on that were definitely lacking to my ears. The neck is really nice on it, I think much of the other differences relate to style - I much prefer the tortoiseshell pickguard for example. There are a few annoyances on it though. For example, you need a tiny flat screwdriver to adjust the saddle height - compared to hex nuts on all my other basses. I didn''t have one quite small enough in my set up tool kit. The worst for me though, is that you need to remove the neck to adjust the truss rod. It was supplied with basically no tension in the truss rod, and drove me crazy getting is set up initially. I'd go as far to say it was unplayable before doing this, so make sure you're comfortable doing this type of work, particularly if you are ordering online and can't try before you buy. The Player series truss rod looks much more accessible, at the headstock. Don't get me wrong, now I've set it up - it's probably my favourite bass. Looks great and sounds great. I just dread a significant change of strings requiring me to remove the neck multiple times again. George
  19. While some of John's advice may defy logic - like why would moving to another room have an impact if it's only one bass - it's always worth a bash to narrow things down as much as possible. I was getting some weird noises on my Lakland, not on other basses. I moved to another room and they were gone. I eventually discovered that I'd get the noises if a Powerline adapter was plugged in within the same room. (They use electrical wiring to extend ethernet networks) Regarding the buzz - assuming you have indeed isolated the fault to the bass - I'd suggest checking all the earth points are connected, particularly at the volume pot. Turning the volume down should bleed a part of your signal to earth - if it's not earthed properly it may lead to this problem. A visual inspection is a good start, but if you have access to a multi-meter, then use it to check continuity between earth points. (off the top of my head - black wires from pickups, back of pots, bridge, sleeve connection point at jack socket) I'd also be interested in finding out whether touching the strings impact this at all. I hope this helps - let us know how you get on. George
  20. Just before lockdown, I had a Helix LT and Fender Jazz nicked. So I replaced those. Then I got the Jazz back, so I'm up one bass! Other than that, just some strings and stuff. Giving a lack of gigs and business travel, I find myself at home a lot more - so I've invested in upgrading my homebrew equipment. I can now pour a cold draught pint from my keg, in my office / studio / gym / bar / spare room.
  21. Great news, and kudos to the cops acting so quickly. In my case, it took them nine days and a nudge from my MSP to recover my bass from Cash Generator!
  22. I remember thinking back at the start, Pfizer or someone is going to make a lot of money from this. If only my foresight extended to buying some shares! Assuming this vaccine is as effective as we hope, It'll be interesting to see how things pans out. Pfizer are a business and their main goal should be making money - and they should rightly be compensated for their efforts. From that perspective, I can see them wanting to retain tight control over its production. However, can they produce enough of it? Would they share the formula with competitors for the sake of the greater good? How will hugely populated countries like India or China deal with it? For example, generic equivalents are popular in India and drug patents are largely ignored. What about the USA, a wealthy country - but many folk unable to afford medical treatment? I'd like to think that Pfizer's management would like to be seen as the company that ended the pandemic, rather than one the profited from it. I can see things going one of two ways - sufficient numbers globally are vaccinated to end the pandemic, or we end up with an even more divided world. Rich countries have widespread vaccination, while the poorer ones continue to suffer. I imagine that international travellers will need to prove vaccination as a condition of entry. Interesting times ahead... hopefully be gigging soon! George
  23. Hopefully the OP gets this back. I'd also be interested to see how the cops handle it. I had a Helix and Jazz Bass stolen in March. The Jazz turned up in Cash Generator, the cops eventually recovered it - but indicated they probably wouldn't even speak to person who sold it to them. Simply - they'd expect the seller to have claimed to have bought it from someone in a pub and not much they could do without any other evidence. I'd have wanted to check out anything else that they'd sold to Cash Generator, to see if anything else had been reported stolen. When I suggested a warrant to search the seller's house for the Helix, they said it'd be laughed out of court. I got the Jazz back, so I'm happy overall - though really disappointed with the cops' response. Best of luck! George
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