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  1. JapanAxe

    ACG Jazz 5

    Although I'm not a Jazz Bass fan, that does look lush:
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    The Big Fat South-West Bass Bash 2019 - Sun 7 April

    I'm looking good for this! I'll be bringing most, if not all, of the stuff in my signature. I'll also bring my Orange valve tester - it can check most common valves except for rectifiers.
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    anyone else had this e mail?

    Advance fee fraud. Before long they will be asking you for an admin fee, which will allegedly be refunded later. Pay that, they'll ask you for more. Why is the message not personalised to your band? Why no website to check out? The link is to a different organisation. Avoid!
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    How was your gig last night?

    Big band do at a rugby club Valentine's ball. I am depping for the regular guy, who it turns out has been poached by another big band. One of the sax players describes my playing as 'solid', which I take 100% as a compliment. The band leader asks me whether I would consider joining them permanently, which for various reasons I decline. In truth, I have little problem with the pop, soul, and disco material, but I really do struggle with a lot of the the more traditional big band jazz stuff. These people have been playing from dots since they were kids, whereas I came the self-taught route. I enjoyed the gig, I relish the challenge, and I have another one coming up next month.
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    New Yamaha Nathan East signature

    It's not remembering what they do, it's 'option anxiety', the nagging self-doubt that says I might need +3dB at 1.2kHz... or should it be 1.5kHz? That and an aversion to running critical stuff off batteries. Each to their own though, and whatever everyone else for you is fine for them.
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    Arranging a threesome

    Why not promote your own event(s)?
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    Ampeg. Are they the Marmite of amps?

    Yes, they messed up the grid bias circuit on the early models, but sorted it with a simple mod on later production.
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    New Yamaha Nathan East signature

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    Feedback for krispn

    Just bought a fantastic Dingwall bass from Gavin. Spent a very pleasant hour or so with him and Sid (@Osiris) in a mutually convenient McDonalds, chewing the fat, or in my case the new 'improved' veggie-burger. A standup guy and a pleasure to deal with.
  10. Relic'd body, pristine neck. Nice gig bag though.
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    Ampeg. Are they the Marmite of amps?

    Fair enough!
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    Ampeg. Are they the Marmite of amps?

    I don't recall any post on here where someone claimed to hate the Ampeg sound, although a few Ampeg models have come in for some stick for various reasons. So no, I don't think the Marmite analogy applies.
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    Your Worst Gig Ever

    So true!
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    PM sent.
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    Bands that wont learn covers properly.

    I spend a lot of time transcribing bass and guitar parts for songs I'm going to cover. Some may view this as 'not creative', but it helps me learn things I would not have thought to do otherwise. I won't always stick note-for-note to the transcription when it comes time to play, but at least I have started in the right place! Having said that, I am fine with people doing in a completely different and off-the-wall way, but please, spare me from sloppy covers.