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John Cellario

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  1. I thought that was a stunningly beautiful looking bass when I saw the picture. I once waited six months for a custom built Sandberg and, six weeks after arrival, the neck warped and twisted so it had to go back for a new neck. It’s been perfect ever since though. Don’t give up on it!
  2. I saw Wishbone twice in the seventies...at Alexander Palace, (I remember Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer also appearing), and at Manchester Uni. The whole back line was a wall or Orange amps and cabs and the whole bands sound was crystal clear. The low end on Martins Thunderbird almost shook my fillings out but also every note was discernible. I play a Jazz on the back p/up trying to get that mid finger style punch, but I love MT,s tone on this video.....maybe we’re all missing a trick!
  3. Listen to this on a good quality sound system....what a tremendous powerful bass sound that nobody seems to use nowadays. Plectrum and a Gibson Thunderbird. https://youtu.be/K9kNXf4Qavo
  4. Blimey, this is the worst I’ve seen.....how did Aria decide to use him?
  5. Mine have got this stickiness effect. Going to get some of this pure alcohol and give it a go. Thanks for the hack!
  6. I found as set of Rotosound bass strings in a suitcase in the attic which I had from my days at A1 Music in Manchester when I left. They must be 27 years old but put them on the Sandberg and they sound good as new!
  7. I cannot seem to click my TC Looper pedal in and out so it synchs perfectly in time. I've just spent around two hours recording 8 bar loops, playing along to a drum track or metronome. When played back, the timing seems spot on, but as the loop keeps playing, the timing drifts fractionally out with the click track. I've only just bought this looper pedal yet have been playing for over 30 years and have always considered my timing to be pretty good. Obviously not! I'm trying to click record exactly on the first beat of the bar - it seems such a simple technique, am I the only person unable to master it?
  8. Great groove and especially like the gaps and fills. Found this on YouTube when looking at Marcus Miller Sire Mv7 basses, which look fab for the price. https://youtu.be/ggJll8SjHSk
  9. The first one is in concert circa 1977... [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0UV5R41tsc"]https://www.youtube....h?v=B0UV5R41tsc[/url] The second one is Jaco in some hotel room drunk.....there are around 7 or 8 of these 'home movies'. [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q65Ojl1F6s"]https://www.youtube....h?v=0q65Ojl1F6s[/url]
  10. Hi Bigwan This is happening all over the neck, way up past the 12th fret. I don't use it below the B on the E string. It's positioned at the front of my effects chain and use a fairly clean sound with no fret buzz.
  11. I have been bought an MXR Bass Octave Deluxe pedal as a present recently. The tracking is not too bad as long as it receives a clear note but when I let a note ring on sustained, the bottom octave seems to break up after around 3/4 seconds which sounds a bit distorted. Does anyone think it may be faulty or is this par for the course? Thanks in advance.
  12. These are the rules... [url="https://www.facebook.com/guitarplayermag/photos/a.10151067940956063.492995.53960386062/10151843407106063/?type=3"]https://www.facebook...7106063/?type=3[/url]
  13. https://www.facebook.com/gamperanddadoni/videos/534172180055323/
  14. Thanks everyone...batteries out then. Just another question....when the Volto is plugged into the pedals, but they are not being used or turned on, does this drain the Volto?
  15. To drive my MXR Bass Chorus & Octivider I have been using Duracell 9v batteries which don't seem to last long. So, I have just purchased a Pedaltrain Volto re-chargeable power supply. One person has told me to remove the Duracell battery as it is not needed to make a circuit, in fact, best to remove them to prevent corrosion. Another person maintains you need to leave the battery in, properly charged in order to make a circuit. Who is correct...will the effects work without the Duracell battery? (Am still charging the Volto for the first time so cannot experiment myself.) Thanks in advance.
  16. I have Hartke 1 x 15" and 2 x 10" cabs together in a stack with an EBS head and am relatively happy with my sound. My engineer friend has pointed out there is no crossover device sending the highs or lows to the relevant cabs. How much of a difference is there likely to be if I have a crossover fitted? Would it help in getting the high notes to zing out a bit more, if so, I may try it. Any opinions? Thanks.
  17. I have recently aquired an MXR Bass Chorus De-Luxe and a MXR Bass Chorus pedal. I've found the batteries will only last for around a couple of gigs, even when unplugging when not in use. I'm wondering what's the best method of getting mains power to the pedals. Just a simple mains adaptor and daisy chain the two together or is there an effects pedal board module I could buy? I'm only ever going to run 2/3 pedals max so it would only need to be small. Also having to run a mains cable to the front of the stage to drive the pedals seems to be a bit of a faff. Any ideas?.... thanks in advance.
  18. Interesting piece on the BBC.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29550639
  19. ...showing 'hidden gems' in hand-made basses... http://www.luthiersaccessgroup.com/
  20. Thanks for all the input and suggestions....I have tried turning the 2x10 on end to make it higher as I am pretty tall, but couldn't determine any improvement. I do boost my mids as I like to use a back PU punchy boppy sound ...so I reckon the main problem is the sound shooting straight past me as I can't stand far enough away from the stack on small stages. In rehearsal I'm about 6' away. When you think about it, we're used to hear our sound coming at us from behind, when in fact we could do with receiving it from the front! Maybe a monitor in front of me is an idea or train my ears to swivel around 180 degrees!!
  21. Anyone else frustrated by this? The band I play in is not particularly loud - during rehearsals I can distinguish my sound perfectly well, but when it comes to playing gigs I just cannot hear myself clearly, which means any nuances or subtleties goes out of the window. It's as if I'm listening underwater...I can feel the 'bottom end' thud but individual notes are unclear. The type of gigs we play means small stages so we're all cramped closely together, myself next to the drummer and keyboards. Standing a foot or two away from the stack doesn't help, as the sound is getting thrown past where I'm standing. On the last gig, we were miked from the house PA, so there were monitors with instruments and vocals adding to the sound I was hearing, which from my point of view, worsened the problem instead of helping. My gear is OK...Sandberg Jazz, EBS head, Hartke 1x15' and a 2x10 cab, I go for that back pick up, boppy tone. The guitarist has suggested taking the 2x10 off the stack and placing it in front of me, wedged, pointing upwards as a sort of monitor. I'm just interested in anyone else's experiences on this...I've played for over 30 years and I suppose it's always been a bit of an issue...maybe my hearing is also getting a bit naff.
  22. When I received my new California TM4, the pick-up's at the G string, were tilted down at an angle, some way lower than the E string. Is this done deliberately at the factory or was it set up incorrectly. I've now adjusted the pick-ups to be the same distance away from the strings, and seem to hear a more even string response....anyone have similar experiences?
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