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Everything posted by DanOwens

  1. I agree wholeheartedly with Mr Wind above; start by checking the pickup is sending a signal. If so then all you need is a simple impedance matching circuit (like the mint box http://www.scotthelmke.com/Mint-box-buffer.html) and you can do the rest in your amp. i should say that I own about 300 preamps but sometimes simple is best.
  2. My mate sold his cheap Chinese G4M bass on eBay for more than it was worth because the buyer wanted to turn it into a drinks cabinet. you could always insider that...
  3. It might be overkill, and somewhat blasphemous, but couldn't you run a Spectrum Analyzer while the band is playing to see where your space actually is? Or where there is so much traffic that you definitely don't want to be there? I know Basie preferred the Octave RTA whilst Ellington liked Audiotool (but he was famously pro-Android). I jest, but it could offer interesting insight.
  4. I bought a Little Mark 250 around 2006 and it's still my main gigging amp to this day. Second hand they're cheap too.
  5. My solution was spinach. I love the stuff anyway but I committed to a fistful of the stuff every day and it really helped with the speed and quality of nail growth.
  6. I really like the baby-pink colour.
  7. War Dogs is a great film, too!
  8. I was watching the movie and Packouz has a cameo at the beginning, performing in a retirement home with the Beat Buddy. I did some digging!
  9. Did you guys watch the movie 'War Dogs' with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller? Miles Teller (the guy from Whiplash) plays am arms dealer called David Packouz. Post international-arms-dealing, David Packouz went on to invent create SingularSound. Seriously!
  10. Got any photos of that? It sounds awesome.
  11. I'm glad it's working out for you! I would add that I practice blindfolded AND play with a bow as it produces a clearer fundamental that allows you to more accurately discern the tuning issues. A top practice tip is to buy a looper (I use a tiny Donner one); it allowed me to make my practice sessions a little bit more creative and dynamic so ultimately more fun.
  12. If you’re after P90 type And vintage style then I love Vintage Vibes’ ‘CC Rider’ which they do in a humbucker-shape
  13. Yeah, you can just close your eyes or look away but I found it uncomfortable to be screwing my eyes shut and dangerous to my shoulder position to look away to an unnatural position. Blindfolded was a suggestion of my former teacher, Steve Berry, and it was absolutely a top tip. It allowed me to really focus on the note I was producing and more critically analyse its pitch and tone. Try it! What's the worst that can happen?
  14. It depends what you're practicing for. If its to develop your line writing, or your harmonic, melodic and rhythmic understanding then yes absolutely; the instrument's 4 strings and consistent tuning means that all are interchangeable. If you're trying to practice muscle memory though then no, they're not interchangeable as the positions will differ, and with upright I advise practicing blindfolded, with a bow, along to drones to develop muscle memory.
  15. Is the problem with your plucking hand or your fretting hand? If its the plucking hand then I suggest doing exercises around string skipping. Put on a slow metronome and practice playing 8th notes in a variety of patterns. I'm a big fan of isolating the problems and working on them in isolation before integrating it into normal playing. So if it is just your plucking hand, put on a slow (gradually increasing) metronome and play 8th note patterns such as: Moving top note: EAEDEGED Moving bottom note: EGAGDGAG Now there are a LOT of possible permutations, working in groups of 3 rather than 2, or eventually introducing the fretting hand (playing scales in 5ths or 6ths can be a great workout). The world is your oyster, but focus on what the problem is and isolate it to address it.
  16. That's not a standard Fender Precision, for sure.
  17. I used to file Dunlop .73s to a point until I discovered that they made them like that. I'm not a metal player or anything, I just liked the attack of a sharpened 73. Oddly enough I used >=2mm picks on guitar but .73s on bass.
  18. I have no idea who told me about the Prodipe TT1 but I'm very enthusiastic about how much better they are than the 58
  19. It should be here, but since the end block has already been replaced/‘reinforced’ I’d be concerned about the force being placed on the endpin. To be fair, I’m already worried by that end block but it might be fine; I’m sure there’s someone who knows better than me.
  20. My week job pays ok. My gigging is essential to make up the difference, but it isn't half of my income so I'm not eligible! And since my day job is with the NHS, I'm working my derrière off at the moment whilst all my mates have their feet up. 😡
  21. This is what I use. Very handy for all sorts of guitar and bass cabs
  22. I actually loathe the name for that exact reason, but I was the last one in and we had gigs booked under the name so it stayed.
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