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CamdenRob

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  • Birthday 13/05/1982

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  1. I waited nearly two years for both of mine (2015 and 2017 builds). The wait was forgotten the second they arrived 🙂 As some others have mentioned it really is a small operation. Last time I visited I understand the turn out was a couple of instruments a month. Im lucky enough to have owned some wonderful basses over the years, and I know it all comes down to personal preference in the end, but I’ve not owned a better bass than the Wals Paul built for me. Its also worth mentioning what a stand up guy Paul is... A real passion for the marque and just a generally nice bloke... Always gives me a lift back to the station whenever I’ve had cause to drop off / pick anything up 🙂 No one needs an £8k bass, but if you’re in the market for a high end new build I highly doubt you would every regret placing that order 🙂
  2. I only made one bass gear purchase this year. A new build Smith Black Tiger BSR 6 ordered Christmas last year. Couldn’t be happier with it
  3. I remember looking at this on the Thomann site... What a beauty 😍 GLWTS
  4. NYC Sadowsky Jazz for me this year I think...
  5. Ah I see. Yes you’re quite right I misunderstood... I bet that will sound great. I really like melodic stuff on bass. Totally different timbre to guitar even if playing similar notes.... Looking forward to the NBD post!
  6. Looks fantastic! Ibanez do some amazing instruments these days... What’s the reason for tuning down a step? The A might be a bit flabby 😕 Make sure you do us an NBD thread with pics when it lands 😊
  7. Yes that’s the reason Ive been considering a chambered US Sadowsky to use in the band... My back isn’t great after years of desk jobs 😕 I actually don’t struggle with weight of basses too much if they are balanced... Neck heavy is more of an issue... I had a Thumb NT 6 for a while which sounded absolutely awesome but was unplayably unbalanced... gave me back ache standing with it after about ten minutes 😕
  8. I wouldn’t say an improvement, just another option really. Adding something different to what I already have. I usually use a six (the Wals are sixers as well) as I do a lot of chordal stuff when messing around with solo stuff and recording bits and bobs with others. Im so used to it, after so many years, thinner necks feel strange now. The band I’m currently playing with is very simple rocky stuff so I’d get away with a 4 BEAD and I’d probably only use 3 of those... in fact if I’m honest I could probably do a passable rendition of the set with just a B 😕
  9. Thanks chaps Regarding the finish I have been given a bottle of Ken’s polish which I have yet to research the best way to apply... the finish looks very similar to my Wals.
  10. So after nearly a year long wait my new build Smith has arrived! Very pleased with it The sound is very tight and focused and the EQ is very subtle. Reminds me of a Glockenklang amp I had in the days before the size and weight of my amplification became the primary driver behind what I use... Not 100% on the strings I'll swap those out for Newtone Diamonds this weekend, but all in all very glad I've added it to the arsenal It's my understanding that Kevin Brubaker and his team do the woodwork on Smith Basses these days and this example is credit to the work he's doing over there in Baltimore. Kevin has a very fine range of his own basses which are no doubt also built to this level of quality. I no longer seem to be able to link to stuff from imgur for some reason (it's been a while since I posted anything) so have had to attach these. I need to do some better ones in natural light to fully show off the figuring, but I snapped these shortly after it arrived A different tonal option to add to the stable A big thumbs up for Mark at Bass Direct as well for organizing the build. I did try to order one directly from Ken but I couldn't seem to get him to agree to build it for me 😂 *update Better pics in natural light...
  11. CamdenRob

    Got wood?

    I have one of those on order. Shouldn’t be too long now 🙂 I’ll be a happy man if it looks half as good as yours 🙂
  12. “It’s one of the good ones” It’s astonishing that despite Fenders notoriously iffy QC in the 70s, every single one sold on BC has been “one of the good ones”... it’s amazing... what are the chances of that? 🤔
  13. 1) Sadowsky USA Vintage 5-24 in Dark Lake Placid Blue 2) Marleaux Contra 6 in the old violin finish 3) MTD 635-24 Finish undecided but something like the below would be the ticket 🙂 Oh and I also want a Sei Flamboyant 6... and a Glockenklang BAC + Glock 610 complete with someone to carry it for me. 😐 However all of the above are trumped buy my current raging GAS for one of these as a result of working from home for the last Two months sitting on a £20 Argos office chair all day... The Herman Miller Aeron. The Grandfather of office chairs 👍 ... My back keeps trying to order it for me when I’m not looking... 😕
  14. All Three of my current basses (and a fourth on the way) were built to order so I couldn’t try before I bought given they didn’t exist when I ordered them.... 🤔
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