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  1. I had Status Empathy headed back in the 1990's and it was very different tone-wise to my Streamline. The sweepable mids were great, but from memory it was not as gutsy as the Streamline. Also, to my ears at least, the E string always sounded inconsistent with the other three strings . Very strange considering graphite usually make things so consistent from string to string. Very strange. Still, I remember it as a very playable bass. As 4000 says, Status are still well worth investigating . Every bass builder, no matter how good their work will have some negative comments if you look hard enough, and that includes the original Steinbergers. If I remember correctly, it was around 1989 when Fender acquired Kubicki. I played a few around that time and they were great, regardless of who made them. I seem to remember the Fender Custom Shop were involved in their manufacture. A lot of the tone was in the preamp, but it was a good sounding one. John Taylor played one in Duran Duran post- Live Aid era . David Hood, the Muscle Shoals session ace has one and has used it a lot over the years. They used to do a green one that looked great, as did the white one. Very Miami Vice.
  2. What an interesting thread! Where do I start? The thing to remember about the Steinberger L/XL basses is that they were not really trying to sound warm or mellow like a traditional wooden bass. That's a big part of what was so great about them. Inadvertently, perhaps, Ned Steinberger created a bass with a tone that was ideal for how people were using the bass guitar in popular music at the beginning of the 1980's. The zeitgeist of the time was that more was more, and more was usually better. Bass players wanted to stand out. A Steinberger would give you that . What I still value about the L/XL basses is that they sounded modern and aggressive , whereas a lot ( most) of hifi, hi-tech basses have a tendency to sound way too refined and polite for my taste. A Steinberger sounds just as hefty as a Fender or Rickenbacker or any other old -school bass, if you want it to. The L in particular could sound downright nasty. I've got a Status Streamline 4 string that I bought new about four years ago and it is a great bass. It definitely sounds different to a Steinberger,- a bit warmer , I would say- but it is still the unapologetic sound of an all-graphite bass, and that's what I wanted. The quality of the manufacturing on mine is equal to anything I have ever seen, absolutely flawless. I must admit I don't use it very often, but I am sure I will get round to it. The ergonomics are a bit unusual if you are going to it from a Fender-style bass ect, but with the right strap and a bit of experimentation it is much easier to adjust to than the Steinberger for most folks . I note LFalex v1.1's gripes with interest , but a lot of them like getting pricked by strings( you can still get most regular gauges double ball end) and the custom -ordered series/parallel switching business are not going to affect me or most other players in all likelihood. And I think they sound pretty hefty, maybe not as aggressive and brittle as a Steinberger but not weak or wimpy by any means. Regarding graphite- necked Vigier basses , I remember going to the Bass Centre in the 1980's and early 1990s and playing a few and they were fantastic instruments, lightweight and punchy with a great sound to them. The only reason I didn't walk out of the shop with one was that the Bendetti pickups were very microphonic. You could heat the thump of your fingers tapping on them as you played them through the amp . Also, the nut was cut so the strings were very close to the edge of the fingerboard, a pet peev of mine. And Ped, you might be mildly interested that the beautiful white Passion Bass you have ( or had if you have sold it on ) might well be the one featured for review in Guitarist magazine back in 1985. I had the copy with it in .
  3. I suspect that the reason that no one makes a proper Steinberger XL bass anymore is, yes, they were difficult and expensive to manufacture allied to the fact that that style of bass is very unfashionable nowadays. Nowadays it's all about blokes with beards playing P Basses strung with flats through an all-valve Preamp that is so old- school that it has no controls on it whatsoever and is powered by organic olive oil rather than electricity. Hard as it may be for some younger Basschatters to believe , there was a time long ago when unless you had a Steinberger or similar with an amp that had an 11 band graphic then you might as well have been living in the stone age. It was magnificent. A full-tilt Steinberger would be very expensive with only a very small niche market. Status have a much wider range of graphite models to sustain their business model, not just the Streamline . They also have a long-standing brand- identity associated with graphite basses. A new Steinberger would have to establish itself in an already-crowded marketplace. Not enough folks would actually buy them, most likely.
  4. Regarding the so-called "clinkers", I am not completely convinced that these are actually on the master tape. To my ears, it sounds more like there is some kind of degradation to the rendering of the isolated bass track that makes it sound like things have gone slightly askew in places. It would be very interesting to hear a higher fidelity isolated bass track to see if that was really the case. As helpful as this example is (and it has been a fascinating listen for me), it is pretty muffled and clumpy in places. What is actually going on is a bit murky. I am sure there might be some spontaneity involved somewhere along the line, but maybe not as much as we are supposing.
  5. I remember this track when it was in the charts and vividly recollect being mightily impressed by the bass playing. Neil Murray is a superb player( stating the obvious, I know) with great taste in how he uses his ability. It's wrong, however, to focus on how difficult this bass line is to learn and then play ( and for most ordinary folks, it is pretty difficult) . Its' real achievement is in how difficult it was to conceive of, that is the germane point. Anyone can play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but it took Mozart to invent it. Even though Mozart didn't actually write Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but you know what I mean.
  6. I really like the colour of this bass, and I don't normally go for sparkle finishes, or pink for that matter. But I think the gold hardware is too much. It makes it look as if it is trying too hard to be ostentatious. And EBMM don't offer the option to change it, as others have pointed out previously. Such a shame as I am in the market for a Stingray at the moment.
  7. Thank you so much to everybody who has offered advice, because I really had no idea where to start looking ! It transpires that the the piano is a Broadwood from the 1920's, and I am making some enquiries about getting a piano dealer to have a look at it. Cheers everybody!
  8. Does anybody know if there is a U.K website with For Sale ads similar to Basschat but for piano enthusiasts? Does anybody know the best way to about selling a piano by other means? I am asking because , I am very sorry to say, my step-father has just been diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and we need to get rid of his piano to make space for a conversion downstairs to help accommodate his increasing lack of mobility. It's very sad indeed because he has played piano since he was 5 years old, but he is no longer able to even sit at the piano stool, let alone play anymore. I am reliably informed that the piano is a very good quality upright from around 1900. It has been well looked after and maintained by an excellent piano tuner . I can supply more details if necessary. Any help or advice very gratefully received
  9. I read somewhere that James Finnegan is a school music teacher nowadays. I remember seeing him playing that bass back in those days. Excellent player, and I quite liked Hue And Cry at the time. Saw them opening for Madonna. Where has the time gone?
  10. That last "flaw" looks to me very much like a genuine piece of abalone, rather than a defect of any kind. That pinkish vein is the natural patina of genuine mother of pearl, so a mark of quality not a defect.
  11. Opus - Live Is Life. The lyrics of this stunningly gauche Euro hit from the summer of 1985 still haunt me. Every word is complete and utter nonsense .
  12. Just to clarify, in the abstract I am all in favour of people studying arts subjects and non-vocational disciplines in general. That is the point of academic study. The problem is that all successive governments from the John Major era Conservatives onwards have successfully promoted the questionable idea that we are becoming a more equal society because more people from modest backgrounds are going on to Higher Education . In the meantime, by any measurable metric you care to look at, we live in a country where the disadvantaged are becoming more disadvantaged. Through relentless manipulation, the general public have, on the whole, bought in to the idea that the point of education is to prepare people for work . Most of the masses of kids going on to Higher Education are in fact being sent there with the vague hope that they will become "useful" and "productive". They are not there to be educated, they are there to be trained. That is not the same thing. Boris Johnson studied Classics and he is running the country. Dominic Cummings studied Ancient and Modern history and he is running Boris. They are men who have been educated, not trained. Just as it was in Victorian times, education is for the privileged, the rest are supposed to find a trade .
  13. I am not at all surprised that such a high percentage of student loans are written off. The basic problem is that too many people are now becoming students. Having an educated society sounds great on the face of it, but by expanding education there is an inherent tendency to dilute it. And there has been no real provision to accommodate those who have been educated into the economy. So all that has happened is that we have more educated people in lower- skilled, lower -paid jobs. The lad who cuts my hedge has a degree in Fine Art (you'd think in light of that he'd do a better job of cutting the hedge, but I digress...). So yes, get a student loan, spend it on bass gear and then when your dreams of fame and fortune have all come to nothing , go hide in the jungles of Goa for twenty five years until it's safe to come home. You might as well.
  14. I think John Diggins' son makes them now. I seem to remember that at some point in more recent times( i.e after their 1980's heyday) that they changed the laminations in the neck from walnut with maple stingers to maple with walnut stringers, with the aim of making the neck a bit stiffer and more stable. They also introduced a new truss rod system some time in the 1990s with the same aim. Maybe a Jaydee buff could shed some light on my dim recollections. I personally would be inclined to get a new one , especially in light of the very reasonable asking prices, but that is not to say that there aren't plenty of great old ones.
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