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  1. No doubt Putin will be pulling out the troops immediately now that the Eurovision vote has gone against him. They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. To a man of Putin's sensibilities, Eurovision ( and any other symbol of pan-European cultural integration, however trivial) just confirms his conviction that, by any means necessary, Russia must protect its borders and sphere of influence. .
  2. On reflection,you are quite right. If it's on YouTube it must be true.
  3. If you believe the conclusions of every investigation supposedly debunking the myths of what contributes to the tone of a guitar/bass then you would have to come to the conclusion that nothing really contributes much to the character of the sound. Which leaves the question why in that case don't all guitars/basses sound the same and what makes individual instruments sound how they do? So basically you are back where you started and none the wiser. Common sense tells me that something must be making a difference. What that something is will vary from one design to another. Some manufacturers claims are spurious, some are not. You have to use the wits that God has given you to make your own decisions. I would suggest that, if possible, you play the instrument in question and see if it sounds good to you. That is the scientific method that I have found most consistent.
  4. Lovely bass. I would like it even more with black hardware. The low notes feel further away because of the small compact body with a top horn that only extends to about the 17th fret. You will adjust to it, I am sure ๐Ÿ™‚. Warwick basses from this era built in West Germany are a completely different proposition to the instruments bearing the Warwick name nowadays. I remember when Warwick basses first came out and they were so distinctive in terms of sound, feel and looks, ( even though it looked distinctly like they had copied Spector). These were proper handmade basses with a great modern tone. Very much an object of desire for trendy bass players back in 1988. Enjoy your new bass, it's a genuine classic of the era.
  5. I enjoy Eurovision, but I preferred it when it was Europop rather than Finnish death metal bands. Like most things nowadays, it's not what it used to be. The charm of Eurovision was that it had unselfconsciously morphed into a unique musical and cultural entity that was a world unto itself. Nowadays it has become too self-regarding. Still worth watching, though, if only to make me feel thankful that I was born British.
  6. Eurovision is an celebrated event in gay subculture. I don't think there is anything controversial in that statement.๐Ÿ™‚
  7. To be fair, poverty may be the real reason why Britain is not too keen to get back to winning ways.๐Ÿ˜„ I know that Israel is included because for decades it has been part of an organisation called the European Television Union and is therefore eligible. Presumably Australia is now a participant because a large proportion of the population is British/European/gay (or combination thereof).
  8. If only life were that simple. Israel and Australia are eligible. Presumably Europe is a state of mind rather than a geographical location or political affiliation.
  9. Ironically enough, that has turned out to be as substantive a reason to vote for Brexit as any of the supposedly more serious reasons put forward.
  10. They're jealous because we have proper pop music. They're jealous because we're cool. They're jealous because we know how to make a proper cup of tea.
  11. I remember when the Bass Center were the UK distributor for Warwick. I never realized they supplied the strings for their basses in those days, but it makes sense.
  12. Regarding the Thumb Bass, have you ever considered trying Warwick Black Label strings on it? I know they are not a particularly common string choice, but there is a certain synergy between those strings and Warwick basses. Firstly, they are quite pliable in terms of tension/feel for their given gauge. Something of a respite to the tight feel you get with a lot of Warwick basses. Secondly, they have got a particular sound that compliments that slightly compressed Warwick tone very well. Not as bright as some strings but strong mids. Not dissimilar to regular Dunlops in that respect. I used to use them on an active Jazz Bass I had that was my main bass in the early 2000's and they worked a treat. Nowadays I think the do a coated set(EMP) similar to Elixir, but I can't vouch for them myself.
  13. I suppose people's reactions to how these basses look is pertinent in so much as that is probably the biggest reason why these basses never really caught on and were discontinued. I am frequently struck by the converse in so much as I am very often shocked and surprised by the basses people on forums find appealing and attractive. Basses I would shun are almost invariably enthused about by all and sundry.๐Ÿ˜„
  14. It is indeed the same preamp as the Reflex, I seem to remember. I've got a Reflex and it does indeed sound immense. The bottom end is huge, probably the deepest of any bass I have ever owned. And I've owned a lot. These Big Al basses sounded terrific too, but I could never reconcile myself to the body shape.
  15. Not only would a St Vincent bass neck dive like a stone, with a body that shape the neck would feel significantly further to the left than on more conventional shapes, ie the reach towards the nut.
  16. That was a brand new version of the Musician Bass in 1985. I remember my guitarist friend showing me it in the new Ibanez catalogue at the time. The last incarnation of the Musician basses after this one had a scaled- down body, I seem to remember. Lovely bass, by the way
  17. And this Bass Lobster guy. That claw thing is really creepy.
  18. EBMM do indeed make very good pickups. I certainly wouldn't swap an EBMM pickup for an aftermarket replacement. At best it would be a sideways move.๐Ÿ™‚ However, decent-sounding though they may be, I've been looking at the specifications for the pickups on this bass. The fact that they are split-coil to cancel hum(nothing new in that) does not make them akin to a P Bass, by the way. It makes them a hum-cancelling J Bass pickup. They sound fine, but I really can't see (or hear) anything remotely special about them. Lots of J Bass pickups sound like these ones. Anyhow you want to try dress it up, this is a kind-of Jazz Bass with no finish on it that will probably start to look pretty grubby over time because it is unfinished. Don't get me wrong, this will be a good quality bass for what it is and if it captures people's imagination then great, I hope they enjoy their purchase. But is anyone really trying to tell me that this bass offers something unique or remotely new? Am I supposed to believe that this bass isn't essentially just another Jazz Bass ( sans tone control)? It's Joe Dart and his mates making fun of the musical instrument industry. The idea is to reinvent the wheel and sell it as something other than the wheel, whilst using it as a wheel. Maybe they will refine the design further to bring out the Joe Dart 3 and you will just get an empty limited edition case and a thank you note. No uneccessary bass to get in the way.
  19. It's true. JT writes about it in his autobiography. I bought my Ibanez Musician for about ยฃ350- ish ( it's a long time ago!) in 1984, from what I remember, but I probably got a discount on the full retail price.
  20. Well,two (or three, if you are now including the Alembic) classic 1980s basses to choose between, all of which have a lot going for them. I must admit to having a preference for the Ibanez; the Musician Bass was one of the basses I most coveted back in the late '70s/ early '80s when they first came out. Sting had one, as did Colin Moulding. Funnily enough, I remember John Taylor from Duran Duran recounting how he had wanted an Ibanez Musician Bass the same as Sting had but couldn't afford one and so bought an Aria SB because it was similarly modern but a bit more affordable. I bought a brand new MC 924 in about 1984 and I remember being so happy I couldn't sleep. I used to get up in the night just to look at it. Wonderful sound, proper Japanese build quality, quite hefty weight but most basses were in those days. Aria SB1000 is a classic too, albeit with a very different vibe to the Ibanez. Usually pretty heavy, great sounds available and a very fast neck. Can be prone to the strings whizzing off the edge of the fingerboard due to the way the nut is cut in relation to the narrow neck dimensions. Also, the pickups have been known to become defective over time and are not easily replaced. As for the Alembic, it was a "budget" model at the time, but as with any Alembic, it was still a pretty big budget. I've played a couple of Spoilers and they were lush, played effortlessly and had the authentic Alembic tone ect. 32 inch scale so easy to get around on. All great choices. I still love the Ibanez, but don't let my prefences prejudice you. If you can get to play and compare them then that would be the best guide. .
  21. I don't know about anyone else, but in my life I have found that when I couldn't afford very much, I was most keen to buy the things I wanted but could barely afford. Later in life when I could more easily afford things, I didn't feel the same urgency to get my hands on them. Just knowing I could have them whenever the fancy took me was enough. For so many years I only had one or two basses at a time. I used to dream about going to The Bass Center at Wapping and laying down the cash for something suitability expensive and exotic. I will never forget the first time I visited that shop and the overwhelming impression it made on me. It was like Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory but with basses. No Umpa Lumpas maybe,( then again it was the eighties and fake tan was definitely a thing...) but the it was truly magical nevertheless. As far as I was concerned, whatever money I could get my hands on from then on I was just holding on to it for a while until I could hand it over to Barry Moorhouse and his wonderful shop. Nowadays it has to be something special to rouse me from my torpor. I almost dread buying basses because you have to make sure that they work properly ( and bitter experience has taught me that spending a lot of money on a bass is no guarantee of it being put together properly, but that's another story) and is the right weight ect. Also, you never really know if you actually like a bass until you've had it a while. Funnily enough, for the first time in quite a while I just saw something( Fender Custom Shop) appealing late last night that has aroused my interest. I don't need it, it's overpriced and all of that, but it's "me" if you see what I mean. I will now work through my process of deliberation, indecision and uncertainty over the next few days until hopefully the shop sells it and then I can begin my regret phase. Works out cheaper in the end.๐Ÿ™‚
  22. Fenderish tone is the unadorned sound of a Fender bass, it's characteristic sound. Lots of the players you reference have made very good use of it. To my ears, you get a little bit more of it with a vintage-style Fender bridge.
  23. I have found that the BBOT Fender bridge definitely has a more "Fenderish" tone than the higher mass alternatives I have tried. Hipshot make superb bridges, that's for sure, and the Kickass gives you the option of steel or brass saddles, but different is not necessarily better. To me, the biggest advantage of alternative bridges to the BBOT is adjustabliity and stability rather than tone or sustain. The untracked saddles on the BBOT are prone to movement. The Kickass and similar also weigh significantly more than the BBOT
  24. To my sensibilities, Joe Dart is one of the very best bass players of recent years. There are lots of virtuoso players about nowadays, but Joe Dart stands apart as someone with real soul in his playing. He has got a great taste and imagination and I love his style. I just hope anyone who buys one of these basses realises that you won't get Joe Dart and Jack Stratton's undeniable charm and wit along with it. It'll just be yourself and a Jazz Bass with no finish on and no tone control. That was the point I was trying to make, however badly. Or put another way, why not just buy a Jazz Bass? That's probably what Joe would do. In fact, that's almost certainly what he did.
  25. No worries my friend. Be good to yourself and get ๐Ÿ™‚well soon.
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