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  1. Very, very good. And great that you're doing it all yourself. I recently read Yngwie Malmsteen's autobiography, and he was stating how marvellous it was to be able to go and capture ideas and be in total control of the ideas he was producing thanks to the wonders of modern digital recording instead of having to explain the sound "in your head" to a drummer or keyboard player. It certainly seems like you have a fantastic set up - will look your album up!
  2. I cannot believe this hasn't sold. It's in the best colour - blue.
  3. Hello everyone. Offers welcome, and if it would help me to post I can consider it? Or drive a bit further to meet?
  4. Thanks for the correction! Much appreciated.
  5. FNA as an acronym is a Formally Named Artus, complete with spelling mistake using “formally” instead of “formerly”. They did call it an Artus but had to change the name for some reason. It’s a Stingray in Warwick clothing! I have had a few FNA Jazzman 5 basses which are from the “bad” period but I love them. Really versatile basses. They switched to using ovangkol instead of wenge for the neck due to inability to enough of the wood due to war in Africa, so I believe. The ovankgol neck is thick but I have had no problem with it. The ovangkol needs to be thicker because it can’t be cut as thin as wenge apparently. They are definitely thicker than the early ones but roughly similar to other basses I’ve played, eg stingray, MTD. I had 2 basses made in the early 2000s when the prices were reasonable and those basses are fine. Necks are fine, jacks fine (I’ve always used a right angle jack and put it through the strap so the pressure or strain is on the strap, not the cable). One pickup fell out after years but it was the small brass item that pushes into the wood. I glued it back in. One has gold hardware but the finish is still mostly on it - perhaps other players are really sweaty. But other than that, zero problems. Both are not bashed up - you see a load of basses for sale that are really bashed up but people don’t look after them it seems! These have had JAN2 on them but they’re not bust at all. Have had basses with JAN3 where they changed the material. Have had Korean ones too, all good! I think the price rises recently are pretty insane but then most basses these days of extreme quality are pretty darn expensive. I have tried RockBass and they’re pretty bad in my opinion. I haven’t tried recent German Warwicks because I’m not sure there’s a distributor for them in the UK these days??
  6. [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]These are indeed pretty great. You can hear one used extensively on Bryan Beller's View album I think: tracks "Bite" and "Projectile" have the full valve distortion cranked up so as to give you an idea what the gnarly distortion sounds like. [/font] [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]But on lower gain settings, these sound great as you can get a bit of "edge" and breakup or just warmth, plus you can blend with the dry signal to get a perfect blend. Plenty of variety in these things.[/font] [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]And rather rare these days too! [/font] [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]I must say that Disssa's website is a helpful place for info on many many preamps.[/font]
  7. Bought an Ampeg BSP from Paul - good player and really friendly guy. Also very informative and knowledgeable on a wide range of bass topics (and more!). All great - thanks!
  8. [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]No sadly this has not sold - still available! It is still sat unused in my bass cave, inside a flight case away from dust and light. If you're far away I am happy to drive a bit for it to go to a good home - I'm in Droitwich, Worcestershire but work in Coventry so am used to combating the motorways.[/font]
  9. [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Ah ok excellent plan. I will pop by on the way home tomorrow to grab a stash of boxes, or a bunch of banana boxes.[/font] [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Pity, I had kind of settled on a nice little tricycle for myself, replete with bell...[/font] [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Thanks![/font]
  10. [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Looks like I'll need to factor buying a bike from Halfords into the price then![/font] [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Or finding a wondrous box from somewhere.[/font]
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