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  • Birthday 02/09/1956

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  1. The stock white Squier active jazz 5 that they're selling has escaped the clutches of the mad modder and looks OK for the money! Somebody buy it quick to save the poor thing, it must be worried sick in fear of losing its head! 😂
  2. Always good to see an interview with Class (A) 😎
  3. I'd be inclined to set it flat, just as you'd do when dressing the frets.
  4. Hmmmm, looks like a cross between a Spector and an Ibanez. The description for the pots doesn't match the photos (text says two stacked pots but there's only one).
  5. I've read a couple of articles in The Guardian and just discovered that he suffered from stage fright and used drink to help him get up and perform, which did surprise me - I thought he just drank because he liked his beer! Last time I saw The Fall was in Wigan and he had to be dragged out of the boozer next door to the venue when it was time to take the stage. RIP MES.
  6. It's usual to measure string to pickup gap when you fret the strings at the last fret and you'd normally aim for around 1/8" - that would usually mean the neck pickup is lower than the bridge pickup. The Fender specs can be found here: https://support.fender.com/hc/en-us/articles/214343843-How-do-I-set-up-my-bass-guitar-properly- HTH
  7. Any idea whether they're mostly sealed box design or front ported? Note: This wandering a way off @Mornats original question but I'm enjoying the discussion all the same!
  8. Ahhh maybe you mean the Muon, the speaker that birthed the Blade... EDIT: Ah hang on, yes I do remember that episode but I can't remember the product at the moment... (gets thinking cap back on)
  9. No chance that you'll ever find yourself lusting after a KEF Blade then @SpondonBassed?
  10. If you get chance have a listen to the KEF Q150 - I've read they're even better than the Q100 (though I'm glad I bought these because they have a front-facing port which makes for easier placement).
  11. That's quite an increase in amplifier wattage @Mornats - that CA Audio Topaz SR20 puts out 100W per channel! The Rotel puts out 30W and these days in my semi-detached house I rarely get the volume past the 9 o'clock position on mine... yes it's still going strong! I've read that there are subtle differences between DACs and that can be as much about the implementation via the associated circuitry as the individual chip itself. My inexpensive Neet AirStream uses a Wolfson DAC and though I've nothing else to compare it with, I'm very happy with how it deals with 320kbps mp3s. I replaced my Mission speakers with some KEF Q100 standmounts (absolute bargain at half-price, £199, as they were about to be replaced by the newer Q150). I'm now a massive fan of KEF and their coaxial Uni-Q drivers (they look great on my stands)
  12. The brass plate shim sounds like a good idea and at least it's reversible (rather than trying to permanently fill the recess with wood). Does it look like the bridge will be at the right height when it's sat at the same level as the face of the body?
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