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  • Birthday 02/09/1956

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  1. HowieBass

    New Chapman Basses

    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).
  2. HowieBass

    Mark E Smith RIP

    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.
  3. HowieBass

    Hand "built" - botched more like..

    You could drive a bus under those strings!
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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)
  7. This? I think for the money I'd still go with something from KEF!
  8. HowieBass

    Rotosound Broken String!

    I hope you weren't using a pick!
  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. HowieBass

    Special D Curlee

    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?
  13. Hi @Greg.Bassman - you probably know this already but usually if fret buzz is confined to the area near the nut then that suggests insufficient relief whereas fret buzz at the 'dusty end' suggests there's too much relief - where's it occurring with your jazz bass? Like others I've never noticed any difference in playability whatever the fret profiles on my basses though obviously when frets get too worn and flattened that's likely going to affect intonation.
  14. I would think (though others might have to correct me) that ensuring the frets are correctly levelled and an appropriate amount of neck relief has been set is more important than the fret profile (height/width). When you have a really low action do you get fret buzz consistently along the whole fretboard or is it confined more to one area of the neck in particular?
  15. HowieBass

    The one that got away in 99/00 Manchester Bass Centre

    An aluminium necked Kramer that I found in Mamelok's on Deansgate in Manchester back in about 1980. I can't remember the model bass but I loved the split headstock, it sounded good and I was more than ready to upgrade from my Columbus jazz bass copy. Rather than buy the Kramer I bought an engagement ring that cost exactly the same as the bass (... and we're no longer a couple). Some years later, and from the same shop, I bought myself a Westone Spectrum LX bass (with interchangeable fretted and fretless necks); it's a great bass and I still have it but I'd still like to own a Kramer!