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  1. NHM

    Warwick Red stainless strings

    I thought they were as good if not better than the Warwick Blacks. Having bought some blacks to 'improve' the sound ('cos they cost more), the reds went back on!
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    Learning notation

    The Rockbass exam series is good as it has a play=along CD and you can pitch your reading ability against a standard. Also the Hal Leonard 'Big Band Play-along' series is fun, again sheet music with a play-along CD.
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    Rumble 500 V3 Combo - Revisited

    Just brought a v3 500 combo this week - and it is fab! But did some recording this afternoon with the DI, and the Master Level changes the DI out. This seems a bit weird = what's the logic to this? I tried coming out for the effects loop, but the Master Level controls this too...
  4. 'Putting the fun into fundamentals'

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    Carbon reinforced necks

    I've got a Spector EuroLX4 (a carbon-reinforced neck), and the sound reminds me of King Wenceslas - deep and crisp and even. What's not to like?
  6. NHM

    How was your gig last night?

    ... will pack vest next time.
  7. NHM

    How was your gig last night?

    Unique double - got sunburn and froze to death at the same time playing at a BBQ in Canterbury yesterday.
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    setting pre-amp gain

    Thanks everyone for your comments. So, following my original question, to summarize: It is better to have your input gain as high as possible and keep your output gain as low as possible (rather than the other way round). This is particularly true for a valve pre-amp where you might be looking to spank the valve for some breakup. To monitor headroom it would be ideal if all amps had a clipping light post input gain and also a clipping light post eq / contour controls. 2 or 3 light meters would be better than single clipping lights to help monitor levels while playing. Your ears are a good final checking device, but not everyone has great hearing and normally you're monitoring in a very noisy environment - so some technical support would help. Any amp manufacturers / techies out there to comment?
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    setting pre-amp gain

    that's really clear, thanks very much Douglas (now my friend!).
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    setting pre-amp gain

    Thanks for the replies. So it looks as though setting a correct input level is down to listening / trial and error if there isn't a meter or clipping light (so, most amps I've come across). I don't understand why a fairly critical electronic interface between guitar and amp is so arbitrary. If you inadvertently over-load the signal I assume you could damage the amp (as well as spoil your guitar's natural sound); if you under-load, then you're wasting the potential power of the amp (although this probably isn't critical). Do the electronics of an amp perform differently if you under-load the input signal?
  11. Does anyone have a 'top tip' for setting the right input gain on their amp to maximise efficiency without under- or over-loading the signal? Amps don't seem to come with 'clipping lights' any more, so how can you tell that you're not overloading other than by listening for distortion (i.e. trial and error)?
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    How was your gig last night?

    Had our first outdoor gig of the year last night in balmy Canterbury! The landlord insisted as he had set up an outdoor bbq. We froze our nuts off and I'm not referring to string slots! Fortunately, it was 'rain stopped play' three-quarters of the way through the second set and an early escape.
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    How was your gig last night?

    Played at the Little Albion, Broadstairs yesterday early evening. My first time there. Lovely pub, v welcoming, great audience, good beer, and a repeat booking to boot. What's not to like! Also, still light (just) driving home on the A299. The summer's acomin' in.
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    Bass related oxymorons

    it has no dead spots
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    Speaker upgrade for GK MB150E

    Thanks for all these comments, this is a brilliant website for advice. So it looks like not such a good idea to try any mods and stick with the status quo (oh, err, those lc Va cadences!).