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Happy Jack

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Happy Jack last won the day on December 21 2017

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About Happy Jack

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    I look pretty young but I'm just backdated (yeh)
  • Birthday 29/12/1956

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  1. I'm sure he'll be Grateful.
  2. Private Events

    I really can't see that working at all as an explanation, but I'd hardly rate myself an expert!
  3. Private Events

    Big subject. My take is that there were two factors in play. 1. The USA has always been a meritocracy - people expect to be rewarded according to their performance. The UK has long been an entitlement culture - people expect to be rewarded regardless of their actual contribution. 2. The UK's famous obsession with class, and the associated snobbery, mean that there's no culture of service here - that's something that menial, inferior people do, dontcherknow. The USA took loads of immigrants from countries where providing a good service was seen as an honourable profession (Italy springs to mind) and so feels that good service should be rewarded. Of course the flip side to all this is that bar staff and (I assume) bands get paid little or nothing because they're expected to get their money in tips ...
  4. Hmmmmm. Whilst very cool-looking, I think you'd struggle to get a bass with 5-in-line tuners in there, and as for my 5-string Thunderbird well forget it. Looks like the details he supplies are copied from the guitar section rather than the bass section ... Max internal size of 1171mm is pretty restrictive.
  5. Hofner Senator Bass

    Twas. Worth more like £750. I didn't really need it, so I only bid £525 for it.
  6. Gig Gear bag = what do you use

    Fascinating Steve ... but what do you actually use the spirit level for at a gig?
  7. Private Events

    Yup - wouldn't work at all in London. The punters would genuinely not know what the jar was for. If you told them, most would be shocked - that's just not how we do things over here. Worst of all, any Brit facing the prospect of leaving a tip - especially in a highly visible way in front of all the other punters - goes into a state of catatonic shock. Even if you want to tip someone, most find it an embarrassment and a struggle. There's a reason that most American waitresses think the Brits are unbelievably mean.
  8. Private Events

    And the other factor is when you're playing a party of some sort and it's time to stop - sometimes one of the whizzed punters will offer you £100 on the spot if you keep going.
  9. In principle, yes. In practice, this can backfire too! The others have been playing together for years, have a bunch of in-jokes and shared memories that mean nothing to you, and there's usually at least one of them who misses the player you're trying to replace. They're offended when you suggest new material, and interpret any comment as a criticism. It's like tap-dancing through a minefield ... My solution? Erm ... I'll get back to you with that ...
  10. Yup, as I said, they're flakes and fantasists. I've encountered very similar scenarios (and, frankly, far worse than this) several times in recent years.
  11. Gig Gear bag = what do you use

    Could have been worse - you might have flooded the engine.
  12. Gig Gear bag = what do you use

    Yeh, I get that, but - what with being the bass player an' all - I get to bring all the "Leads, batteries, effects, tuner, tools, anything else required in case of breakdown or emergency when gear goes wrong" for the entire band. And the entire PA and lightshow. But a fairer answer to the OP would be a Makita semi-rigid toolbag for my personal foldback & instrument leads + a Stanley toolbag for amp & pedals.
  13. Gig Gear bag = what do you use

    I carry my gig gear in a large MPV. For most gigs it contains at least a dozen bags and boxes of varying sizes. The idea of fitting "my gear" into a backpack is actually quite funny.
  14. Foam under the strings.

    I'm trying to imagine fixing that to nitrocellulose with double-sided tape ...
  15. Imploding startups are very common. The vast majority of so-called musicians I've met in the last 10 years (in a band situation anyway) have been either flakes or fantasists, sometimes both at once. How long to reach gigging speed? Depends on so many factors - quality of musician, nature of the music, fussiness about venues & money, etc. Four experienced people wanting to play blues standards for beer, I'd allow a month. Four inexperienced people wanting to form a Yes tribute act and charge £500 a night, well, could be a long time waiting.