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  1. pfretrock

    Farewell to HMV

    Don't usually go into a CD store in town, or nearest city, since there are usually none! A few small indy shops come and go. I did call in HMV on a rare town visit back in the summer and found Chris Squire's Fish out of water in the rack. Seemed to have a good a-z selection of rock/pop and another for metal. Last week got Parachute, The Pretty Things and today their S F Sorrow, both in the rack. (Can't find new stuff that I like anywhere!). I wished the guy behind the counter all the best. I hope it survives. Would help if more avoided Amazon and their non-payment of tax business model.
  2. pfretrock

    Beatles White Album Remix

    I had a ripoff 1/4 inch mono tape copy. No money for the vinyl back them. Threw it out eventually. However nice to hear it for the first time with cans on.
  3. pfretrock

    NBD - Ibanez SR500

    Not sure what they are. Colours as stated. No silks. If you PM me an address I'll post out 2nd class, I'll leave it to you to put the equivalent postage in a charity box. (the Karma system!)
  4. pfretrock

    NBD - Ibanez SR500

    I thought I read somewhere they were Elixers , but the balls are red, black blue gold so maybe D'Addario. Just been NBD'd with a SR500 - these round came off the same day for TI flats. These are still 'sticky' so need a bit more playing in. Interesting comment on their website about the Bartolini Mk1 "Like traditional single coil but without the hum". They are actually P type pickups under that cover, but reversed compared to a P - treble side nearer the neck. I think I preferred the P/J pickups on the cheaper SR200, which this replaced, but I'm still fiddling with the pots. The price drop of the SR200 was one reason I upgraded songofthewind - if you need a spare set of rounds, you can have the ones I took off, never been played. They will go back on if you don't twist them. Nice slots in the bridge unlike BBOTs.
  5. pfretrock

    Musical inventions

    Active bass powered by a Flux Capacitor.
  6. pfretrock

    Humbucking/noiseless Jazz pickup?

    This is probably driven by the price of rare earth elements used in magnets. Mostly these come from China, I believe. As well as trumps trade wars, a big change in cost is the high demand for electric vehicles. Rare earth rices has gone up a lot in last 2 years, even before trump. Stuff like neodymium is essential in speakers, but we'll have to settle for that vintage Alnico sound!
  7. pfretrock

    Solid pancake plug...?

    Is it a Pete Townshend windmill bass?
  8. pfretrock

    Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass

    There is a thread on here somewhere about these. I have one. Some of the thread detailed re-wiring the neck pickup (series to parallel) to get rid of some of the mud on the two pickup version (mud + J), a useful mod. I had a single pup version for 3 days, when Thomann sent the wrong one! It was B stock, I got the replacement from a UK dealer. I also re-wired the mult-way pickup switch, adding another volume knob, one for each pup. Weight about half a kilo more than a P. Pity they went, not too many 32s about. Don't get on with 30s, just can't get strings that I like.
  9. pfretrock

    Luthiery is not yet dead

    Same result here. A PSA test did not turn up any odd socks either. Smart people only buy black socks.
  10. pfretrock

    Luthiery is not yet dead

    There is no other logical explanation as to why I lose socks. Thanks.
  11. pfretrock

    Luthiery is not yet dead

    Only just watched the video. As I suspected, he's fitted it with Rotarysound rounds. Tom Waits could use this bass.
  12. pfretrock

    Luthiery is not yet dead

    Does it lose socks? I hate odd socks.
  13. pfretrock

    Thomann selling Harley Benton basses as 'Decoration only'

    You'll need to stay close by. Last time I tried this it was literally 1-3 minutes to sell out.
  14. pfretrock

    The classic 'band and a wall' photo

    Barmaid wardrobe malfunction.
  15. pfretrock

    Eric Clapton Takes Up The Bass

    ̶S̶ LOW HAND fixed it.