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Dan Dare

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  1. Rather than taking a punt on a used all valve head, why not look at a few valve pre's? Run one into the Orange (which you know does the job as far as power goes) and it will be lighter and less expensive to run (no replacing of main power valves needed).
  2. If you're spending that kind of money, you must try them. What we like may not suit you.
  3. Given that there are dozens of cars with boots which will take a bass and 1x12 cab like yours, would we be correct to assume that you're looking for the smallest option? If the bass is in a full flight case, that limits things somewhat. A soft case/gigbag is more compact. How much do you want to spend?
  4. I find a lighter E string sounds clearer. It might be counter-intuitive, but most would agree that the upper/thinner strings have better definition. Try it. It works for me.
  5. D'Addario Chromes work well on a Jazz, in my experience.
  6. I like the Gotoh 203B-4. Not too heavy, nicely made and not expensive.
  7. Many string manufacturers put a coating on their products to prevent them from corroding in the pack. The D'Addarios and Cobalts I use are the same. It makes them feel sticky to the touch when new. Just wipe them down with a drop of meths or similar on a cloth before fitting them and that will solve the problem.
  8. To an extent, you have to be to get up and front a band, especially performing stuff you've written yourself. Plenty of people who have become very famous are more than just a "bit of a narcissist". It can be an asset, as well as making them a little difficult to get along with. Being able to work with them depends on whether they have sufficient self-awareness and social skills to know when to give it free reign and when to tone it down.
  9. Which mod would you like removed?
  10. True, but you can ameliorate it to a degree, which is better than nothing. Moving speaker cabs can certainly be helpful, as you suggest. If you're playing in a venue with acoustic issues, you're stuck with it. You have to try to do something, even if it won't be a perfect solution.
  11. You can apply much the same to virtually any amplified music. We have to adapt to suit the acoustics of whatever space we are playing in. That's why having "my sound" isn't a good idea. If you're running everything through PA, the engineer can adjust the eq for room acoustics. However, if you're running off backline with a vocal only PA (which is the norm in many smaller venues), you need to check the sound in the room (use a long lead or wireless) and adjust your rig accordingly. I do this and if the resultant sound on stage is not ideal or what I'd prefer, I live with it.
  12. No. I run PJB cabs, but I find their amps a bit too hi-fi, so I use an Aguilar head. The additional warmth helps fattens the sound. It's still clean, but has a little more character. It may not be strictly accurate, but I prefer it.
  13. I'd trust your Scottish instincts. If the tension difference is noticeable (and bothers you - if not, why worry?), maybe raise the action a smidge.
  14. Don't be ridiculous. Most of us are well past the first flush of youth. Many are even OAPs like me. For me, there's not a lot to do or say apart from feel sad about the news. We don't feel the need to rush into print. Respond how you wish and leave others to do the same.
  15. Another vote for Eneloop. Which rated them highly, too.
  16. Given that gear is not a trivial purchase, you simply must try/demo things. I've taken a couple of days of leave from work and travelled to try things out in the past. It's enjoyable to plan a day or two away and if you go on a weekday when shops aren't busy, you can try things to your heart's content for hours That's what I did when I was looking for my current rig.
  17. As usual, the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes. Appearance matters more for some things than it does for others. We use different criteria for judging them, according to how important those criteria are to us. Clothing is quoted above as an example. Even then, individual taste varies enormously For some, clothing is just something functional, to keep you warm and so on. An instrument is a tool to do a job for me. I wouldn't play something I thought was downright ugly, but as long as it's OK in my eyes, playability matters most for me. I've never got the appeal of these coffee table basses - exotic hardwoods and fittings made from unobtanium, etc - but if others want to own them, good luck to them.
  18. The reason leads curl up/knot themselves is because many coil them up by winding them over an arm, which puts twists into them - one for every time you coil it over your arm, so it adds up to a lot in a 10 metre or longer cable. Learn the right way to coil them (there are YouTube vid's showing how to coil mic' leads without twisting them) and the problem will be solved.
  19. I find my Shubb works on my bass. I've hardly ever used it for that purpose, but it has worked when I've tried it.
  20. Why not Google rack cases/sleeves? You're unlikely to find something like that ready made, but there are plenty of firms that will make one for you. At a price, of course.
  21. Au contraire, my dear. You're in precisely the right place. You need rich Eenglis man with heart condition, large life insurance policy and collection of expensive musical toys you can flog when he croaks. Hang in there.
  22. I have a dining chair that does the same thing.
  23. You could if you used them to drive a couple of power amps.
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