Jump to content

Dear guest,

Welcome to the biggest community for bass players in Europe. You'll find the site a great source of information and advice.

Why not sign up now and:

  • Say hello - tell us about your playing, your gear and where you're from.
  • Search the database for inspiration or to find out more about your instrument
  • Upload an avatar and profile picture
  • Buy one of the thousands of items in our marketplace
  • Safely sell your items to a community of proven enthusiasts
  • Upload pictures, audio and videos
  • Buy exclusive items at discount through our shop (coming soon!)

Go on, click the button and become part of it today!

New: Sign up and get 20% off tickets for the London Bass Guitar Show - and we'll see you there!


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Total Watts

9 Neutral

Recent Profile Visitors

270 profile views
  1. Nick Fyffe and not digging in!

    Yep, I understand that apparent contradiction.
  2. NPAD: GSS Sumo 1000

    Very interesting and caters to an oft requested niche, hope he follows through with the necessary FCC certs so we can use these legally in the US.
  3. Sure. Space Is The Place, with pretty much any incarnation of Sun Ra's band.
  4. If you just want a very simple, good sounding gain stage with no fluff, the Tillman FET preamp is pretty swell: http://www.till.com/articles/GuitarPreamp/ You can find many variations on this theme online with a few few minutes of search time.
  5. Bass Bash.?

    Not at all surprising, it's all obscure and/or one off stuff. L-R: Marco Bass Guitars SC5 prototype, Crescent Moon fretless, BSX Model 2000 EUB. I've personally organized quite a few Talkbass "Get-Togethers" over the years, and traveled as far as 2500 miles to attend others. Most of ours are free for the attendees, with varying degrees of vendor and "rock star" player participation. The picture I posted is from last year's Seattle event, which I think drew around 60-70 players. One had the option of catered food and beer, or not. And that beer in cans is not even available at the brewpub the event was held in, BTW.
  6. Bass Bash.?

    In the US we have a pretty strict ratio requirement for beer/basses: But since I am a senior member I was allowed to slide a little last year. I'll bring more beer next time, I promise.
  7. Nick Fyffe and not digging in!

    You might find it worthwhile to play around with a ramp, which makes digging in pretty much physically impossible. In my case it hardly made any difference though, since I've always played with an extremely light touch anyway.
  8. High Pass Filters

    I really enjoy helping other DIY'ers work through Spice modeling, and that's actually a big part of how I came to do this open source thing. Essentially, a friend dropped a working model in my lap, and I revised and adapted it to a DIY friendly format. There are links in my Talkbass thread to some interesting prior art as well: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/the-passinwind-open-source-preamp.1259692/#post-19536322
  9. High Pass Filters

    I think that's a good call. If you haven't already, you might want to take a look at my (non commercial, completely free) open source onboard preamp design on Talkbass. I'd be happy to send you the LTSpice model to play around with, but the schematic is already available in the project WIKI over there. Here are max treble cut curves for one particular build: But I've found that how you set up resonant overshoot/damping at the response knee makes a great deal of difference in play feel, and there are quite a few other interesting nuances to dive into. Looking forward to seeing and hearing what you come up with.
  10. High Pass Filters

    At what slope? I once started in on a standalone variable HPF design, which I gave to a German friend to develop as he saw fit. That was years ago though, not sure if I can even remember who it was. All my DIY amp builds over the last few years have had one, but it has always been tightly integrated with all the pre-existing rolloffs of various other stages in the amps. LTSpice is great for modeling that sort of thing.
  11. 12" Cab Diary Continued

    Nice. Duke provided a new prototype TC112 NAMM cab for the Marco Bass Guitar booth I was in this year. It used the same Celestion compression driver he uses in his TC115 and TC118 cabs. The TC118 has always been among my very favorite bass cabs, and that compression driver plays a big part in that. There was also a secondary top-firing tweeter, meant to spill around the amp sitting over it. Seemed very far fetched, but it actually worked quite well. Very much looking forward to seeing you new iteration come to fruition!
  12. Same here, but oddly enough the luthier I've been working with lately wanted nothing more than a decent Jazz Bass preamp that can fit under a stock control plate, so I guess I am learning to love them now! I never got the appeal of singlecuts at all until I actually tried the right one. Last thing in the world I expected to ever own. I almost never play sitting down, but the SC I own balances superbly while standing and even though it's a 5, it's actually lighter than any 4s I've owned in the last few decades. I absolutely love the initial look on the old country players' faces when I bring it out to jams, but many of them have warmed up to the look and especially the sound in time. And yes, it's full hippie sandwich/coffee table, all the time. Wouldn't have it any other way...
  13. Anything with a plastic pickguard. Don't generally like painted ones either. But as with most everything to do with music, it just depends. Mostly on my mood at any given time.
  14. Trouble with power ratings

    Those amps are infamous for the power stage bias drifting and creating distortion. If that is the case you should be able to hear the same symptom through other cabs. The fix is not terribly difficult, but is generally best left to a qualified technician since getting it wrong makes for a pretty expensive episode of releasing the magic smoke.
  15. Amp, well, preamp or tone controls education

    What amp, specifically?