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  1. Passinwind

    Fretless Porn

    Marco Bass Guitars MV fretless build in progress. I won't decide on control config and electronics package until I get a chance to hear the proprietary neodymium sidewinder pickups Marco has wound specifically for this bass. That's a purpleheart fingerboard, maple neck, maple top wings, and not sure on the core wood.
  2. Passinwind

    Bands with Two Bass Players

    At one time or another: Willie Nelson, Talking Heads, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, and Victor Wooten's band.
  3. One of the toniest gigs I ever played was a 50th wedding anniversary party at a very posh cliff side hotel overlooking the Columbia River. The "host" wanted to sing a set and insisted that only I could play bass, which was problematic since I was a dep in that band. No problem; he hired the other guy too, for full wage, and we split the night. I had to scramble to find the right clothes but it worked. So when we got there the rules were set out: band eats outside, cold processed cheese product on white bread. Don't go near the appetizers or the seated and served food spread. Stay away from the good wine. And whatever you do, don't engage with the lovely couple's daughter -- poor dear is recently divorced and tres triste. Plus the usual show up very early, set up, and wait a few hours before starting. Just play the charts, minimal improv or soloing. Above all else, make the host look good, it's all about him. Naturally it played out a bit differently. The maitre d' was an old friend and he came by personally with a tray of bacon wrapped scallops and offered anything else we fancied as long as it fit on an appetizer tray . He then broke out the very nice private reserve Cab, maybe a little too gleefully. I played a quote from Smoke On The Water during Autumn Leaves, and managed to offload almost the entire host's set to the other bassist, who was just bored to tears and happy to have something to do. And of course I had a long conversation with the daughter during that set, who was quite beautiful, a very intelligent MD, and anything but a sad panda. Would to be single again! At the end of the night the blessed couple came by to personally thank me for taking care of their daughter and adding a little color to a rather staid evening. Predictably, the host got bombed and never noticed any of our shenanigans. I think this all fits into "don't try this at home", but I've always despised playing weddings and function gigs, and of course I already had a dep onsite if needed.
  4. Passinwind

    Band versus Bassist

    For me studying music performance and actually enjoying it are two very different things. I think a lot of that outlook stems from decades spent either mixing live shows or repairing and modifying amps and other related gear. So I tend to try to give respect to many things I don't particularly like. No need to elaborate more specifically, all that can come of that is giving offense to a few or many, IMO and IME.
  5. In the US the unit's power consumption from the wall figure is typically spec'ed at 1/8th duty cycle, although 1/4-1/3 is generally more realistic for rock or hard rock with some signal compression. You can easily confirm the relevance of this by recording some actual bass guitar playing and analyzing the crest factor.
  6. Passinwind

    I'm Interested, Not For Me

    Sure, gotta so what you gotta do. When I was mixing rock shows seeing the sun rise before I got home was not all that unusual.
  7. Passinwind

    I'm Interested, Not For Me

    Same here. The nearest Craigslist is for Portland, which is an hour or more from me and not somewhere I've ever gigged much. I should clarify that I have nothing against rock, I just have much higher potential value to people in other genres, and rock gigs are pretty much the only ones that start and end late out here these days. I very rarely play past 10PM or so any more.
  8. Passinwind

    I'm Interested, Not For Me

    I've been playing for just under 50 years, and have no interest in gigging in any rock band at this point. But in general I've always been recruited into every working band I ever played in. The only "start up" was my very first band, with my brother and my best friend. If a band needs to advertise for a bass player I'm not interested, plain and simple.
  9. Passinwind

    What does 'standards' actually mean for songs

    It was #5 on the US Billboard Top 100 in this version, and #11 in the original one, roughly 50 years ago. So a more recent standard by many people's reckoning ;^}. I had to nail down the Buddy Rich big band arrangement a few years ago and found quite a few YouTube vids of that arrangement (mostly high school bands), and plenty more like the Jaco one. Here's the one that went to #5: And Will Lee playing it with the Buddy Rich legacy band, with Phil Collins on drums:
  10. Behringer recently knocked prices down across their lines by up to 40%, FWIW: https://sonicstate.com/news/2018/10/22/behringer-price-drops-across-the-board/
  11. Passinwind

    NAD Bugera Veyron BV1001M

    Bench testing Class D amps is often pretty tricky. I really need to pick up a big isolation transformer for that myself. Best of luck, and email me if I might be of assistance.
  12. Passinwind

    NAD Bugera Veyron BV1001M

    No need for debate, independent techs have tested it at around 750 watts RMS and Behringer tech support have mentioned that they don't rate by that method, which is often the case these days. Plenty to melt a single 12 no matter how you slice it. I played through one at NAMM briefly a few years ago and was favorably impressed. Whatever became of your DIY amp build BTW?
  13. Passinwind

    Dual Concentric tone pots.

    Noll offers custom MEC pots like that as well. They are far from cheap.
  14. Passinwind

    Playing fretless bass?

    My favorite exercise is playing octaves up and down the neck, all of it. Extra credit for going microtonal.
  15. Passinwind

    Bass Bashes

    Here's an overview pic of the Emerald City BassCon last Sunday, held just south of Seattle. It originally started as a Talkbass oriented get together, but it definitely taken on a life of its own over the last decade or so.