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  1. Passinwind

    'Thermally modified' woods

    My friend Marco also uses dyed and stabilized wood quite a bit. One of my Marco Basses has a spalted maple fingerboard that looks a lot like ebony, for instance. That might just drive CITES inspectors mad, is that a plus or a minus?
  2. Passinwind

    'Thermally modified' woods

    Ad-speak mostly, as someone else already inferred. Throw in "pyrolyzed" or "pyrolized" as well.
  3. Passinwind

    'Thermally modified' woods

    Marco takes a lot of flak for how he does those promo pics. He has little foam pads that he cut out specifically for that purpose, the basses are not scratched up from it at all. But yeah, it still makes me wince too, even though I've seen how the sausage is made!
  4. Passinwind

    'Thermally modified' woods

    My friend Marco Cortes (Marco Bass Guitars) has been messing around with torrefied wood for a few years in his bass builds. Here's a roasted ash neck on one of his Fender-ish models: I had that bass here for a few weeks for a preamp install, it sounds and feels quite fab.
  5. Passinwind

    Basses You've Owned and Hated

    Yep. Here are my only non-keepers, over 45+ years of playing: 60s EB-O 70s Guild Starfire Early 70s Fender Jazz None of those hung around for even two years. The Guild and the Fender both had substantial neck issues, and I didn't like either one nearly enough to pony up for the needed repairs, or even to try buying another example of those brands. And then my '77 Travis Bean fretless, which I always loved the sound of, but eventually the weight just got to be too much for this old geezer. Sold it after 40 years of great enjoyment, with no real regrets.
  6. Passinwind

    NAMM 2019

    Yep, but some of us would just like a single unit to sit at a practice space somewhere, be super easy to lend out, etc. Personally, I'd rather have the head section live in a cab rather than a fabric bag of some sort. But for me that only applies to practice gear, which is what the Elf would potentially be for me, especially if only coupled with a single 8 or 10.
  7. Reminds me of Flora Purim quite a bit.
  8. Passinwind

    Do you name your basses?

    Nope, and I don't assign gender to them either.
  9. Passinwind

    So was NAMM 2019 a damp squib for you too?

    Close...I would be quite happy to get rid of two others now. Two or three bass guitars is the absolute max I could ever see wanting for myself. I didn't ask for the new one, although if it had already been made like that and I saw it I just might have been GAS afflicted. And now that I have it, it's clearly already my #1. My friend knows me very well and he also played my former #1 a few times before he started this project.
  10. Passinwind

    So was NAMM 2019 a damp squib for you too?

    Yep, different strokes. I've shown a few amps at NAMM that are similar in size to the B|Amp and user feedback was extremely positive. Not all of us want to put our amp in a gig bag with an instrument. Several years ago the Forte HP or your Puma would have been quite attractive to me, but now even a 300 watt amp is pretty serious overkill for my playing situations. In any case, the B|Amp I heard at NAMM a year or two ago was truly outstanding, and I can't think of many company owners who know their market better than Jim Bergantino. The fact that he does so much of the engineering himself is just icing on the cake.
  11. Passinwind

    So was NAMM 2019 a damp squib for you too?

    He's talking the Forte HP, not the older Forte. If you don't count 400+ extra watts and actually want deep menu driven programming, perhaps so. It's not exactly a big heavy thing for being a 1200 watt unit though, really. Personally, I greatly prefer that form factor, the controls are just too cluttered and close together for my taste on many of the "micro" ones.
  12. Passinwind

    So was NAMM 2019 a damp squib for you too?

    The vast majority of those knockoff vendors are downstairs in Hall E. Different ones come and go year to year, nothing really new there. But yeah, one kind of has to wonder about how well Mr. Hall's blood pressure meds are working. I skipped going to the show this year, three in a row was sufficient for my wants and needs. I watched a lot of people playing through stuff I built via live vids from my friend's booth, and greatly enjoyed having access to a volume control. My friend gave me a really nice fretless a few weeks before NAMM, so I'm in negative GAS mode if anything.
  13. Passinwind

    For Beatles Fans Over 65 Only

    I was a fairly avid fan up until the White Album. It's still a great album, but nowhere near my favorite, and after that I completely tuned out. I generally tend to like the first 2-3 albums for most rock acts more than later ones, for whatever reason. But with the Beatles that didn't really hold true. Anyhow, might as well get the T shirt too:
  14. Passinwind

    You can only have........

    Fretless 4, fretted 5 if bass guitars. I can do much less on the fretted 5, since I've been playing fretless 4s for upwards of 45 years and only got my first 5 last year, which was also my first (and only) fretted bass in around 35 years. Although in truth I'd prefer fretless 4, acoustic upright 4. All basses active in any case.
  15. Passinwind

    International Shipping of Bass With Rosewood Fretboard

    That varies quite a bit from country to country. In the US it is a huge hassle and I would never even consider doing it again. The two required certs were "only" a few hundred dollars but the trip to get it inspected took all of a very long day, a pretty big slap in the face after having already spent 2 1/2 months waiting on permits to be processed. And then the buyer hadn't handled the permits on his side properly, but fortunately the processing on that end was very quick and he didn't just lose the bass, which easily could've been the outcome.