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  1. Dark Star - Grateful Dead In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed -- Allman Brothers Band Dazed And Confused - Led Zeppelin
  2. Passinwind


    Here's one I'm working on for my friends at Marco Bass, and starting to contemplate keeping. The neck is roasted maple and actually brings even more bling than the flake finish.
  3. At NAMM I saw a 100 watt power amp that fits on the end cap of a very slick modular pedalboard system. I let a number of bass players know about it and asked them to go pitch the manufacturer on doing a bass oriented one as well, which to me means 300 watts at minimum. That's also probably about the most power we might expect to fit in your scenario, and as a semi-pro builder I'd want about 8 by 6 by 3 inches for a proper enclosure that would meet safety and EMC certifications. An actual pro could do better than that though, I'm sure. So, how much space is there under your pedalboard, exactly? And do you see a market for a few thousand sales a year over several years, minimum? Speaking of which, a lot of these small-ish boutique power amps are not strictly legal in the US at this time. I see that as potentially playing with fire, both literally and figuratively. YMMV. Over here there's a loophole for not-for-sale test builds, but I'm still generally pretty careful about who I let try my various DIY bass amp and power amp builds out on stage.
  4. Si, Did you try the Jule Simone 500 we had in the Marco Bass booth at NAMM this year? I didn't get to play through it much (or anything else in the booth really), but it and the matching tube preamp generated a lot of interest, for sure. The GR guys were right around the corner too, but I didn't notice if there was a Pure 800 amp there.
  5. RIP. I saw him play many times and it was a joy every single time, from tiny club dates with the PMG to an arena show with Joni Mitchell.
  6. Just reacquired this DIY modular preamp/amp build from 2015. Traded away an even older modular rack build for it, as my luthier freind already has one of my similar all in one amps and the pictured rig was a bit redundant.
  7. IMHO, the market has voted and old obsolete stuff lost. Whatever remains of that technology isn't obsolete...yet. Pretty much the same way it works with the tunes we play, or don't.
  8. That's a fab idea. In a similar but different vein, I've exchanged various bits of amplification gear I've built with a luthier friend for a couple of of his basses in the last few years. I think it's encouraged both of us to refine our craft by bouncing ideas off each other, but beyond that, it's just plain been a lot of fun.
  9. The ones with the duff logo are going to be collector's items, mark my words. 😎
  10. FWIW, a good friend of mine owns a lined fretless 4-string Rob Allen Mouse. In all honesty I greatly prefer the sound and feel of the various standard scale RA basses I've played over the years at GTGs. All the RA basses I've tried have been piezo-only though. I'll admit that I've been less than thrilled with any short scale bass all the way back to the EB-O I started on a zillion years ago as well. BTW, there's a pic of an unlined Turner Ren 5 on the latest page of the Turner "club" thread on TB.
  11. Yep. I see lots of that every year and many production pieces look substantially different by the time they get to market.
  12. My wife actually made me promise not to build any more black cabs over a decade ago. And I'm considerably more than OK with that. 😎
  13. Bummer. Damian plays a whole lot of other styles, some of which I really dig, but NAMM chops is NAMM chops. Hence my absence from that and all similar off-site events.
  14. I have a bunch of these in different sizes: https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Cuff-0803-Adjustable-Re-Usable/dp/B0051PUJC8
  15. I played a fretless Ren bass at NAMM last week. It was a four and had lines, but it was very nice. RT is a great guy too, I really enjoyed talking to him. No idea on scale length options and the like though.
  16. I think they always put that sign up somewhere near the front in an unused space as a warning. I meant to look up that booth on the show locator map to see if it was legit, but I really needed to hear more slap bass first (as if) and then I forgot about it. At least a few people do get shown the door every year for real in any case.
  17. A friend of mine has one, but I think It was a conversion.
  18. I'll be camped out right across from the Ibanez booth at NAMM and will be sure to check these out.
  19. Classic = old, plain and simple. Nothing to do with the quality of the material whatsoever. All the rest is subjective fluff...oh, wait!
  20. Neither one really. 2019 was my first year without any gigs in decades and I'm fine with that, but eventually I'll probably at least start taking sub calls again. I typically get out of the house at least weekly for a long running house jam that suits me pretty well and I can just walk to that one.
  21. Unlined fretless has been my main squeeze since 1977, when I bought a brand new Travis Bean fretless. That was actually the only bass I owned for a twenty year stint. In 2003 I finally got another one, this sapele bodied Crescent Moon custom build by the late Craig Mueller: I sold the Bean a couple of years ago, and then last year my good friend Marco Cortes at Marco Bass Guitars made this one for me out of pre-built bits he had kicking around the shop, save the custom neo sidewinder pickups he wound for me: For the last few years I'd been using EB Cobalt Flats on the Crescent Moon, but I'm currently trying a set of DR Sunbeam roundwounds on it. That works better for my slide bass schtick, but time will tell if the switch will be permanent. I started off with GHS Pressurewounds on the Marco Bass, but just recently put on a set of SIT Silencers, which are a little brighter and seem to suit me better. I do my own onboard preamps for all my bass guitars (my designs, my builds), and am a firmly active-only kind of a guy.
  22. I'll have a semi-official presence at the Marco Bass Guitars booth, Hall D #4728. There will be at least one of my amps in the booth, plus a number of basses featuring my latest onboard preamps. I'm planning on being there at 10AM and 2:30PM Thurs-Fri-Sat for at least an hour in each instance for sure, and then it may be hit or miss the rest of the time since I intend to float around a lot. But as always, the show is mostly about the people for me and I will be happy to go wherever it takes for a meet up.
  23. I use a wide variety of solutions. Just recently bought a set of these D'Addario ones, which I like a lot so far: https://www.amazon.com/DAddario-Accessories-Guitar-Strap-PW-DLC-01/dp/B073WNCLLF The Grolsch or hardware store fender washers are my least favorite, I've seen them pop off way too often.
  24. Nice to see what she's up to these days. I saw her sit in with some friends quite a few years ago a few times in a local hotel bar, just before she moved to New York. Her parents were very cool and had their heads screwed on straight, but it seems that she still had to pay her dues and find her own way anyhow.
  25. Not if their ears are all used up by the time the headliner comes on. Which is one of many reasons that I've always preferred single band shows in clubs.
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