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Passinwind

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Nope, and I don't assign gender to them either.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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:
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Just one of many offending rigs I've used over the years. I've come to really love messing with other people's OCD.
  14. Great idea. But for better or worse a luthier friend just gave me a new bass a couple of weeks ago, which I never asked for, and I can't see waiting a whole year to get a bag for it.
  15. Update on my Marco Bass Guitars MV4 model, which is now just waiting on new EQ knobs and a preamp install which I am still working on the final specs for. It'll be one of mine, just not sure which one yet.
  16. Please PM me with the details and I'll see if I can find you someone to expedite if that actually makes sense. I'm just a bit too far away, the last time I shipped something out of Seattle that needed a CITES clearance inspection it was a 13 hour day after a nearly three month wait for the permits. But I know the manager at AM and have a few friends who live in that general area.
  17. My luthier friend dropped this in my lap last week. Part gift, part barter for preamp design work I've done for him. Purpleheart fingerboard, custom neo sidewinder pickups optimized for slide bass. The bottom knobs are a temporary set I put on so I could get started on the electronics package. I'll probably go with something blond to complement the pickup covers and headstock.
  18. 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.
  19. At one time or another: Willie Nelson, Talking Heads, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, and Victor Wooten's band.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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