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  1. Not exactly. I have my own casual engineering services brand, and I have built around half a dozen proof of concept amp builds to showcase my work, along with quite a few other things. That amp was in a luthier friend's NAMM booth in 2017, and a different version was there this year. The one in the pic does ~650 watts at 4 ohms and weighs about 9 lbs. or so.
  2. There's no chance of fitting all of it into one pic. But this has been what I've used live about 90% of the time over the last year:
  3. There used to be one around here called Stairway Denied.
  4. My favorites along the US west coast: Hell's Belles Crack Sabbath
  5. Yep, lots of people have asked me about doing a swept mids section and that would be easily done. However, that's something I personally prefer doing as a fully parametric thing at the amp end. It's funny, nearly everyone tells me they never touch an onboard bass control. I could very happily have just that and two volumes...vive la difference!
  6. Hey Friend, If you're talking about my two band preamp, it will most likely end up being branded as Marco Bass under a licensing arrangement. It does use a standard sort of passive treble rolloff control in both passive and active modes, and the active section does bass and mids rather than bass and treble. My personal favorite that I use in my daily driver bass omits the passive treble, since I typically never turn those things down at all anyway. And as always, I should reiterate that I have no hardware to sell, I am just an aspiring freelance designer looking to transition from long time hobbiest/DIY'er to maybe making enough to buy a few pints one day.
  7. I do think that the Who peaked then in many ways. I also feel that many rock bands peak on their second or third albums, give or take. FWIW, I was 18 years old in 1971 and by 1974 I had pretty much lost interest in rock music. That interest has returned and then ebbed and waned over the years many times, but for me Who's Next is not something I've listened to or thought about for quite a few years.
  8. If a bear poopies in the woods, does Big Brother hear it?
  9. Put down the silver bass Bro. But seriously Ian, nice to see you here. Basschat has a very cool vibe that's all its own.
  10. Only in very small doses, but that element is definitely there. The band is primarily a hippie/funk jam band, something like the Grateful Dead with horns and a more aggro psychedelic sort of vibe.
  11. An old one, but they have recently started gigging again: The Raging Maggots
  12. I do occasionally go see bands that I sub in. Haven't fronted a band of my own for a few years now though.
  13. Yep, that's a pretty standard approach at some of the outdoor festival stages I play. Saves a ton of time at changeover, which counts for a lot. Being primarily a more or less traditional jazz player, I love how it sounds too.
  14. Alright then, I have now voted early and often.
  15. ...Sniff... So many great memories. Glad it went to a good home!
  16. A shame about those frets, but a really nice job in any case. Here's my Crescent Moon fretless, which also has Q-Tuner BL series pickups, and currently has a 3-band preamp of my own design in it: That's a one piece sapele body, neck-through maple neck (inset to body from back), and an ebony board.
  17. Sound engineers have actually been using that general approach pretty much forever.
  18. The HPF is highly valuable as an EQ tool as well though. If you set it to cut at 100 Hz and boost the bass control at 30 or 50Hz the net result may be a boost at something like 60-200Hz depending on amount of bass boost and details of you bass control's response curves, with a steep dropoff below the bass peaking. Voila, you've just changed everything about how you tailor your low end. By way of example, here's what happens in one of my amps when I set the bass control at 6/10 (a mild boost), then sweep the HPF over its entire range, which in my case is something like 25-130Hz.: So there's your boost in the low mids, if you want it, although a mild gain tweak may be needed too. The beauty of this approach is that you can tailor your bass EQ around specific room nodes that account for much or all of that "boominess" we all fight against so often. In practice this is a lot easier than it looks at first blush, at least IME. It's a very well known old school approach to EQ, as seen in classic Pultec EQs for instance. But if you just want to kill out of band mush, all good to that as well.
  19. You definitely can derive distortion and probably ballpark S/N at least, but it's a bit tedious. There's a good explanation on the website of the True RTA makers. It's a lot easier to just use RMAA for those tests, but even that often has some "gotchas" involved. Thanks for taking the time to graph all that stuff. And FWIW, one of the DSP speaker management controllers I have (it's in a plate amp) recommends stacking PEQs as a viable solution for high pass filtering. I may have to revisit that, but programming that particular widget is a real exercise in patience and the way I did the HPF (stacked Butterworth HPF sections) has always worked well for me. And ultimately, if it sounds good it pretty much is good.
  20. Had to look that up, but yeah. It's a very old concept that dates to at least the ancient tube design books.
  21. I'll either do it myself or just hand the board layout off to someone else eventually. It'd be a fairly simple perfboard build in any case.
  22. Thunderfunk amps use them, for one. I've had an onboard/pedal format design set to go for a few years now, but other rabbit holes continue to beckon more seductively.
  23. For extra credit do distortion and signal/noise testing as well... And for better or worse, yeah, I have done this myself way too many times with my DIY stuff.
  24. FWIW, there's a long running thread on TB with way more information on the US exporter's experience than most people here will probably want to know about: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/cites-what-every-bass-player-should-know.1072977/ I went through the whole drill last year when sending my '77 Travis Bean off to the Netherlands. The whole process took about three months, cost a few hundred dollars on my end (and some more on his as an importer), and was frankly a huge PITA. There are only a handful of inspection stations in all of the US and in my case it took about ten hours of driving and waiting to complete that phase. For many others it would be much worse, requiring at least an overnight stay or a roundtrip flight. My buyer put substantial money up front, had the patience of a saint, and cheerfully threw in a few hundred extra bucks to compensate me for the hassle. But all in all, he could've simply flown out here, picked up and hand carried the bass home, had a nice vacation, and ended up ahead of the game.
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