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  1. I thought about posting a few of my favorite dive bars too, actually. There used to be one within easy walking distance that somehow conned world class bands into playing a 100 seat venue in a tiny logging town on a regular basis. I worked sound there for those shows a lot too. But the main attraction was a clientele that genuinely appreciated weird original music, and an owner who was on that plan as well, and knew how to make it work.
  2. There are quite a few other really nice ones around here (Washington red wines are a thing these days), plus a couple of dozen small breweries. But driving along the river on a weekend morning on my way to those gigs was always a pretty special feeling. And the owners made it even more special with personal tastings back in the special reserve tanks and the like.
  3. I used to play this winery right above the Columbia River (http://www.maryhillwinery.com/) a few times a month for several years. It was perfect for my jazz trio and the owners and staff were super nice to us. Their wine is first class too, so for years I had a really nice stash at home. And we got to do tasting room pre-show stints before Bob Dylan and ZZ Top, with a few thousand people coming through before they made their into the adjacent 3000 seat amphitheater. This gig paid OK but not great (regular local scale plus a few bottles each, and pretty good tips), but it was one case where exposure really did pay off. All I had to do was tell other venues that we played Maryhill and that was typically enough to get the gig if the style match was workable. Good hours too, usually 1-5 PM, w/ four45 minute sets. The place next door wasn't too shabby either (http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/) : View from back: Mostly we played arts festivals there, out on the lawn with a great family atmosphere, cool food booths, numerous juried art vendors, and good advertising in the big city markets like Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver. If your band made the promo poster as a featured artist you could leverage a ton of mileage out of that. I think we managed that three years in a row.
  4. Marco Bass Guitars TFL5:
  5. Which is doubly bizarre given that Talkbass is chock full of ads for used ones.
  6. Nordstrand would be another option then, and G&L also sell one IIRC. I figured that since you were contemplating DIY work on the woodwork you might also want to at least look into a DIY preamp solution. I think the last MM knockoff I built cost me less than $30.00. But electronics come easily to me and woodwork...nope!
  7. Roger that. Spend the time or spend the money...
  8. Let me throw in for the DIY 2 band Stingray clone preamp from Talkbass. There are a few versions, from straight up clone to quite a few component and layout upgrades. Relatively inexpensive as well. I especially like this guy's version: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/pcbs-for-diy-clone-2-band-preamps.737117/page-20#post-20882155
  9. Just for starters: Pat Metheny Group, Pat Metheny (Mark Egan) Shadows And Light, Joni Mitchell (Jaco Pastorius) Rock Of Ages, The Band (Rick Danko) Give It Up, Bonnie Raitt (Freebo) Extra credit to Bill Wyman.
  10. Most Fusion and and a fair amount of Prog from the mid-70s. The guitar and drum sounds especially are pretty grating to me in many cases.
  11. The branding is meant to be a little more casual than the engineering, but if the shoe fits...
  12. 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.
  13. 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:
  14. There used to be one around here called Stairway Denied.
  15. My favorites along the US west coast: Hell's Belles Crack Sabbath
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. If a bear poopies in the woods, does Big Brother hear it?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. An old one, but they have recently started gigging again: The Raging Maggots
  23. I do occasionally go see bands that I sub in. Haven't fronted a band of my own for a few years now though.
  24. 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.
  25. Alright then, I have now voted early and often.
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