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  1. Many people around here just use a tablet these days. But yeah, I've been using a stand on most of my gigs for the last 15 years or so. For instance, I can't think of anyone in the big band I play in who can memorize all the charts in our book, or even probably more than a few at most.
  2. 10 or so. The number has been on a steady decline for several years (~100 a decade ago), and I am quite content with that. I only did the ten as favors to a few old and new friends. Many of my friends have ported to weekly jams at one person or another's house, so I still get out and play somewhere at least a couple of times a week, typically. Highlights? Various open mikes with former bandmates, and two big band hits as a sub in the community band I was in full time last year. I tend to sound much better and enjoy gigs much more when they're sporadic and don't feel so much like work. Next year: shooting for one a month on upright with the top players from my Friday night bluegrass jam crew, who did pretty well in their last gigging iteration a few years ago. Then hopefully a few jazz sub gigs and a few duo or trio hits with a singer-songwriter friend. Things are blowing up for me on the technical side, which historically has always been my "professional" side in the music business. If that means zero gigs, no worries at all.
  3. The top box holds the amp section and one set of transformers (outputs, I think), the other one holds the other (power) transformers. The builder posted a full schematic on DIYAudio.com, and also participated in a thread I posted on Talkbass. He did a "cute" little mono 500 watter before this one as well.
  4. Sure, I grew up working on tube stuff and have always greatly appreciated the aesthetics of Big Iron. And I love using them for guitar, just not bass. Same as for so many other music production tools: great for others, not so much for myself. Vive la difference.
  5. The biggest one I've personally played through is this 2 X 500 watt build a friend of mine did:
  6. Yep. I saw one of the concerts on that tour and it literally had 12,000 people on their feet. Not an easy ask for a jazz fusion band. Don't like it? Vote with your wallet. And vive la difference.
  7. AFAIK they both have authorized builder networks for those who prefer to buy a pre-built cab. In Dave Green's case: Gigmaster Soundworks: http://www.gigmaster.biz/ Scabbey Road: http://scabbeyroad.com/ Greenboy Audio: http://greenboyaudio.com/ Speaker Hardware: http://www.speakerhardware.com/ Tricky Audio: http://trickyaudio.wix.com/trickyaudio Perhaps Bill Fitzmaurice will jump in with links to his authorized builders, I don't have that information handy. And finally, a few more US builders: RevSound: https://revsound.myshopify.com/ Boom Bass Cabinets: http://www.boombasscabinets.com/
  8. [quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1507743770' post='3387694'] I am guessing it users the ICEPower.ASX700. [/quote] More likely the 700ASC.
  9. [quote name='ambient' timestamp='1506715095' post='3380692'] I'm probably going to be the only person to vote 'other' . [/quote] Not a chance. Mine's an electric upright.
  10. [quote name='Jus Lukin' timestamp='1505410166' post='3371757'] Interesting about the voltage step-up used in the US. i didn't know that was done! [/quote] It's quite common for household appliances like water heaters, and as Bill mentioned, for touring grade pro sound applications.
  11. Anybody else here watch the live stream of the recording of her new album? 77 hours from start to finish, with no material worked out in advance. And the topper: only 7,777 physical copies sold, with no digital distribution at all. They've already taken the live stream down and the physical copies sold out yesterday. I love everything about this, really.
  12. We had both the POJT and Dirty Dozen in the 300 seat club I used to mix in. Good times.
  13. [quote name='JimBobTTD' timestamp='1499706681' post='3333049'] Does anyone have experience of importing an instrument with an Indian rosewood fingerboard from the US? I am asking in relation to CITES. Did you need to do anything special? This is assuming that the US seller has already done the necessary for export. [/quote] The Dutch buyer I mentioned in my last post had to get his own import permit on top of the two separate US permits and the physical inspection I had to deal with. The whole process took just under 4 months. And yes, the bass in question has an Indian rosewood fingerboard.
  14. [quote name='Skybone' timestamp='1491037510' post='3269993'] The new CITES regulations are going to make this more and more difficult for buying instruments from overseas. Dealers should be doing something about licences, but where does that leave the private individual??? [/quote] I've just gone through the whole CITES permitting process as a US seller to a Dutch buyer. Knowing what I now do, I would have charged a minimum of $500 for all the hassle and out of pocket expense it entailed. Frankly, I probably just wouldn't ever do it again. If the US seller happens to live very near one the of the limited number of CITES inspection stations their experience would be a bit less painful, but the wait time for the main permit would still be 60-90 days, and the potential for unpleasant surprises is pretty great.
  15. [quote name='Bilbo' timestamp='1496689690' post='3313256'] The questions are, can you play anything all the way through on your own without accompaniment and/or what part of this thing called music leaves you wanting? [/quote] I do play a few solo tunes on bass quite often at open mikes, mostly originals with vocals. In the past I gigged with just a drummer and myself very happily as well. My kryptonite tends to be playing tunes I don't like. No one in their right mind would ask me to play classic rock in a band with them, for instance. I don't hate all of it by any means, but I am pretty much indifferent to whether people dance or not, or whether I cop bass lines authentically in the sense of "like the record."
  16. [quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1496337933' post='3310704'] I got the finished Front panel From Michael at Modulus Amplification today. I am very pleased and now have no reason to prevaricate. Build restarts tomorrow. An apology to Passinwind, the model number should have read PW7B-500UK as the preamp is basically his design PW7B. The name Cand Heat? I live in Canford Heath near Poole. Having had a business before that used the Canford name (because that is where the business was) and being ferociously pursued by Canford Audio's Rottweilers (Trade Mark Lawyers), I thought two fingers up to them would not go amiss. [/quote] Aww, no need to cite me in any way, but that's plenty close enough in any case. Hope things go smoothly for you from here on out.
  17. [quote name='Beer of the Bass' timestamp='1494449204' post='3296156'] That's not a bad price for a panel from Modulus. Though I've not used their panels, I've found them to be good to deal with when buying valve amp parts. Regarding input impedance and passive basses, just how low are you considering? I could hear little difference between 1M and 10M, for instance, but when you get down to 100k or so I do hear a difference in the highs. [/quote] FWIW, I've gone as low as 18K on some of my amps and preamps. My passive/high impedance inputs are usually at around 270-330K or so, but they are really just meant as a courtesy for guest players at open mikes and the like. My preamps can make crazy high end up into the ultrasonic range quite gracefully, and a higher input impedance tends to necessitate reining that in, which I prefer to avoid given my own wants and needs. My workaround for unbuffered piezo pickups and the like is to insert an active DI/buffer box inline with the active input. I've also been playing around with discrete FET preamps lately (Tillman/Kruetzer style), and I could see adding one of those boards working well for John if he needs a higher impedance and or a little more gain at the front end. Tradeoffs, always tradeoffs.
  18. [quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1494414832' post='3295727'] Well I was not happy with the last look so i stripped it, sprayed it Silver and tried again. It is still not perfect but I will use it as is to complete the wiring and if I cannot live with it, will do as passinwind suggested and use Front Panel software from [url="https://www.schaeffer-ag.de/en/downloads/front_panel_designer/?no_cache=1"]Schaefer[/url]. Current estimate is about £40 for a really professional front panel but if the amps is as good as I hope, it will be worth it. The alternative is to go for an engraved panel from [url="http://modulusamplification.com/CUSTOM_FACEPLATES-W3.aspx"]Modulus[/url]. So on to wiring! Incidentally the empty holes are from left to right, High/Low switch, Input jack, and Mute. [/quote] Cool. I often do my builds with a temporary front panel, since I always seem to end up wanting a different layout by the time I'm done anyway.
  19. Marco Bass SC prototype, Crescent Moon fretless, BSX Model 2000 EUB.
  20. [quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1494259045' post='3294447'] Applying to the rear of acrylic or polycarbonate sheet in reverse is probably the best idea. That or an engraved panel may be my best step but I am trying one more thing tonight before I give up. More later.[/quote] I approached the guys who did the UV printing on my last two NAMM stompboxes about doing some amp or preamp panels for me. They were totally game and I was all set to use them until Front Panel Express started offering that as an option to engraving and infilling. I'm tentatively planning on using both technologies on my next build, whenever that happens. Good luck with the decals though, looks like you are very close to nailing it.
  21. [quote name='Phil Starr' timestamp='1493967893' post='3292153'] Hi Charlie, how do the cabs sound in your opinion then? The design spec i have in my head is a full range cab but suited more to bass, shifting the crossover point away from the 1-4kHz level where our ears are most sensitive to the crossover distortions and not worrying too much about anything above about 12kHz whih will never get past the inductance of the pickup coils even if it was useful for bass. I'm happy to experiment with non flat cabs for bass use but the sensitivity of these 3" units is in the 88-91dB/W range with 20W handling typically. I want to partner them with bass drivers of 96-99dB/W quoted. Crossing over an octave below 1K would mean a midrange sensitivity down to the 3" units and power handling would become an issue, crossing over low. I'm looking specifically at the 3" units designed for line source designs which have become available and I suspect Duke is using something else to partner the 3012LF. I don't suppose you know what he uses? The advantage of using four drivers is that it also gives you some control of the off axis dispersion of midrange. [/quote] Phil, that 20 watt rating for the Faitals is broadband and goes up drastically when crossed over north of 1.5K, which I'm pretty sure is what Duke does. He likes to leverage the "growl" off the woofer and his crossovers include a switch to enhance or negate that as desired. He rates the 3012LF as more like 94dB real world IIRC. The last time I talked to him he was using the Faitals, for sure, but I will double check today as I need to give him some feedback on the 18 / 6 / 2x3 cab he sent up to our Bass Convention in Seattle last weekend. Whatever he is doing, it works exceptionally well IMO. We are pretty good friends, but that came from professional respect first, FWIW. I've also spent a little time with Jeff Genzler at NAMM and really liked both the 12-3 array cab and the new 10 inch derivative, which I think Jeff said uses Eminence 2.5" drivers. Being NAMM, I only really heard much of them in slap mode though.
  22. Last weekend we had our annual Seattle area GTG. The organizer chose the brewhouse of a brewpub a bit south of the city proper this year, which suited me well since I live about 4 hours south of Seattle. Unlike many of these events, big amp rigs are welcome and attendees are allowed to play as loud as they care to. We also had more industry reps and endorser/player demos than in years past, which many people seemed to enjoy a lot. Here I am doing my tech talk on the Passinwind open source onboard preamp: Early in the day during setup, it got much busier than this for several hours: I have to mention that the overall caliber of the playing I heard was amazingly high. Time to start organizing my summer one now, I guess.
  23. I've heard the Genzler cabs several times, as well as a few Audiokinesis cabs that use those 3 inch Faital drivers. I also have a pair of the 4" ones in a DIY cab at home. I think they lend themselves very well to out of the box thinking, both literally and figuratively. As an aside, for many peoples' wants and needs I don't feel it's necessary to match sensitivity to the woofer spec, or even desirable in many cases. Duke just uses one 3 paired with a Kappaite 3012LF in his most popular cab, FWIW.
  24. [quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1493383319' post='3287952'] This build is still ongoing. I have been toying with different front panel ideas and decided to stick with the water slide decals I used for the back panel. The front panel is now drilled and sprayed silver. ( pics to follow). I had only one sheet of clear decal paper left and so really made sure everything was right. Put it into the slot for thicker paper and turned to the PC to select print. I thought I heard the printer start to take the paper through and tried to pull it out. MISTAKE. The paper creased and that caused a paper jam. My last sheet ruined. So I have ordered another 5 sheets and hope to have the panel finished next week As with the 1x12 cab build, I have deadline, my next gig is May 13th so you should see progress here's soon. [/quote] Nobody said it would be easy, but you've certainly had more than your share of setbacks. I actually managed to trade my modular version towards a new bass a few weeks ago. It's out of my comfort zone in several ways: single cut, 5 strings, and fretted. The last part is the biggest obstacle right now, since I haven't owned a fretted bass for over 30 years. I've been shedding like crazy on it for a preamp/amp demo I have coming up this Sunday at a Seattle GTG. Feels really good to be stretching myself a bit again.
  25. [quote name='Phil Starr' timestamp='1493279135' post='3287027'] It's a shame in a way that there has been a little more heat than light so far. I think there is a general trend towards lightweight single driver cabs in bass amplification and lots of people fear that the cabs generally won';t have enough oomph. There's a lot of advertising hype from manufacturers too and unless you have a technical mind it's difficult to separate the fluff from the genuine claim. I hope it helps when those of us who do understand the technical side of things and who aren't selling anything pitch in. <snipped useful discussion> [/quote] Yep, well said Phil. Although in theory I am now a commercial poster of sorts on the bass oriented forums, I still have nothing but freelance design work to sell and speaker cabs are not currently on my radar at all. What anyone else prefers to use is all good by me. If they ask for help, or just want to know how I roll, I try to answer as best I can. Rock on, Nancy Johnson!
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