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About tom5string

  • Birthday 22/11/1965
  1. Have the same problem and my solution is: http://www.radialeng.com/product/bassbone-v2
  2. Morning, some thoughts and experiences with the fretless ladies I played during the last ten years: - Maruszczyk Elwood L5 24: kinda J clone but then different, a humbucker on the bridge PU position and the neck is thicker than you would expect. Nevertheless a fairly low action makes you forget this. A well built no-frills instrument, passive, classic tonewoods, ebony fingerboard, very light. A full blown 5er at 3.7 kg. Soundwise Jacoesque when played close to the bridge, warmer and more growly when moving towards the neck, nice slap-tone. Always present in the mix. Payed 1 kEuro which I found very fairly priced. Here`s a review I wrote on a German forum: https://www.musiker-board.de/threads/bass-maruszczyk-elwood-l5-24-fretless.468658/ - Musicman Stingray 5: bought as replacement for the Elwood because I wanted to have a graphite neck and fingerboard to prevent the roundwound wear. So, she has a Status replacement neck which makes her less Pino-sounding but still in that direction. There is a bit more clarity in tone but in the end it's a stingray sound. Also very present in the band, more low-mid sounding than a J-bass, not so upfront more serving the context. My main instrument at the moment. But she's heavy, beyond 5 kg. - Spectorcore 5: Nice one. She's the perfect match for my unplugged band. The video above describes it perfectly, it was the trigger for me. My favourite setting is piezo full, treble almost completely dimmed, magnetic halfway, treble full on. This makes her stay growly and fundamentally below the guitars without getting lost. Soundwise in an upright direction but different, there is always this piano-like sound present that is mentioned in the video. Not built for high-speed soloing, more serving the fundamentals. Due to your Brexit experiment and the low exchangerate I could import her at an appealling price of 599 Pounds - and she's worth every penny of it. - Mayones Patriot MR 5: wowsa! Just played it in a music-store but WOW! By far the most resonant, sensitive, growly, singing fretless I ever played. Very beautiful and extremely light. But at a pricetag well beyond 3kEuro I left her at shop, too much money to be spontaneous. https://mayones.com/page/patriot-mr-fretless-5-antique-black/ So, I hope this feeds some valuable info into your decision process. I really like playing pretless, the sound, the freedom to articulate 🙂 Cheers, Tom
  3. Hi folks, here's my transcription, up for discussions 🙂 Kate Bush - Babooshka.pdf
  4. Hey man, your Deutsch will improve while using it. A good source for musicians wanted/available is also this one: https://www.backstagepro.de/ Das könnte dich vielleicht schon interessieren: https://www.backstagepro.de/musikerkontakt/sons-of-the-ark-band-sucht-bassist-in-rock-alternative-independent-24106-kiel-5HS41xTrxN Gruß aus Niedersachsen Tom
  5. Maybe some German engineering: https://www.marleaux-bass.de/bass_consat_custom.html I like the instruments and Gerald is a really nice person.
  6. Moin, right - the Peavey was also my favourite. Surprisingly versatile and good sounding instrument. Tom
  7. The two SEI Jazz-types that I had the pleasure to check were really impressive instruments - just slighly above your budget (start from 2.1k)
  8. Ha, found it! How can we compare chromed and black bridges???? ;-) Nice test, astonishing result. I could swear ... but was proven wrong.
  9. So, my feeling pushed me to the decision of the majority. I'm curious if we were right :-) I think, this question is more important when using fretless basses. There is a nice comparison available on YT with Adrian Maruszczyk demoing "identical" instruments with just different fingerboard woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPAHQXms6_A One can still argue if blueburst vs redburst makes a difference, too ;-) Cheers, Tom
  10. ... ehm ... it said ... "show" .... Here we are:
  11. Hi , here in Germany, where Glockenklang is based, the company has a high reputation for "hi-fidelity" Equipment. They produce (since years) well acclaimed amplification in the upper price region. I doubt that anything with the brand name on it is not-optimal in a technical sense. But if it does not fit your idea of sound ... change it. Cheers, Tom
  12. Morning, please check out Maruszczyk basses: [url="https://www.public-peace.de/bass-guitars/fretless-basses"]https://www.public-p...fretless-basses[/url] I played an Elwood 5 in the chambered version (5L) for long years. Really nice sounding, leightweight (3.7 kg), no frills, just a passive bass made of decent tonewoods. Some listed on the web-site sell new within your price range. Cheers, Tom
  13. A Fender Precision Elite which I bought new in 1984 - still playing it. So: 33 years
  14. A Stingray with a Status neck.
  15. Keep the Sandberg, you seem to like it. That is the most important aspect , imho. Also, as Mark King once said: "Over the years, when parents have asked me about their kids wanting to play an instrument, I always say buy the best one you can afford. If it doesn't work out, and you flog it, you get your money back. A good instrument is also much easier to play and sounds good. If you start off with a clunker that's impossible to play, the kid will get disheartened, and you'll have wasted your money. For me, it's just good insurance. You either spend £50 and waste the £50, or spend £150 and you'll get £130 back." Ok, I guess you're not a kid, but still the argument holds - get the best instrument you can afford!
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