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  1. I only bought a second hand compressor, for not very much at all, so am treating it as a semi-victory considering how my previous form has been... I rather thought of the exercise as motivation to just be happy with the stuff I already have, and in that respect I feel I have succeeded, and am grateful for the initiative! I also started in a new band, so it turns out gear acquisition has nothing to do with being a more active player for me! Now, maybe I need another 1x12, or even a 4x10...
  2. Not so long ago but well after the fact I actually realised that both my regularly played basses are signatures! A Sandberg Umbo, and a Squier Matt Freeman precision. I chose the Umbo because it was by far the best jazz bass I found on my day of jazz bass shopping, and just assumed the Umbo was the model name. I rate Matt Freeman but don't ape him in anyway, and got the bass because I wanted a precision bass with not too chunky a neck, had heard that these were particularly good bang for their buck, and one popped up locally for 200 quid. My feeling was that I wouldn't seek out a bass because it was the signature of a particular player, but I have just realised that I would definitely want to try a Mike Kerr signature, which I am assuming will one day be a short scale Jaguar with a hum/mudbucker or two. I think it would be awesome, and I am quite surprised Fender haven't released one yet - I'm sure it would sell.
  3. I think I 'know' it is pronounced Hot Tone, but I started with Hoe Tone, and that's how it will stay! I have the tiny bass amp and think it's great... What pedal have you got on the way?
  4. I'm a 3er by and large, for most of the reasons already stated. Additionally, I'm trying to reduce my consumption of things in general, and one way of moving towards this is by reusing something someone wants to move on, rather than me buying completely new. I realise there is a bit of a disconnect between obtaining what are fundamentally luxury items and wanting to decrease one's impact of consumption but hey, it's my line in the sand and I'm honest with myself about it I think 4 of my 5 regularly used instruments are at least second hand.
  5. I was about to post the same photo... If it is what you wonder, then I agree that it could be absolutely amazing. Especially if the buttons have that mash feature 🤤 Fingers firmly crossed for a spectra, spark, mojo, flashback, HoF...
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    Blooper

    Sure thing. It's obvious from the videos that they have spent an age developing this, and I'm sure they have calculated what return they need for their time investment. It's just that, for me, it turns out 500 is something of an arbitrary tipping point between justifiable and unjustifiable expense. And that makes me a sad panda...
  7. ben4343

    Blooper

    I love love love the Knobs demos on Youtube - well worth checking out. I also enjoy irritating my girlfriend with weird noises from effects pedals, so was super psyched when Knobs announced they were designing their own noise maker, the Blooper. I have watched all of their update videos, and was waiting patiently to hear something about a release to support the channel and their efforts, and I have just found out it is on Kickstarter. For 500 bucks. Plus tax. Is this right?? I mean, I have basically stopped buying pedals so I can justify my very occasional Red Panda habit, but 600 dollarydoos for a pedal is unbelievable. I don't really know what I expect to achieve from posting, I'm just feeling a bit crushed (hurr hurr) and needed to vent, haha!
  8. Very cool. And, a left handed bass, strung like a right hander...?
  9. I enjoyed it well enough, but it wasn't anything special. I'm slightly disappointed, but remain hopeful for the rest of the album - I definitely preferred one tracks they have been playing live.
  10. EQD have just released the Plumes OD; apparently tubescreamer-esque with a few clipping options. Sounded pretty good on bass (kept low end well) on the Pedals And Effects show, and is relatively affordable at the £100 mark. I have wanted to try a Westwood for ages (a different beast I know, but I have a penchant for low gain), but this might be a low enough price to buy un-tested. Anyone got one on pre-order?
  11. I wonder if it could well be a bit like this - the two new tracks at Download were absolute bangers but were definitely not sing-along anthems. I surprised myself as I tend to prefer Tool's 'songs' rather than their instrumentals, but I thought these were excellent, particularly the interplay within the rhythm section. Can't wait for the albums to come on to streaming though, this is great news.
  12. Yep, I have the HB version and rate it as a low gain, always on overdrive. There have been a few threads saying similar things if you do a search for American Sound - all generally positive, especially considering the price. This guy rates it too - https://johnkvintageguitars.homestead.com/JoyoJF14.html
  13. A Mike Kerr signature Jag. I'm amazed Fender haven't released one, I'm convinced it would sell.
  14. To be perfectly honest I don't love it, but that isn't the fault of the pedal - I just don't think bitcrushers are for me. I bought it in a period of completely self-indulgent GAS where I was on a Red Panda bender, and wanted a bitcrusher for one song. I also really like the work RP do in general, and was lucky enough to be able to afford to support them. I mess around with it from time to time, and can say that I tend to favour Crush over Mod mode, but I don't find it as inspiring as some of their other pedals (the Raster is probably my favourite pedal of all time) - again because I think I am not a bitcrusher guy. I also haven't really experimented with the EXP, but I think I lack the right kind of imagination to get anything special out of it. I think as bitcrushers go though it was pretty cool and has a high ceiling, but I also found it easy to dial in a suitably quirky sound on the LoFi Machine... Horses for courses.
  15. Some discussion about Barefaced cabs from the man himself. I have never even heard a BF cab, but I enjoyed this.
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