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About MrDaveTheBass

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  1. Genz Benz Focus cabs.

    I like the Focus 4 x 10: loud and punchy, not too boomy, and fairly lightweight for a 4 x 10. I've find it quite neutral sounding, which makes it versatile - I use it for loud rock gigs as well as quieter fretless acoustic ones. Especially for the price, they're hard to beat.
  2. Compressors - Do I need One?

    You might find this site useful: http://www.ovnilab.com/
  3. Reggae and ska

    Bass Culture's one of my favourite albums - it really does exactly what it says on the tin! My originals band have got one ska-influenced number, and I'm trying to get us to lean a bit more in that direction. Ever since my 20s, my ambition's been to play bass in a full-on roots reggae band - unfortunately though, they seem to be very few and far between.
  4. Clip on tuner deal - £2 delivered deal ,again !!

    Nothing to be ashamed of - Judith Chalmers gave it a very favourable review!
  5. Private Events

    The catering is usually a big plus! I played two private gigs in December - one we got fed at, the other we didn't. At one gig we had a really lively and receptive audience, while the other one was a bit 'meh'. As you say Blue, private gigs can be hit or miss. The only common downside for both gigs was having to set up early and then hang around for ages before playing.
  6. Playing With Time

    Ha! I've met many guitarists like this. The best guitarist that I've ever met didn't even rate himself as a guitarist - he always thought of himself as a timbales player!
  7. Lyrics that changed your world

    I feel inclined to blow my mind, get hung up, feed the ducks with a bun.
  8. Teeny tiny amps - any use?

    Is that you Mother?
  9. Players that don't warrant a signature bass

    I've never seen the point in buying signature underpants. I've always bought stock underpants, modified them to fit my needs and then really put the hours in wearing them in - in the bedroom, the rehearsal room and on stage - until the unique stains and wear marks mean that they're MY pants, NOT Adam Clayton's.
  10. Separating the artist from the art

    I mentioned Charles Manson in a previous post. I'd no idea that he co-wrote a Beach Boys song!!! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42051100
  11. I always like to entertain diners by using the right bass frequencies to make their cutlery levitate off the table, and create the most impressive standing waves in their soup.
  12. Ampeg SVT 8x10

    I also use an SVT through an 8 x 10 at my rehearsal space. Have a look at how the amp is hooked up to the cab. Depending on which input's used at the back of the cab, you can use the top four speakers, the bottom four speakers, or all eight. If you're only using the top four, the amp will sound a bit thin (like raising a 4 x10 off the floor). As the live speakers are nearer to your ears, you'll hear more clank. Instead, use the bottom four speakers, which will boost the lower frequencies and mask the clank. (Or use all eight! :-) http://www.ampeg.com/pdf/svt810eav.pdf
  13. Separating the artist from the art

    I think it all depends on the quality of the art. I remember hearing some Charles Manson demos, which were chilling, but only because of his infamy. Heard without knowing who's singing, they're pretty unremarkable. I do think though that unstable/damaged people often have the ability to make more interesting art. It's hard to write a sad, gut wrenching song when everything in your life is sorted, and you haven't got any demons to unleash onto the page.
  14. Originals for fun

    Do it! I joined an originals band aged 45 last year and I'm loving it. I hadn't been in an originals outfit for over 20 years, and I'd forgotten just how much fun writing and performing your own tunes was. I've kept the covers band too, as that scratches an entirely different itch. The best part is that we seem to have been accepted by the local music scene in a way that the covers band never will. By making contacts with local promoters, we're being offered support slots for touring bands as they pass through the city. The money is extremely poor, but I really like playing support, as the stress and hassle is much less than headlining as a covers band. When I was in an originals band in my twenties, the spectre of 'making it big' hung over us, and we wasted far too much energy worrying about how that was going to happen, and if we sounded 'right'. Now that there's zero chance of being rich and famous we just go out, live in the moment and enjoy ourselves.