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  1. I'm a little bit obsessed with this. These bases are £1450 new, this is an absolute bargain, how is it still here? I love Yamaha basses. I'm intrigued by the 'IRA' treatment, the lovely tuning pegs and knobs, the inlays, the lovely colour of the back of the multi laminate neck... I simply cannot justify buying it but the GAS, the GAS!
  2. Big respect to you having a go at Analogue Kid, so many wicked bass lines on this whole underrated album. My favourite song (and bass line) of that album is Digital Man. The last tune I sat down to fully learn as a challenge was 'Easy' by Nik Kershaw after I was very fortunately introduced to it by @bubinga5 in another topic. It sounded so bloody hard I just needed to unpick it. I eventually did but I had to sit down with it for several hours.
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    Gig Fees

    Would be good to get some historical perspective on these figures and filter them by the type of gig eg pub gig, corporate, wedding etc. I'm under the impression that pubs are not paying what they used to although I'm not certain of this. I've not played more than a handful of functions, some many years ago, and I've been in different sized bands each time so the dosh would have varied.
  4. My uncle owns a 1962 Jazz bass. He is a total show-off and can barely play a note. I hope and pray that he will leave it to me in his will. In the meantime though what a waste. This got me thinking- considering that, unlike cars, most bass guitars are unlikely to be totally worn out and scrapped/ crushed/ converted to other uses, since the 1950s when production started they're must now be literally millions and millions of instruments lying around somewhere. My question is where? They keep on manufacturing them but if they're not being scrapped there must be an enormous and growing stock of second hand instruments out there. Are they unplayed and gathering dust under millions of peoples' beds or in their lofts. There must be some real diamonds tucked away waiting to be played. Is this being reflected in the second hand market, is there just more and more gearout there nowadays? Funny the things you end up thinking about on boxing day...😃
  5. It's just a way for me to pick a couple of goals which should be achievable in a 12 month period. There is no way I could move forward and tackle everything I ever wanted to do on the bass in one go without it resulting in failure and disappointment. I can't forget I've got a job, a Mrs and 3 kids to try to attend to as well... Small but significant steps forward is the way to go for me.
  6. Some people thing they're pointless but my favourite thing about the xmas and new year downtime is the opportunity for reflection and to gain some perspective. Over three last two or three years I've managed to make some real progress following a 10 year hiatus from the bass guitar. This process followed some challenging but realistic new years resolutions: I found a terrific teacher and took some lessons, listened to lots of new and old music, attended local open mic gigs and because of the networking opportunities these offer joined a gigging band. I videoed myself playing and was able to address my duff stage presence and miserable demeanor. I finally smashed my confidence barrier and started singing backing vocals and later took over lead vocals on one song. I've taken a few singing lessons to improve my technique in this area as well. I am now in a new covers band with some great players and I've also taken over bass duties in the local open mic house band which is every week. So finally, my new year resolutions for 2020? 1 I want to become accomplished at reading chord charts so I can open up more varied gigging opportunities; 2 I want to make original music. Covers allow me to scratch one particular itch but I'm craving some deeper creative satisfaction. I think these are realistic aspirations. Does anyone else plan to set themselves any new challenges on 2020? Merry Christmas and happy new year to all BCers 🍻
  7. Thanks for the advice, I'm going to try this and see what happens.
  8. Hi all, advice required please. I've recently acquired a second hand Matt Freeman Squier P bass which is lovely. It's very light, great low action and sounds wonderful. It's strung with Fender flats. However during my first gig with it last night I discovered that there is a very noticeable dead spot at the G (E string, 3rd fret). Its much quieter than the other notes and the bottom completely drops out of the sound which is dreadful when you shift up when playing the chorus of 'Play that funky music'. I adjusted the EQ to boost the mids a little and that seemed to alleviate the problem slightly but that might have been in my head only. Is this a common dead spot on P basses and is there anything I can do about it? Very disappointed to find a problem with an otherwise great instrument. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
  9. Thanks for all the replies, there are many keen eyes among the BC community! 👍
  10. There's a fabulous looking P Bass for sale near me, the seller claims it's a 1995 model but I've never seen one like this. I love the finish but I reckon it's been modded with a new bridge and custom scratchplate. Anyone seen one of these or have any further info they can offer? I am tempted...
  11. Hi all, I used Pirate rehearsal studio in Birmingham for the first time yesterday and it was a strange bordering on surreal experience. Pirate is unstaffed. Nobody on site whatsoever. When you book your room online you are given an access code to enter the car park, another to enter the building and another to enter your room. The electricity is turned on automatically 15 mins before your booking starts. The bass amp didn't work. I had to ring a number (alternative to using 'live chat') and spoke to someone in a remote call centre who advised me to go out of the room and find a replacement speaker cable from 'store cupboard 1' and gave me an access code to enter. This did not remedy the problem so he then sent me to 'store cupboard 2', another access code, to grab a replacement bass amp, and lug it back to the studio myself. Finally got working but wasted nearly 15mins messing about with the defective amp. However give them their due I complained about the time wasted and they gave me a free hour to use next time I book. The business model is clearly based on Ryanair with minimal staff costs and tech-savvy customers. Don't know if I like it. It was pretty busy so I might be in a minority here. I think having a human on site is a good thing generally. Anyone else used them?
  12. Many thanks for the replies so far, I will add pics later today to clarify the problem. Regards Ted
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