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  1. Singing bass players

    To a lot of people, Phil Lynott was Thin Lizzie.
  2. Do you practise in all 30 keys?

    I practice songs, not scales. Roots, walking lines, that sort of thing. I am learning piano and how to read music. For bass I try to keep it simple and straight down the middle. That is what my band mates want and expect to hear.
  3. Stools

    Gibraltar drum throne. Costly but worth every penny. I use mine for guitar, bass and piano as I suffer from back pain. Mine is shaped like an old fashioned scooter seat. But better padded.
  4. Learn To Read Music

    Not so in my experience! A parallel is that everyone 'knows ' Ohms Law. When I started my electricial apprenticeship I too thought I knew Ohms Law. But when a teacher on a block release course explained it to us, then I understood Ohms Law. I find it difficult to learn, really learn, something by reading it. Which is why I will be starting music lessons very soon. Just to be able to read the dots...
  5. Free chord charts - any interest?

    Awesome thing to do, many thanks in advance
  6. Stand Up Strings

    Words fail me.....
  7. This is not a song I know, not sure if I ever heard it on the radio, but reading your tab I see a lot of open strings used. I usually play the EADG notes up the neck as it is easier for me to damp any unwanted strings. Maybe this song needs the bass note to ring out but, for the music I play - country, rock & roll, etc. - I need to play the notes that are needed hence damping is required. The concept of playing open strings is fascinating, I might give it a go and see what happens. Thanks for alerting me to this possibility....
  8. Let's list all the vintage/used bass shops!

    SomeNeckGuitars in Dublin. Website usually up to date, more vintage guitars and amps than basses but always worth a call. Owen is the guy to ask for. https://www.someneckguitars.com/
  9. High End Cables

    You might be right Jack about my cables losing something that standard wires do not. I disagree that there is some confirmation bias, I want the best sound from my kit and I know I am getting it now. I can hear the difference. Nobody listens to music by looking at a scope screen. Even crazier is the concept of ABX swapping of cables. Simply put, if downgrading my cables would give me a better sound, I would downgrade in the morning. And sell my cables on eBay. Who wouldn't? For me I know that the cables in my system, and they are modestly priced especially when compared to Nordost or Kimber products, are staying where they are. They work. They make my system sing. What is the problem then?
  10. High End Cables

    This is not a debate that either side can 'win'. You or I can do nothing about what happens or is used in studios or indeed anything before buying the CD or LP and taking it home. If your replay system is properly setup (speakers vertical, supported and positioned correctly etc), you will get to hear what is on the disk. The quality of the sound depends on how the system parts work together. To date there are zero perfect system components. Everything is compromised to a greater or lesser extent. A good system is where the strengths and weaknesses of component parts are in balance. As I already explained, the system is everything from the wall socket to the speakers. As difficult as it may be to accept this but even the wires used to connect the boxes can have an effect on what you hear. The modern hi-fi sound, one you will hear at hi-fi shows, is slightly edgy and very detailed. The sound I want is more laid back and smooth. Cables like Nordost do emphasise the detail on the disk whereas cables made from silver wire smooth the sound to a large extent. For many years I kept a box of standard cables, mains etc., that I used to swap into my main system every year or year and a half. Just to keep me honest. Just to see if I have been fooling myself by using silver cables. The result was always the same - my system did not sound right to me until I refitted the silver wires. After many years I sent the box of standard cables to the recycling depot. In this hobby, nothing can be assumed or taken for granted. Valve amps with high levels of distortion usually sound better than better measuring solid state amps. A good hi-fi dealer will usually get you the sound that is right by your ears, that is his chosen field and he knows his products. Years ago I coined a phrase 'AudioBliss' to mean the best possible sound in your room, a sound that you feel could not be bettered in that room. If you arrive at that state, leave everything as it is. Change nothing, just enjoy your music.
  11. High End Cables

    Leonard Smalls. Thank you for your reply to my contribution. I am not telling you anything about Russ Andrews or indeed anything along that lines. My point about considering everything used on your hi-fi system as part of the system [and thus affecting the sound from it] still stands. I am a retired electrician and worked 'on the tools' for a fair number of years. In that time, we [sparks] spoke of ring main circuits or spurs depending on how they were cabled. Rightly or wrongly every spark knew what you were talking about when you alluded to ring mains etc. The lingo might be different in the UK but the meaning is likely to be the same. What you say about the current draw for a hi-fi system makes sense except it is not like that in practice. However it happens I don't know but using the 6 sq m.m. cable from the MCB board benefits the sound from my system. Ditto with the additional earth wire. I am not going to pretend that I know why, I don't, but it does. I am simply passing on this information in case you or others might be remodeling and/or rewiring your house and this work is easy to do in that case. So it ought to be done to get the best from your hi-fi system. People from a technical background tend to dismiss the importance of electricity quality and cabling, usually arguing that one cable is more or less the same as another. The hi-fi industry charge amazing prices for bits of wire but sometimes, just sometimes those bits of wire do make a difference. Why or how I don't know. It is simply a question of trying it out and listening with an open mind. Not too open mind you, just be alert to the possibility that you may be surprised.
  12. High End Cables

    Sadly threads like this one always end up much the same. Broadly the usual conclusion is that if something cannot be believed/understood then it cannot happen. All this is 'proven' by the use of second level maths. The cable building industry do not help either by making some outrageous claims about the properties or benefits of their products. The best cable, of course, is no cable. But as cables of some kind are needed to connect boxes, it follows that these cables MUST have a negative influence on the signal they are carrying. It depends on the usage of the cables as to whether you or I can hear the alteration of the signal as a result of using such cables. Cables connecting a guitar to some FX pedals and then to an amp cannot make much difference [unless the total length of cable is > say 20 metres] as a guitar amp is basically a distortion generator so losses are irrelevant and anyway that is what tone controls are for! But cables carrying low level signals, from a turntable for example, are a different proposition entirely. Even a minute alteration to the signal, aka distortion, will be clearly heard after it is amplified by the phono stage and hi-fi system amplification. It would be great if this were not the case but it is and the best that we can do is minimize the signal alteration as best we can. Digital signals too are often incorrectly depicted as '0' and '1'. But they are square waves with a minuscule but significant rise and fall time. A 'well built' digital cable will minimize the distortion of the digital signal and result in a truer representation of the signal at the other end. All of the above is mere common sense and pretty obvious when you think about it. Any hi-fi system is a collection of boxes connected together by cables. So it needs to be considered in its entirety as a single operation. Everything from the electricity wall socket to the speakers becomes a single entity whose sole purpose is to play music as accurately as possible. Any chain is only as good as its weakest link. The weakest part can be anywhere in the chain, a chain where some links are stronger than others. A good hi-fi dealer will know the properties of the products he sells, so it is his job to balance the pluses and minuses of the individual components to give the best possible sound from that system. The cables used are part of the problem and part of the solution. When the combination is 'right' the sound is glorious. Get the combination wrong and the sound becomes merely good. A lot better than the sound system in your car or iPod but still a degree or two short of what it could be. A quick A/B swap is not the way to determine which item is 'best'. In my experience the only way to check out anything, be it CD player, amp or cables etc., is to use it in my system for at least a month and then to replace it with what was in use before. Then you will know if it is better, worse or the same. Sound engineers might analyze sound on a scope or screen but we listen to it. Our ears are exceptionally well adapted for the job of listening to music. We need to trust them. In other words if it sounds good to you, it is good. So enjoy it. No matter what anyone else says. One tip for better sound, and I have done this myself, is to get an electrician to install a dedicated SPUR from your mains MCB panel to an unswitched socket for your hi-fi system. And to use 6 sq. m.m. twin & earth cable and to run a seperate 6 sq m.m. earth wire from the socket to the earth block in the MCB board. Unless the electricity supply in your area is very poor quality, this relatively small investment will give a return way in excess of the outlay. 6 sq. m.m. is about the largest cable that can be used with a 13 amp socket. Also to ask your electrician to ensure that the earth connection is actually connected to the earth via an earth spike. Bashing audiophiles [aka audiophools] is a common theme on guitar/music forums. By guitarists that will debate endlessly about the colour of a scratchplate on a guitar!!!! It becomes tiresome defending the 'cable' wicket. So rather than pissing all over anyone who suggests that cables have an effect on the sound, why not put it to the test yourself. If you get any benefit, you have gained something. If not, it has only cost you some of your time.
  13. I am in my 60s, took up bass a few years ago and love it. Still play 6 string electrics and have done so for yonks. I know very little theory and zero about reading sheet music. One of the reasons to learn to read is that someone on this site publishes bass transcriptions in sheet music format. Considering I am not brilliant at reading tab, would it be a waste of time and money to learn how to read? In other words is it too late to learn?
  14. [quote name='geoffbyrne' timestamp='1505906552' post='3375095'] Where are you? G. [/quote] I live in the centre of the Republic of Ireland. Not a lot of second hand 15" bass cabs come on the market over here. New loaded cabs are very expensive. I know that building a cab is for more than the prospect of saving money but I have an old mahogany headboard that I would like to use for this project.
  15. Ideas for strap locks

    Fretmeister suggested the use of bass string trees as strap buttons. I got a pair and, had to enlarge the screw hole for the screw to fit through it, they work very well. The strap buttons fitted to most basses are way too small IMHO.