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Everything posted by TrevorR

  1. OnSong is great once you’ve got the tunes in the transposable format. So easy to swap key (or pop a capo on if you’re a 6 stringer,or go Nashville if that’s your bag). Literally 2 seconds to change them. I compile all our team sheets and have them all in OnSong format. Love that programme! Sorry, “App” - showing my age! Bish... Bash... Bosh!
  2. A "Hellborg Signature Deluixe" model!
  3. Very similar situation for us. We've done a few of those "record on your iPhone and stitch them together" tunes too. My wife adn I are both due to get our jabs tomorrow an dit will be so goods to be able to get back into church some time in the foreseeable!
  4. OK so they’ve mostly been mentioned before but my top 5 would probably be... Yessongs - Yes A Show Of Hands - Rush Live And Dangerous - Thin Lizzy Exit Stage Left - Rush and... Live - James Taylor (some lovely playing by Jimmy Johnson on that album). Honourable mention to Rory Gallagher’s Live In Europe and Irish Tour ‘74.
  5. Interesting- I’ve been thinking about a darker sounding pickup for the Frankenjazz (especially on the bridge - I know, sacrelidge!). It actually looks like the downsides of the split J bucker might actually be an upside for me!!!
  6. You could suggest it to Paul Herman! ...he'd say "No!" but you could still suggest it!
  7. Funny thing, for many, many years I played with the keyboard player from the prog metal band, Threshold, at our church! What’s it about prog keyboard players?
  8. Ooooh, tell me more! Been thinking of putting some jazz ‘buckers in my Frankenjazz for a while.
  9. Just the once that I can recall. Went to see Threshold supporting Kamelot at the LA2 in London back in about 2007. I’ve known most of the Threshold guys for years. That was the night that the Kamelot bass player managed to dislocate his knee on the second song while doing a stage move (OUCH!!!).
  10. Sadly I very much doubt it. 🙁 I’d been asking him for quite a while but he didn’t have any. Then I sent the bass in to have the pots changed for proper ones with a shaft because the little splines on the knobs were getting old and fragile and breaking off. When I picked it up he said he’d got a little surprise and showed me. He’s found it in an old box and fitted it. He said it was a “thank you” for all the promotion from the blog. As it is, the DI’s not as good as the Custom Series one. It’s a lower output - fine but nothing special... but yeah, nice to have!
  11. No, I can confirm that one connector is for power and the instrument level signal. The other is for the optional integrated XLR DI (complete with ground lift). Paul from Wal found one in an old box about 10 years ago and kindly added it to my bass...
  12. Ah, I see that I’m a little late to the game here but I’ve just taken a couple of snaps that I thought might have been useful. Still they’ll be a confirmation for you. Here’s a few snaps of the jack assembled on my Pro 2E which should confirm the wiring and that a standard TRS switching arrangement is fine. In fact, I was a little surprised that it was a standard TRS as the Custom series use this fabulously ingenious Switchcraft jack socket that completely isolates the power circuit from the signal path.... Instead of the TRS with the R and S connecting the power it is a TS socket but with a completely separate “make” switch incorporated activated by the jack pushing the little Teflon plastic cup. They also do a “break” version and a “make/break” one. Jolly clever.
  13. Church did it's first in-person service in a couple of months this Sunday. However, with both of us having underlying medical conditions and a child with some special needs we're all still shielding for now (roll on our vaccinations - hopefully not long now). So we did another one of those "record it on your iPhone and glue it together" videos as a special for this week's service. Our indie-rock version of Chris Tomlin's "Set Free (Joy, Joy)" but with a Valentine's twist at the end. The song starts dead on at 5 minutes in. The sound of my Pro Series Wal bass comes through really nicely on the mix. So glad that our pastors and worship team appreciate the role that bass can play in a mix and driving a song and aren't scared of it!!! Hope you like it.
  14. Was never much of a NWOBHM fan though I had a couple of Saxon cassettes as a kid. The one band I really did like were Praying Mantis - probably because of the Lizzy-esque twin lead sound. Still pull out their debut album Time Tells No Lies for a listen these days. ...suitably metal Rodney Matthew’s cover too! Do Heavy Pettin’ qualify as NWOBHM? Or are they more “hair metal”. Joint worst set I’ve ever seen (they were supporting Magnum who were great). Tied with Gary Moore’s favourite support act - Aussie blueser Dave Hole.
  15. Yes, we should at least try! And October is, at least, giving time for the vaxing programme to have reaped some results.
  16. Of my 4 electric basses, 3 fall into this category. My Aria SB700 - my first bass back in 1982. An 18th birthday pressie from my mum and dad. My 1985 Wal Mk 1 Custom. Bought in about 1992 and my No 1 ever since. My 1979 Wal Pro IIE. Bought in about 2001 and a lovely bass. My other bass is a Frankenjazz and I’ve no idea if anyone would ever want it. Fab bass too, though!
  17. And, of course not forgetting the converse - brilliant comedy output from a musician... Guy Pratt and his My Bass And Other Animals book and show!
  18. He did a cut down version of this on BBC Radio 4. Bloomin’ brilliant. Love Mitch. Fabulous parody performer.
  19. Back around 1990 my college folk band got a residency at a local comedy club (the guy who organised it fancied our singer!) so we did a 30-45 minute warm up set for the two headlining acts. We supported (among others) Eddie Izzard, Linda Smith (RIP), Mark Thomas, Hattie Haydridge and a duo called “The Rubber Bishops”. I recall thinking that the beardy one in the group was really good (comedy and music-wise) and would go far. A certain Mr Bill Bailey. So he’s been a bit tasty on guitar and keys and jokes for a good old time.
  20. I reckon that Norah Jones’ offshoot fun band, The Little Willies nailed it with their slow version. I love this! Norah’s voice just drips with emotion. And the album version...
  21. Absolutely - my approach too. My preferred gigging basses are my two Wals, always have been and they've been through all sorts of venue with me, big and small, salubrious and dodgy. I might take along one of my other basses instead of one of the Wals but only because I fancied playing it, not because I'm worried about damaging or losing the other ones. Only one I don't use live is a custom acoustic but only because it was built for home use, doesn't have a case, doesn't have a pickup and is now probably too fragile for gigging.
  22. Radio 3’s The Listening Service is always a fascinating listen. In this one they explore why we’re so addicted to bass and how it works in music... https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07vwg5w This little 3 minute video snippet gives a good taster... <iframe width="400" height="500" frameborder="0" src="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p049y9gb/player"></iframe>
  23. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the credits don’t list... Bruce Thomas - Bass ...they list... Bruce Thomas - Wal Bass EDIWTB is one of my all time fave basslines and was even before I realised it was a Wal!
  24. Seen in closer detail being used to good effect here... He used a Wal for pretty much all the Punch The Clock album.
  25. Absolutely agree. Paul’s a really nice person whose desire is to build really high quality, unique basses - no compromise. Yup, Paul’s not interested in the corporate “dream”. When he left Wal the first time it was to set up as an independent sole luthier hand building hollow bodied jazz guitars... he’s in it for the craft, not the cash! Well, if you fancied a trip down the M6 and M40 if we ever manage to have another SE Bass Bash there will definitely be a couple or more there which you’d be welcome to have a go on!
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