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  1. Here's One I prepared earlier - the black headstock is standard on the ISC xxxxxxx serial numbers I think. This one has upgraded bridge, new SD pickups/pots and fettled by the guitar garus at the GuitarRepairWorkshop in Manchester. If the Fender "original" plays better than this it must be a dream 'cos this is surprisingly nice. Be keen to hear your thoughts. Enjoy!
  2. Please bear with me .......... To demonstrate that I find instructions difficult to understand unless they are really specific .......... ,the Scarlett would accept, via USB, digital output from the PC and convert it to Analog and allow one to listen to it via Headphones. At the same time it would accept the signal from my bass via 1/4 inch Jack and overlay this on the analog "stream" from the PC to which I will be listening on headphones? And there's a "headphone amp" somewhere in the chain so that the volume of the headphones can be increased? And the Behringer UMC22 achieves the same? Just to be sure ... Thanks, Luddite-Ian
  3. Hi, I'd like to be able to use computer audio - eg Ultimate Guitar Tabs, and my ripped music, to play along with using headphones - basically in my "music room" with less risk of annoying the Mrs! I have the Vox Bass powered headphones, but I don't get along with them for some reason and I find that the audio out from the PC generates a fair bit of "noise". I've tried using my practice amp as "host", but it's not ideal as the headphone output is rather low for non powered headphones and the PC noise is still an issue. So, what do I need - is it a little mixer/DAC/Headphone amp? Something like the Sub Zero Mix 04 seems to do some of what I want https://www.gear4music.com/PA-DJ-and-Lighting/SubZero-SZ-MIX04-4-Channel-Mini-Mixer/SIZ SZMix 04, but not all. So, can anyone recommend anything that might do the trick? (simpler the better!) Many thanks Ian
  4. Ha Ha! Yes they are "musician" type ear defenders. And I will have to try harder to use them more often. I guess the beauty of not using them would be that it might make me pack it all in, more quickly, which would save many more ears - indeed it would be an altruistic act. I guess ear defenders are therefore rather a selfish act. The only answer for all concerned would be to play more quietly and sort out a PA! Ooh it's all getting a little philosophical.
  5. Well, one rehearsal done with ear defenders, room set-up improved with speakers off the ground and level with the drummer, less bass boom from bass drum, and a "team talk" re. volume. And also a different bass Amplifier. Much better. However, the ear defenders do tend to get in the way of hearing the music in so far as keeping "in the pocket" with the drums, but that might be a question of getting used to them. However, even without the defenders, the different amp improves things very noticeable. I don't have to turn up to be able to hear the bass part. So, better amp allows quieter playing as the sound is clearer. Still need to keep working on the guitarist though - he's just too loud/bright/brittle/painful - actually it's probably a tone thing rather than absolute volume but it is painful! Might try a different cab next and still need to work on the monitor/PA side of things.
  6. Thanks Everyone, Some very sane and re-assuring comments here which I will "share" with my fellow (rowdy) musicians! Fingers crossed once again, and it is absolutely the case that I need to find a band who are interested in delivering the songs well, rather than the songs just being a reason to demonstrate what fantastic guitarists/vocalists/drummers/ or dare I say it, bass players they (we) are. Except we're not! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts Cheers!
  7. No, No, and Yes! Indeed, I was the taken the fosters out of all evening for suggesting that 40W might be too loud! However, I've a friend who is an erstwhile sound engineer and I'll invite him to come along next time and see what he can do - trouble is, he's too nice!! I'm guessing this primitive need to be as loud as possible has been the end of many bands before they actually get going! However, I will persevere as follows - Ear Protectors Optimal Layout of Speakers Lift Speakers to as near ear height as possible Nag Try to reduce bass output from drums Get decent PA set up Nag Get support from ex-sound engineer PRAY. And get a better amp
  8. Failed! Rehearsal yesterday. Just one guitar, 2x12 cab 40W Valve, smallish Hall plus drums. Too bloody loud. Although a couple of "spectators thought it OK (and not too loud for them at 10meters!) but they felt that the bass needed more volume. Gain set to max (before clipping) and 12.30 on master, bass rolled off slightly. No warning lights on master or tone controls but no ear defenders YET! Changed the layout so guitar speaker not pointing at me etc. and whinged continually. However, the bass rig is just not able to cope with this sound level, to the extent that I got a few signs of distress from the system and, as stated before, I really don't like the tone at higher volumes. I have tried to get the guitar speakers lifted off the floor rather than behind the guitarists knees, but so far unsuccessfully. The guitar tone is "cutting" rather than bassy so I don't think this is the issue. I will see what I can do to get the drummer to do something to reduce the low bass though. Aarghhh!!! Debriefed afterwards but no recognition of the noise issues and VERY reluctant to reduce SPL's. Due to the "distressed" sound, I wonder whether I have an amp or cab problem and will try first a different amp (better not necessarily louder) and if this doesn't improve things I'll look at trying other speakers, reserving the lovely Vanderkleys for folky/jazzy duty. Christ - I must be getting old! Thanks everyone - I'll report back.
  9. Thanks everyone. And I do "get it" - however, you have described the guitar players accurately - 50-100W all valve amps with 4 x 10 Marshal speakers. (x2 sometimes). And a crap PA with no monitoring. I'm not actually trying to get louder, I just want the sound that I make to be clear so that I can hear it. I do wander off into the front of the band to listen, I do play around with the EQ (mostly on the bass leaving the amp flat) where necessary, I don't use any of the "boost" features or tone shaping. I stack my cabs or lift them off the floor so that it's not just my ankles that get the full lustre performance. But the tendency is, even if I practice loudly (viz 4 meter square room) for a decrease in tone quality as volume increases. I am in control of my part of the equation (or want to be) and I still want to get a better sound for the sake of argument, at reasonable sound levels. It might be that I'm just being picky but there you are. There are a lot of Basschaters discussing amps and speakers with much more clout than mine so I'm probably not alone in looking for a "better" sound (rather than a louder one), and really the question was, should I look to "improve" the amp or try different cabs. So far it seems that headroom might be a limiting factor to the D-Class Amp that I own so I guess buying a second hand amp, eg Ashdown RM 500/800 or ABM600 (although the description of the Trickfish for sale on here does sound enticing) might test this theory (oh and some ear defenders and probably a new band!)). So thanks Owen - I think you're diagnosis fits. Might I ask, of the amps you tried, which worked well for you (and which weren't so impressive)?! Hey Ho!
  10. Yes, completely agree a clearer rather than louder sound is what I'm after. And whilst the current set-up delivers this at lower volumes, as soon as you get to louder settings the clarity goes. How do you ensure a "clear" sound? Is it an amp thing or ???
  11. Phil - thanks for the warning - you're right - one of the bands is just too loud and maybe they either reduce the levels or I should seek an alternative! However, it's the tonal quality of the bass, rather than not being able to hear it, that's the issue. Even with a "less-than-really-loud" band the tonal quality isn't really what I'd like - OK, it is still loud, and "yes" ear defenders could be a good idea. I guess the sound at 9 o'clock, maybe 10 o'clock is good enough, but anymore the quality deteriorates (not distorted as such, just "unclear") from 9.30 onwards. So the shopping list is; 1) Ear Defenders, 2)?Amp, 3)?Cabs. However, I get the feeling from the responses so far, that it's more a volume/amp issue than a cab issue. Is that correct? Thanks everyone for suggestions to date and the warnings re. hearing (which is probably pretty poor already - certainly the high frequencies are a little lacking - well apparently those that are produced by female (the wife's) speech!!!) ,
  12. P.S. ABM 600 or Rootmaster 500/800?? Not much difference or ......
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