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Everything posted by sykilz

  1. The preamp was a bit all or nothing, I always left it in the centre positions. This one's not that heavy to be honest, it's just unbalanced. The bridge position is somewhat strange, a long way from edge of bass.
  2. My only bass through the 90's was this one, an MB5. This has seen some serious hours of playing/gigging. Massive sound, very tight and focused too. It was active but years ago a problem occurred ( can't remember what!!) and it was repaired, badly as it turned out, so I stripped out all the electronics and wired it direct to the volume /jack so its passive now. Still sounds huge!!!! The neck is sublime, if heavy, with very dark rosewood and super jumbo frets. The one bad thing is it neck dives, not so much of a problem when younger, but now....no. This bass means so much to me. I remember playing it in Monkey Business music Southend, 1992, went in to try another 5 string butbthe guy in the shop said, try one of these, they just come in, and this blew away the others I'd tried. Ahhh, memories..!!!
  3. Have to be this one, I was 13, obsessed with reading horror fiction ( King, Barker, Herbert etc) and saw this in the local record shop. ❤️❤️
  4. Tesla, at the Marquee club in Wardour st on their first UK tour ('86/'87) , hot, sweaty, outrageously loud, and when the guitar solos hit the high notes my sight started to black at the edges. bad loud, Iron Maiden on the Book of Souls tour, I think I read the guy on the sound desk got fired, usually they're loud but clear, this was a wall of noise.
  5. This wins. 🤘🤘🤘 Please don't shatter my illusions as I'm imagining it being forged from the same gold as the one true ring in the Tolkein trilogy.
  6. I got Steve Vai's, caught it at the Astoria at the gig filmed for the DVD in 2001. It was mid set and he flicked it into the crowd and my hand just went up and came down full of Vai magic. 99 times out of 100 I would have dropped/missed it. So stuck it in a frame.
  7. My originals band ( back in the day, as they say...) supported Girlschool at the Chelmsford Army and Navy pub, must have been '93, '94 (?).. I don't know if they had any original members from the 80's version of the band. We were terrified. Luckily, due to grunge being the flavour of the day, virtually noone turned up so it was like all our other gigs 😆😆
  8. I used to get a lot of Tygers albums out from our local record library because the covers were so awesome ( to a 13 year old male!!). 🤘🤘
  9. Ha ha 😆😆 I think Def Leppard were ( Image wise) a victim of timing, the music they made on Pyromania was better received in the US and it was just as the BIG hair bands were breaking out there too and they kind of went along with that ( and lets face it their career went stratospheric so fair play to them) . I've seen them live a good few times over the years, the guys are all decent singers in their own right so doubt there's any shenanigans going on, they still tour almost endlessly in US so they should be good. Joe has IMO never had a brilliant singing voice, back in the day he sounded a little bit AC/DC ish which is what rock bands needed, but having said that compared to J Bon Jovi he's not aged too badly!!!!
  10. I am a living cliché, I'm 51, my favourite ( though not exclusively) music is rock/metal, I still buy and prefer CDs ( though do have spotify for research purposes) as I find the sound is more to my liking, I value sound quality, also my car has a CD player so it's great to 'grab and go' whatever I'm in the mood for. My son is 20 and majors on streaming and, yes, has started a vinyl collection too 😆😆😆. Hopefully between us we can keep recording artists in business for a few more years.
  11. Wanted to fly in the Red Arrows. Actually drive RM van. I mean it's red, and has a stripe so......
  12. I'm predominantly a rock/metal guy, and as such I am very easily pleased, I'd say 90% of (signed) bands I've seen over the years have impressed me, but a couple have stuck in my mind as leaving me slack jaw smitten by the performance, here's two from different ends of the rock spectrum, 1. Faith No More, at the London Astoria, just after The Real Thing album came out (so '91..???) , simply the most powerful, energetic live performance I've ever seen. They had to leave the stage after 10 minutes because the crowd had collapsed the barrier. Pure, unadulterated power and joy!!! 2. Marillion with friends from the orchestra, 2019, I've always preferred their more melancholy songs, and although many rock bands have played with strings/orchestra, to my ears this is the best, most perfectly integrated attempt and it works wonderfully. I saw them in Southend, and was so impressed I immediately sourced some tickets for the following weeks RAH gigs. Sublime,
  13. Lozz, that reminds me, Mariusz Duda from Polish modern prog rockers Riverside sings in English with a distinctive lilt that works very well 👍🤘👍
  14. Isn't it strange though when a singer has a strong accent talking, but not singing???? ( Looking at you, Adele....)😆😆 I can't think of a good rock example for your question apart from maybe Mike Tramp of White Lion who had a great Danish/American accent that I really liked.
  15. If you've never seen it, it's very much 'of its time', but it's all tongue in cheek and great fun and hilarious. And the dancing out of time during the chorus.....And Eddie's solo 🧡🧡🧡
  16. Nice, congratulations!!! I agree about satin necks too, I have a Yamaha and Ibanez both satin👍
  17. Yes , that's just stupid, I don't do delivery any more but always leave a card if you leave a package somewhere, it's only common courtesy not to mention proper process. Glad it's OK 👍
  18. XP1 is the code to replace signatures because of Covid restrictions
  19. I think the magic of Van Halen ( and I loved both singers eras) was that, even without the revolutionary solos, they had great, 4 minute, catchy memorable songs, the guitar wizadry was just the extremely wonderful cream on top of an exquisite cake. Sure, many shredders came in his wake and created some great music, but Eddie did it within the song and did what other widdlers did in a 5/6 minute instrumental in a twenty second burst , and that meant a lot more. I particularly loved his little touches and embellishments, witness the playing on 'When It's Love' live, just beautiful. RIP, smiling man.
  20. Sheryl Crow was amazing. The bass player ( who's a decent singer too ) sounded especially great using an Epiphone Jack Casady into a little Eden rig.
  21. Nope, made in Mexico the PMT link has photos of the headstock rear.
  22. Same here, I purposely ordered the ones listed as IN stock. They weren't, although full marks to them they emailed me to tell me and I got a refund straight away. Tried again two weeks ago, still out of stock. On ebay they cost a fortune unless you're happy to get from USA
  23. Yes, always looking / listening for new stuff I like. There's a fair bit I don't but that's ok, the great thing about being 51 is I'm not limited to liking stuff just because it's popular/cool. Not that age should be a factor in this, but it seemed to be when I was younger. I like that trying new music is easier than ever, I do still like to purchase my favourites in physical form though.
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