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  1. confirmed here: https://www.surreynanosystems.com/vantablack-sample-request/purchasing
  2. Isn't the issue with Vantablack that you can't just buy it and paint it on anything you fancy?
  3. Yes...but worth adding (as I have done on similar threads) that "unattended vehicle" doesn't mean stolen from any car or van, it means stolen from a locked boot,. glove compartment, or other area in the vehicle that is not visible from the road. Often quite tricky with a bass, so check the terms before paying extra for the cover
  4. My musical purchases this year have been limited to two guitar pedals...I should have joined the abstinence thread. I haven't even paid for any strings (a band i depped with this time last year donated a small supply that has seen me through). technically one of the pedals - an MXR 10-band eq - does cover the same range (and more) as my Boss Bass eq pedal, and looks much cooler, so that may get transferred to my bass pedal board in time... So my best actual bass purchase of the year, purely in terms of shelling out cash, is the latest instalment I paid towards my new Wal The worst purchase - the same, given that I won't actually be getting the bass until 2020
  5. In fairness to Sabbath, they were using the word for two completely different meanings: first to mean a lot of people, and second to mean a religious ceremony. In their drug addled state they probably thought that was quite clever...
  6. If You Want Me To Stay by Sly & The Family Stone, although the version I learned it from was by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The riff itself is a little complicated, and there is a bit of variety in how it's played, but it is the same riff repeated, and a good win once you've nailed it
  7. Just listening to one on my walk home - Sanctified by Nine Inch Nails
  8. Soul Limbo by Booker T & the MGs is a good one for a beginner - prominent riff, everybody knows the tune, and it sounds more difficult than it is One from left field for all satanists learning to play the bass - The Promise by Akercocke from the Antichrist album
  9. complete thread hijack, but I once had a few pints with Paul Cornford's son - he plays guitar in Chris Slade's band (when Slade's not in AC/DC) as does a mate of mine. Once it had been explained to me that he was the son of the amp manufacturer, I expressed surprise that he was playing through a very high end amp that wasn't a Cornford (I think a Diezel, but I may be misremembering). He told me that it originated from his dad's workshop where they are used as reference models to see how Cornford's compare, and in the past he's always been able to borrow one if he had a gig. However, because of the ongoing flimsy finances of the company (which have since become terminal), whenever finances were circling the drain, he'd get the nod from his dad to come down and liberate all the amps to keep them out of the clutches of the creditors, to then be made available when the new Cornford amp company rises like a phoenix from the flames. Basically he had a room full of top end amps at home that he hadn't paid for, the swine
  10. Ah, Jethro Tull... I once explained to an American what a Wimpy Bar was, and it completely changed their understanding of Up To Me
  11. Yeah, I'm with @Dubs Good lyrics are an unexpected pleasure, a real bonus but most people don't listen and don't care, so the singer is mostly polishing his own knob when worrying about the exact word choice. A chorus that people can sing along to does 99% of the job. But when lyrics are excellent, it adds a bonus level of enjoyment. However, bad lyrics often stick out a mile. If the singer can achieve "ignoreable" that's OK with me Back to the OP, I'm not sure I agree with the premise - I tend to agree that most people like songs because of the tune, not the words, but I'm perfectly able to like songs that I don't agree with from a political standpoint, or frankly haven't considered from more than what the words are. That is when I can understand it - Eton Rifles isn't as obviously against public schoolboys as Cameron's critics seem to think, it's slightly oblique
  12. Playing music with other people is both the best and the worst parts of being a musician. Best when it works - nothing like when the band clicks, better still when it happens in front of an audience. Worst because, well, other people. And musicians are the worst of humanity - petulant toddlers the lot of them. I've just hit 50, and have been in and out of bands since I was a teenager, often with a few years between bands. Something usually turns up. However, I'm quite lucky in that a good chunk of the people i hang out with are also in bands, and when they need a bass player they'll come and ask me, so I've never had to audition or reply to small ads and demonstrate my bass playing skills to a room full of strangers. If I'd moved to a new area and didn't have any contacts then I'd probably be having the same thoughts as the OP My advice is to give it a go. If it doesn't work, sack off that band and try again (or sack the offending band member who is responsible for it not working), at least until you decide that maybe bands aren't for you after all. And do keep that in mind - if you're not enjoying playing with a particular individual then don't - either quit or sack them, life#s too short (especially at your advanced age 🤣) If you can network, then do so - jam nights, local live venues - have a few pints and start chatting to people. In my experience jam nights can be a bit limited in terms of music played, but that said i was once in a band with two guys who had met at a jam night and agreed that while it was fun to play every week, they'd really like to do something completely different. Beyond that, decide what you want to do - covers (easier choice if you just want to play, especially if you want to be paid for gigging) or originals (harder but not unheard of at 42), which style of music, etc. then start looking for small ads, or place some yourself. You may get lucky and find exactly what you want, but I'd suggest working out just how far you're happy to compromise on music choices - you may only want to play Nine Inch Nails B sides, but you'll find it a lot easier to get into a band if you're happy playing the Foo Fighters and AC/DC The other comment I'd make is that things have changed from 15 years ago. Back in the day, especially playing originals, it was always serial monogamy - one band and one band only. these days it's a very open relationship - you can easily be in two or three bands at the same time, and nobody will judge you for it Good luck
  13. I can only speak for the "low power mode" switch on my Marshall, and that's maybe not an ideal comparison, because that's simply the sound that the amp makes! I haven't used it in full fat 5W output mode since i got it and established that 5 watts is way too loud for practicing in the front room. Whether or not it would have been better handled by a different attenuator is moot (as explained above) so perhaps it's simply something that you'll have to test when you try the amps out - cut the output and see if you like the sound
  14. I have a Marshall Power Brake and used it as a master volume on an old 50w Super Lead II combo. Worked brilliantly. Hence my slight annoyance that the Class 5 combo is hard wired so you can't just unplug the speaker and use the Power Brake. That said, different attenuators seem to produce different results so I'd suggest watching as many demo videos as you can before shelling out
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