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  1. I'm working from home, to keep things as normal as possible for our front line staff who are key workers. As an organisation we're very well set up for remote working - Google Hangouts works extremely well, and we've used it for ages. In fact I would typically work from home at least one day every week anyway, so it's just more of the same. That said, my work has become a lot quieter. Yesterday was very unusual in that I had a whole day's worth of stuff to do - usually I'm pretty much done by midday and just keep an eye on e-mails and scheduled meetings for most of the afternoon. No kids, no other half, just a cat...who has yet to learn that breakfast is no longer at 6.30 now that I don't have to commute to work So in answer to the OP, the house is a lot cleaner and tidier because I'm not waiting for the weekend to do everything. I'm listening to a lot of music as I work most mornings, with afternoons largely free to watch stuff blu rays/Netflix, etc. I have one of my guitars propped next to where I am working - so far I've spent most time playing my 7 string, to get more used to playing that (in practice it has told me that 1. I need to change the gauge of the low B; and 2. I really want to change the pickups) I don't miss the daily commute, but I am having to make time to read books, which would normally be done on the train and tube. And I miss the daily walk to the station, not for the walk itself, but for some exercise
  2. I see myself as a bass player, but I currently own more guitars than basses, and I have played guitar in bands before. Having some ability on the guitar can help with understanding the role of the bass and writing bass lines, and it definitely helps with writing songs as a whole. I'm definitely a better bass player than I am a guitarist (my test for auditioning guitarists is that if they are no better than I am then they're not good enough to be in my band), but I do find that guitars are better as solo instruments, whereas bass is usually better in a band context (YMMV)
  3. This may not help your self control - 20% off everything in stock: https://guitarvillage.co.uk/ that said, not much for bass players (they make a token effort, but it's really a shop for guitarists)
  4. as far as I'm aware they are still OK to work - perhaps it's a little foggy under the earlier announcement about staying at home unless your job is "vital" but that seems to have softened to be more about staying at home if you can work from there, but go to work if you can avoid public transport However, I have had an e-mail from one company that I placed an order with (not bass related) saying that because of where they are based (central London) they don't have any staff coming in to be able to send out the orders at the moment. I think we might see things taking a bit longer to get to us over the next few weeks...
  5. I was discussing this with a mate last night - his band usually have a very busy summer festival season, and typically play a few shows across Europe, but fortunately for them they played Portugal a few weeks ago when it was only seen as an issue in Italy, and don't now have another trip lined up until October. Good for him, but they have no idea what to expect for the rest of the period in between I think it's worth keeping in mind that the current advice isn't aimed to stop us all getting the virus, but to delay when we all get it. Most people won't have much beyond minor symptoms, and I suspect that some of us have it at the moment but assume it's the usual seasonal sniffles. If everybody with a good immune system could get it as soon as possible then that would suit everybody, but unfortunately there's no way to ring fence them without also infecting those who are genuinely at risk of more serious consequences like @phil.c60 says, the idea is to push it back until the NHS has dealt with the usual winter demand, with the summer being seen as a "better" time for vulnerable people to get it. This might mean that things are relaxed in a couple of months, when we actively want as many people as possible to get it and develop a herd immunity Obviously no consolation for those that have lost earnings in the meantime. Back to the OP's question, and keeping in mind that I don't have any gigs in the diary at the moment, I think it would depend on whether I or a band mate has a compromised immune system (in fact I do, and I've probably been more cavalier about this than I should have been over the last week or so, certainly as regards public transport) or has close contact with somebody who does
  6. had a similar situation once, but we put up with it because we knew it ahead of starting the band (he wasn't wilfully unemployed, more that his work meant that he lived pretty hand to mouth at times) plus the rest of us were all working and a couple of us had pretty good jobs, so subbing him once in a while was OK. To his credit, he never complained about the costs, or made it an issue up front like we had to pay for the pleasure of him being there, more that once in a while he's tell us that he didn't have any spare cash that week and could we sub him? When we recorded a demo he made sure that he had his share of the costs Plus he was an excellent singer That was far preferable to one former band mate who never stopped complaining about how much rehearsals were, in a tone like he was doing us all a favour being there, as though we weren't also paying for the studio. Either be in a band or don't be in a band. Don't make it an ongoing whinge
  7. forcing insurers to pay out for a risk that they did not insure simply won't happen, nor should it. If you chose to insure your car for third party only you wouldn't expect to get a pay out if somebody stole it, and it is exactly the same position for this There is a very good argument for affected businesses to be helped out, and the position seems to be evolving from what the Chancellor said yesterday, but it's not insurers who should be footing the bill for businesses who chose not to cover this Keep in mind that investments in large insurers will be part of most of our pensions, so it is in all of our interests for insurers to only pay out what they have actually insured
  8. then it's a bit much to expect the insurers to be paying out for cover that the businesses were offered and chose not to take out
  9. Just been told to stop coming in to the office until further notice Given that it's however many weeks with nothing better to do than practice (OK, technically I will be "working from home" but even stopping the travel to work gives me an extra four hours per day...admittedly at least half of those will be spent asleep) it's a good opportunity to give some time to something new. So despite the fact that I am expecting a new bass in the next few weeks, what I should be trying to prioritise is playing my seven string Explorer (I'm OK on it, but really need to give it time to get properly comfortable with the extra string) or my eight string mandolin (the tuning fries my brain every time, so I learn to play stuff by rote, rather than by intuitively knowing where the next note is) However, in practice it'll all be about the new bass as soon as that arrives
  10. just got the new Therapy? album - Greatest Hits (Abbey Road Sessions) They've re-recorded all the singles from when they used to be well known to the general public (so, finishing on their last A&M album from 1998) - fair play, they've stuck to "greatest hits" rather than trying to slip in anything from a later period. It's not bad, but missing some of the p#ss and vinegar of the original recordings, and certainly missing the snare drum crack of Fyfe Ewings' original drums. It's a good exercise and well done for not simply re-releasing the old tracks, but in all honesty I can't see myself choosing to listen to those versions over the originals. And perhaps a shame that they haven't put out a new album of originals given how excellent their recent output has been. Of more interest is the Unofficial Bootleg bonus CD, a collection of live recordings of more obscure tracks from assorted dates and of assorted qualify from the length of their career. I think that one will get played more frequently
  11. I have similar thoughts about the pedals - I have a set up that I really like, but have actually used live twice in the last five years (and only then because I did a couple of gigs that had proper transport). I've mostly played with the bass, a tuner and, for gigs without my SVT (which has been most of them) a Tech 21 pedal pretending to be an SVT. Is there anything you'd find it hard to re-buy if you change your mind in six months? Any special editions or discontinued products that have a function that you used a lot when you have used the kit, and wouldn't be easy to replicate if you found yourself needing to use it again? If it's all stuff that you could easily replace then sell. Doesn't really matter if you then change your mind
  12. purely for home use, I got one of these for a small 5w Marshall amp: https://www.andertons.co.uk/guitar-dept/electric-guitar-accessories/electric-guitar-hangers-stands/quiklok-bs317-amp-stand works an absolute treat, although very much based on being a good fit for the dimensions of my amp. Admittedly mine's a combo, so I didn't have to worry about the head
  13. I'm pretty good at moving stuff on that I buy and then don't like/use, but I have a few bits and pieces that I needed at the time but haven't used for some years because that need passed. Most expensive is probably a Marshall 2 x 12 guitar cab that I wanted for a band I was playing guitar in...but haven't gigged for at least five years and I probably didn't gig with it more than half a dozen times However, I am currently storing some guitars for a mate who moved to a smaller flat and under strict instructions from his girlfriend had to thin down his collection to the ones he thought he would actually be playing on a regular basis. the longer version is that he is a terrible guitarist, but loves convincing himself that he needs to acquire new stuff, and having acquired it then struggles to play his new toys and leaves them in as new, untouched condition. Based on how zingy the strings were when he dropped them off I can guarantee that he didn't spend more than a week trying to play: a 7 string Schecter (bought because I'd got a 7 string Explorer and he convinced himself that he also needed an extra string...the fact that he can't play 6 string guitars didn't bother him) a 12 string acoustic (no idea why he ended up with that - probably just because he didn't have one) a Gibson Les Paul (I feel slightly bad about this one - I was chatting to a girl that we know and he fancied at a festival, and she was showing a lot of interest in me having a Les Paul, so he loudly announced that he has loads of guitars but a LP was missing from his collection. I goaded him into buying one, and explained that he needed heavier strings because of the shorter scale length, and gave him a set of the strings that I use - 12's. He then couldn't play even to his appalling standard on 12's, and rather than changing them to a lighter gauge, he left the guitar alone for a few years. I have sent it on loan to a friend who is learning to play, and she has sensibly put lighter stings on it) A Marshall 50w acoustic guitar amp (because he has a Parker Nitefly, which has both electric and pietzo pickups. Despite him never actually playing his guitars outside of his front room, he had to get a proper amp set up for it)
  14. I remember Meatloaf limping around. And the Scorpions were main support and superb. I remember Mountain playing Nantucket Sleigh Ride, and I vaguely remember Blackfoot and Mama's Boys. But my main memory is standing around for two hours in the pissing rain waiting for Deep Purple to start
  15. I think it comes back to eBay and PayPal's bias towards the buyer As I understand it, there's no right to return items for private sales on eBay. However, the Ts & Cs require the seller to accept returns if the item is different to how it was described. So if you change your mind and you want your money back you claim that it's not what you paid for and eBay and PayPal are on your side It's not my argument but if I was the OP I think I'd be putting up a fight here and refusing to accept it back...but I do accept that it may not be a fair fight
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