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Phil C

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  1. Hi guys - I did another one - only 4 basses this time!
  2. Just realised I hadn't left feedback! I bought an SKB flightcase from Pete - it was exactly as described, we had great communications, it was sent quickly and wrapped carefully! Thank you Pete!
  3. Phil C

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    I have just received a custom shop precision from Merlino (Matteo). It is exactly as described (perfect!), and Matteo was an absolute star in completing all of the paperwork required for customs (post Brexit). He double checked everything, and when due to a hitch he had to use a different courier company who were cheaper, he let me know and transferred the difference back to me! He is a very honest guy, and a pleasure to deal with at all stages. Communication (via WhatsApp) was fantastic, and you have no worries dealing with him. Thanks Matteo!
  4. Yep. I think you are right. I suppose if you wear out your Nickel frets with stainless strings you could consider stainless frets when re-fretting! Anyone know of downsides to stainless frets?
  5. I took my 1977 Precision in for some TLC from a "luthier". He told me to ditch the steels, as it was wearing out my frets. I'm pretty sure he said something about they are great if you have stainless frets.... It was a while back, and I switched all of my basses to Nickel - which I found were fine, as long as I changed them fairly regularly (Ernie ball hybrid slinky). I like a bright sound and play mostly with a pick. I should add, that maybe he said that because the bass was otherwise 100% original, and the lacquer on the fret board may have been compromised with a re-fret.
  6. Sorry - I read the add again, which says white!
  7. Thank you - always nice to get some positive feedback!! Cheers
  8. Hi Chaps A lockdown recording with Bass and Drums recorded in the UK (before the latest lockdown), Guitar in Spain , Keys in New York and Vocals in Rhodes (using a drone for the video footage!). I did the video editing (PowerDirector) and audio mixing (Cubase) - and played the bass. Anyone who knows this song knows about the bonkers bass solo! Great fun! Oh, and bass was directly into Cubase (via a usb mixer) directly out from a Sansamp Bass DI.
  9. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01KFTCCKQ/ref=dp_prsubs_1 Something like this! Hope the link works - there's a silver one on that page too - which is for the bigger style mic stand thread. - This one - https://www.amazon.co.uk/ChromLives-Adapter-Microphone-Screw1-Monitor/dp/B07F72NKT5/ref=psdc_1104576_t1_B01KFTCCKQ
  10. Yes - the audio from those cheap copies is dreadful - I've never known it to be usable - however, somehow the software can still use it to sync to an audio track (like from a little tascam digital recorder) - and there you go! Good sound quality from a £23 camera! If you ever get a "proper" go-pro, the audio can be pretty decent - it's got quite a decent sort of compression to it. The audio on this one is all just from a single go-pro....and the edits are all from the one camera (back in the day!)
  11. Yeah man - it's all rock n roll! My first videos were used literally with just one Go-pro - and I used to zoom and over layer etc. As time goes on, I've got more cameras, and some cool little brass adapters that turn mic stands into tripods...- very handy for a gig situation! It's more about a bit of video to accompany the sound track for me! I've also got a Tascam audio recorder which is handy - for better audio than a camera can give. Useful at times!
  12. I always set the go-pros to 1080 and 30 fps. Just picked up an extra from Amazon today (not a genuine go-pro) - with all the accessories for £23!! (Crosstour)
  13. Hi chaps. Just seen this topic - and I'm probably a bit late to the table. I've been making all of my videos using Sony Cyberlink Power Director. I think I paid about £45 to it. For gigs we normally use 4 or 5 "gopro" style cameras, and maybe a roving camcorder. For lockdown videos the band has just used reasonable quality mobile phones! Whatever the case, the nice thing about the software is that if you use a Wav file for your audio track (off the mixing desk or whatever) then the software will usually sync the camera shot to the music (even if the camera has recorded a terribly loud distorted sound). I've found it really useful and it speeds things up a lot. With regards computers, at the beginning of lockdown I treated myself to a 2nd hand PC from a company that specializes in stripping out offices etc. I got a pc with 128gb of RAM, and dedicated graphics card with 4 monitor outputs, a 1TB SSD, and 1TB bog standard drive, along with two 22 inch monitors for £900. It has made video editing a breeze! (well - a lot quicker anyway!). It had some fancy quad core processor too. An example of a "lockdown" video using mobile phones is here - and a gig, using go-pros etc here: Hope that's helpful.....
  14. Cheers! At first, when I played it back it sounded dreadful!! Some serious EQ was required to get rid of some of the boominess (is that a word?) that 7 basses can make 😀.
  15. Thank you! It was quite satisfying to put it all together - and made me realize how weird viola parts are in particular!! Cheers
  16. Thank you! I'm trying to work out what to do next now..... got to keep those fingers moving!
  17. OK - so I've no gigs to practice for, and I struggled to keep motivated! So, I have had a go at a couple of classical pieces in the past - which kept me out of trouble. Anyway, I had a kind of bonkers idea, which was to record a classical orchestral piece playing all of the parts on bass (like you do!). I plumped for The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, as I kind of knew the Cello part from when I was in a school orchestra. I eventually found a score to download, and spent quite some time learning and working it out. Sometimes I had to change octaves, so there weren't too many bass guitars playing in the same range. There are 7 basses playing. Violin (which I did 2 basses for the 1st Violin and one for 2nd), Viola, Cello and two oboe parts. I used Fender Jazz for the strings and a precision for the oboes. Anyway - enough of that here it is. I did struggle with some of the parts, so go easy!!
  18. Thanks for this! Just installing it now. Nice one!
  19. Thanks Lozz196 and Beedster - really appreciate the advice. www.Deeperpurple.band if you want to see the mesa rig in action - on the live vids, lockdown vids are just DI'd from a Sansamp! Cheers!
  20. "A lot of it depends on what sound Phil is going for, because the 400+ is a pretty versatile beast?" Beedster- most of my gigs with the Mesa are with a Deep Purple tribute - it's loud, the guitarist likes to be able to hear what I'm playing - and I play Fenders with a pick! There are monitors at our gigs (normally house PAs), but there sometimes isn't enough juice in those to be pumping the bass guitar through them - and the vocalist gets priority! I just love the way the Mesa cuts through the noise - and I like the height of the rig, so that if things get really hairy, I can retreat to my stack and hear what the hell is going on!! It's just the logistics of dragging the mesa plus two big cabs around that can be an issue. We have gigs booked (although I have no idea if they will go ahead) for next summer including a trip to Ireland. I want to be kind to the band, and if possible reduce the weight!
  21. Thanks - will take a look at them. Don't really know much about Ashdown apart from the Geezer Butler connection!
  22. Thank you Beedster.... not that often on this forum - so appreciate the advice about target audience! It's kind of what I thought - they are going to be a bugger to replicate. I think at least I should put the head in a lighter case. At the moment it is in its "road ready" wooden box, and then flightcased....sometimes you just have to stare at the thing for a while, to summon the will to lift! Cheers
  23. I've got a mesa 400+ along with road ready cabs - 2x10 and 1x18. On the last tour that band were getting a bit fed up with lumping it up stairs, into lifts etc. I have a mark bass 800w thing that has a little valve in it and matching Mark Bass 2x12 cab - but I find it really way too clean and I don't like it. I also like having my mesa stack, which is nice and tall! Any ideas as to what could replace the mesa gear with something a bit more portable, and yet without the "hifi" sound of the Mark Bass rig? I've looked at the TC 2x10s and maybe one of their amps.... and also at the lightweight Mesa gear - but the price on those cabs seems a little ridiculous. Happy to hear any recommendations. The amp doesn't have to be 2 kg, but I would rather it wasn't the 47kg of my flightcased 400+!!
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