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  1. I love the Too Young To Die demo. I'd really like that bass but haven't got the money at the moment until I sell some stuff. Have a free bump.
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  3. [quote name='Golchen' post='327948' date='Nov 12 2008, 09:21 PM']Loads of gear to try, but the downside was that they were not allowed to sell anything on the day!?! I'm gonna stick to that show in the future.[/quote] There were ways to buy stuff, Headline were mailing any guitars bought. I got my LMII there, the seller had to get a security pass for it and then sneak it to me. All pretty pathetic really.
  4. [quote name='MB1' post='327853' date='Nov 12 2008, 07:01 PM']MB1. The Royal Northern College of Music is a Great Venue for Bassday, Big enough for the job, and harmonically good enough for live performance,(not a bad bar either) if T.M Stevens can get there from the states, you have no excuse.Leave Bassday where it is Thanks,i think the organisers will have enough to think about planning next years Bassday, without having to look for other suitable venues in the Midlands. The organisers have already stated Bassday will not conflict with any other music show.If it ain't broke dont fix it!.[/quote] Ah ha that's easy for you to say as it's local. If bassday would like to pay me to attend as with Mr Stevens, I'm in. Also if I come to Manc I'll have to visit the in laws. "The organisers have already stated Bassday will not conflict with any other music show" Hmm we'll see eh?
  5. Try here [url="http://www.cafepress.com/thebassclef2"]http://www.cafepress.com/thebassclef2[/url]
  6. [quote name='BigRedX' post='327541' date='Nov 12 2008, 01:06 PM']Remember that no matter how bad you thought this year's Music Live was the only way it could have been worse than the London Guitar Show of 2007 would have been for there to be no basses at all![/quote] Yeah LIMS 2007 was extremely dire, but at least I got to see The Blockheads for "free". 2008 was much better, but the no offsales policy was just plain barmy with exhibitors having to sneak gear out or send them by post.
  7. [quote name='Bassassin' post='327174' date='Nov 11 2008, 11:02 PM']Without the dominant corporate profile of Sound Control[/quote] Replaced by PMT which, given what I read about their service here on BC, is no bad thing. 3 basses on the Fender stand, 4 basses on the Yamaha stand, no Warwick, very sad.
  8. Was it any good? You really didn't miss anything at Music Live, worst ever.
  9. I went on Sunday and knew something was amiss as soon as I arrived at the car park which, despite it being already 11:00, was almost empty. To my mind I think everyone had done nearly all of their exhibition budget at the London International Music Show. All the usually big stands were smaller with very few basses and little or no demo facilities, for instance the Fender stand was a tent with about 8 instruments (guitar and bass) total! Saw and played the new Sims Enfield basses, nice almost like a modern reincarnation of Wal, but at between £2.5 - £3.5k a pop way too expensive. Nice stand with Phil Jones amps and Sandberg basses which were good, a friend of mine bought a California JMM for not bad money. My favourite bass was the Lakland Bob Glaub on the Headline (PRS) stand, probably the best overall stand there, but I couldn't justify another £700 after the gear year I've had. There was still the odd stand with demoers going slappity, poppity, all treble, little bass and no mids. Don't get me wrong I like to slap and pop too and admire the abilities of those at the show, but less is more guys. Try using that tone and technique in an actual song and it won't work and the guitarists are just as bad, overgained widdling to the fore as usual, at these shows it still sounds like the '80s. Despite the lack of bodies and smaller stands it was still very difficult to get a good demo of any potential purchase due to the volume of the demonstrators as usual. When are they going to have some enclosed demo rooms for pity's sake? All in all very disappointing and by far the worst Music Live I've been too, so will probably be the last especially at an inflated £17 for a smaller show! I'll be sticking to London from now on, bigger, better and cheaper. Finally (and I've said this before) what absolute [email protected] thought that having Bass Day on the same day as Music Live was a good idea and why Manchester? The Midlands is the best place for these things as both the North and South based players can get there with reasonable ease. In fact if Bass Day had been in the Midlands I might have made a weekend of it, stayed over and visited both. It was a long way to go for a coffee and a muffin, yep that's all I bought.
  10. Having sold 2 of the original Blue Line speakers I'm reducing the 2x10 Superfly equipped cab to £180. Come on guys 'n gals I need to finance a new bass!
  11. What bright spark thought that having Bass Day on the same weekend as Music Live was a good idea?
  12. [quote name='Mr.T' post='324689' date='Nov 8 2008, 09:47 AM']You hit the nail on the head... It is as much a problem with those hinged handles. I weighed the cabs last night and they come out at around: 1 x 15 = 55lbs. 2 x 10 + 5 = 70lbs. Not lightweights, but not ridiculously heavy either! .... and I am West Cornwall.[/quote] 70lbs for the 2x10? My Ashdown now only weighs 44lbs. Has the hard recessed handles too. (More shameless plugging)
  13. [quote name='Mr.T' post='323994' date='Nov 7 2008, 09:41 AM']I read up on the Shroeder which gets rave reviews.... not sure about having my amp so low to the floor?[/quote] Stand it on its side I actually have it the other way up now with the angled speaker downfiring (I don't use the tweeter at the moment)
  14. [quote name='italki' post='323732' date='Nov 6 2008, 09:11 PM']Hi, I've had my ashdown amp for around a year, whilst I was playing I smelt a burning and then my amp was very distorted, not as loud. Could anybody give me any advice as to what this could be. Thanks Tristan[/quote] Hard to say but you may have melted one or both of your speaker coils. Get it to a technician.
  15. I swapped out the speakers in my Ashdown 2x10 for the new Ashdown Superfly 10"s and dumped nearly 18lbs (8 kilos) and the whole cab now weighs just 44lbs (20 kilos). Having now moved to a neo 2x12 single cab solution I'm actually selling that [url="http://basschat.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=28130&hl="]2x10[/url]. A shameless plug, but I'm OK with it.
  16. I have a Tascam BT1 MkII which is great as you dont need to plug in an external CD player and a limitless sample time. It only has a metronome though and the EQ isn't very good. I used to have the Korg Pandora which had great tone and a good drum machine, but only a limited sampler and you had to hook up an external player for CDs, etc. Both good, depends what's most important to you feature wise.
  17. [quote name='Telebass' post='320926' date='Nov 3 2008, 01:52 PM']What really gets my goat is the notion that the older stuff was 'made 'better'. Yes, the wood has aged, and this may or may not affect the sound. 70s 'thick-skin' Fender finishes don't age or change colour like nitro finishes (exception: some of them were even then clear-coated with nitro laquer). The consistency of build cannot have been other than more variable than it is now, even at its best. 70s and early 80s Fenders, now well into vintage territory, could be truly dreadful, and there were certainly more duds from that era than any other. But there were also good ones.[/quote] You're absolutely right, they were no better made back then than now and inconsistency would have been rife, far more than now with today's high precision (no pun intended) mechanisation. The general rule I have heard is that if a pristine vintage instrument is for sale, it's probably a dog to play and sounds awful as it's not been used for good reasons. The finish comment is right on too, although hopefully a lot will have worn away off from the thick skin jobbies (depends how thick I guess) or been refined/stripped. Rule is, if you find a good one, get it if you can because they are of their time and you can't go back and make more (althought the Fender Custom Shop would disagree). The short supply of Pre CBS instruments rightly or wrongly brought about the desire for the '70s ones and now in turn the '80s ones. When will it stop? Who knows? If you find an instrument you like and that speaks to you, old or new, then that's the one for you.
  18. I like a bass that plays well and sounds good regardless of age. However, it should be noted that on the playability front one of the "advances" made in the last 20 years has been rolled fretboard edges that gives a played in feel, or put another way old/used. I don't think anyone could argue that this is a bad thing. Some of the changes that happens with old basses (ones that were good to start with that is, but that's another subject) is that the wood dries out more which gives different resonance and the pickups degauss a bit which gives them a different tone to new. Better? No just different and that matter is subjective. You like what you like, but there are a huge number of people who like vintage guitars, hell Fender alone have made fortunes with their reissue lines so there might be something in it if only from a looks perspective. The extra mojo of a bass that has a history is unquantifiable and you either buy into that or you don't. What can't be denied is that vintage guitars are a good investment that up until recently were attracting around a 10% increase per annum. Just like a car a brand new guitar looses a shed load of its initial value once you take it home, fact. So why do people like old guitars? Tone Feel History Mojo Investment I wanted a new P bass earlier this year and went out to get a MIM Fender 50s reissue. On my search I saw an old, tatty looking P hanging in the corner and decided to give it a play just for laughs as the wife would never sanction spending that much (yeah I'm whipped and not working at the moment). It was easily the best feeling and sounding bass I've ever played. Long story short the Mrs thought it would be a good investment and said I should buy it over the reissue (what a great lady). So now I'm the proud owner a 1963 Fender P Bass. This isn't kept locked up or even just played indoors, it is my number 1 go to bass and gets gigged over a Roscoe Beck signature and Stingray. It gets more positive comments from other musicians on how it good sounds and looks (from those who like tatty axes anyway) than my other basses did. Are old basses better than new ones? In this instance and IMHO an emphatic YES!
  19. Or This [url="http://basschat.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=28130&hl="]http://basschat.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=28130&hl=[/url] Another shameless plug 500 watt 2x10 neo driver fitted cab. As Josh said the MAG are the economy Ashdown cabs, cheapers build materials and drivers. The ABMs use better woods and coverings, better drivers and are smaller. Also much lighter too when fitted with Superfly neo speakers
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  21. [quote name='Delberthot' post='318877' date='Oct 31 2008, 10:55 AM']Talk me out of getting a valve amp[/quote] Don't buy a valve amp! See that was easy. Oh you want suggestions, sorry my bad. Get a Tech21 VT pedal and stick it in front of your current head. [url="http://www.tech21nyc.com/character_series.html"]http://www.tech21nyc.com/character_series.html[/url]
  22. Don't know what you've currently got, but Norstands get an awful lot of love on the US bass forum.
  23. [quote name='4000' post='317915' date='Oct 29 2008, 08:31 PM']Is the tweeter defeatable? Could you describe any sound differences between the new speakers and the old? Cheers.[/quote] There are three setting for the tweeter off, low and high operated by a 3 way rocker switch. The Superfly speakers are almost the same tonally as the old Blue Lines but lighter (which is why I got them). The only tonal differences I could detect after having changed one cab was a touch more presence and maybe a bit more punch in the 'Flys, neither of which I considered was a bad thing. The guys at Ashdown seem to agree with this description too.
  24. I'd happily lend most of my stuff to my bass playing chums as I know they'd take good care of it. Friend of a friend? Probably not. No one gets to borrow my '63 P!
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