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  1. Brother Malvis

    szegedi hangszergyar double bass 1965

    Thanks for the info. I had to chip in, as I bought a more or less identical bass about 6 months ago and I'm thrilled with it. Looks like yours came off the assembly line a few months after mine: The bass has a really warm, consistent tone with plenty of sustain, right up the neck, and acquits itself well for both arco and pizz. I've strung mine with EP Weichs and I think it's fair to say it's most likely a cut above any double bass you'll find for less than a grand. Good luck with the sale David.
  2. I’m sure I could give these two a good home. PM on its way...
  3. I had the good fortune to borrow this bass for a gig a couple of years back, and it's a pleasure to play. And at £600, it's an absolute steal. If I hadn't taken your advice and bought that Hungarian hybrid back in April Roger, I'd be biting your hand off right now! Ah well, I'll have to bide my time till you're looking for a new home for your Kolstein 😉 Good luck with the sale - this bass is going to make someone very happy.
  4. Brother Malvis

    NDBD - aka NED (warning: lefty content!)

    Belated congratulations Silvia! I hope you and Jack have been having heaps of fun with your beautiful new basses.
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    Thanks. It's in lovely condition, no sign of any repairs at all. Fingers crossed I can keep it that way... And you're right, the brown bass is a beast, 4/4 with a 44" scale length, so it's not exactly portable. Mainly it's the camera angle though I think.
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    Ok, to be honest it's more of a nearly-new-belated-bass-day, as a few of you have already seen this bass at last month's bass bash. It's a 1965 Szegedi hybrid from Hungary, and I'm rather enamoured with it. I picked it up on approval from Ben at the Double Bass Room last month, and brought it along to the bash, hoping to hear what better players than me would make of it. Bassace and NickA kindly took a look, and it sang when they played. This was despite gammy old strings, a buzzing fingerboard and a turnip-shaped lump of timber where I'd expected to find an endpin. Following some excellent advice, I made Ben an offer slightly north of the asking price (which was a grand) provided he'd get his luthier Jerome Davies to sort out the endpin and fingerboard, and put some playable strings on it. He agreed, and I went to pick it up last week. I was delighted to find when I got home that what had been sold as a ply bass in fact had a carved top. Yesterday I put on a set of Evahs, replacing the well-worn Helicores it came with, and the bass is sounding and playing very sweetly indeed. I got it as a pub and festival bass, and it'll get its first run-out at the Common People fest in Oxford at the weekend. I can't wait. So thanks again to the basschatters who made such encouraging noises at the bash...
  7. Brother Malvis

    WTB Upright preamp

    I got by with an LR Baggs Gigpro for a few years. It’s nothing fancy, but it does at least give enough tone control to deal with feedback, and you should be able to pick one up second hand for £60. Good luck!
  8. Brother Malvis

    Double Bass Bash - nr. Bicester, Oxon - Saturday 14 April 2018

    Thanks a million Silvia, these are fantastic photos. Looking forward to seeing you all at the next bass bash 😁
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    Double Bass Bash - nr. Bicester, Oxon - Saturday 14 April 2018

    Thanks for a lovely day folks, the bash really couldn't have been more enjoyable. I'm not sure about the mystical powers Roger, I just happened upon a great venue. The great atmosphere was all thanks to the excellent company - and of course all the gorgeous basses, amps and other gadgetry, especially Roger's Kolstein . The GAS is strong with that one... Thanks as well to Nick and Roger for showing me the potential of the laminate bass I have on loan. Having thought it would be traveling home to Kent, I made its owner the offer you suggested Roger. And so we have a deal, and I have a new bass! Fantastic photo Silvia - thanks for all your hard work as basschat archivist! Looking forward to seeing more...
  10. Just in case you missed it on the Events page of the forum, here's a link: https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/317927-double-bass-bash-nr-bicester-oxon-saturday-14-april-2018/ Come and join us. You'll meet lots of lovely people and get to geek out over basses, amps, strings, pickups, mics and all the rest of it. What could be more fun?
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    Double Bass Bash - nr. Bicester, Oxon - Saturday 14 April 2018

    Yesterday I went to The Double Bass Room in Kent to meet Ben and his lovely basses. He gave me the loan of this one for a week or two, to see if we get along: https://thedoublebassroom.com/product/hungarian-1965-3-4/#.Ws86aGaZPOQ It's a bit hard to tell at the moment as it has manky old strings and a bridge and endpin that aren't fit for purpose, but I'll bring it along on Saturday and look forward to hearing what y'all reckon. I meant to mention as well, I've also got an Ear Trumpet Labs 'Nadine' mic that you might be curious to try out. On another note, thinking about local pubs and where you might get fed, this place is really nice... http://www.themuddyduckpub.co.uk
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    Double Bass Bash - nr. Bicester, Oxon - Saturday 14 April 2018

    Thanks for all your posts. I've just caught up with your bass uke thread Owen, and it looks like we've got quite a treat in store. I reckon that strange and beautiful instrument will be worth the trip alone. Roger, I'd love to get acquainted with your Kolstein travel bass as well, if it's not too much hassle to bring it. Are there any gut string aficionados thinking of making the trip? A couple of months back I had a play for the first time on an old Kay strung with guts, and it's been on my mind ever since. Also, I'd love to see a Chadwick folding bass up close if anyone's willing and able... Thanks for the offer of a butty run Pete. The Butcher's Arms in Fringford does good honest pub grub, none of that gastric-pub nonsense, and the landlady Pat is a star. Looking forward to meeting y'all next weekend!
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    Extension Cab for an AI combo amp

    Thanks for the tips Rabbie, I see there are plenty of interesting threads about the cabs you mentioned. I'll be sure to keep an eye on the basschat amp mart!
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    Double Bass Workshops - 2018

    Dates for more DB workshops with David Heyes have been added to the Recital Music website: http://www.recitalmusic.net/spweb/content.php?contentid=392 There's one in Reading on May 20, another in Oxford on November 18, and a few in Yorkshire in March 2019. Hope to see some of you at the workshop in Bushey on April 15th...
  15. Itsmedunc was asking a question along these lines in an earlier thread - I've rephrased it and hopefully we'll get a few more replies. In general if my AI Coda S4 isn't loud enough onstage I ask whoever's engineering to give me a bit more bass in the monitor. Occasionally it'd be handy to have an extension cab though, as it'd give me more control and leave less to chance. As lovely as the AI kit is, I wouldn't be looking for anything quite so extravagant, so I'd love to know what the better, cheaper options might be. Thanks very much...