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Beer of the Bass

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  1. Tape echo emulation - any suggestions?

    I'm hanging on to the Melos, it's just not coming out for gigs. I have two of them, one I was using and another tucked away waiting for me to refurbish it if I ever get around to it, both the silver-fronted cartridge based model.
  2. Handbox Audio WB-100 - new valve head (pics)

    Ooh, proper Hammond! I always like seeing those used live, as it seems to happen less and less often now.
  3. Marshall 1987 re issue, anyone owns or tried one?

    A post-phase-inverter master volume (PPIMV) can work really well with this circuit to dial it down to lower volumes, though you lose the effect of the presence control at lower settings, and it's still not exactly the same sound as cranking it with no master. I built an amp for a guitarist friend a while back, based on the 1987 circuit but in a 1x12" combo cabinet. While the PPIMV is effective right down to practice volume, I'd suggest that it might be too much amp unless you're regularly playing very loud gigs. He's never had his above 50% on the master even in larger rooms, and it'll be even louder with a 2x12" or 4x12".
  4. Handbox Audio WB-100 - new valve head (pics)

    I'm concerned about that photo of the back. From that photo it looks a lot like the plates of the 6l6s are glowing red. This does not happen in normal use; it's usually a sign that the valves are drawing too much current and can lead to short valve life and sudden failures. Perhaps check in with the maker about that.
  5. Barefaced Cab price hike

    Only if the collectors in question are refuse collectors!
  6. Barefaced Cab price hike

    I have heard a pair of these, and I'd say that the screws are the least of their worries!
  7. THIS IS GOING TO CAUSE MUCH HYSTERIA..

    Ooh, there's a mapleglo one! I still won't be able to afford one, but I could definitely make good use of one of those.
  8. I know there are a couple of basschatters who play there - have any of you noticed what their house guitar amp is at the moment? I have a late gig tomorrow on guitar and I'm temporarily without a car. If it's the same old Peavey as a couple of years ago I'd lug my own combo anyway, but I'm hoping they might have changed it by now.
  9. Cab Sims & DI

    I could see the value with certain fuzz pedals, though it's something I haven't got around to playing with yet (having few electric bass gigs at the moment). When running a DI with my Superfuzz clone, it takes a competent sound guy, a decent desk and a little time in the soundcheck to sort out the excess high end fizz that a tweeterless bass cab cuts out. A lot of my gigs don't have all of those things, but that pedal does exactly what I want when used through my cabs. I think I'd rather have a simple lowpass response rather than a more complex cab simulation though.
  10. THIS IS GOING TO CAUSE MUCH HYSTERIA..

    I'd be very tempted if my finances allowed (which they don't). I like the look and sound of Rickenbackers, and the slim-bodied proportions (I started on an Ibanez faker), but the daft metalwork and lack of an effective 5-string put me off, and the 4004 loses too much of what I like about the looks IMO. So this does tick all of the boxes, the walnut model especially.
  11. Tape echo emulation - any suggestions?

    Ah, I'd forgotten about this thread. I ended up with a Catalinbread Belle Epoch, which was the closest sounding thing I'd tried to my old tape echo. It behaves a little differently, since my old Melos got darker as the tape speed was slowed, and the BE is simulating the Echoplex which uses a sliding head instead (so keeps a consistent tone at different echo times). But the feedback sounds and modulation on it are spot-on.
  12. There's a surprising amount of that, but also a lot of people buying and selling lightly used sets while they figure it out. It turns out that the ones I like (Thomastik Spirocore Medium) are kind of the industry standard for the styles I play, and my first good bass came with a set of them. I have tried out a few others, but it's always felt a bit pointless as it just confirms that these are my favourites anyway.
  13. At least nylon tapewounds will last for a long time - a small consolation with expensive strings. And hey, it's still a cheaper pursuit than finding the right double bass strings. I think my last set were £160, though I should be good for several years with those.
  14. Resurrecting a 60's Guyatone amp

    I suspect a standard Fender reverb driver transformer (22K:8ohms) would work acceptably in that circuit, though not identical to the original. Worth a shot, anyway.
  15. EUB or "real" Double Bass for starter?

    I'd say to go straight for the double bass if at all possible. An EUB can be a useful thing to have around but there's a lot about tone production and physical approach that it won't help you to develop. I played EUB for a couple of years before I owned a double bass, and with hindsight I regretted doing it that way around.
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