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  1. Well, I took your advice and bought one of those little strap things - £3.60 including postage! Guess what - it works! I had thought about trying one before but you gave me the push. I have tried various straps with it and have finally been able to use my narrow Hofner style strap. I always thought that the 4" wide leather one was out of keeping with my style of bass - Italia. Neck dive has gone and the bass sits well on my body. It is taking a little getting used to and positioning the bass correctly but it does work very well. Many thanks for your suggestion.
  2. I have thought about trying that but I don't want to look like a folk singer! I still may give it a try as no-one notices bass players anyway.
  3. I have one - 4" leather but that doesn't stop the bass being neck heavy.
  4. There have been several posts across this forum dealing with the weight of bass guitars. Those of us who have back problems prefer lightweight basses to ease the strain on the old spine. My bass weighs a tad over 7lb but has quite a problem with neck dive (even with Hipshot lightweight tuners) and this places most of the weight pulling on my left shoulder. It came to the fore when I wore a shirt that had a smooth, almost silky, sheen to it and the bass constantly wanted to slip headlong towards the floor. As an experiment, I attached a bag to the end strap button and gradually added weights (CDs to be precise) until the bass was pretty well balanced. The result was quite an eye opener. Despite adding just under 2lb to the overall weight, the extra mass was distributed over a wider area and the neck dive had gone. It was much more comfortable to stand with the bass around my shoulders, even though it was heavier. If, like me, you have back problems the overall weight of the bass (within reason) may not be the main cause of your discomfort. Try to find an instrument that is more balanced across your body and you may find it helps.
  5. AH Beste Zangers! One of the best TV shows ever. Plenty to see on YouTube.
  6. I signed up for some but I will want more than one set - probably four sets as I like to have some spares and I have two bass guitars.
  7. All my favourite singers are female so where do I start? Some already mentioned are Sandy Denny, Dusty Springfield and the wonderful Karen Carpenter. I like most types of music so can appreciate the delicate tones of Nanci Griffith and the powerful vocals of Tina Turner. If you were to make a list of the top ten female vocalists I doubt Nanci Griffith would be anywhere near it but she can put a song across with emotion. I could listen to Trisha Yearwood all night and, back in the day, had every record Cilla Black recorded. Cilla sang some wonderful songs tucked away on her albums. If I could only have a "boxed set" of one female singer then it would be Karen Carpenter. Her voice was unique and the material she covered with her brother Richard is so well produced and easy to listen to. Then again I love; Paloma Faith, Duffy, Reba McEntire, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Barbra Streisand and many more. Of course, it's not just the voice that counts, it's also the choice of songs. I appreciate some good singers but don't listen to them because their choice of material is not to my taste.
  8. Oh yes, I have a copy. Classic stuff!
  9. My wife plays oboe in our local orchestra. She has two oboes. One is the student model she learned on and it took her through music college but then she bought a 'pre-owned' better model that she has used for longer than we have been married (28 years). Most of the other orchestra members have violins, cellos, trumpets etc that they have used for decades. Is it only bass/guitar players that feel the need to constantly acquire more instruments? I can understand a gigging bass player having a couple of back-up instruments, for those occasions where the local drunk falls over and snaps the neck of your main instrument, but for most of us 'one and a spare' would seem to be enough. Of course, you can never have enough!
  10. Sad to hear about the clubs having to close because they will have a knock on affect for suppliers and entertainers as well as the clubs' contribution to the local council coffers. I think this covid situation has highlighted how vulnerable many businesses are these days. When major, high street names go into administration after a few weeks of lock-down and holiday companies going under, you really have to ask if they were being run correctly. I do suspect that some big names have used the current situation as an excuse to shed labour and cut costs and that 'administration' has be used as a way of avoiding paying debts. Small family businesses often work on very small margins and don't have the capacity to weather a storm of a pandemic, but you would think that national chains and global companies would have enough 'fat' to survive. The market has probably changed more in the last three months than at any time in recent years. Whether it will return to "normal" is any one's guess.
  11. That was amazing. I don't have any recordings by any of the 2019 artistes and couldn't name any song by them. But I have plenty of Beatles, Carpenters, Elton John and Bee Gees plus a load of albums by Garth Brooks. I hear that Elvis sold more records after he died than when he was alive. Michael Jackson's death may have boosted his sales and Freddie Mercury's for Queen. It just shows how tastes change - which is a good thing.
  12. It really depends on the type of music being played. The old Motown and soul music recordings would be nothing without a good thumping bass line but that style doesn't suit every genre of music. I like melodic playing (not that I can do it) like McCartney. A bass line that compliments the song but does not dominate it. I just don't get the bass players who come to the front of the stage and try to cram as many notes in as possible with a "look at me" attitude. It's very clever and way above my skill level, but after about 20 seconds, I'm wondering where the tune has gone and where the song is. I play in a church band and my job, along with the drummer, is to make sure everyone - including the congregation - keeps together. Hitting the root notes is paramount and, depending on the song, the odd little arpeggio can add a little colour. It's horses for courses but I must admit that "less is more" suits me as I can't play much more!
  13. I don't wish to hi-jack this thread but as we are "church people" here........ Two church friends were due to be married in April - then the lock-down happened and weddings were stopped. They have not been living together and have been able to keep in touch via technology and 'just bumping into each other in the supermarket'! Today, they were married after getting 48 hours notice. Some of us from church went to wish them well and stand outside the church but as there were only about 20 or so of us we were invited inside to be part of the ceremony. I was not dressed up for a wedding, but then none of us were! The bride and groom were though! There was no music but the vicar made the event very special and the whole thing added a very spiritual dimension to the afternoon. Some people spend thousands on weddings but this intimate marriage really focused the mind. Hopefully, once the Covid stuff has subsided, we can hold a party for them at church. It was a privilege to be a small part of it.
  14. I tracked mine down at Richard's Guitars in Stratford-upon- Avon. I had to buy it via the internet without trying it but they weighed it for me and set it up well. They were the only place I could find one.
  15. It's the Maranello Cavo bass which is hollow bodied and short scale.
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