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  1. In the context of this thread your comment is a bit pointless. Of course people can choose whatever avenue they want to sell stuff. The point of the the thread is questioning why stuff seems to take longer to sell here than in FB - and then widened to other selling platforms - and what the reasons might be for it. IMHO when I sell here I usually have to accept a price below what it’s really worth to me to sell, and even then not a sniff, but don’t have the same experience with either eBay or via a shop (normally making more even after commission). I believe it’s a good marketplace for the buyer as there are so many basses for sale and has a thriving trade option which isn’t easily available elsewhere. It is mid January so many who have overspent at Christmas are probably not in the market to buy; conversely those same people might well choose now to thin the herd.
  2. As I’ve found the hard case and box it was shipped to me in postage to UK is now possible.
  3. Sadly I now have 5 other basses and another one on the way, so this is for sale only as I simply don’t have room for any more
  4. Pretty much every bass I’ve listed on here has been like tumbleweed across a dusty track, Even if I drop the price to an amount I really wouldn’t part with elsewhere - and still zero interest other than the odd tyre kicker. IMHO the issue is that there are a lot of basses for scale, Including a sizeable amount from European sellers which personally I wouldn’t be interested in (due to them being too exotic/fugly/expensive/far away basses). Bumping your sale thread finds it down to page 5 within 6-8 hours. Unless someone’s searching for your specific bass it’ll probably be missed. I’ve missed out on basses I wanted to buy as I missed them and found them on page 40 or whatever a month later Then there’s the courier business for selling as it’s likely many interested buyers are too far away - so without the time/packaging to post then you’ll get far fewer buyers. A shop can always post and as a business there is naturally more trust. I’ve sold basses via Bass Direct and got far more either in part ex or commission sale than I got advertising here as a private sale. I have a bass for sale here at the moment for cheap Indonesian/Korean bass money - again naff all interest (appreciating the fact that it’s mid-January and many people are short on funds). It’s going on commission sale soon as it makes space and I fully expect it to sell in a few weeks.
  5. I should also add that the B string is tight and defined, and probably the best sounding B on any Fender I’ve tried, and possibly any bass with a 34” scale.
  6. If the input no longer works (which I take to mean the bass makes no sound), how do you know whether the preamp is working or not?
  7. That’s terrible news. RIP Neil.
  8. Recent purchases of both a Dimension V HH deluxe and a jazz deluxe V mean I have a surplus of 5-string Fenders, so my 2014 Fender Dimension STD V HH is up for sale. Specs: 2-piece centrally-bookmatched alder body maple neck with graphite rods Rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets 2 dimension humbuckers with horseshoe pole pieces Fender hi mass bridge (now being used on the new Ultra series) spoke wheel truss rod adjustment Vol/Vol/Tone controls (totally passive) Fender light weight tuners with tapered shaft including B string stealth retainer Fender gigbag Its absolutely immaculate - I cannot see any evidence of scratches, dents or damage (even the almost-universal chip in the top of the headstock is missing). It’s been recently cleaned and set up with Warwick Black label strings. the neck has an almost natural wood feel to it but is nice and smooth and the asymmetric neck is a breeze to play. string spacing is a comfortable 18mm at the bridge. Weight is 4.5Kg or 9.9lbs but balance is good so it feels fine on a strap. I think this is a bargain for a USA-made Fender V whose fit and finish is as good as their custom shop - both the woodwork and finishing on this bass is fantastic. I can now offer postage on this - for some reason I forgot that both it’s hard case and box it was shipped in to mr was in the garage. Postage will be UPS, fully insured at cost. Any questions, just ask!
  9. That’s why I said baseline (geddit ;)) setup. If it’s in the middle then those that prefer a lower or higher setup can at least play it. If the neck is shaped like a banana or the strings are choking on the top fret the majority of bass players will find it almost unplayable. Factory QC is for another thread but in theory it makes sense (other than temp and humidity changes in transit making the neck move).
  10. If you went to try a new car and all of the cars had flat tyres and no petrol would you buy from them? A baseline setup can be done pretty quickly - other than the neck moving what else cannot be done by the factory and be ready to play? It’s not like they’re selling millions of them. Each instrument should have a final inspection including setup to known specs. Assuming the neck hasn’t moved (and a quick tweak of the truss rod can fix that), all new basses should be ready to play out of the box.
  11. ...and make sure the string has a break angle over the nut and bridge. Thicker strings tend to “curve” over the break point so a firm press will set the angle nicely.
  12. Keep it. That big flake sparkle is fabulous and it provides a nice contrast to a jazz bass - you won’t be able to replace it very easily and you’ll just have seller’s regret. Which reminds me...
  13. As has been said the two biggest speed improvements to older Macs are more RAM and swapping a spinning disc for an SSD. Ignore what Apple says - their RAM is usually made by Samsung or Hynix and is no better or worse than off the shelf offerings from the same or other well-known memory manufacturers. Kingston had a reputation for high quality back in the day - not sure if it is still true. Aside from bloatware one of the most well-known reasons for slowing down is that OSX is fundamentally a UNIX OS and has scheduled jobs running in the middle of the night daily, weekly and monthly. As many people have their computer off at that time, the jobs never run so log files get bigger and more bloated over time, eventually slowing down the entire OS. Part of the job of the tools mentioned in this thread is to run those jobs and clean out any errant log files. There’s not too much else you can do with the Mac OS - but if you had 8Gb RAM originally then that’s probably the single biggest culprit for it slowing down over time - OSX has always been memory-hungry (god help you if you run any Adobe products) and 16GB should be an absolute minimum for a machine of that age. There is an inbuilt utility to check memory and performance but it was never particularly accurate - something like one of the tools above is more likely to give you a clear picture of what is making it slow(er). Best of luck!
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