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  1. Thank goodness for that. I was still working out whether I had a spare corner for this! 😪
  2. There nothing wrong with opening an old thread - In many cases it’s far better than starting another thread and I’ve come across some great info on revived threads. Just prior to Christmas I opened about 15-20 threads that were all bumped by different people, all of whom appeared to have joined, just to bump an old thread. It was a bit odd, and in several cases pointless because they were asking the OP a question when that user hasn’t been on BC for years. From a quick search this is the only post any of these new users made. I gather BC wasn’t the only music-related forum where this happened, hence me asking on another thread whether it was some kind of weird spambot. And whoosh! if this is what you’re all joking about - I couldn’t see through all the sarcasm
  3. I’d absolutely love this - if only I had the room. I’m sure it will be gone very soon
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    Bought a bass off Michal. Very securely packed - bass was protected inside the hard case and the case in a solid cardboard box - and got it posted very quickly. And the bass is exactly as described and works perfectly. I would not hesitate to buy from him again.
  5. MM do make me laugh with their naming conventions - a series of US basses called Sterling, then a cheaper range of basses called Sterling, none of which (now) is the same design as a US Sterling I’ve tried a couple of the cheaper Sterling models and they’re fine instruments, but didn’t feel quite up to the quality of finish (or weight) of the current range. Sound was pretty much indistinguishable (US ones were a touch louder and punchier, but very little in it). You used to be able to snap up a US Stingray for well under £1K but prices new have crept up over time. I seem to have become a bit of a brand snob over the years so only like the “real” thing now (and I prefer The US Sterling so don’t have a choice, anyway - but if they made a Sterling, er, Sterling then I’d certainly consider it).
  6. I was wondering what all those gold circles are in the body and headstock, then I realised it’s lights reflecting off the finish - doh! Looks beautifully well made and finished. I had a similar model once - about £200 more used and nowhere near as nice as this, and it was excellent. Probably the best 6 you can get below £1500
  7. As I understand it, the VB is made mostly from hardwoods (koa?), which would account for the weight. I played one once and it sounded great, but not quite the same as a classic jazz bass. Is it just weight you’re looking to lose? A Japanese Sadowsky should be good quality, and the Will Lee is the only model with any mid control, which doesn’t bother most as they prefer the scooped sound of a jazz. There was until recently a 5 in GuitarGuitar (might have been a German one, but IIRC it was one of the last Japanese ones) and it was over £3K, so €2199 sounds good.
  8. Yes, it’s now like buying (new or used) from the USA. You’ll pay 2% import duty on the declared value of the instrument from the EU (3.5% from the USA I believe), including shipping, then 20% VAT on the total (and possibly customs clearance charges as well). 25% is a decent rule of thumb - which, together with poor exchange rates can make a cheap instrument expensive!
  9. Or maybe Rotosounds? I saw “ready” on tour with Steely Dan a few years ago. What an absolute monster. Incredible groove. One of those players where you can’t help but tap your foot.
  10. God knows why Bilbo, you (and a few others) are almost single-handedly helping bass players to learn to read music. Keep up the great work
  11. 1. Don’t noodle. It’s a waste of valuable learning time and helps reinforces old (bad?) habits. 2. Always play music. It doesn’t what you’re learning, make it a piece of music. No-one listens to a performance where someone is practising, we listen to music. Make everything you play musical and every note meaningful 3. Learn new things - new styles, songs, ideas etc. 4. Concentrate on things you can’t play, break them down, slow them down and build it up piece by piece (also see point 1 - noodling is often playing things you already know). 5. Don’t kid yourself you understand something or you’ve got it down when you haven’t. If you can’t play it purely from memory without stumbling you don’t know it well enough. 6. Good time fundamentally comes from within but can only be improved by playing with other (better) musicians. 7. Allow yourself to fail and to learn from failure by getting to the root cause for that failure. In fact don’t even call it failure - call it experimentation. 8. Whilst there are many approaches to technique, simple physics dictate that there are better and worse ways to fret and pluck notes. There’s load of info online - go with what feels comfortable for you and give you the sound you want - but aim for a sound where the bass is strong, clear and precise and makes the band sound great. I’ve seen some bass players on gigs who are sloppy, have poor time and make a band sound worse. It’s not hard to not be that bass player
  12. It’s an extension of system like the MM Big Al, with individual switching system, just with a lot more combinations. TBH I’m quite surprised at just how different the settings sounded - I heard at least 6 very usable sounds and I love the versatility of my Big Al. I guess the market for something like this is non-existent, given that apparently all any bass player needs is a P bass
  13. Love that blue sparkle! I wish MM would make the Special 5s with the same pickguard and control plate as the 4 (like the classic range) or like the Sterling. It much cleaner to my eyes.
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