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  1. The Crimson Guitars fret erasers are really good. I have the set of 4, but I have only really needed the fine and super-fine. I’d steer clear of steel wool, the tiny metal particles go everywhere and can embed themselves in an open-pored fingerboard.
  2. That is fab. I love the fact that she plays the flute parts too, super talented.
  3. I had one bass for many years. Then I joined some bass forums and now I have 3 (very moderate for Basschat I know). The reality is I play my USA Fender Jazz almost exclusively and the other 2 sit in cases and only come out occasionally.
  4. When I was working in production I hired lots of freelance sound engineers to do corporate gigs. The best came from musical theatre and church backgrounds, the worst came from band backgrounds. We never hired ones that came from dance music backgrounds. The very worst thing was when we had installed a killer system that one of our system engineers had tweaked to perfection, then a band engineer came in and made it sound like an over-loud muddy mess. We just had to grin and bear it, the (name) bands contracts always gave them full control so we couldn’t intervene.
  5. I have always used the mini wire cutters that are part of my electronics kit. I always found nail clippers to be too flexible and blunt to really do a clean job. The wire cutters leave a clean edge so I never need to file. Oddly enough, I had my first ever podiatrist visit a couple of weeks back to look at a corn problem I am having and he used what looked exactly like a stainless-steel version of my mini wire cutters.
  6. To revive an old thread, I’m surprised no-one mentioned the Specials: I’ve been messing about with this and it’s a great exercise in stamina at the original 161bpm.
  7. Watching with interest, I’ve got a too-big router too.
  8. There are a whole lot of circuit boards and loads of interconnect in there, that’s never going to be cheap to build outside the Far East.
  9. Outstanding cakeage!
  10. In the output description it says “The output stage is a full bridge topology with a 2nd order filter.”. That says it all, neither side of the speaker connection is a ground, both are signal (in antiphase).
  11. The 700AS1 is internally bridged according to the data sheet. It just isn’t explicitly split into stereo channels like the 125asx etc. (see https://doc.soundimports.nl/pdf/brands/ICEpower/700AS1/ICEpower700AS1_Datasheet_1_8.pdf page 22)
  12. The info I could find for those Connex modules was sketchy in the extreme, so no idea on the topology. Are they not already bridged internally like the Icepower 200/500/800w modules that almost everyone uses?
  13. It’s just clueless nonsense. Any tech worth their salt would have a high-pass filter and a compressor/limiter on those channels to protect the system if they were concerned about what might be sent.
  14. Absolutely not, no chance of my good basses being lent to anyone. I’d lend a beater/cheapy to a friend though, no problem.
  15. I went from a MIM Standard Jazz to a MIA Professional Jazz (v1) and I don’t reckon there is much of a difference in sound. The MIA jazz does feel much nicer to play and of generally higher quality. I couldn’t have justified it buying new, but s/h wasn’t so bad and it was worth it to me. I will probably keep the MIA instrument for the rest of my playing life and never feel tempted to upgrade.
  16. This exactly. I can’t stand either solo bass or bass solos. I am also a sucker for a catchy pop tune. Bonus if it has a good grooving bass part.
  17. This. In pro PA world switched mics are tucked away in techs toolboxes. If it goes up on a stand you can guarantee that the "talent" will switch the mic off before attempting to sing or speak into it...
  18. The 58 shorts the capsule before the transformer that provides the balanced output so doesn’t pop. I don’t know about cheaper mics.
  19. They have the B2 6mm plain shaft version too. The shipping is pricy, but it’s a specialist part from a supplier that isn’t set up for small orders, so understandable.
  20. Can’t really go wrong with a switched 58. Provided it suits your voice, of course. I carried one around in my gig toolbox for years as my talkback mic.
  21. That’s a good idea. We are using the tune of O Come all Ye Faithful with specially written lyrics for the Jubilee event, so I intend to pilfer all the best bits of the bass keyboard part to create a version to work with guitar backing. I like it when the traditional tunes have bass counter-melodies and non-root notes over the chords, much more fun than a lot of modern tunes that can be rather obvious and plodding.
  22. I still got good cakeage, but not until the end of the service. Fortunately there was home-made banana cake and muffins left which went very nicely with a mug of tea. The music turned up late (2 songs Friday night, 2 Saturday night), but still enough time to grab a listen to versions on YouTube. Fortunately the best guitarist/leader is a wizard with a capo and substituting odd chords so we could play off the sheet music with no issues. It’s all about the congregational singing anyway, so a few flubs in the music is irrelevant as long as we are confident and keep going! Went well, all considered and everyone was happy with the fuller sound of the music. I loved it. I also got volunteered to play at an open-air public service we are doing for the Jubilee as part of the local celebrations. That will be rehearsed though.
  23. It always sounds thin and clacky when I try playing with a pick. I’d like to be able to do it, but it just doesn’t work for me.
  24. Oh dear, I've volunteered myself to join the random group that plays at the monthly informal "Cafe Church" service at my little rural church. Just a couple of acoustic guitars and now with me too on bass next Sunday. Nearest thing to a gig I've done in a very long time. Hope it doesn't cut into the amount of cakes and tea I usually consume at that service...
  25. Lol. Reminds me of the John Meyer PRS Silver Sky - i.e. a strat with a PRS headstock. This is a Jazz with a MM headstock. oops, duplicate.
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