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  1. Yep - the Handbox R400 is a dream..
  2. Interesting thread... I'm looking forward to the 'How Andy Travis changed the s/h bass economy' thread, with a special foreword by ped.
  3. I was in a covers band for about 10 years and probably did 200 plus gigs with them in that time. For most of that period, my main gigging rig was a Hughes and Kettner Bassbase 600 head, an SWR Triad cab, used with my passive BC Rich Eagle and a passive Fender Roscoe Beck V. Obviously, that was a heavy enough rig to lug around as it was, but I liked the sound my set up produced and so did the band. Anyway, after 10 years or so, the band changed direction and I joined another covers band.... It was all amicable, and we kept in touch as you do .. Then, 4 years later, they got in touch and asked me to help out with a few gigs as their bass player was unavailable. By this time, though my basses were the same, I'd changed my rig to a brilliant 90s Ampeg V4BH that I'd bought from @Beedster which came with a matching 115 svt. To that, I added the matching 210 svt. I know; different speaker sizes = a cardinal sin right! Anyway, i went along to do these gigs with the band and they were completely blown away with the sound of my heavy, class A/B, all valve, USA built Ampeg rig with its sinfully mismatched speaker sizes. I was still using the same basses and I wasn't playing the songs any better particularly. .. The only difference was the rig. Three other things of note in this story... The guitar player in the band co-owned a PA that he hired out and did front of house sound for, so he had what I'd call 'pretty good ears'. Their unavailable bass player at the time used a nice American made Fender Jazz through a Markbass LM111 head and 2 matching Markbass 115 cabs. The new band that I'd joined also loved my Ampeg rig compared to my older rig. I dont know what makes the difference here - I'm not technical in any way. But I do think that, as sentient human beings, we 'feel' things as well as 'know' things and, where music making is concerned for me, I choose to follow what i feel, over what I know.
  4. +1 Stunning! GLWTS with the sale... (to Cornwall) 😁
  5. Great to see the gear list taking shape.... πŸ‘ Attendees / Gear list 1. MacDaddy - Custom Shukers / Rob Allen Mouse / Peavey Vypyr VIP III 2. Binky Bass - Binky 10 string, USA Conklin 8 string, ACG 9 string, 3 x ACG 6 strings, Reiver 7 string (geeeetar), GR Bass Dual 1400 & GR Bass AT410+, Helix LT, Pinegrove straps, Richter straps etc. 3. Cetera - Spector (USA NS2 & NS2X, Euro Classic, Euro LX (w/Haz),Euro 'Rachel Bolan', Pulse II ) Wal Mk1 'Geddy Lee', Fender FSR PJ with East pre, Hamer Impact, Pedulla Buzz 4 fretless and maybe Jackson TBird, GK400RB, GK Legacy 800 & Tech21 VT500 Heads, Genz Benz Neox212 cab. 4. Frank Blank - Jabba short scale fretted, ACG SS Recurve, Ibanez SRC6, QSC K12.2, HX Stomp. 5. Merton - various ACGs, Zoots, Conway Instruments basses, Glockenklang Blue Rock, Barefaced Two10/One10 6. Eude - ACG Finn SC Classic 6 string, ACG RetroB 5, ACG TKO Modern 4, ACG ChubstRR Mikro 6 string, 2 X ACG Mule 4 strings (on loan from ACG), GK Legacy 500, 1 or 2 Barefaced One10 Cabs, Dod 250(r) modded with @Sibob 7. Stingray5 - MusicMan Stingray5, Tune TWB6, Tune SWV4-BB, Boss GT-6B, Eden EC15 combo OR Trace Elliot GP12SMX combo. 8. NancyJohnson - NS Design NXT5a EUB, Lull JAXT4, Darkglass A/O900, Darkglass 112 cab, Tech 21 dUg. 9. prowla: Obligatory Rickenbackers, a Warwick or two, maybe a Kramer aluminium necked bass, some pedals, Ampeg & Tech 21 preamps (subject to change), maybe the Minitaur & MIDI bass pedals. 10. Lozz196: US Precision, Ashdown ABM600 & Ashdown ABM PRO NEO 210s x2 Ampeg SCR-DI, Sansamp BDDI v2 11. Silverfoxnik: G&L SB1, BC Rich Eagle, Godin Shifter Classic 5, Sprackenbacker Ricky copy, Mesa Walkabout 15 combo, or Handbox R400 + Vanderkley 1156 MT. 12. 13. 14. 15.
  6. Hi Folks, Thanks for all your input, advice and comments. Based on all your feedback, I'm going to look at adding another 4 ohm 1156 to what I have already, which won't be a problem as I really like the sound of the cab. My neighbours are going to hate me (even more than they do now)... 😁 Oh, and thanks for the very funny 'Ohmage is what you pay to The Ok' comment @Bill Fitzmaurice - that really made me chuckle! πŸ˜‚
  7. Thanks... Must admit, I do like a bit of trouser flappage where bass is concerned.. 😁
  8. Hello Basschat Folks, Seeking your advice please... I currently have 3 amps that comfortably run down to 2 ohms. So, I'm thinking it'd be good to add another Vanderkley cab to my existing Vanderkley 1156 4 ohm cab. It's not that I want more volume per se, it's just that I would like more choice for gigs and be able to use different cabs, or combination of cabs, in different settings. There's a few 210s around for sale at the moment - though more of those are 8 ohms cabs. There's also some 4 ohm cabs (210s and 1156) available. So.. my Luddite's question is, would I be better off buying a 4 ohm cab to pair with my existing 4 ohm cab, or would an 8 ohm cab pair up OK? Thanks in advance for your help.. Cheers Nik
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  10. Thanks Paolo πŸ‘πŸ˜Š
  11. Hi Folks, Had the pleasure of meeting Paolo, aka @Paolo85, earlier this week when he bought a Squier P Bass from me. Paolo is a really good person to deal with and I'm more than happy to recommend him to one and all here on Basschat! Hope you enjoy the bass Paolo, and i look forward to seeing you at this year's South East Bass Bash in October! πŸ‘ Nik 😊
  12. That's an absolute beauty of a bass! GLWTS πŸ‘πŸ˜Š
  13. Hi Folks, Heavily modified 70s MIJ Maya Jazz 'Stealth Bass' , with John Birch pick-ups For Sale. Back in January, I was scouring the internet as you do, looking for an unusual bass to buy, and this one caught my eye on Gumtree. It's a heavily modified 70s Maya Jazz Bass (which in itself is a good thing IMHO) that has been turned into a 'Stealth Bass', complete with a body refinish in a kind of satin black (that's almost impossible to photograph), and kitted out with all black hardware, which I think looks great with the maple neck and black block inlays. The most interesting of all those mods are the two John Birch pick ups, which are not only very unusual, but super-loud and sound great! The guy I bought it from who had all the work done, said he wanted the loudest, punchiest sounding pick-ups he could find, so he chose these... There seems to be a lot of mystique around John Birch pick-ups, and I have to confess, I don't know much of the background .. But these pick ups - set up in a simple V/V/T configuration - really are quite different sounding to me.. Too my ears, they're much more like a proper vintage Thunderbird than a Jazz Bass, but there's a fab, old-skool, Motown tone to be had too from the neck pick up and, when balanced so that the bridge pick is more prominent, the sound reminds me a little of my old Wal Pro IIE basses.. I'm not 100% sure, but I think these are John Birch Hyperflux pick-ups.. See here for more details.. https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/swd/years-ago-i-heard-of-a-company-out-of-birmingham-england-that-made-guitars-and-many-models-of-pickups-who-was-it-and-what-kind-of-pickups-did-they-make-lewis-harley-isle-of-sky-scotland And there's more info on John Birch as a luthier, and his pick up designs, here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Birch_(luthier) (I've included a couple of photos of basses fitted with John Birch pick-ups for reference..) When I bought it, the bass played well and sounded really good to my ears, but I was convinced that the bridge was slightly out of alignment. So, I took it to our very own @gary mac, who did an excellent job of moving the bridge 2mm, and giving the bass a good set up with a set of D'Addario NYXL strings... The action is set now at what I would call medium height , and the neck plays really well.. However, the truss rod is working as it should, so a lower action could definitely be achieved on this bass if required. Weight is 4.6kg (10.14 lbs). As quirky and cool as this bass is, I find myself still defaulting to either my G&L SB1 or my BC Rich Eagle when playing, so this is just not getting used.. Hence why, as part of my gear clear out, I've decided to put it up for sale. Hard to put a value on this, but it owes me the best part of £400, so I'm offering it for sale at £375. Try out welcome and collection preferred from Potton, near Sandy in Bedfordshire, but postage is possible at buyers expense and risk. Please note that I don't have a case for this, but I would ensure that it is very well packaged up for shipping. Having said that, I do have a nice tweed Thomann case that could be included at an additional cost.. Any questions, please ask here or send me a PM and I'll do my best to answer them. Thanks for looking.. 😊 Nik
  14. Shhh - dont say that too loud! 🀫 Oh no, as you were - its Basschat! 🀭😁 Yes is the answer, hence why miving in some gear.... Which Handbox have you got? I have the R400 - amazing little amp!
  15. Ah, cool... 😊 It's one of my favourite ever amps! Though sadly, that's about to be put up for sale soon too....
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