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  1. I enjoyed the blog post, I'm really up for giving this or something similar a go. In my youth I only ever listened to alternative and heavy rock. Looking back most of which was pretty stinky poo and I missed out on a ton of good music. this is a great opportunity to visit alot of what I previously passed over; Jaco, Stevie Wonder, Parliament etc. etc. I really want to develop my improvisational ability - I feel this will help a lot. I would love to go properly old school and do this with Vinyls, unfortunately in the car or out walking are the only opportunities I have to really listen to music so Apple Music it is.
  2. I've been using Schaller strap locks for a few years now. The older type with the nut were prone to working loose over time, an issue I had with other brands too. The new S Locks are much better, the thick circular washer secured with the grub screw has yet to let me down. I should note however that these days I dont gig or rehearse much so they've not had to work particularly hard. The other brand I found to be pretty good were the Loxx USA strap locks.
  3. Liking the look of the Ant, definitely up there on my 2020 GAS list. Can't wait to try one out - love the idea of having it behind my Helix FX for a super portable rig.
  4. Classifying something as crap is a bit subjective, but, in my last covers band our female vocalist would suggest a number of70s and 80s pop tunes. Nothing I would ever choose to listen too but I have to say the basslines on them were far more interesting and enjoyable than the classic rock stuff the lead guitarist would put forward.
  5. Spot on! That's exactly what I wish @Ashdown Engineering would develop. Seems a lot of other amp manufacturers have been doing this: Mesa and Ampeg IIRC.
  6. Not played one but the look of the OriginAL has put me off of it, the new 500 slightly better but still a bit ugly. Shame as the some of the new lines of pedals and amps from Ashdown are looking great. Just seen a pic on instagram of the new ABM 600, that and the new CTM 200 look pretty tasty.
  7. VMT Deluxe now £145. MXR ISO Brick now £95. Q\Strip still available at £175 All boxed and prices include Royal Mail special delivery to a UK address.
  8. Yup, I'm up for this - cheers @Al Krow.
  9. When I left my band (which was forced through personal circumstances) it was a huge relief. I was sick of playing the same old songs for years and the lack of commitment to rehearse new material. I was practicing regularly, a least an hour or 2 4 or 5 days a week. Since leaving that discipline has dropped, I've barely picked up my bass this year favouring instead to spend my evenings binge watching the Black List. Without a specific event to work towards, gig, rehearsal etc I find it hard to keep momentum. Maybe I should do the Rockschool grades or something.
  10. Me too, would love to play in a band with a proper horn section.
  11. The MXR Bass Octave Deluxe gives you a Dry control knob, this let's you control how much of the original note you hear along side the Octave down. The EBS Octabass has a control for both the Dry and Octave signals so you can tweak the levels of each. I believe the Micro POG has 3 x level controls, Dry, Octave Up and Octave down.
  12. Nothing since Dec 2nd, but it has been Christmas. I'll drop him an email this weekend to see where we are at.
  13. Goes against a lot the advice in this thread but this YT video was interesting to me (though you can safely skip the first 3 minutes)
  14. I'm not a religious person but I'd like to play in a church / worship band. I think a lot of churches are beautiful buildings, the music I've heard is all really positive and the people who attend are there to share in a spiritual event.
  15. I think having a traditional work horse bass for the run of the mill gigs makes a lot of sense. I'm not sure I'd want to take my custom Shuker (when I get it) to the Dog and Duck in god knows what cramped space with a bunch of inebriated punters who were really there to watch the footie and don't give two hoots about the music. It's a shame you'd have to sell one of them to fund it but if it was me I'd keep the single cut and sell the Series 2.
  16. Happy to do something like a WhatsApp call. I'll private message you to work something out.
  17. I've just updated that post, thanks for flagging it to me. Appreciate it's too far for you to come collect but I really want to make sure the buyer tries it all out and checks over the pre-amp to ensure they are comfortable before parting with their cash. I had a few problems with another instrument I recently sold (after I made that post) that i don't want to repeat.
  18. Howdy John, yeah I checked that but it didn't give a lot of useful information. The pickups went into a Sandberg VS4 that has an active pre-amp. There was no grey cable on the pick-ups as described in the article you referenced just black and white leads. The original Sandberg pickup was the same so I soldered the white wire to the pre where the original white wire was connected and the same with the black. I looked at the guitar again and fiddled the cables a bit. It seems to have changed the behaviour that seems to fit with a grounding ssue, I.e. the buzz is only audible when volume is above 50% and stops if I touch the strings. This makes sense as I wasnt very happy with how I soldered the black cable so I guess it needs to be redone.
  19. Hi Mate, sorry I missed your post. I don't have a hard case to ship the guitar in, given some recent bad experiences with couriers I'm really not keen to to ship it so it will need to be collected. It's also an opportunity for the buyer to check out the pre-amp. PJ
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