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  1. I have a Bravewood SB Jazz and can thoroughly recommend his work. For the same reason as @Kazan this lovely P bass will sadly not be joining me though. Otherwise, I'd have been very tempted.
  2. Thanks. When I bought the Blade it had Bart pups and an East preamp, so I can't really comment on the difference between the Levinson pups and those from Sadowsky. I wanted a backup "Sadowsky sound" to my Metro, but without the stress of it attracting gig dinks. As it turns out, the Blade delivers in spades and is a great gigging bass................whenever that might happen in the future.
  3. Bernie Goodfellow (GB Guitars) includes a flashing LED in his preamps. It flashes intermittently when the battery is strong and speeds up when it's getting low. I find it quite useful. The LED is visible through a smoked perspex cavity cover on the rear of the bass. A lamp on the front would be preferable, but still a good idea. Not sure I'd retrofit one on a bass unless I was having other surgery carried out on the instrument and could justify adding one then.
  4. I did the same thing with my Blade B2. It now has a Sadowsky preamp and pups. The Blade is a very nice bass with some neat design features. I particularly like the truss rod wheel, which has a "Levinson" brand name as a cover on the neck heel.
  5. I've just concluded a totally enjoyable purchase of a bass from @cascanicoff (aka Gorka). The instrument was well described, the communications complete and friendly. Gorka went to great lengths to answer my questions, providing specific addition pics to clarify all points. He even gave me a free Spanish lesson!😀The bass was shipped immediately the next day and the packaging was excellent. Buy or sell your bass gear with confidence when dealing with Gorka.
  6. I have TI flats on mine. Once you get used to the low tension they are fine, and sound surprisingly "clanky". Might not suit a player who really "digs in" though.
  7. He's a national icon..........enough said!!
  8. If I think about it too much I can convince myself that switching from DB to a 5 string electric is going to be a problem. In reality, after the first few notes, it is usually fine for me. I'm sure you'll be just fine switching between them!!
  9. Speaking as somebody living in continental Europe, I can only say a big thank you to the BC forum and to the great folks who run it ..........and all of those who contribute. It does feel like a family!! Different opinions are often aired, and the reactions are generally courteous. My dealings in the marketplace section have been overwhelmingly positive, which makes a change from some other online auctions or salerooms!!! Thanks!!!!
  10. I've bought a few things from Kim over the past year and everytime it was a smooth, transparent and enjoyable process. Good communications, honesty and a general "good feel" factor combine to reassure any potential buyer or seller that Kim is a great person to do business with. Thanks Kim!
  11. Thanks. Officially, it's an M245 Plus Custom. It has the Bartolini XTCT + MCT-375. The JHJ combination gives a huge tonal palette, but tricky to adjust "on the fly" during a gig.
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  13. Nope..........secondhand stuff from the UK (same for other 3rd countries) over a threshold (100 euro or thereabouts) is subject to local VAT (currently 21% in Belgium). There is VAT on the shipping and the cost of the item and a service/administrative charge as well. All in all, it adds about 25% to the original price and can take some weeks in customs undergoing clearance. It's a bummer, both ways unfortunately.
  14. Real shame this bass is in the UK ..........and I'm not. Otherwise I would have snapped it up. Cannot justify a 25% Brexit surcharge, sadly. GLWTS @FinnDave
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