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  1. Carbon fiber = Status. Their selection includes non-lined, no front dots versions and many more. Even that woodish color as one option. Matt lacquer, tints... On top of these, Rob and Dawn are very service-oriented. http://www.status-graphite.com/
  2. Not actually - and you may ask them from https://www.effekt-boutique.de/ Although this German web shop may not have certain unit, send a mail to him, he is very helpful. Of course Mr. Taylor Livingston himself is very helpful, too, but the costs (VAT, delivery etc.) are somewhat high to Europe. Yes, I have ordered one pedal straight from him and bought few from Europe (Franta, Xero DL, Divaricator, Nimbus, Oxide). Only Oxide has left the building - and quickly it went! I just did not get my sound from it. FMeron might be the next... or some future creation from him...
  3. Yes, I think I'm in. Feel should be the first thing over single notes. Many songs have somewhat twofold lyrics and there has been a place to play a certain song (local, not in English, but includes nice words to a friend) in a funeral. I think that omitting that major 3rd might be the simple way. Still I try to figure out other ways of interpreting words by supporting them through the bass line. Those 9, #11 and 13 are certainly something I need to study here. Thank you Sir, this is very supportive.
  4. I am amazed that so many posts suggest more power = loudness that is actually bad for ears. The new layout of the rehearsal place may lead to serious difference soundwise. It might lead to better overall sound, too.
  5. It may be so, that the g-man has to take a short brake. He needs to play and check the feeling on a daily basis. Volume may change the hearing stimulus, so if it hurts in the beginning with high levels, he needs to start slowly - earplugs may help. I had a similar injury a while back (diving). It took several weeks to heal. Biggest issue was, that the injured ear heard two different frequencies while playing one. As the ear healed, the issue vanished. This injury has very good prognosis. Eardrum grows outwards and heals itself usually pretty quickly. It is reasonable to prevent possible inflammations, because they may lead to serious problems. So no dirt or dirty liquids to the ear.
  6. I made some cables in the late 1980's that are still with me. The use of good materials and parts is the key: Gotham silicon cable, Neutrik plugs, some shrink tube, and a velcro tie.
  7. Sometimes it is nice to listen to a true master - and remember my place playing root and five in the background.
  8. I suppose that you have checked if there are any loose parts that make the noise (check the magnet, too). The easiest fix is to replace the element with another similar one. The change itself is simple if the new element fits the hole. The system was designed with that particular element. But if you are willing to try, get another with similar dimensions (frame is not equal every time, you may need to do some fitting) and power handling and hope for the best. If I was you, I would contact Phonic and ask for the replacement type or the part itself.
  9. Volume is usually related to bad hearing. This may also mean another thing: If the g-player (or you yourself) is standing in front of the cabinet, that stands in the floor, there is no reasonable way of hearing that g-word. Then the obvious solution is to push the amp and listen to the reflections. Stupid from acoustics point of view, but sadly, a very common issue. Consider a different layout in the rehearsal place. Put all amps beside the drummer. Take few steps back so you can see and listen to the wall of sound: drs, guits, b. Is it different now? Do you really need that much power when you can hear all the instruments, not those poor reflections?
  10. A neck single coil might be fine. The levels can be easily adjusted with pickup height. Some hum may be in order but I have not seen that as a big issue. Any basic jazz has the same problem, so... By the way, have those pickups 4 wire outputs? If so, you may install a pot or two with a DPDT switch and have a series/parallel option. This is probably the simplest way to new sound options. If a lo-Z possibility is in order, Noll has a Mixpot. It includes level adjustments for both "channels". In short Mixpot is a tiny pickup mixer, or rather an active blend. Requires a bit of tinkering and a 9 V battery.
  11. Think about the basic signal route, first: pickup - S/P switch - volume - tone capsule - output OR pickup - S/P switch - tone capsule - volume - output Then check the wires needed. Name each wire with tape. Separate power and signal. Should already look pretty simple.
  12. https://www.slideshare.net/finzic/series-parallel-wiring-diagram-for-4conductor-humbucker-pickups For example bartolini has decent schemas of how to connect all wires.
  13. If you need to find out the pickup cables, take a DMM and a screw driver. - choose two cables from the pick up with the DMM (ohms), so that you get some reasonable number (5 kohms or so) - put the DMM to VDC and click the pickup coils/poles with the screw driver - cables are in phase, if the DMM starts with positive voltage (and + is the live wire of the coil) - write down the cable colors and which coil they belong to - repeat until all wires are clear - you probably want to connect the coils to form a humbucker - solder the live wire (+) to the preamp in - solder the ground wire together with the other grounds and the shielding I think that the next steps should be pretty clear from now on. Enjoy.
  14. If the tool needs to be simple, Atlansia has that one string bass. Should that be the norm of a tool? Needs vary, tool tells very little of the player, or one's abilities. Playing is another thing.
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