Thanks Big Smoke. The forums are great - I'm looking forward to contributing.
So, the gear..
My #1 is a Fodera Monarch 4 string bolt on which I've had for about 14 years, love it. My 'go-to' gig warrior is a 2014 US Fender Jazz 4 string, Olympic white/Rosewood/Tort with Aguilar HC pups. My beater is a Fender Nate Mendel P Bass, CAR with tort scratchplate & Lindy Fralin pup, strung with D'Addario Tapes (sounds awesome) and #4 is a 2004 Fender Jaco Fretless I got from Andy Baxter a few years ago. Amp wise I've had all sorts over the years but my current favourite is my Mark Bass CMD121 combo & NYC121 extension cab - just seems to suit all the gigs I currently do better than my Aguilar TH500 rig (which I've posted for sale on the forums - but maybe went a bit early with that as no-one knows me so it'll probably stick around a bit). Too many pedals to mention but always on my board is my Origin Effects Cali76 Bass Comp - best compressor I've ever had (and I've had loads!).
I'm always in a few bands at any one time but my long term (25 years so far!) gig has been with a rock/funk originals band called The Varlies. We've had varying degrees of success over the years but it's still good fun, which is the most important part I guess. I've also been doing bass duties for The Paul Dunton Orchestra for the last 4 years - loads of good gigs/festivals & tours with them and a much different dynamic to a rock band. Various other projects/sessions/deps & jams are always ongoing! Then there's the family & the day job......... 😉
Hope that fills you in a bit more without sending you to sleep!