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  1. chris_b

    Do your planets line up Bass - Amp - Cab

    . . . and don't forget the lube!
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    I need some advice..

    You have gear that is good enough for playing at home. You don't need anything else, except maybe some better headphones. Then get out of the house and start playing in a band. That will decide what upgrade path you need.
  3. chris_b

    I need some advice..

    You have gear that is good enough for playing at home. You don't need anything else, except maybe some better headphones. Then get out of the house and start playing in a band. That will decide what upgrade path you need.
  4. chris_b

    Do your planets line up Bass - Amp - Cab

    Over the years I've sold stuff but it was always replaced by something better so, no looking back. With my current rig I think I'm almost there and sounding better than at any time in the past. My go-to gear is a Sadowsky Metro Jazz RV5, through an Aguilar AG700, through 2 Barefaced Two10's. Depending on the band I can switch in a Mike Lull PJ5, an Aguilar TH500 or 2 Barefaced Super Compacts.
  5. I wish I'd bought a Sadowsky 20 years ago.
  6. chris_b

    RIP Aretha Franklin

    Wow. This is sad news. I first heard her songs as a teenager standing in clubs waiting for the bands like John Mayall and Geno to come on. Sad news.
  7. chris_b

    Quitting, Why, When & How

    I'm currently playing with 2 bands who are playing approx 80% originals and 20% covers. It varies on the night and the gig. The other 2 only play covers. They are all good bands with great players and playing very good songs. IMO there is no difference to originals or covers, playing both is the best approach to being a good bass player. It's always disappointing to see the originals guys dissing the covers players. Blinkers are never a good accessory for any musician.
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    Too old for rock and roll

    The first time I was told I was too old was when I answered an ad in Melody Maker. I was 22!!
  9. I use a lap top bag for all my accessories. Ideal for all those small bits.
  10. This is always the down side, ending up using unfamiliar gear, but as the house band bass player on a jam night I can hear when people are struggling with their sound through my gear. The thing is, most of them never actually sound bad. In reality you can have the worst sound in the world but everyone will still be impressed if you play a blinder.
  11. Really. . . you don't need to "fill" any spaces. Strategically spaced gaps are essential for making the notes sound even better. As long as your rig isn't underpowered, ie just 1 x 112, you should be fine. You only need to sound full and fat, with good low mids and enough definition to clearly hear every note. Don't overplay or fill in all the spaces. Less is always more effective.
  12. You should be good if the keys doesn't use his left hand and the guitarist stays away from the low mids. Which Hartke amp do you use? I'd clock up a few hours with this band using your current rig before I'd start trying to second guess which new rig would be better. Try all tone controls at 12 o'clock , then start dialling back some of the highs and pushing up the low mids. Only a click or two should do it.
  13. You might be over thinking this. Bass has a support role in Blues (old and new) so just get a good sound and play well. Listen to Pino, Carmine Rojas and Sean Hurley, and you'll hear totally different sounds and styles. I'd just use my go-to 5 string active jazz bass with rounds and my regular Aguilar/Barefaced rig. What you play will be twice as important as what you sound like. More importantly, find a drummer who knows the difference between a 4 on the floor Texas shuffle and a Purdy shuffle and can play an interesting pattern on a slow blues.Then youonly need a guitarist with a brain and a singer without an ego. . . good luck with that search!!
  14. Looking at my gear, currently residing in the front room, I bought my basses from Ebay and Basschat, amps from Basschat, cabs from Barefaced and Basschat, all accessories came from Basschat, strings from the Bass Gallery and Basschat, my tuner from Guitar Guitar in Epsom (the old one broke and I needed a tuner for that evening) and I have my basses serviced at the Bass Gallery. The price is important but I find that local shops just don't sell what I want to buy these days.
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