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About ShergoldSnickers

  • Birthday 05/05/1957
  1. Shergold is back.....

    My Marathon bass is sat in a corner banging its headstock against the wall.
  2. Bow Peep

    Just acquired one of these: MMX Carbon Weave German pattern bow from Peter Hall Violins in Beverley, East Yorkshire. I also tried a less expensive Artino carbon composite bow, but it didn't feel anywhere near as good as this one. I've also started some proper lessons with Pietro Lusvardi, who recommended I get a bow to check my intonation is OK as I practice. He's also got me starting to read the dots as well. So, off in a direction I didn't expect — arco and reading. At the same time. Loving it, much to my surprise.
  3. DB luthiers thread

    [quote name='TPJ' timestamp='1383562109' post='2265770'] [u][b]Peter Hall in Beverley, East Ridings[/b][/u] Peter does really nice work, is a great guy, and is very affordable. [url="http://www.peterhallviolins.com/instruments/contact.html"]http://www.peterhall...ts/contact.html[/url] [/quote] You get real old fashioned professional service from Peter. He can't do enough for you — it's more like visiting a family member than a shop! Really impressed by the quality of his work, the advice I've had and his prices. All round splendid fella.
  4. UK's Best Part-Time Band - BBC4

    Managed to catch up with this over the weekend, watching with a musician mate disposed to some healthy cynicism. I didn't say anything beforehand, but when the Caffreys came on we both looked at each other and nodded. The comment about each band member doing just the right amount was absolutely spot on. Michael's bass playing is a perfect example of being a support to the rest of the band, adding lots but detracting nothing. Bloody marvellous, that WoT.
  5. Reverb on bass amps?

    Whilst this post is not strictly about reverb on bass amps per se, reverb has a place if used carefully. If you can, roll off all frequencies below around 400Hz on the reverb effect only, retaining the normal frequency range on the dry sound alone. This cuts out all the muddiness that reverb will chuck on by the bucketload if the proper bass frequencies get processed. Unless you are making a feature of the bass, apply only a smidge in any case. You can be the judge on whether this works or not. Two bass tracks, one completely dry, and a melodic track with a fair amount of reverb. In fact, all the instruments that got reverb treatment has the feed to the reverb with the bass rolled off, as I think this helps tidy the mix as a whole. [media]http://www.ianhalstead.com/fb/March-58-Panama-Mix.mp3[/media]
  6. Do you name your DB?

    Matilda. I've never waltzed though.
  7. Grab a piece of HiFi history here, with a pair of the sought-after Epos ES14 loudspeakers. B[color=#141823][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]ought in 1989 direct from the manufacturer. Designed and built by Robin Marshall, who played a small role in the design of the BBC LS3/5A. They use a minimal cross-over combined with drivers that mechanically roll off and seamlessly blend together as much as possible. They come complete with the matching steel stands, in need of a little touching up on the paintwork. These speakers are the second iteration, with the centra[/font][/color][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][color=#141823]l bullet in the bass/mid driver, and each cabinet with single pair of banana plug inputs, rather than the later bi-wiring system. 1" custom design aluminium dome tweeter, and an 6.5" long-throw bass/mid driver, also custom designed. Braced internally via a tensioned aluminium rod.[/color][/font] [color=#141823][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]There is a review here that is contemporary with the period of manufacture: [url="http://www.stereophile.com/content/epos-es-14-loudspeaker-john-atkinson-review#W8iFDe9vS3Wt0XXA.97"]http://www.stereophi...De9vS3Wt0XXA.97[/url][/font][/color] [color=#141823][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]I'll be looking for a straight sale rather than a trade, and the purchaser will need to collect so I can properly demo them and show them working.[/font][/color] [color=#141823][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][/font][/color] [color=#141823][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][/font][/color] [color=#141823][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][/font][/color]
  8. How to tune your guitar – amazing method

  9. Current Class A/B amps?

    Heard at a hi-fi demo many moons ago... "It's no good having your garden hose fed by a bloke with a pipette. What you want is that hose fitted to a tap on the Hoover Dam." They sold Naim amplification.
  10. NBD - Shergold Marathon Mk 1A, 1979 *Audio*

    Magnificent. There is something uniquely British about these basses — lightly quirky with bags of character, and they do sound good don't they? My original fretted Marathon was pretty much identical to this one, and the serial number started with a a six. I wonder....? I'll have to dig out an old diary from 1979 to see if I wrote it down. I swapped the fretted for a fretless version, which has been modified to incorporate a second pickup, an extra set of controls and a chunkier bridge. That will undoubtedly affect any sale value, but as it's not for sale.... why worry? Good excuse for reposting a picture:
  11. Some improvisations using a TC Ditto loop pedal.

    I think you have got the sense of space and the atmosphere bang on. Excellent. I recently bought an E-Bow and just getting used to the possibilities. A (very) short test piece I did here: [url="http://www.ianhalstead.com/fb/E-Bow-Logic.mp3"]http://www.ianhalstead.com/fb/E-Bow-Logic.mp3[/url] Using Logic — great software — on a RIM Marseer 5 fretless.
  12. Some improvisations using a TC Ditto loop pedal.

    Really like both the pieces. Something of the Klaus Schultze about them.
  13. EBow and fretless bass. It works!

    I just had to try this, and it worked out that the EBow sits perfectly on the wooden bass ramp situated between the pickups. I've recorded a short improvised series of EBow tracks over a percussion track with synth bass, using both the normal and harmonic modes of the EBow... EBow and double bass... hmmmm not so successful! [media]http://www.ianhalstead.com/fb/E-Bow-Logic.mp3[/media]
  14. [quote name='discreet' timestamp='1430732546' post='2764028'] You're probably right, as my technical knowledge of isobaric systems is zero. I do find the concept of being able to cram two drivers into the space more or less occupied by one driver very attractive, but of course there's always a price to be paid and the laws of physics usually turn up to spoil the party. [/quote] I remember the first time I heard some Linn Isobarik speakers in a demo room in a hi-fi shop run by a mate of mine. Staggeringly good. Mind you this was part of a £24,000 system — in 1990s prices. The bass driver was doubled up — a pair of those race-track oval Kef B139 jobbies in each cabinet. You needed a very capable amp to drive them though.
  15. I thought the big problem with isobaric arrangements was the loss in sensitivity — down 6dB. Don't modern drivers essentially solve the extension/cabinet size problem that isobaric designs attempted to address?