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Pseudonym last won the day on December 20 2019

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  1. They're real outlaws, these rock 'n' roll hooligans. You'd never get this kind of misconduct from the Stradivari.
  2. My previous post should be read with the following caveats: 1. The OP didn't actually request advice, so please feel free to completely disregard what I wrote. 2. The general consensus on Basschat regarding basses seems to be: (a) if in doubt, buy it; and (b) if in doubt, keep it. It is possible that Basschatters are less than objective on those points, but I wouldn't care to generalise.
  3. I agree completely with Doctor J here. Plenty of scope for exploring, especially with a Helix. It's a lovely gesture that also comes as a surprise -- maybe not a surprise you think you want, but a surprise that you might well be delighted by in due course. An exception that encourages you to push your own boundaries sounds like a great present to me. Pure experimental research doesn't always earn its keep in a direct way either, but that's where the wonders are to be found. If ever something deserved a waiver of your three-bass rule, I'd say an intriguing Christmas gift from your wife is probably it. Happy Christmas!
  4. My respect for gigging musicians was always high. After reading this thread, it's positively stratospheric. Some of these situations are beyond ridiculous.
  5. I can set your mind at rest on that one, Osiris. I wouldn't allow it.
  6. Schrödinger's bass: when it's in the basket but you haven't checked out yet. There is absolutely no way Basschat is ever going to have its own twelve-step programme. Even its harm-minimalisation efforts leave a lot to be desired. This place is utterly top. Merry Christmas, Stewblack.
  7. I understand your general mood, given your recent sour experiences, but I truly think this is a moral victory of the highest order. It is also a flat-out victory if you have prospects like this, which are surely better than anything involving your erstwhile bandmates. It's pretty clear who enjoys the local musicians' respect. Everything about this is working out in your favour, as things turn out, even if you do legitimately feel mistreated. It's a nice Christmas present that you have earned. I'm glad to see it. Best of luck, whatever you decide.
  8. Oh, I have seen it and think it is truly stunning. I must admit, I did seriously consider it weeks ago. However: 1. With a Status, I'd go for a headless; 2. I'm in the U.S. and want to check them out in person on my next visit; and 3. I've sworn to myself that I'll only spend that much if a pending book deal gets finalised. (Let's see how long that vow lasts if the book deal falls through!) Many thanks for the suggestion, though, and apologies for temporarily diverting this thread.
  9. I am Santa in this instance, and I've already decided that I've been nice this year. Just biding my time waiting for the right one to come up. Might pay Rob Green a visit next time I'm in England, though. (A sentiment I'm sure you'll understand!) May all your Santas be so indulgent. A happy 2020 to all.
  10. I joined earlier this year so that I could gain some insight before deciding what to buy as my first bass in thirty years. I never expected to have so much fun. Thanks to everyone who makes it work, and to everyone who contributes to the atmosphere. It's digital alchemy. Still haven't bought the bass. I've narrowed it down, though. These things take time.
  11. I wonder if this is a matter of technological change. It isn't hard to find a relationship between stylistic and technological innovation in popular music throughout the twentieth century. In terms of music production, however, the improvements since the 1990s strike me as incremental rather than revolutionary. It still astonishes me that my recording kit (total cost of a few thousand including workstation PC) can potentially get results that might have required a high-end studio twenty or thirty years ago. That said, I don't come across much music that a 1990s studio wouldn't have been able to produce if necessary. Up to the mid-1990s, I regularly heard music that depended heavily on very recent technology. There is certainly some genuine creative energy lurking to one side of mainstream commercial, and risk-averse chart fodder. I wouldn't be surprised if that energy is quickened drastically should new technology emerge, or should a new form gain traction. That's usually how we get from "it all sounds the same" to "this is what the world has been waiting for". Regarding Oasis and Britpop, my own interest in that era is in the visual arts -- but with art and music both, it's not hard to see by now who had real staying power and who was little more than a reflection of the moment. That moment found all kinds of unfinished business in the recent past, all kinds of potential along with the nostalgia. If there is no new popular music now, might that be because the current moment is somehow unable to shape it? This does seem to be a remarkably incoherent time. I'm very interested in this kind of topic, so I'm glad MacDaddy raised it. I'm also keen to hear people's thoughts.
  12. Yes, the curse of friendly joshing. Probably won't keep you up at night. It really is a splendid bass. You must be elated to get hold of one. There's one for sale in the U.S. but it has really been through the wars and I lack the medical skills necessary to deal with it. Still, it's nice to know they come up from time to time.
  13. Two fine examples of sage advice on this point. Give it time. I wish you either a joyful reconciliation or a painless parting of the ways. Bridgehouse, I'll just add a slightly different point of view. If your bass weren't such a lovely and distinctive example, I doubt you'd have much trouble knowing what to do. It looks like a work of art to me. Works of art often need drastic restoration. That can be quite traumatic (and very expensive) for the owner but, in time, the trauma fades. The beauty doesn't, nor does the underlying emotional attachment.
  14. Curse you, EMG456. I was happy in my ignorance of these objects of desire until you inflicted your four-string erotica upon my retina. Finding one of these is an extremely intriguing prospect that will probably turn into a cautionary tale. I'll become like Bogart in Treasure of the Sierra Madre. I wish you much joy with your Odyssey, EMG. It's beautiful. Congratulations on finding it.
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