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  1. Hiram, you lucky devil…..you must’ve got out before the latest pension shambles! Do you miss it or were you in the TJF camp and glad to get out? I can’t wait to go now as work is getting in the way of band practices and gigging lol.
  2. I love gigging………it keeps me sane and after 30 years of frontline emergency work shows me that there are still good people who celebrate happy events which balances out the horrors and sub humans that I have dealt with. My 3 band mates are from the same line of work and we all say the same thing…..gigging is the absolute polar experience to what we do as a day job. It’s something I do for me and the band is our little gentleman’s club without aprons and funny handshakes. For me, it adds the context to all the practice and I can’t imagine playing bass and not performing.
  3. Ex-NHS Renault Trafic minibus with Unwin rails and a vinyl floor. Came with 7 individual removable seats but usually only have 3 in the back plus the three up front which caters for the 3 kids and 5 dogs. With all the seats removed, it’s a normal Trafic SWB van. Takes the band PA, some lights, my gear plus the drummer’s kit. It was the wife’s main car until I started to work from home, she loves it and says it’s no more difficult to drive than a big car but kid and dog proof.
  4. So I have bought a pack of 4 x 15cm metal rulers from Amazon which I am going to use the way Verb described above but tape them to the body. I’m then undecided whether to use a very sharp chisel or teardrop burr with a Dremel to extend the width by 5mm as I don’t have/feel confident to use a router.
  5. It’s time to make some room and get some funds towards a new digital mixer so for sale is my 1999 original British made Ashdown ABM C115-500 combo. The combo is marked as made in 1999 and was serviced at Ashdown last year. This is from when these were made in the UK and is pre-EVO and has the original white buttons. I changed the valve as part of routine maintenance and everything works as it should including the VU meter. The combo was put out 525w at 4 ohms with the extension cab or 325w on its own through a 15” pre-blue line driver. The combo is in amazing condition for being 21 years old and is a classic The combo is not class D and the drivers are not Neo so this is not lightweight kit but is solid, quality made and sounding. I have gigged once and the combo has only been used as my home practice rig apart from that. I would be happy to meet at a mutually agreeable location for some petrol money or collection from Bracknell, Berkshire. Grab yourself some old school grunt that you can use at home and also gig with.
  6. Does anyone know where I can get a routing template for an EMG 40 sized pickup in the UK? The only ones I can find are in the US and are silly prices to ship a piece of acrylic or wood. I did think about whether I could make my own but would prefer a laser cut accurate one if possible. I want to change the pickups in my Ibanez prestige and they are custom sized Bartolinis and apart from having some more custom made, routing out slightly to an M4/EMG 40 size appears to be an alternative option. The length of the cavity is fine, just the width is a few mm too narrow.
  7. Pete, I can’t say for certain as they were in it when I got the bass. When I’ve had them out, there doesn’t look like any extra routing has been done.
  8. My 1989 MIJ SR800 has a PJ configuration and its had the original pickups replaced to EMG PJX with an EMG preamp. Gloss painted neck which is not to everyone’s taste. Like someone said earlier they come up on here from time to time and amazing neck and build quality. This is my main player now. This was how I first got it;
  9. This is my used Streamliner that I have gigged about 5 times since I’ve had it. I’m thinning the amount of kit I have so take this opportunity to get an amp that doesn’t come up for sale very often and is now discontinued. It comes with its GB bag and original manual. I have replaced the blue leds that had failed which is a common fault with these amps. This doesn’t affect the workings but I prefer to have everything as it should. I have cleaned the fan and internals. The pots have been cleaned and lubed. Comes with a power lead so all you need to add is a speakon to whatever your cab takes cable. There are some very minor marks on the amp as you would expect from a gigged piece of kit but nothing awful or horrific. The previous owner has scratched a small mark on the surround to some of the pots to show where he liked to have them set but you have to be really up close to see them(see photos) Collection only from Bracknell RG12 or I’m happy to travel to meet at a reasonable distance for the right money. You are welcome to give it a play on pickup. Any questions, please ask. This is the manufacturer blurb; The new Streamliner™ design from Genz Benz is taking the lightweight amp design into a new arena, using the superb class D technology perfected by Genz and combining a new preamp section.. The 300 volt All Tube Class A preamp design is driven by three 12AX7 preamp tubes utilising six gain stages. The preamp design features an intuitive and highly effective tone network which is a unique blend of a modified passive Baxandall network for the bass and treble along with an active tube driven mid filter with selectable mid frequencies. The versatile all tube preamp exudes a fat and rich tone that remains articulate. It can be used to simply add warmth to your natural tone or it can be dialled in to provide a wide range of natural tube overdrive. Along with our preamp design that rivals that of many classic tube amplifiers, the STREAMLINER™ amps also features our proprietary 3 Dimensional Power Management analogue technology. Our 3DPM™ adds heft and girth to each individual note, while enhancing the amplifiers responsiveness and headroom. It provides the dynamic and 3 dimensional tone and feel of an all tube power amp design. With its solid extruded aluminium panels, CNC machined solid billet aluminium faceplate and smooth-radius edges the STREAMLINER™ 900 chassis emanates the ruggedness and strength of a world-class touring machine. This brushed aluminium chassis is finished in an anodised Tungsten finish. The powerhouse behind the Streamliner™ is a Class D amplifier and SMPS module, enhanced with our Patent Pending P.H.A.T. (Proprietary Heat Abatement Technology) topology. This delivers robust and reliable, high output performance in a tremendously compact and convenient package. Simply put, this new design offers a more streamlined approach to finding your voice, yet it still carries forth the GENZ BENZ reputation for performance, reliability and innovation. FEATURES •STM 900 - 500 Watts @ 8 ohms; 900 Watts @ 4 ohms •STM 600 - 375 Watts @ 8 ohms; 600 Watts @ 4 ohms • SMPS and Class D power amplifier design • Class A Six Stage Tube Preamp (3 x 12AX7A Tubes) • Modified Passive Baxandall EQ for the Lows and Highs • Active Tube Driven Mid EQ • Selectable 3-Position Mid Frequencies: 220, 600, 2.5K HZ • Input Mute • Hi Gain switch • Master Volume • 3DPM™ Power Management • Patent Pending P.H.A.T topology • Full Direct Output Interface • Effects Loop • Headphone Input • Aux. Input • Dual Speakon Outputs • Variable Speed Fan Cooling •Patent Pending P.H.A.T. topology •Weight:900 6.5lb (600 6lb) •Size: 3 1/4" x 10" x 11 7/8"
  10. Are combos allowed in this club? If so; Original(1999) ABM C115 500 combo and VS115 200 cab
  11. Ah that’s the other thing…….the raft of restrictions on their private lives including officers having to get permission to live at a different address(I kid you not!), not getting into debt and being held to a higher standard of behaviour off duty, she will have to declare the band work as a business interest and get it authorised if she gets any kind of reward for it. That could mean paid gigs, free drinks etc. As to seeing or smelling illegal things whilst at gigs…..I become very short sighted and nose blind. The only reason I’m there is because the band is playing so unless Pablo Escobar is running a drugs cartel from gig, the band are like the 3 wise monkeys.
  12. To add some perspective, the band I’m in consists of 3 police officers and a paramedic. We seem to be able to make it work using a mixture of leave and rest days. The 3 of us that are in the police have roles not doing nights and 2 of us have zero chance of being late off which helps. Police regs stipulate you have to have your shifts published for 12 months in advance but they can get changed at short notice for stuff, less so if you’re not public order trained. The Paramedic has the most trouble due to not having a shift pattern set in stone. Getting together for regular practices is more difficult than gigs but again we make it work because we enjoy doing something completely different to our day jobs. We have 3 gigs lined up for December. If someone wants to book us then we don’t commit until all the band have checked their shift patterns and booked leave etc. People seem perfectly ok with this. For the OP, I suspect your drummer will be ok with a little planning and common sense. I wouldn’t book a gig to start at 8pm if she’s off at say 6pm….just in case she’s late off. It’s quite easy to be 4-6 hours late off duty when you are on response shifts. My longest day was 17 hrs. If the drummer wants to play and be part of a band, she will make it work and if band wants her as part of the band, they will it work.
  13. I had a good result with Liberon finishing oil on an un-stained alder bodied Warwick using the hand sanded slurry method. It really is a little and often approach allowing the coats to dry and working your way up the grit of wet and dry paper From this; To this; I found very therapeutic for my mental health to spend an hour each day oiling and sanding.
  14. Those Katanas are surprisingly loud given the size of them! So I have made contact with Richard on here and hopefully will soon be the proud owner of an Ashdown ABM C115 500 combo later this week. This is one of the original ABMs which I believe were made in the UK before being outsourced to the East. It fits the bill of what I’m looking for which is a bullet proof, reliable, decent sounding and powerful combo plus I love the fact it’s got some history to it. I know it’s not the lightest around but it has wheels and I have a ramp into the van lol. I did toy with the idea of getting a smaller cab for the Streamliner than the Peavey 810 and GRBass 410+ I already have but I also fancied having a bit of a change of tone/sound option available as well. I like the idea of having an alternative separate rig and the one Richard is offering for sale on here is just too good to pass on. This also appears to be a good starting point for a foray into Ashdown which I have used a couple of before at the local rehearsal rooms and enjoyed the sound.
  15. I saw that and think it would fit the bill perfectly. I’ve given Richard a PM to see if it’s still available and if it is I’ll snap it up.
  16. Lozz…….210, 410, or 115……does it make a difference?
  17. I’m after a second hand combo for home practice, rehearsal and smaller gigs. I’m in a covers band with 2 loud guitarists playing rock and pop but nothing heavier than Foo Fighters lol. Budget is around £200-250. I have a GB Streamliner 900 and cabs for bigger gigs so a combo that is portable is a must so I actually want to take it out the house. Ideally I like to be able to keep up with a Boss Katana 100w x 2 with none of us going through the PA. So far I have looked at a Blackstar Unity 120, EBS Classic Session 120, some Peaveys and some form of Ashdown. I have had a unity 500 before and stupidly got rid of it so I know I like the sound. I have also played through various Ashdowns and like them as well. I’m not a brand snob so have no issues with a good recommended used Peavey or similar. I accept that older combos are less likely to be as portable as new ones from a weight point of view. Would 120w of the Blackstar or the EBS be enough through a 12”? if not how much would be? I don’t mind more watts as long as it’s fairly portable but don’t want to be left wanting more in my battle with the guitarists lol Is there a silver bullet of a used combo out that I should be looking for that would be the best bang for bucks and meet my requirements? Any options gratefully received……….
  18. So some photos; before charging the dots and after 5 seconds on each on.
  19. I had exactly the same issue with my Streamliner and used 3mm 3v 30mA blue led diodes that I got from that well known online auction site. These are still going strong and I went for a smaller led as I didn’t want the blue lights to be too bright on a dark stage. I completely agree that you need to be confident in de-soldering and soldering on PCBs and have the right equipment. The diodes are mounted through the PCB and have to be de-soldered to remove. I used a solder sucker, a solder workstation, decent solder and flux. The diodes also have a positive and negative side and need to be mounted in the correct direction on the PCB. If you burn the PCB then you will, as Downunderwonder said, end up with a pile of scrap as you will struggle to find spares. Having done it once, I wouldn’t risk it again if mine failed in the future. It really is a fiddly job fraught with pitfalls. if you are in any doubt as to your abilities then I would find someone who is competent in PCB soldering and pay them to do it.
  20. I fitted these to my 2 Ibanez basses today and despite my initial concerns about drilling out the old dots, it went surprisingly smoothly. I was struggling to see the side dots on a dark stage even with my new glasses lol. I’m really pleased with the results and they actually look as if they were original and work an absolute treat with very little charging. I went for the super bright in blue and ordered from Japan from the official shop. The size was 2mm on both basses so I ordered 2 x 60 mm lengths. Delivery was about 5 days. The 60 mm length was more than enough to do all the side dots on one bass with a little left over. There is a really good video on YouTube where the chap uses a drawing type pin to create a pilot hole in the dot then a wood work drill bit by hand. I used a 2mm Brad point wood work drill bit and initially just hand turned the bit to drill out the existing dots as in the video. I then got a little more confident and used my little 10v Dewalt drill at a very slow speed. I don’t have a pillar drill which would obviously be the desired tool of choice. I drilled out about 3-4mm. I didn’t pre-cut the luminlay but just dabbed a drop of superglue on the end, inserted in the hole then trimmed as flush as possible with a Stanley knife. My other concern was sanding the new dots flush without marking the neck. I did try masking around them but this was not very effective so I found that cutting as close with the blade then a gentle sand with some 800 wet/dry then 0000 steel wool to tidy up. A drop of Nomad fretboard oil and all done. If I did another bass, I would get some decent side cutting snips to do the majority of the trimming rather than the Stanley knife as I slipped once and nicked the edge of the fretboard. A very fine flush cut razor saw might be another option. I can’t imagine a luthier would charge a huge amount to do the job if you were worried about doing it yourself. I also ordered the Luminlay torch but they work fine with being charged with a normal small torch.
  21. This is what the manual states; GAIN SWITCH – This switch sets the gain sensitivity of the preamp gain stages. With the switch set to the IN position and the Amber indicator LED illuminated, the gain stages are set to a higher sensitivity, driving the preamp gain stages harder, producing more harmonic content and overdrive. The degree of overdrive will depend upon the output level of your bass guitar pick-ups and preamp as well as your playing style. This switch should be used in conjunction with the Gain control for setting the overall gain structure of the preamp. This switch can also be used as an Active/Passive switch. The lower gain position is more suitable for high output level active basses and a cleaner tone. GAIN CONTROL – This control sets the input gain of the 12AX7 TUBE preamp. The volume of the signal is then controlled by the Tube Preamp Volume control and also the Master Volume control. Note that overdriving the input tube gain stage may be a desirable tonal characteristic of your playing style. This control, in conjunction with the Gain switch, Preamp and Master Volume controls, allows you to set the amount of tube overdrive or clean tone your amp produces. PREAMP VOLUME CONTROL – This control sets the volume (and make-up gain) of the preamp after the Input and EQ stages but before the Effects Send jack. Use this control in conjunction with the Gain and Master Volume controls to achieve the necessary gain structure for your playing and music style so I think yours is working as it should….
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