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  1. I started playing bass guitar just over 3 years ago after a break of 50 years, although whatever I had learned as a teenager was self-taught and had disappeared into the mist of time anyway. I started on bass guitar, using the one-finger-per- fret method and after about 18 months started also playing double bass, using 1-2-4 fingering on that. Just to make things even more complicated, after another 6 months I injured the 3rd finger on my left hand (don't ask - it involved a Table Saw). So I then had to use 1-2-4 on the bass guitar, which seemed to work fine. After a year my injured finger was again usable, but by then I found it really difficult to start using that 3rd finger again on BG, and now my left hand on BG tends to be a random mixture of both methods, which is not good for consistency of intonation on a fretless Bass. As I am now learning to sight read on BG I realise I have to decide on, and practice, one left hand method only on BG, so which to choose? Just to add another variable I have recently noted that some upright players use fingers 1-2-3-4! And lastly I find it really difficult to keep all the upper spare fingers pressed down on DB. So I need to sort out this muddle with a definite strategy to practice on BG and on upright and would welcome some advice from you expert bassists - should I use the same fingering on both BG and upright? If so, which one, plus any other guidelines based on your years of experience. With the band I play 50's 60's 70's pop/Americana, C & W, Jazz, Folk Rob Allen MB2 (4), Rick Turner Renaissance (5), Shuker Artist (5), Fender Aerodyne (4). All fretless. Hungarian Double Bass, Eminence EUB.
  2. As a youngster I used to play on the Linoleum, but gave it up when I learned to walk.
  3. Bought a set of “Honey” strings which went badly wrong - no fault of the seller I hasten to add. This seller went above and beyond to remedy the situation, he refunded my money after return of the strings and is now dealing with the manufacturer. Can not recommend highly enough, excellent guy. Thanks.Milo
  4. I've also written to Rick Turner for advice so I'll see if they respond.
  5. Yes I do have some of these but only about 5 or 6, so I may not have a suitable colour, I'll check it out, probably worth buying some more if necessary. I'll let you know how it goes. From YouTube, the pro's seem to set some store by using Superglue ss a filler, then levelling with a shielded razor blade, then sanding and polishing locally With multiple grades of wet/dry. That sounds like the sort of thing I should try on an old piece of polished wood first.
  6. This is a new one on me, I've not heard about the soldering iron trick. I'm a relatively new member, was it the subject of a previous post?
  7. I discovered a horrible gouge on the front of my Rick Turner tonight (see photos). The family were here today but needless to say nobody else knows anything about it- it's been unanimously agreed that consistent with my senility I must have done it without realising it. I'm not that precious about these things, but it couldn't be in a worse place so I'd like to try and mitigate it if possible without spending a fortune, so the question is do I take it to a luthier or have a go myself? I did think about carefully painting in some clear lacquer, but would it need some form of colourant first (the wood looks like spruce)? The one thing I don't want to do is make it worse. Advice from one of you bass genii out there would be most appreciated.
  8. Also what markings on the side of the neck?
  9. Wondering what this weighs and does the neck dive?
  10. Hi, Can this be used on a standard bass i.e. not concerto?
  11. Hi Steve, I'd like to see and try this bass but it's a 5 hour journey from Surrey and current restrictions forbid an overnight stay. I may work out something, otherwise I will have to wait until restrictions are lifted, although I'm looking at more local stuff so may find something in the meantime. I'll get back to you in due course if I'm still looking.
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  14. Hi, Yes it sold some weeks ago. Sorry but It won't allow me to edit the title as I have done before on previous topics, so all I could do was to add another post at the bottom which I did back in April. BASS SOLD - PLEASE AMEND OR CANCEL
  15. Thanks TPJ, that's really useful. Also the pics with the bass on it give much more idea of the size. Thanks for taking the trouble to do it.
  16. Any chance you could let me know the height of the flanks that the bass sits on? Just wondering if I would have to retract the end pin in order to stand the bass on it every time.
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  18. Is this sold? I assume it must be by now
  19. I would have bought that one, except I prefer not to have lines on the fingerboard. Love the 'f hole', and the walnut looks great.
  20. I think you have more stock than Rob Allen does according to his website.
  21. Yes it's certainly subtle compared to the Warwicks I've been used to, at least I know it's not faulty now. Gain up and volume down on the bass does give a much less confusing sound on the 'phones. Thanks
  22. The tone control on my MB2 is a preset accessible through a hole in the rear cover.
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