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  1. And in action the bass instrument extravaganza that is ORE. The Tuba Doom group is normally massively amplifed and we're all playing through octave pedals for super sub-bass action, but this was a rare completely acoustic set at Supernormal Festival in 2017 (Now my favourite festival and this may rank as my favourite ORE show)
  2. Enjoying the mention of bassoon earlier in the thread. My main instrument is the Contrabassoon. An octave lower than bassoon, it descends to low Bb, a semi tone below standard 5/6 string bass guitar. I fell in love with the instrument when I was a double bassist and was writing for the bassoon for my ensemble. I could only ever recruit session musicians rather than a band member, so I decided to become the player I couldn't find. 10 years later my main project is solo performance of my electroacoustic ambient music, but I do sessions and guest in bands with more regular bassline playing. Here's the only gig from last year - A live stream set for Nick Luscombe's Musicity project. And a recent release: https://thomasstonemusic.bandcamp.com/album/host
  3. Absolutely superb!!!! Where can I see this in action?
  4. As an extension user when I played double bass I absolutely love this!! Any more pictures of the whole bass?
  5. I use sumup with my phone and have absolutely no complaints. Sumup now have phone free devices which would seem to be up your street: https://sumup.co.uk/solo-card-reader/?prc=AIR1799UK2021-s-AB2999UK2021-s-3GP11999UK2021-s-SOLO7999UK2021
  6. I woke up one morning completely deaf in my left ear. This was rather distressing, but the most extraordinary experience was my brain trying to compensate with my working right ear. There was a weird delay/phase effect that magnified over the course of 48 hours as my brain "learned" how to interpret sounds from my left side. Fortunately My ear was just jammed with wax following two weeks of wearing ear plugs at work and my hearing returned over the course of a fortnight.
  7. Wow sounds amazing! Thanks for the heads up, will investigate now
  8. I love music that seems to really exploit these sounds. A lot of the early 20th composers were not just experimenting with atonality, but these fixed tone dissonances within tonal writing - Debussy, Satie, Messiaen all seem to explore this within their beautiful, slightly alien sounds Also Arvo Pärt with his tintinnabuli style. I bet the bell like effect wouldn't work as well with a keyboard tuned in a different temperament
  9. Bit of a tangent, do you use your viola da gamba in any contemporary music making? Any links of so?
  10. I was going to write the same thing. Instruments without predetermined pitches, so everything excluding keyboards and fretted instruments will be pulling and pushing tuning of notes, especially thirds, the whole time. As I was so conditioned by the world of fretted instruments I couldn't really understand how the root A of A major isn't the same tuning of A as the A in D minor for example, but then as a double bassist, then a woodwind player I found you adjust notes to be "out of tune" but actually in to tune without really thinking about it. I think it's worth playing around with
  11. I've just done another search now for a band for an imaginary wedding. I'm not logged in and it seems like you have to create an account before it will show you the bands. As a punter this would put me off, although I understand why they would implement this. Looking forward to hearing others experiences
  12. Beautiful, beautiful amplifier and speaker combo'. I would love one
  13. I had a profile on there for a long time. It Kept becoming inactive for some reason, perhaps because I didn't get anyone contacting me through it, perhaps because I didn't log in enough. I play a niche instrument in an even more niche genre so wasn't expecting it to generate any solo bookings, but was intrigued about the session work capabilities. I've run a few test searches for all sorts of players or groups etc over the years and I don't think the site is really that active. Happy to be proved wrong 😃
  14. Not what I play, but my ideal is a dark natural (non-coffee table) wood with just shellac over oil or wax finish with an ebony fingerboard. Failing that a black finish. My bass is a tobacco burst which I can tolerate. It has a black pickguard (and ramp) but my preference is no pickguard and a ramp that matches rhe body
  15. Back with more. The first few minutes are great!!
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