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  1. Whoever it is who plays on this: But if he’s not available then whoever’s on this would come a pretty close second: Not arf!
  2. Love the finish on that, it looks beautiful 👍
  3. I’ll probably never sell my little Tanglewood mini P bass, for two reasons: 1) I’ve used it on records so I know I can rely on it for sessions now and again, and: 2) It’s the cheapest bass I’ve ever owned (less than £10) and nobody in their right mind would ever be daft enough to want to buy it off me 😂 I’ve never been sentimental about gear, it’s just gear to me, but I totally get why some folks hang onto things. 👍
  4. I know I joked about the OP’s bass but I can’t deny it’s a stunning piece of work. The shape doesn’t do it for me, and personally I could probably take four of those strings off (and it would still be more than I need 😂) but it takes vision and skills to produce an instrument of that calibre. I could get away with half a P bass to do most of what I need to do, but for a proper player the OP’s bass would be wicked. (with flats and tort, obvs)
  5. I’m absolutely bushed as my meds have kicked in but I reckon I did alright to get 124. Considering I’ve only got about 50% hearing left (I’ve got hearing aids but I never wear them) it’s not bad, although if I hadn’t worn headphones I’d have scored less than half of that. The beat / beep placement was where I scored highest, probably only because my main instrument has always been percussion. I enjoyed doing the tests though, that probably helped a bit as well. I’ll have another go tomorrow when I’m not so tired 👍
  6. If he hasn’t already sent it, maybe there’s still time to get him to cover up all that crazy bling with a nice Olympic White refin. And add a splendid tort guard. Stick some flats on it? Ooh now you’re talking! Hello, honky tonks! Phwoar, etc
  7. You’ve nailed it better than I could 👍
  8. Actually my conga playing is nothing special either 😂 But when I get on the maracas, the claves or the guiro, the game is definitely on!
  9. I’ve not done as well as some of my mates have done, but I still feel very very lucky to have blagged it this far in my small way. The other day I was chatting with a guy I do sessions for. He’s an old mate and we always have a good laugh when we’re playing. But he was moaning about his tax bill being a bit chunky and I didn’t want to spoil his moan by telling him he’s paid twice as much tax as I earned last year full stop 😂 What I do is really precarious and it only takes a spell of illness or an accident or something like covid to pull the rug out from under my feet. I don’t have tons of savings stashed away and my pension will not be much to shout about. I actually think a lot of semi-pro musicians have it sussed. A decent job, a secure income, a good pension, plus gigs and sessions when they’re convenient without having to depend on them to pay the bills.
  10. Both options are fine. If I was smart enough academically to have snagged a well paying day job that interested me, I’d be happy enough doing the odd gig on the side for fun. But realistically I wouldn’t last 5 minutes in a proper job, and consider myself lucky to have gotten away with playing music so far. Part of me would have loved to have had a decent career with a really good salary and pension etc, but I’m just not particularly good employee material. On the other hand, although I’m not an in-demand first-call session muso and I’ve never made it famous, I’ve still done records, done tours, done the festival circuits, done radio and telly, and at least have property to my name and a reasonably comfortable mortgage free life. And I’ve rarely had to play music I haven’t enjoyed just for the £’s. It’s still pretty much a daft caper for me. I know most semi-pros and amateurs could run rings round me on bass and I’m okay with that. Pro or semi pro, or amateur or bedroom player, or whatever, they’re all valid and all fine in my eyes 👍
  11. I did say we should have picked it up when you were in the UK! It would have been worth a detour 👍
  12. I don’t think we’re exactly neighbours 😂 But I tell you what, she’s got the vibe nailed hasn’t she? Tres bon, super bon 👍
  13. While I’m still awake and can’t sleep, let’s have a tune from Pachyman in the studio. He really does have the roots vibe nailed down, and he plays all the instruments as well - respect! I’m not actually sure what his main instrument is but his drumming and Hammond organ playing are totally spot on. Bonus points for him using a 1970s Fender Musicmaster bass as well, and making it work for dub reggae. Most reggae players wouldn’t touch a Musicmaster, let alone use one as their main bass. Good stuff!
  14. Nope, you are spot on. Laura Lee has said in interviews that she learned to play bass by jamming along to dub reggae albums. One of Khruangbin’s albums was given the dub treatment by Scientist no less, and it’s probably my favourite of theirs as the guitar noodling is kept to a minimum and the bass and kick drum are pushed upfront. Check out “A La Sala” - it’s dubby but it also has an early 80s underground vibe to it, it would next to ESG or Liquid Liquid or even some of the more stripped down early Talking Heads tunes easy.
  15. I keep coming back to this thread just to drool at the black JMJ Mustang 🤤 it’s a beauty!
  16. That Sheila & B. Devotion record is one of my all time faves 👍 I bought the single when it was released (as an 11 year old disco fan) and still love it now. The album has some great Nile Rodgers business on it. That Diana Ross album is a belter as well. Nile and co also did the magic for a Johnny Mathis album around the same time but it didn’t get released until a couple of years ago. I realise I’m gonna be in the minority here but “I Love My Lady” is great. The kick drum and percussion and bass on this are ace!
  17. The Sonor Martini kits are pretty wicked little drums 👍 With the right heads and tuning they sound great. I really wanted one but couldn’t afford it, so I made my own budget version out of some 1980s Pearl toms. The weeny 15” kick drum shouldn’t work but it does. It records ok but I’d still love a Sonor kit.
  18. Ah, I never would have interpreted that as rude at all I actually prefer the sound, tone and playability of the little Tanglewood to the last couple of Mustang basses I had. Yes of course it looks like a daft toy but I can get pretty close to the “Histoire De Melody Nelson” sound with it, which makes it a keeper for me. Didn’t Scott Whitley have one that he put a badass bridge on and hipshot tuners? Worth a go if you can get one cheap I’d say 👍
  19. Well, both really. I bought it from a charity shop thinking it might turn out to be a rubbish-y toy but with the La Bella’s on it’s actually a great little bass to record with. I’ve done records with it, and there’s a new 7” single out this month that I used it on both sides of, and it just sounds like a P with old flats on. As soon as I get a link to that I’ll post it. The pickup is quite pokey, it’s a stronger sounding bass than the Hofner, it just sounds more... solid, if that makes any sense? If I found another one cheap I probably would get it and convert it to fretless. I’m aware it looks like a kids toy but it’s actually decent. I think the strings help enormously though.
  20. Both my basses now are short scale, the tiny little Tanglewood EB-18 with the 25.5” scale and La Bella flats, and the Hofner Ignition violin bass (30”). They are both great to play and very different to al the other basses I’ve owned.
  21. I just checked the Khruangbin Rig Rundown on Premier Guitar ans Laura says that the SX is her only bass, although Mark Speer did swap out the pickups for Dimarzios. So it’s not stock like I thought. https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27261-rig-rundown-khruangbin At 16:40 in the video you see her live rig which is just SX bass through a compression pedal into a Fender amp. There’s a copy of a Hofner violin bass that she has as a backup which she’s used on recordings and says it’s easier to play, but she might only have used it at one show. I read she played a Fender VI on the Leon Bridges sessions, I need to check that out with headphones I think. The production on it is so straight yet beautiful. Got me looking at green SX’s now 😆
  22. Laura Lee of Khruangbin uses a SX Jazz as her #1 recording and touring bass. As far as I know the pickups in it are the stock ones it comes with. Sounds fine to me 😎
  23. Boards Of Canada are one of my all-time favourites. “Music Has The Right To Children” was a revelation when it came out. I had a summer job in Tower Records when it was released and it stopped me in my tracks when it came on over the sound system. Stopped a few of us actually, we were looking at each other like, “Did you hear that???”. Still blows me away when I listen to it now 👍
  24. Yes, I am. Both as a session musician, a featured artist, and as a DJ. Possibly as backline tech as well. Last year I would have spent around 10-12 weeks in total working in the EU. It probably would have been the best pay I would have seen in 2020 if not for Covid. This year is too uncertain for me to call, as there’s still Covid to factor in. But I made the move to France last Autumn just to be on the safe side, and I’m gonna do as much as I can from here. There’s still a chance that I might not get residency here but I’m actively doing everything I can to look out for myself right now. The UK government is doing nothing to make a difficult situation any easier. Quite the reverse. Just reading that the leader of the opposition has come out in support of ending freedom of movement, and it’s not filling me with hope and uplifting sunlands-ness. I fully understand I might be in the minority on here, but c’est la vie and all that. I’m certainly not out to Fosters on anyone’s chips or anything. But yeah, it’s not a great situation. Even if you think, “it doesn’t affect me” you just never know. If you’re in a functions band or play on the cruise ships, or ever dep for other musicians who work further afield than you usually do... you just never know.
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