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  1. Can fully recommend these. I’ve had one for about 15 years, and it’s the one I would always take out when doing a run of gigs. It packs down flat and weighs very little so it’s a great option if you like to travel light. And it’s not as bulky onstage as a lot of other ‘travel’ stands. I can’t remember if mine is labelled Ibanez or not but it definitely has the Pocket Titan logo on it. I should get a couple more for at home really, instead of having everything in gigbags or cases. Good bit of kit 👍
  2. Actually, has anyone put a set of black nylon flatwounds on one of these basses? I’d definitely do that if I could 👍
  3. I might do the teacups on mine, but all the rest can stay as is. Unless I want to put heavier strings on, which would mean swapping out the tuners and maybe the nut. I’m probably too lazy to get round to it though.
  4. Thank you! Yeah, sustain is not normally required for anything I do so flats and a piece of foam at the bridge always happens on any bass I own. And my main instrument is percussion so I’m always ‘hearing’ other instruments through a percussionists filter. The Hofner thump feels immediately like home to me. You are spot on about it being a happy instrument to play, it’s a joyful little thing and I can’t wait to record with it 👍
  5. That’s interesting to hear another experience of Hofners flatwounds. Thanks for the input, much appreciated. Mine arrived yesterday and I put them on the bass last night. Instantly they felt and sounded better than the roundwounds that came fitted as standard. How long they will stay on the bass is yet to be seen. My usual preference is for heavy strings, stiff tension and higher than usual action. But with the Hofner I’m having to reevaluate that slightly. I’d love to get a set of black nylon flats on it but I’m going to break in the Hofner flats first and see how they go. Cheers 👍
  6. I always liked the wonky old Burns / Baldwin Vibraslim headstock design. I bet I’m in a minority of one here though. Great sounding basses as well.
  7. Fantastic song, I love a bit of Sugar Minott! Funny enough I missed out on a Hofner Violin bass from the late 60’s with those same blade pickups for £85 a few years back when I was living on the Isle Of Wight. It was on the island’s local online classifieds site advertised as ‘Hofner guiter’ and when I phoned up all determined to go and get it, the lady answered the phone and said “Sorry, it’s just been sold” and I was a fair bit gutted. Couple of years later I was in mate’s place up in Ryde and I saw he had a couple of Hofner Violin basses and one of them had the blade pickups and it looked familiar. I said “Hang on, did you get that for £85 off a lady on the island?” and he replied “No, when I got there she gave it to me for £80!” 😂 I was glad he got it though because he’s such a nice guy and a monster player. So whenever I see one anywhere now with the blade pickups, I’m like “Damnnn, £80!!!” 🥲 Thanks for sharing the Sugar, and happy new year. Cheers 👍
  8. Oh man, even the thought of minus one degree and hard frost makes my cobnuts go back indoors. 😂I’m from Hartlepool and I remember what cold winters were like when I was a kid. Never again! (I hope). Happy new year to you. 👍
  9. Ah thanks man, I appreciate the knowledge 👍 I’ve got some La Bella Deep Talkin Bass flats on my little Tanglewood bass and they are perfect in tension and tone. I’ve had their Mustang flats sets before back when I played Mustangs and they were a bit variable to be fair, which surprised me. Am always happy to try them again if the Hofner Contemporary flats aren’t up to the job though. Cheers, and happy new year to you.
  10. As long as they work I’d be fine with that. 👍 Appreciate the knowledge!
  11. Thanks for the info. Nice looking bass that! Because the tuners on these things are so much smaller than a regular bass I wanted to make sure I bought something that would definitely fit. It’s good to know there are other options. If the Hofner strings turn out to be underwhelming I now know what to look for 🙏🏻 Thank you. My 1st choice would be black nylon flats but I’m not sure I can find any in a light enough gauge to fit the tailpiece and bridge. Happy to be proved wrong, mind.
  12. You know what, I hadn’t even noticed that! Shows you how low tech I am - I just plug ‘em in and play. It hasn’t felt like a problem so far, but I’ll keep that in mind. Thank you man. 👍
  13. Ah right. I only ordered the Hofner flats because I knew they were definitely gonna fit in the piddly little holes in the tuners. I’m not usually one for much sustain anyway - I usually have foam at the bridge and palm mute as well - but I’ll be interested to see how they work out. I had a MIJ Fender Mustang bass for a while and the E was always pretty dead sounding, regardless of what strings I put on it. Hopefully it’ll work okay for me. Appreciate the tip-off though 👍
  14. Oh and btw, if anyone needs to move house from Brighton to the South of France, and they need someone to drive the truck full of all their stuff I can absolutely recommend @Dad3353. He’s an honest bloke, he’s just done three years in Parkhurst and you can trust him. Lovely man ❤️ Total dude. The best!
  15. I’m strictly an Orangina man these days. Been alcohol free since my bipolar meds were changed at the beginning of the year. The beers were for our neighbours, they were gonna come over for new year’s but they cancelled this afty so they’re up for grabs to BC’ers. Free collection only though
  16. That was a bit wordy wasn't it? Here's the TLDR version: I bought a Hofner Violin Bass, it's excellent, here's a pic: All the best for New Year - Lee
  17. In the summer I bought an excellent MIJ Squier Bullet Bass from Gareth of this very forum. And it really was excellent. It recorded beautifully and looked handsome, which always helps. But I ended up having difficulty playing it for long due to the state of my left shoulder, neck and back problems and this made me move towards something short scale and hollow bodied. I'd planned to sell the 34" scale Squier Bullet and buy a 30" scale hollow body bass, before emigrating on the 17th of December. I'd advertised the Bullet on here but it didn't sell so I was resigned to taking it with me but still getting another bass before I moved to France. And then maybe buying something online from Thoman.fr or Le Bon Coin once I'd moved. On the night of the 14th I googled 'Hofner Violin Bass' just out of curiosity and the search results threw up a load of results but at the top of the first page were a load of ads for Hofners, from Thomann, Absolute Music, Guitar Guitar etc. And among them was an Ignition series Hofner Violin Bass at a stupidly cheap price with 48hr delivery so I hit the buy-it-now button and hoped for the best. Me and my wife were fully occupied, still packing up boxes of our belongings for the move, so I didn't have much time to think about it but hoped it would arrive before we left for France. On the 16th I had a mate come down to Brighton to buy my old 1960's Philips organ. He's a pedal-steel player by trade but he's just got a studio space in north London and before he set off for Brighton he was looking for a bass on the Facebook marketplace in East Sussex. He hadn't found a bass but he did collect a Fender Twin from somehwere on the way. Then he got to our place and he saw the Bullet bass, picked it up, said "God, how light is this?!" and fell in love with it and we did a deal. While he was playing the Bullet, the doorbell rang, it was the courier guy with the Hofner Bass. When he handed me the box I thought it was an empty box, that's how light these things are. Even double boxed with bubblewrap it still felt empty. When I opened the boxes and got the Hofner bass out I was surprised at just how light it was. I don't have any scales so I didn't weigh it, but it's probably about the same as two packets of crisps or something daft like that. Big packets of crisps obviously, but you get my drift. Our move was being co-ordinated and handled by Douglas a.k.a. @Dad3353 and he knows a fair bit about Hofners so I handed it to him and he said, yeah they're all usually pretty light. Didn't have a lot of time to spare before the morning of the 17th so I boxed it back up ready for the move. I was sad to see the Bullet go but at least I knew I was going to a good home, and I did mates rates on it because I've known him for years and we'd done sessions together etc. All good. Anyhow we did the drive from Brighton to South of France (well @Dad3353 did, I just looked out the window and drank fizzy pop) and the day after we settled in I got the Hofner Violin Bass out, plugged it into a little practice amp and fell in love - It's such a funky sounding little thing, super light, and has more bottom end than it looks like it should. Couldn't stop playing it, didn't want to put it down. The neck is so easy to get used to, and the pickups are great. It has more sustain than I was expecting but flats and a bit of foam at the bridge should sort that. The whole feel of it is superb for the money, I can fully recommend the Ignition series violin bass if anyone is thinking about one, they're ace. I removed the guard as I prefer the look without one, and I couldn't get on with the roundwound strings that came with it though, so tried putting on a used set of Roto black nylon flats I had hanging about. But the E string was too big to fit into the tiny little guitar machine heads that the Hofner has. No problem, I've got a set of D'Addario Chrome flats that I'd had on my last Mustang bass, I'll just put them on. But no, the gauge is still too big for the tuners. Fergling little Bergstedts!!! 😡😆 So I've ordered a set of Hofner Contemporary flats from Thomann. They haven't arrived yet so I'm still making do with the roundwounds, but once they arrive I'll get them straight on and record some clips. Meanwhile, here's the obligatory pics: And because @Len_derby asked for a pic of it in the sunshine I took it out onto the balcony of our apartment and took a quick pic. It's not my best photo, but the sun was out and it was 14 degrees here. I was even wearing shorts but of course nobody wants to see that 😂 Anyway here's the bass in the sun: If anyone is on the fence about buying one of these, or can't quite make their mind up, all I can say is the one I got is brilliant. Wish I'd bought one years ago. If you see one at a decent price go for it 👍
  18. I still buy music on vinyl, have done since I was a kid. I don’t buy as much vinyl as I did maybe 10-20 years ago but I still buy it. I’ll buy CDs as well, sometimes at gigs, but often for the old “expanded-with-bonus-tracks” reissues. I even still have a cassette player, but that’s my problem haha 😂 A couple of projects I’m involved with have got vinyl LPs and 7” singles being released early next year and usually the label gives us a box of complimentary freebies which we can sell on Bandcamp or wherever. Which sometimes is the only way we’ll see any money especially when the vinyl is a ltd edition release. Very handy this year, what with no gigs etc. I’d be interested to see how long the vinyl revival continues, or if it’s just a passing fad. I love music and ultimately the format it’s presented in doesn’t enhance or detract from that. I do love finding old reggae 12’s or funk 45s still, that won’t change I don’t think.
  19. You might be right. I remember playing in Germany and the Netherlands pre-92 and the carnet system was a pain, even just with taking the most minimal gear. I’m an old git though, so I’ve had a decent run of it. It’s the nippers just starting out who might be the ones to really miss out.
  20. Most of my best paid work in the last 10 years has taken place in the EU, probably by pure luck more than anything else, and I think it would be a massive shame if UK acts were priced / carnet-ed / visa’d out of doing a run of European gigs. Apart from function gigs in the UK, it was always the European ones where me and the guys would get paid decent money and get really well looked after. Audiences round Europe have often been great as well, really up for it. We’ve got to at least get visa-free travel for UK artists to make it worthwhile. Unless you actually are an established top tier act, but even so...
  21. The bit where Lennon is crouching down with his knees tucked up in his t-shirt is great. Hope there’s more daft stuff like this in the documentary.
  22. Really enjoyed that! I'm not a Beatles freak by any stretch, but that was great. Loved seeing them all just dicking about and having a laugh. Nice gear shots as well, Lennon's iconic Casino, Billy Preston on the silvertop Fender Rhodes and Ringo's Thermogloss maple Ludwig kit. Oh, and a Hofner bass as well 😎
  23. Immediately after the JV series Squier continued putting out quality instruments that were really brilliant value for money. Some here have already mentioned the MIJ Bullet basses, but tbh I've played a lot of pre-90 Squiers and they've all been pretty decent. Even now they still do some great instruments. My go to guitar for live gigs is a s/h £150 Squier 72 Thinline Tele and it's ace. Might be Chinese or Indonesian, I can't remember now and it doesn't matter anyway. But definitely the early MIJ Squier Bullets. Prices started going up on them a couple of years ago, both in the UK and the US, Japan etc. They're just quality instruments and folks have started cottoning on to them.
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