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  1. Shaggy

    Your Worst Gig Ever

    In 42 years of gigging I've only once ever played to zero audience - a gig in Llandovery when there happened to also be a local festival going on. Played half the set to the staff, who enjoyed it Worst non-gig was a booking for a summer outdoor festival in the Valleys, turned up to find the power supply was a single extension lead plugged into another extension lead plugged into a shed with one domestic socket. Our PA is 2KW. We snuck off quietly before anyone had noticed we'd arrived.......
  2. Astonishingly good and versatile basses - recently bought one on BC and it's now my go-to bass. Paid £250 more for mine too.....
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    Ovation Ultra bass

    Haven't tried one, but apparently they're Samick (Korean) bodies with Schaller hardware assembled in the US for a brief time in the early '80's. Price is probably about right if in decent nick, and it'd be a Precision clone with a bit of rarity value.
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    Those guys were the business - "Slade Alive" is one of my all time fave live albums
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    Adee's feedback

    Had some Trace Elliot logos from Ade - great guy to deal with, thanks fella!
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    When Double-Necks Weren't Parallel

    I actually I have one, which I have yet to move onto from more conventional 8-course lute and has been sitting accusingly untouched in the music room / man cave for a few years now. Technically it would be more accurately called an arch-lute than a theorbo - the upper strings are basically a normal fretted lute, with the accompanying "basso continuo" played on the lower unfretted strings. The long extension is actually quite light, so doesn't have the horrendous neck dive you'd expect. I'm away from home at the mo, will take a pic when I get back. I'd assumed this thread was about some of the early double-necked electrics (like the Moserite pictured) which often had divergent rather than parallel necks
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    Bob Dylan's Best Album?

    There are individual songs I love, but if I had to put an album on it would be the "Pat Garrett & Billy the kid" soundtrack
  8. That's rather funky.....
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    Feedback for TheGreek

    As posts above show - Mick is definately one of the good guys on BC . I posted a wanted thread for Trace Elliot cab logos this evening expecting absolutely zilch response, and blimey he PM's me straight away saying he has one and happy to send it as an Xmas prezzie for gratis. Many thanks Mick! Will return the favour if I can, and I refrain from making any pun on the classical phrase "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes" (work it out...)
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    NBD.. 1963 Precision!

    Oly White and tort is as good as it gets on a P bass. Lovely rosewood board too.... Enjoy it
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    Musicman Stingrays - Overrated ?

    most super and wizard bas is gibson as any fule kno.......... A 'Ray is probably the only "iconic" bass I've never owned, but I used a 1980 MM Sabre as main gigging bass for many years. It did pretty much everything I'd want from an active bass, despite a weak-ish G and the 2 band EQ had the most extreme range I've encountered on any bass, so you had to be careful with it. I stupidly sold it in the endless quest for the BSB (Better, Sexier Bass). Recently needing that sound again for a funk /disco band I've gone for a MiG Warwick LX Streamer Jazzman, that objectively outshines my old Sabre in every area - but somehow I just don't have that connection with it I had with the Sabre.....
  12. Looks like the real deal and a stonkingly good score; I'm jealous! - a 4005 is about the only bass I still have GAS for, but with the stratospheric prices there's no chance....... The occasional '70's Shaftesbury copy crops up, but this looks light years better
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    Bands you think were better before they got big

    I'd agree with that - when I was at Liverpool Uni, OMD were kind of the "house band" in the student union just as they were breaking through, and I loved the early stuff, especially "Messages". They were always pop, but I found the later material bland in the extreme Great times - Echo & the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, and Wah Heat! played there too as local bands just hitting it big, though one of my favourites were Original Mirrors who never did
  14. Is that the 3035 Marshall Silver Jubliee model? That's been my back-up amp for a few years now - rather underpowered for its claimed 300W, but a really nice core tone and it says something that they're still going strong at 30 years old. Don't flog it too cheap, as they're pretty rare and have their admirers (I think the bassist from Nomeansno used one?) Hell of a power upgrade to the 1.5 kW Crown!
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    Tom Waits

    An icon I seem to remember his voice variously described as though "a family of bucolic tramps had lived in his throat for a year", and "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." much of his musical persona is put on, as an actor would, but like you say gareth; so much raw emotion there