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  1. Hi Chazzy, we have a lot in common, I recently started playing (February), am more 'mature' than you 👴! I also decided to build my first ever cabinet using a guide from here and support of members instead of buying one ( I did the lockdown build 10"one) Only tip I would give you is don't wait too long to find a teacher, I learnt for the first 7 months on my own from video courses online and have got into some bad habits out of ignorance. Stay funky bro!
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    Hi @Biscuit_Bass I recently took up bass also, I am 55 yo - I have a bit of arthritis in one elbow (and my knees), playing bass hasn't really made anything worse (I always play sat down) and the soreness / aching I get in fingers after a big practice session is really just the result of me training my fingers / muscles to stretch so I think you can probably expect a bit of that! I found slap a bit uncomfortable so I just play finger style currently (probably because I have zero technique) Only tip I would give you it try not to accidentally buy a very heavy bass, I have one (a Harley Benton) and it makes surprising difference from a comfort perspective. J
  3. Not that another example is needed, but I also have a Harley Benton JB-75MN and much as I enjoy playing it, I have to agree that it is ridiculously heavy, mine is completely stock, I just weighed it at 5.5 kg (12 lbs). My Sire MM M2 is 3.5 kg ( under 8 lbs) by comparison.
  4. @BassassinI am very happy with it, thanks for the info and I have saved the catalogue. I am also kind of puzzled why it is in such good and apparently original condition, the only thing I can think is that the original owners didn't use it / travel with it. The description of the pickup is really interesting and explains why the output is high for a passive bass, it certainly surprised me when I played it for the first time! J
  5. I went to look at a Peavey Zodiac bass advertised in a local shop window for £99 and the guy showed me this Ibanez Roadstar II as well, according to Dr Google its a RB620NT from around 1983 (but open to advice on this). I am a beginner player and don't know much about gear but whatever it is, it spoke to me, and so I went home to find the cash, google it and went back today and got it, very grateful to the seller. I paid £180 It seems in strangely good condition for its age, better than I was at 38 years old, maybe it has been worked on? One of those situations where I don't really know what I bought ... but I like it 🤨. It seems pretty genuine, but again, I have no idea ... I took the photos straight away when I got home before the light left, still undusted, as I wanted to post this and see whether people think I made a wise choice. I practiced with it this evening and it surprised me how lively the output is, for a passive bass it seems to have quite a kick compared to my (one) other passive bass, I love the feel of the neck - it is a P-bass type? No idea, lol. I think it needs a setup and some strings and the neck looks a tiny bit torqued / twisted, is that usual for an old instrument? Plays ok to me, though. I get the impression it has been stored and unplayed for a while 5-10 years, any advice on what I should do with it to restore to full health? Anyway, I am very happy with it, I feel like I need to get some flares to wear while I am playing it to properly do it justice, here are some pics : Groovy! J
  6. I bought the Ibanez, very happy. I will post some pictures in a NBD thread The guy is still selling the Peavey (which looks in fantastic condition) and the guy is also selling an Ashdown head unit (Evo ii 600W he says) and cab, both look like really good deals to me, if anyone is interested in getting his contact details then PM me and I will pass them on and you can contact him
  7. Starting to panic that you might live near me ... I am sure the other Shetlanders would have noticed 🐑
  8. @kodiakblairI'm going to get back in touch tomorrow and if I decide not to buy the Peavey and get the Ibanez I'll ask the guy if he minds me passing on his phone number. It does looks hardly used and in great condition, as you mentioned I don't think its a DE Scorpio signature model, I think he mis-googled.
  9. Hi guys, I went to look at the Peavey bass and its in fantastic condition and looks like a great deal, the only reason I didn't buy it is that the guy showed me an old Ibanez Roadstar II in very nice condition especially considering its age, it looks a bit like a P-bass and is more expensive but I really liked it so I had to go away and sleep on whether to spend the extra cash on it instead. It looks like this one, was thinking about selling my Harley Benton Jazz bass to offset the cost difference. Aargh
  10. OK cool, if its still for sale I think I'll go check it out. It's a poor photo of a photo but checking online I see what you mean about the scratchplate
  11. Saw this is my local shop window and was wondering whether it is a decent instrument, had no idea who Dave Ellefson is but according to Google is / was a Megadeth bass player, seems like a pretty low price - are they usually this cheap? I don't know hardly anything about Peavey and never seen one in a shop, is it just a cheapy or worth having a look and making an offer ?
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  13. Wow, I completely missed those, thank you - its a lot to go through, fantastic. I will make a donation Is there an easy way to download them ?
  14. I am a beginner and trying to wean myself off TAB and use 'proper' music notation. Based on my teachers recommendation I have been working my way through the Hal Leonard Bass Method which I have found useful (especially the accompanied pieces). My sight reading is making decent progress. I mainly like contemporary music (soul, rock, some blues). When I practice after working on my latest page of Hal Leonard I like to chill out by trying to play along with my favourites on Youtube (e.g. currently trying to learn 'Its my life' by Talk Talk which so far I can only play at 75% speed and 'Aint no love in the Heart of the City' Black Pumas version 🙃). The issue is that its amazing how many songs I can find in TAB format but I am finding it challenging trying to find contemporary stuff in sheet music format. I don't necessarily expect it to be free, and don't mind paying for it. I wonder if there is a music publisher online selling sheet music for stuff like this? My question is : Could anyone recommend a good source of sheet music or good compilation books for Bass beginners who want to play contemporary music? J
  15. I also used to use direct monitoring for the same reason (horrible latency) but (on my PC) I eventually worked out how to solve the latency issue by ensuring I was using the right ASIO driver and adjusting the buffer settings in the software. The main advantage really is that you can then use all the software pedals, emulators and effects in your DAW which is kind of cool, and of course you can record directly into the DAW if you are composing (not something I do) I'm sorry I wouldn't know where to start on an Apple computer but my guess is its probably solvable in the software if you know how. Anyway, hopefully my pre-amp / Zoom thing will hopefully give my JB a bit more juice plus a few cool options J
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