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Jerry C

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  • Birthday 01/10/1971

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  1. You wouldn't forget to unplug the cable if you had something like this to remind you that the bass is on. And no, I'm not offering them anymore, due to general apathy JTEX Indicator Demo - YouTube
  2. Trial and error, trying to get rid of dead notes on many basses over many years. Physics, resonant systems, oscillators, damping. Think of a pendulum you're holding in your hand (a weight on a string). If you don't move your hand while the pendulum swings, it will take a while before it comes to a stop. That's like a string vibrating on a stiff, non-moving neck. Now, if you move your hand with the pendulum (same direction), it will stop a lot faster. That's a string on a neck that vibrates (resonates) at just the right frequency and in phase with the string. It will dampen it. Now, if you prevent the neck from vibrating with the string, such as by propping it against a wall, or by adding weight to the headstock, to increase its inertia, it won't be able to dampen the string, so no dead notes. Try it with the usual dead notes on the G string some day. Only problem is, it's awkward to play with your bass pushed into a wall, or with a big weight bolted to the headstock... Solution? Stiffer, denser necks.
  3. No. Pushing the end of the neck against a wall restored full sustain to the open E. Leaving the neck hanging killed E sustain, and you could feel it in the bass body vibrating too much on that note (sucking energy out of it). Just a bad combination of resonances between neck and body, cancelling out at E 😕
  4. Steinberger XM2. Took me years to find one. I think it's absolutely beautiful in black with white binding - a work of modern art. Unfortunately, it was the only bass I've ever owned that had a dead note on an open string - the E. I didn't even think it was possible, but it happened.
  5. Yes, they do. They buffer the pickups so they're not affected by the cable capacitance (the longer the cable, the more loss of highs). Also, they can use a low value volume pot (such as 10k or 25k), which again prevents loss of highs when you roll off the volume, in addition to lowering noise. And I agree that filter preamps are particularly useful. They're a great improvement over a passive tone pot, while having the same immediacy. I owned a couple of Alembic basses over time and thought that it was the filter that made them sound great (I don't mean to put down the stellar build quality and great looks).
  6. Yep, this one is legit. I used to build a very similar one. The one I build now also flashes green on a good battery, to confirm that the bass is powered. Still negligible power consumption.
  7. When it decides to work, grab a pen or some other small non conductive, hard stick and gently tap the components and or solder joints, one at a time. With a bit of luck, you'll find your intermittent problem. You may also try a "freeze mist" spray, if you have one.
  8. Yes, it's definitely a good way to fill an extra hole. Might need a little grommet or something, as the LED is only 3mm diameter.
  9. 40ms latency is OK for things such as watching TV, it's low enough that the sound is still in sync-ish with the picture. For playing an instrument, though, it's way too high, you'll definitely notice it. 10ms from string to ear is about as high as I'd settle for.
  10. I had the AmPlug version 1 and found it quite noisy and it couldn't get loud enough without nasty clipping. Can anyone who's had both versions compare them?
  11. I think I made a cool thing that others may or may not find useful. While I built a few for myself, I went ahead and made a few more, that I am offering on eBay for what I think is a very reasonable amount, that barely covers the parts and the half an hour it takes me to build one. Basically beer money, that I don't even need, since I quit drinking a year ago... I'm new to Basschat, didn't know if it would be acceptable to promote a "product" - if you can even call it that. It's more of a hobby with sometimes some benefits. My day job takes care of my finances, not this.
  12. My gadget flashes green every second whenever the bass is powered and the battery is good, while drawing flea power (30 microamps). This way you can always tell when the bass is on, so you'll remember to unplug the cable when you're done. When the battery drops to 7V, it turns solid red (with a pulsation on top of it every second, just to catch your eye). The led is 3mm diameter, you barely notice it unless you look for it when it's off. Can you see it? (it's not the big hole, that's a missing pot)
  13. Not much. $29 Canadian. Whatever that is in real money
  14. It flashes green about once a second when battery is good (over 7V), then turns solid red when the voltage drops below 7V. It only draws 30 microamps while flashing green (and only half a milliamp when red).
  15. Oh, I'm not at all offended, I'm sorry if I gave that impression. I was just trying to get an idea if anybody else might be interested. It doesn't look like it, and that's fine.
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