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  1. Not any more but I'm still occasionally in touch with Joe and he's still building some amazing guitars and basses. That red singlecut retro looks an awful lot like the demo model I bought when I first started working with Joe, but I'm pretty certain mine was passive. Anyway it was a really lovely bass. Anybody who goes for the sale one will I'm sure be very happy. P
  2. Just to chime in on the shipping, I would imagine there could potentially be some CITES issues with a Wal. Wenge, Mahogany and Rosewood are all listed varieties I believe. Brexit may also result in complications if the bass comes to the UK from Germany after 31st Dec. Phil
  3. Oh my giddy aunt! My first fretless was one of those - exactly the same (expect that I epoxied the fingerboard - not very well if truth be known). Bought in about 1982 (from Bootleg Music, Epsom) and sold not long afterwards to help finance my Wal. Memories, memories.... P
  4. Never seen one of those before. Love it!
  5. HEIC (High Efficiency Image Compression) is the default image format in iOS these days. It's a good format (less destructive compression than JPEG) but not widely used outside Apple and some pro image processing (yet). You can change the default format in the iOS settings and put it back to JPEG to make things more easily shareable. Oh and an Aria CS380 was my first proper bass. Bought it, coincidentally in Chichester, the day John Lennon died. P
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  7. What an extraordinary bass. A couple of decades ago I discussed with Chris making something very similar. Sadly I chickened-out. Best wishes for the sale! P
  8. Thanks all. That's all interesting stuff. I had a feeling that the VT 200 might be too good to be true. P
  9. Anybody here have any experience of the Tech 21 VT 200 combo? It seems remarkably affordable and I'm not getting on particularly well with my current TC BG250. Thanks Phil
  10. I used to have one of those. Lovely basses with a rich and warm tone to die for. Good luck with the sale. P
  11. Love the ad, and love the bass. Just occasionally I wonder what two basses I'd buy (one fretted, one fretless) though Basschat if I were to sell my Wal (not ever going to happen). Your lovely Sandberg would currently cover the fretless element of that thought experiment. Very good luck with the sale. P
  12. My Wal is lined 'cause I naively ordered it that way back in '83, but at least I had the sense to specify rosewood lines in an ebony fingerboard so they're only visible if you look hard. Anyway, I soon discovered that, for me anyway, lines compete with chocolate teapots in the usefulness stakes. When I look it's at the side dots (don't get me started on dots positioned between the "frets"! What utter madness is that?). And, well, I sometimes wonder what kind of looks an orchestral string player would get from their colleagues if they turned up with, say a lined violin? Happy New Year P
  13. Me too. This come to just over €2k...
  14. That's a lovely looking bass. The sound hole on the side won't make much difference in terms of what the audience hear. There's broadly two elements to the acoustic radiation of any acoustic guitar. First, the bass mostly comes out of the sound hole, but as low frequencies are radiated omni-directionally ('cause the wavelength is so long - around 9 metres at 40Hz), it doesn't really make any difference where the sound hole is positioned. The second element is the mid and high frequencies and they mostly come from resonance of the "top" panel - which is why the wood type, thickness and bracing technique are so important - and the top faces the audience so radiates towards them. Having said all that, your lovely looking acoustic bass still, like all acoustic basses (except full size double basses), probably won't be loud enough to compete with the interminable dirge of pretty much any six string acoustic guitar. Just had a quick look at the APC website (https://apc-instruments.com) - an interesting outfit that I had no idea even existed. P
  15. Oh blimey I've always fancied one of those. If I had spare dosh swilling around you'd be hearing from me. GLWTS
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