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Everything posted by Wylie

  1. My torment is worse than your torment. Just sayin.
  2. My Hofner Contemporary Series "Club" bass, with the exact neck and general set-up of the violin version, was indeed a lot of trouble. Reducing the factory action took a lot of time (and some dollars as well). With reduced action, the bass was a very good one. The Contemporary version was $795, including case, and well worth it, I felt--after the adjustments.
  3. I've two Japan-made, a P and a J (currently). Top quality.
  4. Could it be that sustain is lauded simply because there is not all that much to say about 98 out of 100 basses?
  5. I picked up the bass after the trio I was with got into jazz. I realized quickly that my basically folk guitar skills were not going to make it in this new world. Got a bass, learned a few basic moves (blues!) then took lessons for a year and got better: scales, modes, key centers, and just learning on the fly. It helps immensely that my trio mates are great musicians. I've since studied jazz guitar but still consider bass my first instrument.
  6. The only thing I'd do is buy cabs set at 8 ohms, not 4. As it is, the low ohm rating restricts my ability to stack cabs.
  7. Yes to the hardware ! Great bass, and named for a great player. Cheers!
  8. Thanks, Silvia, for the great and thorough review. There's an Ibanez bass dealer in Rutland, here in southern Vermont (Be Music). When this bloody virus is behind us, I am going to go in and play a few of them. Hope all's well with you. Ted
  9. +1. I have a Schroeder 2x10 that weighs 35 pounds and I've never wanted for volume. Schroeder declares it can put out the sound of a 4x10 (but of course he would say that). Whatever the case, it's a killer cab.
  10. Ronnie Lane and Pete Townshend came out with "Rough Mix" in about 1978. Great stuff but not much played then or now.
  11. I am turning jade with envy just looking at this. Great buy.
  12. Hofner Contemporary Series basses (Chinese made) are several pounds lighter than a P-bass.
  13. Thanks, MD, that's exactly what I did; or rather, I sanded the bottom side of the top piece of the bridge. Worked very well.
  14. Grandad, thanks to you and all who replied. I agree about the Hofner tone; it does sound distinctive and lively. About the scratch-plate: definitely without! I may go ahead with the Cavern model, keeping all advice here in mind.
  15. I owned a Contemporary Series "Club" bass and liked it a lot--except for the very high action. It wasn't a structural or neck problem, but required a substantial reduction of the bridge to bring the strings down. After that, no complaints; it was playable. However, I have read that high action is the norm on Hofner basses. (I have never played a German-made Hofner.) Has anyone found this to be the case, either with the German Hofners or their Contemporary Series basses? Thanks. I need help. I am being tractor-beamed in the direction of a Cavern-style violin bass . . .
  16. Two gigs on Saturday, the first a farmer's market in a college town (Williamstown, Mass.) where I got to watch our violinist's crap pickup fall off of his instrument several times, to the accompaniment of strenuous cursing. We are a 3-piece jazz (mostly) outfit with bass and keyboards supporting the violin when it is actually being played. The market is a high-end affair. I paid $4 for a bagel with cream cheese. We hit our stride halfway through and had people cheering and little girls dancing. In the afternoon, we played an arts and crafts exposition in a huge former mill building. Lots of people, good PA, artisan beers ($$$), and a small group sitting in front of the low stage who actually seemed to enjoy what we were playing. Both were paying gigs; no complaints.
  17. If you play that tune in Bb, you get a whole different sound.
  18. "Oliver's Army" with Bruce Thomas on bass. Amazingly strong and melodic bass lines.
  19. I think this is a good solution, among others. For my trio, the most important thing for what we play--mainly jazz standards--is practicing often enough that we really get the tunes down, not for the sake of perfection, but to get to the point where we can LISTEN to one another. That's when the music really happens.
  20. A reviewer on Sweetwater commented on the VariTone impedance switch. I can't personally comment because I've never played one, but here's what the man said: Lots of misinformation everywhere about this switch and what it does. The impedance switch on the Casady is NOT a VariTone circuit. A real VariTone has selective frequency cuts and shifts your tone tremendously. The Casady impedance switch has NO change to your tone while it allows you to pick three radically different volume levels for the same tone with no loss of highs or detail or tone. Compare that with regular volume controls which typically kill your tone when you turn down. This switch does NOT kill tone. You can set the low volume (50) to match your stage amp for a clean tone and then use the two louder settings for more punch for solos. Or you can set the loudest setting as your "normal sound" and dial it back WITH NO LOSS OF TONE by using the lower switch positions. Your choice. This bass, in other words, has a tremendous dynamic range! Set it up with favorite strings and get your best bass sound---then use that tone at ALL different volume levels. Louder for solos and less for background backup. The bass by itself has a distinctive classy tone and this switch allows you to do the most possible with dynamic attack!!! Just like Jack. And the fact that all this control is at your fingertips means you can get sounds normally only possible in the studio---but LIVE through your amp on stage! I hope this helps. W.
  21. Pretty badly. Coffee shop: espresso machine screaming, front door open to intense traffic noise (and now that spring is here, many incredibly loud Harleys) and my own lack of concentration. It is hard to play with so many distractions. I know it can be done, but I'm not there yet! W.
  22. I have a Japan Geddy too. At first I took off the pick guard to get at the truss rod, then discovered I could make the adjustment, pick guard on, using a smaller sized bent Phillips. Regarding another note below, I also find the neck is temperature sensitive; I have to adjust it two or three times a year, but I still keep our music room humidified all winter. Love this bass.
  23. Thanks to one and all for your thoughts and suggestions. Wylie.
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