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  1. NJE

    Strings...oh god not again!

    I use Elixirs currently, never had anything but hugely positive things to say about them. They outlast everything else and make the hefty initial outlay well worth it over the course of a year. D’Addario NYXL strings are also incredibly long lasting, especially as they do not market them as a ‘long life string’. They don’t stay super bright, but they have kept a good level of brightness the months I have had them on, which is amazing considering a set of Ernie Ball Slinkys (which I do love) last me a couple of practices and gigs and then need replacing. I hate to be controversial and potentially antagonise any fans, but I personally find Rotosounds strings dreadful.
  2. I have had many occasions over the years where I have thought a combo would work best for me, but luckily I snap out of it quite quickly. You already have two superb cabs which are pretty powerful alone and all you should need together for bigger gigs. Head wise I really like the Ampeg but I remember it being a bit hefty. It depends on whether you have PA support and what size band/gigs you have, but I have a Aguilar TH350 and never needed any more. I have used it in an 11 piece soul band and a loud pop/dance band. It’s cheap secondhand and so is the TH500. If I was really flush, I would love to try the Vandedkley head, or some Mesa heads, but to be honest most of the new class D micro heads are decent. You won’t go wrong with MarkBass, EBS (I had one and it was amazing) or Genzler etc
  3. NJE

    What external hard drive?

    I have used external drives daily for saving graphic design files and I use HDD drives for long term storage and backups, but my day to day 1TB drive is a Samsung SSD and it is so quick and reliable compared to the various HDD drives I used to use daily but corrupted.
  4. Hi, where are you in the country/world? Im on my phone and can’t see location.
  5. NJE

    Maybe I'm a passive guy.

    It’s amazing how we all perceive sound differently. I have always struggled with passive instruments, particularly P basses because if the room wasn’t right, I struggled to hear myself and cut through. In contrast a Stingray set pretty much flat with small adjustments here and there for the room (never understood how anyone could just boost the bass and treble all the way) gives me some of the best results live. The room and stage has always been the biggest factor for me though, had moments where a P bass was perfect in one venue and then sounded absolutely awful the next weekend somewhere else. I still aim to have the Leo Fender Holy Trinity one day so I have the main bases covered (excuse the pun).
  6. NJE

    Posting your bass with insurance

    I have used a couple of broker services over the years and always call the main office and ask if they will ship instruments and are there any special requirements. I ask for the name of the person I spoke to and make a note. I have never had any issues posting without a hard case (only done it twice) so long as you use an appropriate amount of packing. Now this is a vague term, but in the cases (excuse the pun) where I didn’t have a hard case, I used the original shipping boxes plus a ton of extra bubble wrap and reinforcement. I take photos at ever stage of packing as proof and have the fall back that the instrument made it from China/America/wherever in that box so it should make it across a few counties in the UK, especially with the extra packing. I also insist on sending instruments full insured for their replacement value, not secondhand value so that I and the buyer are covered. I have to say that I have never had to pay anywhere near £85 for delivery, even sending a NS Upright to Europe. Luckily I have only had to claim once, I bombarded them with photos and emails about how/why the damage had been caused and got a full payout for what I asked for......happy days.
  7. NJE

    Zach Coopers MusicMan Cutlas

    It is a less seen model from MusicMan, basically a passive P bass, but to add to the confusion, I believe the Cutlas was also a graphite necked Stingray in the 80s. I didn’t get the concept of a passive MusicMan bass initially but I live this and would snap one up if they made it available to the common people.
  8. I was just having a mooch about on Instagram and spotted this Cutlas bass made for Zach Cooper of Coheed and Cambria. I have seen him use a standard sunburst model but this looks amazing. This combination of wood and colour is perfection for me, I WANT ONE!! I wish MusicMan would release the basses they make for artists, there are so many cool colours and combos us common folk can’t get.
  9. NJE

    Gear.... why do I bother?

    I just think these days we are really fortunate, some of the really cheap gear is really playable and solid compared to when I started and the encore basses were just beyond awful. We are also lucky that you can buy old amps and combos, that were great quality back in the 90s for little money. I have a early 150w Ashdown combo that’s superb and it was £90. It completely obliterates all the TC combos I have played (although again they are a lot lighter). I guess it’s just a great thing that you can go and make music with little outlay if your on a budget. I love ‘nice quality’ kit but also love that I can go make a good sound with a Harley Benton and a £100 trace combo. Good times!!
  10. NJE

    Gear.... why do I bother?

    I know gear can be a bit more important with recording because of the nuances and clarity with recording equipment. And yes the lightweight gear makes a huge difference in a practical level so that’s really justified to me as well. It just hammered home my thoughts and suspicions I have had for a while about playing live and being a general gigging musician. I could get a good sound from a cheap combo and a Harley Benton bass and that’s a cool thing in my opinion.
  11. NJE

    Neck with no strings on.

    Glad to help, I just wish I remembered things that are more useful that how to swap a bass tuner. 😂
  12. NJE

    Neck with no strings on.

    Did you buy hipshot tuners by any chance? I think you can reverse them quite easily if so.
  13. I did a gig last night with a shared backline and multiple bands playing and had a good night. It’s a long time since I have done this and it was really nice to see some other bands and bass players etc and everyone was really friendly and relaxed, a good gig! We all shared an old Trace 1x15 combo which was the same amp I had when I was starting out, and it sounded good once I tweaked the 7 band eq. In fact everyone sounded good through it, it sounded like a nice fat bass tone, nothing not to like. So I was basically sat there thinking all the bass players sounded good and punchy, with the same amp and different basses; Sire, Hohner, Ibanez Talman, and two Stingrays. None of them sounded bad, in fact in the room in a band context it was very difficult to tell the difference. So why the hell do I worry so much? I can’t say my Aguilar sounded greatly better than an old Trace (it’s a lot lighter though) and my Stingray was probably no better sounding than the cheap Ibanez. Yes I like a nice bass, but I am not going to delude myself I want nice basses for any more reason that it’s snobbery and aesthetics (and a little bit of playability to be fair). Although the Ibanez was very well made and felt great.
  14. NJE

    David Ryan Harris.

    He is brilliant, he does an amazing medley on YouTube with one of his songs into all kinds of famous tunes and his voice is like butter.