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  • Birthday 07/05/1968

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  1. I've fortunately had more good experience than bad. Good service: Bergantino - Jim Bergantino not only designs and sells exceptional gear, he continues to develop his flagship B|Amp and provides new features to all owners free of charge regardless of whether they are the original owner. I don't know of any other company that does this and on a regular basis. It's not even advertised as a benefit in the marketing material. Jim is always helpful and prompt when answering queries via email and is genuinely interested in customer feedback whether via email or on Talkbass. An honourable mention goes to Dave Wilson (Guitar tech) for all round great customer service (in addition to top quality workmanship and being a really nice bloke!) Poor service: I'm not going to name this UK based retailer but on more than one occasion I've phoned to buy something and have been asked to send them an email to tell them what I want to buy. Sending an email isn't a big deal but if I can be bothered to phone to give them my business why can't they just sell it to me there and then or make a note of what I want and either fulfil the order or get back to me later? The same retailer has advertised items in stock that turn out not to be (unfortunately a increasingly wider issue). None of these are massive issues but just a poor customer experience that makes me more inclined to spend my money elsewhere.
  2. MXR Bass Octave Deluxe pedal for sale: £85 - including insured shipping within the UK. Main features: Two independent analog sub-octave voices with a Dry control and a Mid+ switch to optimize the sound of your parallel clean signal. Dry knob to mix in your direct signal, and hit the Mid+ switch to add up to +14dB of internally adjustable mid frequencies (400Hz or 850Hz). Two separately controlled octave voices—Growl (for throaty tone) and Girth (for deep tone). Can be powered by a 9-volt battery or 9-volt adapter. The pedal is in good condition. There are a couple of very minor chips in the paint that you can see on the pictures. It doesn't have the original rubber feet but has velcro on the bottom (I can removed this if required). Shipping will be in a non-original box but will be well packed. PM me if interested please. Gaz
  3. Why thank you kind sir! I’ve not tried a Sadowsky but it’s on my list. 😎
  4. My all time favourite is my Status Series 2 Classic but I've mainly been playing my Stingray Special for the last two years. It would be a difficult choice if I could only own one. I would probably keep the Status for playability and sentimental reasons, but the Stingray is great to play and sits in the mix better for what I currently do (when we are able to do gigs).
  5. The Bergantino B|Amp has parallel compression among many other fantastic features. Well worth checking out.
  6. My first foray into 12’s is the Bergantino NXT212. Really impressed with it so far but unfortunately I’ve not even been able to do a full band rehearsal with it yet. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later.
  7. gazhowe

    Neodymium???

    I’ve not had an opportunity to gig with it or A/B it with my AE410 but i really like it. It’s a bit warmer than the AE410, probably due to the different speaker size as well as the drivers, but there’s plenty of punch and definition too. Top quality from Bergantino goes without saying but Jim seems have really hit the sweet spot with the NXT series. Highly recommended.
  8. gazhowe

    Neodymium???

    There's an interesting paper on the Bergantino website about the differences between Neo and Ceramic speakers. I've got two Berg Neo speaker cabs (AE410 and NXT212). The NXT212 is a tad heavier than @wateroftyne 's TKS S212 but, having been so impressed with the AE410, it was a no-brainer for me to go for another Berg cab to pair with my B|Amp. Sound first, then portability are the key factors for me but it's nice that the weight isn't bad either. 😎 https://bergantino.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/NXTJIMDOC.pdf
  9. gazhowe

    NBD

    Very nice. Congrats! 😎
  10. That looks fantastic, and what a bargain! Congratulations! Has anyone else just done a quick search on the Guitar Guitar website in the hope of more bargains? 😊
  11. There is room in the case body cavity that allows the bass to slide forward by approx 1cm (see pic). There is plenty of clearance around the headstock so any forward movement of the bass does not cause the headstock to hit any other part of the case. I've not experienced any issues since I've had my Special.
  12. I’ve bought a few items from them with no problems whatsoever, but nothing recently.
  13. I’ve had a couple of 3 band Ray’s, plus a Classic and a Special. All are good but (IMO) the Classic and Special are both a step above the standard 3 band Ray in terms of tone (which I found too raspy on the 3 band). I prefer the Special over the Classic due to the 18v tone circuit, neck profile, body shape and weight. The Classic is a great bass but if I was looking to buy another Ray to go with my Special it would be another Special. YMMV of course. 😎
  14. I've just reserved a 800w 2x12 cab from Bass Direct to use in my man cave on the basis that it will sound nicer than the 20 year old Peavey practice amp i've been using. Definitely more of a GAS induced 'want' than a 'need' (I was interested in it anyway) but I'm justifying putting it on the credit card to cheer myself up while we're on lockdown with no prospect of gigs for some time. It's not in stock yet but hopefully I'll get it in a couple of weeks.🤔
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