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  • Birthday 07/05/1968

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  1. For 95% of the time* it’s: Fingers Ernie Ball super slinky’s (45-100) nickel Musicman Stingray Special Sennheiser XSW-D wireless Lava cable Bergantino B|Amp (parallel compression & overdrive engaged) Bergantino NXT212 * The other 5% is various effects pedals for specific songs.
  2. Lockdown 3 edit........plus.... a Stingray Special 4HH, a Sennheiser XSW-D wireless system (pedalboard version), a Cioks DC7 power supply. a Pedaltrain Classic Jr a MXR Phase 90 I'm glad Boris has signalled a path out of lockdown because this lockdown GAS is getting pretty expensive.😂
  3. I've had one bass failure (Stingray battery during the opening number) and three amp failures (Trace Elliot AH400SMX x 2, SWR Workingman's 180 x 1). I didn't have a spare amp at the time and luckily the Trace Elliot failures were both during sound checks at local gigs so I was able to borrow an amp. Since then I've taken a spare amp to all non-local gigs. The SWR was loaned to a friend at short notice as a backup as he suspected his amp was developing an intermittent fault. When I asked the next morning how they gig had gone he said "It was great but the amp blew up during the 2nd set". I asked why didn't you just use mine, to which he replied "I was using it at the time". Unlucky for both of us. 😂😂
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  5. That Andertons link (plus others) is quite misleading as it suggests that you can preorder a Special in a colour that Ernie Ball has discontinued, and it certainly wouldn’t be sold at that price even if you could order one. It would make sense for them to change ‘Pre-order’ to ‘No longer available’ if they have none in stock and delete the price as it’s no longer relevant. FWIW, when I bought my 4H Special in that colour from Andertons (around September 2018) it was £2,199.
  6. I was considering buying a single H version in one of the new colours but not at those prices.
  7. Not too much for me, and mostly bought during the first lockdown... Bergantino NXT212 Auralex Gramma Pad MXR Bass Octave Deluxe Boss OC-5 Minotaur strap Strings Still tempted to buy stuff all of the time but I'm hoping to hold out until I start gigging again. Hopefully early next summer. 😎
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Why thank you kind sir! I’ve not tried a Sadowsky but it’s on my list. 😎
  11. 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).
  12. The Bergantino B|Amp has parallel compression among many other fantastic features. Well worth checking out.
  13. 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.
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