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  1. Six piece with two singers, guitar, bass, sax, drums. Soul, funk, swing, ska, whatever else captures our fancy - no hard rock or metal. We like to try and gig in small pubs with no designated stage, so the smaller the better Sounds like I should just go for it. I was worried that the small box factor meant just distortion on the low frequencies if slightly pushed, but maybe not.
  2. I am considering using a pair something like the Alto TX208 Active PA Speaker as small wedge monitors for the whole band. Do you think they would take handle bass and DB ok for monitoring purposes? We are not superloud, but we often gig in tiny spaces. We find it tricky to position bass and guitar amps so they can serve as main source of sound for both monitoring and audience. Vocals and sax go through PA, drums are acoustic only.
  3. For a long time I used a PJB Briefcase on double bass. At 100w of hifi sound it won't work in a loud band, but i've successfully used it for both DB and EB in a full band setting with no PA support. Strategic positioning and tilting helped, as well as sympathetic volume setting from the rest of the band. I changed to a bigger PJB rig because too often I didn't have the chance to set up as I needed to to be heard. I miss the portability and form factor, so I bought a second hand Markbass minimark 602, which is louder and lighter than the PJB briefcase.
  4. I'm interested in learning a bit of slap bass to help with some of the rockabilly and bluegrass style covers we might do, but i'm worried that i won't be able to set up my bass to play in one style and not the other effectively. Any advice? I've currently got both a mag and a piezo pickup on my bass, and i'm using spiro weichs (i think)
  5. (free bump) I have one too, see it in action here, through a PJB D400 and a CAB47
  6. I have succesfully doubled on DB and EB for a while using a PJB briefcase. Two separate inputs with identical eq and compression capabilities. The only downside is that the two inputs are not mutuallu exclusive, so I ended up uplugging one whe I was using the other. Also, you need to like what PJB has to offer, i.e. musical and clean tone but not much power In the end I sold the rig for a smaller head+cab setup and a small pedalboard with an ABY switch and a separate preamp for the DB
  7. Yep I still have it. It's currently at the workshop getting a refret I don't use it a huge amount, but I like to keep it because it's got a really unusual tone and playing position, and it's now the second oldest bass I own! Here it is in action a few years ago
  8. I ended up buying one of these: https://www.fishingmegastore.com/holdalls/greys-prodigy-rod-ready-holdall~12928.html
  9. I think the Aria is longer than the NS EUBs. If someone can take some measurements of the NS bag I could check
  10. Thomann didn't really help. Since it's not in their catalog, they can't help me. Stagg have been supremely unresponsive as well. Should anyone know of another place I could try calling, please let me know. Also this:
  11. I'd like to revive this thread by pointing out that a lot of manufacturers are bringing out small form 2x8 vertically stacked cabs TC Electronic Warwick Trace Elliot The TC looks very intresting at that price, but would it work for both DB and EB in a small gig with no PA support?
  12. My Aria EUB lives in a long and thin Stagg EUB hardcase, which is very safe but very awkward to carry in and out of places. Does anyone know if and where I can get a gig bag the Stagg EUB comes in, or something similar? The aria EUB is almost exactly identical to the Stagg EUB. In fact, I thin the Stagg is a copy of the Aria
  13. Dunno, they came with the bass and are probably more than 40 years old. I wonder if there is a market for vintage strings I'll check out the Newtone strings - any particular type?
  14. While on holiday in Italy i ventured into a second hand shop, and hanging off a shelf was an Ibanez 2030, a short scale jazz bass copy from 1969-1973. It was one of those "loft finds", but of much lower value than a pristine fender jazz of the same era. Some guy inherited a flat from his uncle who used to play, and that was under the bed. Anyway I bought it for eur 130, including its period correct gigbag, three spiral leads, and one period-correct fender shoulder strap. As you can see the conditions are good, although the bass has been played, and it bears a few scars, especially on the sides of the body. Ohm it still had on a set of semi-round strings from god knows when! After a small amount of TLC it turns out that the neck stays in shape quite well, the very primitive bridge is doing the job admirably for such a simple piece of kit, and the neck pickup is loud and strong, with a throaty voice that relly appeals to me. Unfortunately the bridge pickup is dead, scoring zero ohms when measured. Another problem is that the E string is ultra floppy, and makes playign at the low end quite unpleasant both in feel and in sound. Perhaps it was tuned to A? So, questions: - What are the odds of finding a replacement pickup for the thing? Would it be worth it to have the pickup rewound? They are super primitive affairs, with just a lot of wire wrapped around a magnet (screws are for show, they just touch the magnet and don't really adjust) - What can I do for the floppiness of the the E string? Buy heavier gauge strings?
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