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  1. Just seen this. Don’t know the seller but this is a great tool for gigs where volume is loud and feedback starts to become a problem. If I ever lost mine, I’d immediately buy another.
  2. In the past I had a mag pickup attached to the end of the fingerboard. Can’t remember what make, but it never fed back. It also didn’t sound great on its own. Then used a simple blender to mix together with my usual pickup - more mag if it got very loud; less if not needed. Never filled my f-holes but had various bits of foam/socks/tea towel to reduce sympathetic string ringing. Someone on here (Owen??) took that to extreme and made a garish “coat” for his bass which looked very fun! Also +1 for a Fishman pre/eq thingy.
  3. @MuddBass - how you liking the Stanley Preamp?
  4. I've had a Jamman for a few years. A good fun practice tool, but I never managed to successfully use it live. Not as easy as some make it look! (Well for me anyway...!). I wouldn't sell it. But if I lost it I wouldn't replace it. (does than even make sense?)
  5. A gentle bump here. Cracking little amp...
  6. Yes - I used it in exactly that way when I had two pickups on my upright bass.
  7. Has anyone managed to try this preamp yet? I guess not exactly a great time for manufacturers to be launching new gear! Im seriously considering. Have just put my EA Micro up for sale to raise funds! https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/446437-euphonic-audio-micro/?tab=comments#comment-4391023
  8. Tiny, light, clean and versatile! A cracking amp that weighs 2 lbs. Intelligent switching between the two channels. Output 550watts @ 4 ohms / 350 watts @ 8 ohms. I used it for doubling gigs using 2 electric basses; electric and upright bass and also when I went through a phase of having multiple pickups on my upright. It’s very clean - awesome for upright, but the flexible EQ on each channel means you can dial in great tone on any instrument. Did I mention the size? You can’t believe the volume something so small can make - it practically fits into your back pocket! Specs still available here: https://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/EA_Micro.html Reason for sale is that I’ve got a hankering for the new Stanley Clarke preamp. I’m trying to be sensible and maintain some kind of one-in-one-out policy...
  9. I persevered with a “rubbish” bass for many years (and still have it now), by periodically changing strings and getting a decent set up done by a professional. Same for a pickup if that is relevant to you. I found decent strings always hugely flattered this mediocre instrument. Therefore I wouldn’t hesitate - even if strings seem expensive compared to the value of your bass. And I wouldn’t scrimp either - even if the decent strings you fancy are £200+. As has been said, they still have a second hand value. And I reckon would increase the value of your bass if you wanted to sell in the short term. And your playing pleasure will be much better for it (which is what it’s all about right?)
  10. I remember getting the hots for a pair of Wal 5-ers at Bass Centre Manchester - one fretted and one fretless. I was too skint to contemplate at the time (mid 90’s?) ☹️
  11. Would absolutely love this - but sadly the COVID state of gigs leaves me a bit short...☹️ Good luck with the sale.
  12. Can't really comment on the pickups, but I have the original Barts on a Warwick Streamer built around 1991. The overall sound was nice on its own but felt weedy in a band situation, so I kept the Barts but upgraded to an Aguilar preamp. Definitely made a big improvement! I suppose if you want to experiment, its far easier to play with a pedal than to get the soldering iron out.
  13. Wow - this looks fab. Especially if you arco occasionally, or need a boost for that solo spot. Or of course are doubling on electric. I wish I knew this was coming when I spent on my Tonebone Bigshot and various pedal preamps/eqs.
  14. I say take the plunge. Even if you could travel, there will always be a better bass or a better bargain to be found. It’s the never ending quest! As long as you don’t pay over the odds and it looks easily resellable your risk is fairly low.
  15. G&L L2500 was the best value 5 I ever owned. Lovely tight B string. (Plenty of change from your budget to buy a cheeky fretless 5 too - I love my Yamaha)! That said, I did move on the G&L because it was a bit “boring”. My current go-to 5 is a Clover Avenger - which has tonnes of tonal variety and lovely to play. And within your budget 2nd hand. Good luck!
  16. Something huge and valvey (Aguilar/Ampeg/Mesa etc) along with a fella to carry it around for me. And along with the Fodera, Ken Smith and Zon Hyperbass, I’d commission a Conklin 5 that sounded amazing but also had loads of LEDs to compensate for my bad technique. Wasn’t there a Millennium Falcon bass on here? Gotta include some serious novelty bass on the list ...
  17. Sniggered at “crotch” walnut. Totally childish. Sorry!
  18. At the end of last year I spent £10k on a bass from Turners in Nottingham. I fully accept that I paid "dealers price"/"top price". If I knew what I was doing and had searched long and hard enough I could have probably picked a similar quality instrument for much less privately. But as I don't know what I'm doing, it was incredibly useful to be able to play literally 30 or 40 basses side by side to understand the differences, and learn exactly what I needed. They brought coffee and left me alone for as long as I liked, but also had the technical expertise to answer all my questions. Before I completed the purchase they let me take the instrument home (and on a gig) for a week, and then gave it a final fettle in the workshop at the end. If I ever go back and want to trade the bass in against another in their shop, they will give at least what I paid for mine in px. So no regrets - paid for the benefits of a dealer but used and appreciated those benefits. All of that said, after using them for an education, I might be more inclined to try privately next time.
  19. This doesn't just apply to bass gear. There has been a revolution in all gigging gear - affordable IEMs, user friendly desks, PA speakers etc. 20+ years ago the pressure was on a bassist to turn up to a gig with a rig that would make a decent, venue-filling noise on it's own. Now there is every chance that the PA will be able to do it for you - or at least support your puny 1x10.
  20. And maybe, like vinyl, big cabs will come back into fashion once we all sold ours...
  21. Saw Blicher, Hemmer, Gadd at Nottingham Southside Bar on Sunday. No bass player - Hemmer covers this on his B3 (which was frighteningly better than some bass players I've seen). But mainly i went to see Steve Gadd on drums who did not disappoint. That old boy can really groove! Fab gig.
  22. Just bought a new bass that looks like it is fitted with a walking stick end. It's rock solid in terms of avoiding slippage, but it creaks really loudly on solid floors. And as I found out on my first gig with it this weekend, the Lifeline pickup actually amplifies the creak!
  23. Exactly this.... And I wouldn't rely on any venue for a decent stool. If you are able to travel by car, stick in your own. I use an old bar stool, bought from a car boot sale that is light and exactly the right height/size for me. Sometimes you luck into the venue having a super-comfy, professional looking stool which is briliant, but more often than not, you'll be glad you took your own! Also, one of those light but huge hard foam cases from Gear4Music is great if your bass is in a van and gives much better protection than a soft case. But it's a bit too bulky/impractical for your standard car and public transport.
  24. Playing at home my touch is light and delicate and low action is a dream. But live I always end up super aggressive and low action just kills the sound. No matter how hard I try to relax, it just doesn't happen. Its like a weird psycological disorder stops me from playing lightly as soon as there's other musos or audience. (It also makes me speed up at difficult bits, to make them even more difficult!) No option that to raise the string height. And probably get tendonitus in old age...
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