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  1. Marvin


    I've never developed even hard skin on the finger tips of my 'plucking' hand. Even on my fretting hand though I only get slightly hardened finger tips. I must play quite light and could probably get away with a lower action. I set my basses up acoustically and to have not rattles or buzzes when plucking the strings quite hard. Don't know why I do this 😳😊
  2. There’s an Ashdown MAG 15combo at the jam night I used to go to. There’s nothing about it I like, nothing. It’s part of the reason I don’t go to that jam night anymore because I dislike using it that much. I used my own gear in the same pub and it simply reaffirmed my negativity towards that combo. I had an Ashdown ABM500 a few years ago that had a fault. I didn’t find Ashdown very helpful when I contacted them tbh. They didn’t even point me in the direction of an authorised tech in my area.
  3. Marvin

    Peavey TNT 130 vs Ashdown electric Blue 180

    Peavey. I’ve played through both and the Peavey was a much better amp. I didn’t like the Ashdown at all.
  4. Marvin

    Band relations by numbers

    0-0-0-0 and that's the way it'll stay for a long time. Last band. 5-1-0-0 I didn't really dislike anyone in my last band, but I did find a couple of them deeply irritating a lot of the time.
  5. Marvin

    Tina Weymouth BBC bass programme in Jan

    I'll go against the grain. I thought too much time was devoted to effects pedals rather than the artists, or the instrument itself. It bypassed punk and grunge as if they hadn't existed and where the guitarist's role wasn't that of someone playing infinitely long solos.
  6. Marvin

    10m guitar leads - disappeared?

    I'd have thought @obbm would be able to sort you out. He makes great quality leads and as long as your want them. Here's his web page. http://www.rock-wire.co.uk/
  7. Marvin


    The StringBusters web page seems to have disappeared into the ether. I used to walk past the office they were based in. A little place on the 1st floor of building on the edge of a church yard in Barnstaple in North Devon. All a bit odd from the sounds of things. Didn't know who ran the business...no one does it seems now.
  8. Marvin

    New Squier Classic Vibes for pre-order at Thomann

    All 3 of my basses I currently own were made in Indonesia (one of them being a Squier VM Precision) and they're all great instruments, so I'd reserve judgement on build quality etc until I'd get my hands on one. That said, for the money, these are getting close to second hand MIM Fenders. I saw a very nice MIM Precision for sale yesterday on Facebook for £350. If I were in the market for a Jazz, then I'd probably go for a Sire V3, which are about £70 cheaper and great quality.
  9. It's January, so it's that time of year when the band I'm in decides to implode. It's a different band every year by the way. Back to square one it is then.

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    2. Marvin


      Cheers @gary mac. I thought this band had some longevity, but clearly not. I managed to join at the tale end. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

    3. Marc S

      Marc S

      Yes, I know that story well. Sorry to hear that - looks like it's happening to one of the bands I'm in as well
      It's the reason I always feel I have to be involved in a few bands / projects....
      Still, onwards & upwards - it's never a "waste of time" - as long as it keeps you playing, and you continue to improve. Good luck with the search & next band :)

    4. Happy Jack

      Happy Jack

      I've been in a fair old number of imploding bands, but at least we never diarised the event!

      Bassists are always the organisers in any band ... start your own.

  10. Marvin

    Jeff Beck BBC4

    This is still on iPlayer. I watched it yesterday. I’m not a Jeff Beck fan at all but it’s a great programme. I admire and respect what he does, I love his approach, I’m just not that keen on what he plays. But a brilliant programme, I’d recommend watching it to anyone
  11. Marvin

    Tina Weymouth BBC bass programme in Jan

    It was watchable, to a point. The production and research staff clearly couldn't be bothered to do their job properly. Basics like the fact the electric bass had been around before the 60's and the Fender P bass was almost 10 years old by 1960. It wasn't as good as Steward Copeland's film about drums. From the description of the guitar film it's seems to be more about effects pedals than the guitar itself. Fairly standard for what passes as TV these days, chopping and changing and a lack of attention to detail and facts.
  12. Marvin

    First gig played, where and when.

    I was a late starter. My first gig was June 2011, so I was in my 30s. It was at pub in the middle of nowhere called The Pig On The Hill. It was a truly awful gig. The guitarist was a gear maniac and we had a massive PA which unfortunately he didn't know how to set up properly. Hence everything was going through the bass bin speakers and no one could hear the vocals. We ended up turning the monitors around to face the audience so they could hear something. The guitarist also made a howler of a mistake. He had a detuning pedal. The idiot forgot to switch it off for a song and it predictably sounded dreadful. I thought my bass had gone out of tune. The band split 6 months later.
  13. Marvin

    Fender Rumble 500 combo: thumbs up!!!

    Great combo. I still can't quite remember why I sold mine
  14. Well, as shown I was fully prepared to not join in. However, I've hit a snag. My band seems to have gone into hibernation and as such buying gear, even to treat myself, would be a waste of time, because it simply wouldn't get used. I could end up buying nothing all year by default. 😮
  15. Marvin

    Bright Flatwounds ?

    Chromes are very bright. I replaced a very old set of rounds on a jazz bass (probably over 3 yrs old those strings) and the Chromes were amazingly bright in comparison...but nicely so. 😀