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  • Birthday 30/11/1985
  1. Dag John! I'm Nico, living in Scotland, but originally from Nieuw-Vennep, near Hoofdorp. I haven't visited Nederland for a while but must do soon! NJW
  2. I've been using the same 2 canford/neutrik leads I made myself for 7 years now without even so much as a crackle. People who are constantly breaking leads, I do not understand. Look after your gear and your gear will look after you.
  3. The cure is to get off this forum and keep busy doing something else!] The cure is no fun.
  4. [quote name='GarethFlatlands' post='1290137' date='Jul 2 2011, 02:43 PM']I interviewed Steven for a website back a few years ago. I was hoping to meet Caleb but it didn't happen. He'd just started playing a P bass regularly and I didn't get to see the Grabber.[/quote] Such a great band though, through all their different sounding phases!
  5. I got to play Calebs bass once. That was a good day.
  6. In both my bands, I have played the songs so many times over the course of the years that I can completely zone out and my fingers just do the work. This has meant that I am free to (try) to sing in tune.
  7. Oooh thats interesting... Any chance you would be able to find out the number of it? I'm trying to see how many of the 500 I can track down and list their current relocation because, put simply, I am a [b][i]MASSIVE[/i][/b] nerd.
  8. Jerrold Tiers - ex ampeg employee --------------------------------------------------- "The SVTs of all flavors used output transformers from a company in Chicago called 'Electrical Windings", who were the supplier for the original SVT. That lasted until Electrical Windings were absorbed into another company, who then continued to supply them until recently. E-W made a number of other specialty transformers for the Ampeg line as well as the SVT transformers. In many cases, they had the original production documents still, and could re-produce the same unit essentially precisely. In fact, early on, the engineer who had designed the original SVT transformer was still there, and able to assure the parts were the same. Similarly, the faceplate extrusions were from another Chicago company called "Lightning Metals", another original supplier. In as many cases as possible, the original suppliers were identified from documentation, and used if the parts could be obtained from them. So in a way, the 500 were a more true "re-issue" than even the VR."
  9. I have listed this straight from the 'other' bass forum, but feel it's good information and I'm sure the original poster won't mind his knowledge being shared. Posted by Dave Ryan, who was part of the 'Skunkworks' team in the 80's. ------------------------------------------------------- I see a lot of strange things from time to time. As with all popular things, esp guitars & amps, there are a lot of myths & rumors out there. I wanted to give a little insight to the begining of Ampeg as it relates to the SLM erra of the "Harley Davidson" of bass amps, I was there. I started working @ SLM Electronics in 1985, I was the line assembly supervisor in the "Skunk Works" re-issue project. SLM Inc purchased the rights to Ampeg 1986. When we bought the company there wasn't much left. 2 tractor trailer loads of misc parts, documents & some amplifiers. There were about 50 unfinished MTI SVT-HDs & 100 MTI V-5s & some misc units, a couple of V-4s, some V-3s, a VT-40 etc... What SLM decided to do was build up any stock we had & get it on the market ASAP. So we built cabinets for the SVT-HDs chassis, we used the "Skunk Works" cabinets as we did not see the advantage of having to build 50 MTI style cabs, then building 500 SW cabinets. They were also missing back plate panels, so we used the "SW" panels that say "Made in America by SLM Inc 1400 Ferguson Ave". This had lead a lot of people to believe, later on down the road, that these are "SW" SVTs, they are not. They were assembled by SLME from left over MTI chassis. Myself & the chief engineer put these 50 SVTs together, biased & tested them, out the door they went. The 100 V-5s we had, were converted to bass amps by changing the preamp slightly, we had new face plates made for them to reflect the new model # [those were usually the only differences between Ampeg's guitar & bass amps anyway] We named them SVT-100s We did this very quickly to get Ampeg's name back in the main stream. Marketing started a campaign blitz in all the music magazines world wide to let everyone know SLM owns Ampeg & Ampeg is back. This kept the pubic busy for several months while we annexed some office space in our new 45,000 sq ft building, recently purchased for production of all SLM products. We tooled up & did all the wire preps, established our testing procedures, recruited personal from the assembly line in the factory & away we went. Everything was made in house. Woodshop made all the cabs, Engineering, Tolex, Chassis Assembly Test, Electronic assembly, Wave Solder, Wire preps, Customer Service, all under one roof. It took us about 9 to 10 months to complete the run of 500. Most of these were sold before they were made. The "Skunk Works" SVT-HDs were the first American made Ampeg's since Magnavox owned them in the 70's. There was NO "post MTI, pre SLM Skunk Works" SVT's. There is no such thing, they do not exist. So in my 23 years here I am not aware of any "rare jems". The only thing I can think of is the confusing 50 MTI SVT-leftovers we assembled & the 100 SVT-100's What ever else you hear to the contrary is rumor, speculation & myth. If you have the Ampeg history book, [dont know the page #] look at the picture of the Skunk Works crew. I am the guy in the front row on the left, behind me is George McKale, engineer, to the far right front row was the man who made Crate, Audio Centron & Ampeg huge players in the music industry, John Karpowitz. He died some years ago from cancer. He was the driving force behind SLM Electronics in the 70's 80's & 90's It was an exciting time @ SLM for a 26 y/o young aspiring bass player, it is only in the last 10 years or so I realized the importance of what we did, & how it impacted the music industry. It was a lot of fun & the moral & energy was indescribable. Everyone did the best they could & I believe SLM engineers did a great job of not only bringing back the Ampeg name, but to go way beyond that with a complete full line of tube & solid state amplifiers that set the standard for several years to come & put Ampeg back on the map.
  10. [quote name='Paul S' post='1275160' date='Jun 19 2011, 07:54 PM']Hi, welcome aboard. I hope your bass playing is better than your maths... [/quote] I enjoyed this.
  11. NJW

    Hello there

    Hey Adam, Welcome to BC!
  12. I got impatient and ripped all the carpet covering off the GS410 today. Will post pics of the new cream tolex covered 4x10 soon
  13. Im not surprised the shop shut down if they take 4 weeks to (not) set up your bass! Great news on the free string though, well done D'Addario.
  14. You could buy an Aguilar DB750 and DB410 2nd hand for that kind of money, if you find the right (and/or desperate) seller. Your G&L would sound lovely through that
  15. [quote name='gilmour' post='1279279' date='Jun 23 2011, 01:12 AM']To flame proof them you need only buy something like Lanceyln Flame Retarder (IIRC) i's about £10 a bottle - you just spry it on. It's what they use to flame proof theatre sets.[/quote] That won't do in a lot of places (like mine). We need 'proof' in the form of a piece of paper that its fire retardant, not just your word that you've sprayed it with flame retarder.
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