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  1. The AH1200 head is designed around two 600 watt output stages (the AH600 has one, obviously). Each stage is designed to work most efficiently with a load of 4 ohms, but the Trace cabs you're after are 8 ohms each. So with the two cabs, the AH1200 head will give you virtually no advantage over the AH600 head. I'd stick with the AH600 to be honest.
  2. That's neat. I like the 'opened' indicator.
  3. Customs officers have keys which allow them access to TSA locks. They don't have the keys to an ordinary padlock you've just bought from B&Q, which is why they would not hesitate to cut it off if they wanted access to the case. When you ask "Will a leather belt around the case be adequate security these days?", what sort of security are you talking about? Enough to stop the case coming open accidentally? Probably. Enough to stop someone either nicking your pride and joy or worse still, slipping something dodgy into the case? Absolutely not. At the end of the day it's your bass, your case, up to you really. If you don't want to put a new hasp on the case, don't. But don't expect a leather or elastic strap to keep you or it safe.
  4. Padlocks are an absolute no-no if you're flying to/from/in the US, that's for certain. It's more and more the case in general these days too. The best bet is to use a [url="http://www.tripneeds.com/3dial-high-security-cable-tsa-lock-p-69.html"]TSA lock[/url]. These allow those awfully nice customs people to rummage around in your bag without having to smash it all open.
  5. Firstly may I say, a European tour that's paying the bills [i]and[/i] you're getting free gear to use on it? Sounds awful. I'd far rather stay stuck here in this godforsaken grey office having the life slowly sucked out of me by the day to day grind Secondly, and back OT... the in-ear route sounds like a good idea. Having said that, there's always the "what if it goes wrong" problem. If you really can take Trace stuff for now't, I reckon the AH600-12 head and the 1015H (1x15+2x10) cab would make a good pairing. The amp and cab seem to be well matched. Good luck!
  6. [quote name='Tee' post='404042' date='Feb 9 2009, 09:22 AM']I'm looking for an all original '64 kettle lead. Failing that, a 'kitchen closet classic' or a relic on a modern Maplin job. Do you have any? [/quote] I think the comical German 'Music Outlet' people on eBay have got one. 5000 euros, comes complete with vintage RS receipt.
  7. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand replied.
  8. You know this thing... Trace's simply brilliant dual band compressor from their SMX amps, but in a handy stamp-on-it sized metal box. In common with soooooo many of its brothers/sisters, this one is missing its battery compartment cover. Just do what I did and put some gaffa over the hole Other than this, it is in excellent cosmetic condition and of course works brilliantly. This really is the best compressor you could ever put under your foot. I have noticed that one of the battery clips has a slightly loose wire -- it still works, but is not how I'd want it, so this clip will be replaced before it leaves me. [b]£40 posted[/b], anyone?
  9. This is a great little unit for changing MIDI patches, with the advantage of having a footprint about the same size as an MXR stomp box. It has hardly seen any action, is in great unscathed & unscratched condition, and comes with instructions and all the original packaging. A brand new one will set you back nearly a ton [url="http://www.dv247.com/invt/32742/"]here[/url] and [url="http://machinehead.co.uk/product_info.php/products_id/322"]here[/url], and 86+VAT (which is also nearly a ton) [url="http://www.mveducation.com/invt/32742/"]here[/url]. Or you could have my as-new one for [b]£55 posted[/b].
  10. That happened to me with a Russian Big Muff pedal.
  11. I bought a cab once, heard a bit of a rattle and when I opened it up I found Glenn Miller & Shergar in there. [quote name='MoonBassAlpha' post='429949' date='Mar 9 2009, 11:01 PM']That'll be the 2001 upgrade he's had fitted. I hope you paid extra for that. I was thinking of getting that done on mine but couldn't justify the expense. Some people insist you can't hear the difference.[/quote] It's also important to make sure the 5p coin is shiny.
  12. Whereas I suffer from CGMS... that's Cash/GAS Mismatch Syndrome
  13. [url="http://basschat.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=39330"]http://basschat.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=39330[/url] If you really don't want a P, it makes sense to get the cheapest playable P copy you can find. If you really want it active, chuck in an Artec 2-band eq.
  14. [quote name='Russ' post='430071' date='Mar 10 2009, 02:08 AM']I remember going to the Bass Centre back in the late '90s, and Wals were about the least fashionable bass in the world at the time - they used to have trouble shifting them.[/quote] Damn. Bet I could have picked one up for a song.
  15. [quote name='subaudio' post='424102' date='Mar 3 2009, 01:42 PM']I saw that guy with Chick Corea too, playing the heck out of a 6 string Smith, I figured it was for cooling and to stop blisters ?[/quote] I've found to my cost in the past that if I get my plucking fingers wet it softens the callouses, which then wear away and I get blisters. Licking them is absolutely the last thing I'd do!
  16. [quote name='ARGH' post='429586' date='Mar 9 2009, 05:52 PM']He means crap[/quote] No, he doesn't
  17. Me too. I'd love to have a bash at Kiss Like Judas (or, being really adventurous, Old Man & The Angel!).
  18. [quote name='EBS_freak' post='429464' date='Mar 9 2009, 03:31 PM']Whereas my GBs *know* your Wal looks ugly.[/quote] Nah, they're just insecure.
  19. [quote name='chris_b' post='429443' date='Mar 9 2009, 03:13 PM']If Fender is [i]your[/i] sound and the only sound you like, then don't get a Wal, it won't even come close. But, Wals are beautifully made, with low production runs to predominantly customer orders, with many "name" players and a great sound (it's in there, [b]you've just got to be good enough to find it[/b]). It’s enough to make Wals sought after, expensive and loved.[/quote] I'd have said 'patient' rather than 'good'... but apart from that, hear hear.
  20. + the 1. I'd always regarded the pricetags on the Celinder Js with some disbelief, until I tried the CKJ at a Bash... I couldn't put it down.
  21. [quote name='XB26354' post='429295' date='Mar 9 2009, 12:57 PM']Don't like Alembics and have no experience of ACG - two small manufacturers is hardly conclusive proof that a filter/sweep preamp works on bass though is it? If you record in a studio any software or hardware eq unit, or decent effects box will be more versatile anyway, and having boomy/mushy tones available to hand isn't very useful live. If I had £20K I wouldn't fart in the general direction of a Wal, having given them a chance a number of times - the last one I owned - mk III 5-string - had a naff boomy bottom B and tipped the scales at just over 12lbs. Still at least I got it cheap and made a small profit [/quote] Fairy nuff. It's horses for course really at the end of the day. You don't like 'em, but enough people [i]do[/i] like them enough to make them valuable enough to draw big prices (and yes I am fully aware of the appalling 'enough' abuse in that sentence ). Personally I struggle to understand £1k+ price tags on Stingrays, but there y'go. I reckon Alembic would be probably be quite amused that after 40 years of instrument manufacture and customisation, they are still a "small manufacturer"
  22. [quote name='greyparrot' post='429020' date='Mar 9 2009, 07:39 AM']I have seen lots of walscoming up for sale and going for £2500+ with no questions. Well i was in BM the other day, and they had in a wal bass. (now sold i think) It was very well made, and looked good. Anyway i was playing it, and although the electronics were very advanced, it seems to have a lot of sounds that were honky or that i would not use, and compared to a warwick or good jazz, it seemed had a fairly weedy slap sound. It seemed to me that you had to work the tone controls to get a good sound, where as a fender jazz, plug in and away you go! It was very mid to top. It is a great bass dont get me wrong but why so expensive? Is it cos they are rare like the old fenders? If it was between a warwick fender jazz or the wal of the same price, to me the fender would win hands down closely followed by the warwick. Dont mean to belittle, just cant see what makes them so expensive. Any of you guys tried them? what do you think?[/quote] If a Warwick or Fender was handbuilt to the same extent as a Wal -- i.e. completely -- they'd be just as expensive, probably more so. OK so yes, I'm a Wal owner and a tad biased -- but if it was my choice between a Warwick, a Fender J and a Wal at the same price I wouldn't even fart in the general direction of the first two. Yes, you have to work at the tone controls. No, it's definitely not plug and play like a J bass. But the rewards are there to be had, and how. If the filter preamp was such a bad idea, the same basic idea wouldn't also have been used by Alembic or ACG for theirs, true? [quote name='EBS_freak' post='429137' date='Mar 9 2009, 10:44 AM']Ha ha. I find Wals a bit ugh. I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder though. I think the 5ers looks pretty good... but the 4s just look ugly - especially with that spade of a headstock. God only knows why Enfield decided to draw inspiration from them.[/quote] My Wal thinks your GBs look ugly too
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