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  1. First gig since March 2020 last Saturday.  It was so good to be back out and playing live again!

    1. Chienmortbb


      SO Jealous.

  2. When you've tried everything and your new low B string still won't intontate properly.... :sorry:

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    2. SpondonBassed


      If it's a new like-for-like replacement La Bella should be willing to exchange or at least advise.

    3. franzbassist


      I'll drop them an email and hope they reply, cheers.

    4. franzbassist


      Spent more time fettling this afternoon.  Flipped the string over (the ball end is locked in place in the ETS bridge system) and it seems to have done the trick.  Fingers crossed!

  3. Looks like I have a pedal stalled somewhere in the Netherlands with PostNL :(

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    2. franzbassist


      Thanks for that @umcoo, slightly reassuring to hear.  It's now been 7 days without a change of location, so fingers crossed something happens soon!

    3. franzbassist


      Yay, finally an update - "sent to the country of destination" 👍


    4. franzbassist


      Another week and no further updates :(


  4. So glad I'm back with a Demeter amp again.  Such a wonderfully clear, warm tone.  Impossible to get a bad sound from it.

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    2. BCH
    3. JapanAxe


      That’s it. Clockwise for more gain.

    4. franzbassist


      It's not the most tweak-friendly location, for sure....

  5. My band is learning "It's my life" by Talk Talk, so I've re-learnt it some 36 years after I originally learned to play it :)

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    2. acidbass


      Superb line.  Love that Ray tone!


    3. shoulderpet


      Am learning this one at the moment, have played it before but am learning it "properly" now and its amazing how much ive been playing wrong, when learning a song the mind has a tendency to fill in the blanks with the most conventionally pleasing notes but when you go to actually learn something properly you find that the original bassist does things like dropping a note a semitone where you wouldn't expect it to create a bit of discord.

    4. bassbiscuits


      Top tune and great bass playing

  6. Latest lockdown treat - Ashdown Tone Pocket headphone amp!

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    2. Muppet


      One is to charge it with the supplied 10v power supply, the other is for an optional power supply such as an in-car charger. It also charges via USB

    3. Bozzy


      I love mine but I also have problems with the rechargeable battery. I only get around 45mins. Seems like it only needs about 20mins to charge before the green light goes out. Tried both 10v and usb.

    4. Muppet


      re your question about charging, the green light goes out after 30 mins or so. This is a fast charge only and  will give you the 45mins or so that you are getting. A full charge with the charger takes about 10 hours according to Ashdown. Hope that helps.

  7. Just treated myself to a little lockdown gift - the Dunlop Complete Bass Setup kit.  Be nice to have everything in one place.

    1. LeftyJ


      Nice, looks like a very useful set! Looks like quality gear too at first glance. 

    2. BruceBass3901


      I'm now eyeing this or the D'Addario one

  8. Another shout out to MoJoKe for service above and beyond.  He is an absolute legend :drinks:

    1. SpondonBassed


      Another comment for his feedback thread then?

      Feedback for MoJoKe

  9. Sliced the median nerve in my middle finger over Christmas.  Totally numb down one side.  Feels weird :(

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    2. SpondonBassed


      Phew.  I hope you don't feel a fool too.

      You never said how it happened...?

    3. franzbassist


      Picking up a broken jar.

    4. GisserD


      Sounds much like tidying up and/or cleaning to me....

      .....I let someone else do all that. I highly suggest you do the same! :)

  10. Going into the studio tomorrow to do some backing tracks with my son on drums and daughter behind the desk.  Proud Dad moment! :)

    1. Jezyorkshire


      great stuff mate, I'm doing something similar with my son, hope it goes well, Jez

  11. A cancelled meeting afforded me the chance to try out the new Ibanez semi-hollow basses.  Very nice, and great setup on the fretless.

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    2. SpondonBassed


      I've just bought my first Ibanez having tried out a tribute kit build loosely based on the SR605 but with a simple passive 2HB configuration.  I liked the form and the neck.  It didn't take me long to realise that I wanted the real thing because the kit showed me some of the things I wanted in a bass that I hadn't been able to decide upon before.

      Given the spare cash, would you have one now that you've tried the semi-acoustic?

    3. franzbassist


      Quite possibly, yes.  Probably the 4 string fretted, or the Artcore short scale, which was also fab.

    4. SpondonBassed


      It is encouraging to hear that from the owner of a Wal.

  12. Picked up a lovely little Trace Acoustic TA30 yesterday.  Absolutely mint condition and perfect for domestic noodling :)

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