Realised that I joined nearly a whole decade ago and thought I should probably introduce myself!! What a decade its been!! My names Ben and I love playing bass!
At the start of the decade I was playing an Epiphone Thunderbird IV through a Laney RB9 head into an old HH 15" cab. Played some cool gigs with that setup in my old band including the first time I played at Guilfest.
Around 2012-13 I went to andertons and tested out the Ampeg PF350 and the Orange Terror Bass. They both sounded awesome but the Orange was something else! At the time I couldn't really justify the extra money so I walked out with the ampeg (up until that point I had always wanted an Ampeg) but kind of regretted it from day one. The Orange was a monster! Blind brand loyalty can be a nightmare!
I became a Dad in 2014 and the band split up not long after. All of a sudden I couldn't just do what I wanted when I wanted. Didn't really know how to deal with that! Then my best mate died. Sold my Thunderbird, sold my Ampeg, totally gave up on music and basically got myself in a bit of a pickle(did keep the old HH cab tho!)
After a year or so of being a bit of a plonker I spotted a Goth Thunderbird for sale, I bought it and started playing around a bit. That bass came at just the right time and really helped to sort me out. I stopped being a Richard and embraced being a Dad!
End of 2017 comes round and Id been thinking of trying to start a band when I got a call from a guy I used to play guitar with. I hadn't spoken to him for about 12 years! He asked if I wanted to play bass for his band Señor Fire and I jumped at the chance!
Remembering my trip to andertons a few years previous I found an Orange Terror Bass for sale in Bristol and when I got there he also had 2 Bill Fitzmaurice Jack 10 Lites. I grabbed the lot!!! Thanks very much!!
Played my first gig with Señor Fire in 2018, had another kid and haven't looked back since. I came across an Orange SP410 cab at the beginning of the year for a bargain although I still can't decide if I prefer the sound of it over the Jacks. Does look cool tho!! I modified it by moving the skids to the side to make it a vertical cab and obviously had to rotate the logo! Shortly after that I bought the Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro with some money my dear Nan left me. We came second in a battle of the bands comp and recently won an award in Alton for best Alt/Grunge act of the year!
I can't wait to see what the next decade brings............
Happy New Year fellow bass players
P.S If you click on the photo below you can have a listen to my band Señor Fire!