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  1. OK, this has to go - £125. Silly price.
  2. Thanks for the heads-up, Nik. They looked OK on my PC, but not on my phone - for some unfathomable reason. They seem to be OK now. Computers, eh?
  3. *SOLD* Hughes & Kettner BK200 Bass Combo Massive price drop *£175* NOW *£125* From H&K's BassKick series. This particular example is in near-mint condition and has seen very little use. The pics show how clean it is. The 15" Eminence driver hasn't even been played-in yet. The input stage features H&K's 'Tube Touch' circuit and also their 'Dyna Clip' power stage, which emulates the warmth of a valve amp. Most manufacturer's attempts to do this involve fitting a 12AX7 valve at the input stage - which achieves little except to create a marketing opportunity - but in this case the technology does indeed result in some harmonically-rich and articulate tones. The EQ is wired parallel, which is quite unusual. This has the effect of separating the frequencies somewhat and results in a much cleaner, more lucid sound. The 'Punch' button is in essence a very mild mid-scoop, but it doesn't result in loss of audibility in the mix like some 'contour' -type buttons, and is actually very useful. There is also a really sweet-sounding Leson HF horn (switchable) which adds air and a nice glassy presence, but is never harsh or strident. The single-knob compressor is a real beauty - you can dial in a tight, controlled bottom end and smooth, even levels across the strings without any squashy artefacts or pumping. It sounds natural and very transparent. The controls have a nice weight to them, are positive in use and the Compressor and Master controls are reassuringly large, with a pleasing retro look. The combo is built to a very high standard (made in Germany) and would easily handle a punishing tour... or twenty tours, come to that. You get a full 200W into 4ohms, but this doesn't mean you can't add an extension cab (or cabs) as another unusual feature is how the amp deals with impedance - with a regular 500W amp you'd get around 300W at 8ohms, add another 8ohm cab and you'll get 500W at 4ohms. But with this amp the impedance is additive - so if you plug in an 8ohm cab the amp runs at 12ohms, if you add a 4ohm cab it will run at 8ohms. Brilliant if you think about it, as this feature protects the amp - it will never run at an impedance lower than it can comfortably handle, yet you get all the power of the amp into the 4ohm driver when it's used as a stand-alone combo. Very clever. It may be 'only' 200 watts, but it go loud and provides great heft and authority without distortion. Easily keeps up with drums and guitars and is very suitable for use in small to medium rooms - and rooms of any size with PA support. Will do pub gigs with ease. So get in and get yourself a high-quality, great sounding combo at a bargain price. Cash on collection only please. I'm in SE London close to the A205 South Circular. Will consider delivery for fuel costs if you're within striking distance. 200 Watts RMS 15" Custom Eminence Driver USA Tube Touch & Dyna Clip Circuits Leson HF Horn (Switchable) 4-Band Parallel EQ Variable Compressor Additive Impedance Cab System Dimensions: 552 X 604 X 385mm Weight: 24kg Made in Germany My feedback is here. I'm open to (sensible) offers. Not looking for trades.
  4. Rod bought a combo which arrived damaged despite my best packing efforts. He reacted calmly and intelligently, arranged for local repair at his end and kept me informed at every stage. I can't recommend Rod highly enough, he's a great guy, a great basschatter and is not only a gentleman and a scholar but quite possibly an acrobat, too... Thanks for everything Rod, very much appreciate you making the best of what could have been a very tedious ordeal with great good humour, care and goodwill. I hope you enjoy the amp. Needless to say you can deal with Rod in complete and total confidence. Highly recommended.
  5. Very sad news. When I was a kid we had the radio on all day long and I was in love with the bass playing I was hearing, even though I didn't know who the players were. It turned out one was James Jamerson, another was Herbie Flowers and another was Joe Osborn (among others). These are the people without whom my life would be very different. RIP.
  6. Or 'Lazarus points' as they're sometimes known.
  7. Depends how much you shuffle about when you're playing, really.
  8. Surely you'd tune the bass whatever happened?
  9. +1. Motivation is all. Lots of comments on this forum from people who feel 'guilty' because they think they're 'not practising enough'. If I'm not actually playing bass, I'm thinking about playing bass and I'm never really happy until I am playing bass.
  10. As said above, your gear has very little to do with it. What's important is how good a player you are - and equally importantly, how good your bandmates are at what they do. Having the best gear in the world means nothing if you and your band aren't at an acceptable level of competence. Having said that, if you're looking for a new band, try to find people who are better than you - that is the quickest way to improve your own playing as you will tend to play up to their level.
  11. discreet

    Feedback for P-ZARN

    Neil bought some strings. Fast payment, great comms, he let me know when they arrived and no shenanigans. Recommended.
  12. You will not get a better Jazz bass than this for 270 notes. Bargain.
  13. Wow! THAT is NICE! Absolutely love that colour combination. GLWTS.
  14. Price drop to £125! Get in! EDIT: And hurry - I think I may have just sold it - to myself!
  15. Definitely not worth it. I always use hearing protection and have done for 40 years regardless of rig and/or band. It's surprising just how little noise can damage your hearing. Even at my advanced age I can still hear up to 16kHz, which is pretty good.
  16. Well it is, but bear in mind she can usually be bribed with cake.
  17. I don't mind that much if it's otherwise a good bass, but now I've gone light I really don't want to go back. This is good for resisting bass GAS, too. Where am I going to find a Jazz that weighs less than 7lbs?
  18. It's very subjective. People who know little of antiques think they're more valuable if they're heavier, or older, or both. Of course this isn't true. Whether or not a bass sounds good (to you) is down to many factors, of which weight (or lack of it) is just one. I've had heavy basses which sounded great. My current (and only) bass is a Jazz I put together myself. It weighs 7lbs. It sounds fantastic.
  19. I don't bother looking hard enough. I prefer delusion.
  20. How did the Hipster burn his hand? He changed the light bulb before it was cool.
  21. *SOLD* Hughes & Kettner BK200 Bass Combo £125 From H&K's BassKick series. This particular example is in near-mint condition and has seen very little use. The pics show how clean it is. The 15" Eminence driver hasn't even been played-in yet. The input stage features H&K's 'Tube Touch' circuit and also their 'Dyna Clip' power stage, which go some way towards emulating the warmth of a valve amp. Most manufacturer's attempts to do this involve fitting a 12AX7 valve at the input stage - which usually achieves little except to create a marketing opportunity - but in this case the technology does indeed result in some harmonically-rich and articulate tones, but without the token valve. The EQ is wired parallel, which is unusual. This has the effect of separating the frequencies somewhat and results in a much cleaner, more lucid sound. The 'Punch' button is in essence a very mild mid-scoop, but it doesn't result in loss of audibility in the mix like some 'contour' -type buttons, and is actually useful. There is also a really sweet-sounding Leson HF horn (switchable) which adds air and a nice glassy presence, but is never harsh or strident. The single-knob compressor is a real beauty - you can get a tight, controlled bottom end and smooth, even levels across the strings without any squashy artefacts or pumping. It sounds natural and very transparent. The controls have a nice weight to them, are positive in use and the Compressor and Master controls are reassuringly large, with a pleasing retro look. The combo is built to a high standard (made in Germany) and would easily handle a punishing tour... or twenty tours, come to that. You get a full 200W into 4ohms, but this doesn't mean you can't add an extension cab (or cabs), as another unusual feature is how the amp deals with impedance - on a 'normal' 500W amp you'd get around 300W at 8ohms, add another 8ohm cab and get 500W at 4ohms. But with this amp the impedance is additive - so if you plug in an 8ohm cab the amp runs at 12ohms, if you add a 4ohm cab it will run at 8ohms. Brilliant if you think about it, as this feature protects the amp - it will never run at an impedance lower than it can comfortably handle, yet you get all the power of the amp into the 4ohm driver when it's used as a stand-alone combo. Very clever. It may be 'only' 200 watts but it's a loud combo and can provide good heft and authority without distortion. It will easily keep up with drums and guitar and is very suitable for use in small to medium rooms - and stages of any size with PA support. It's a really good thing, has some truly innovative features and is offered at a price which wouldn't even buy you a 15" Eminence driver. So get in and get yourself a high-quality, great sounding combo at a bargain price. Cash on collection only please. I'm in SE London close to the A205 South Circular. Will consider delivery for fuel costs if you're within striking distance. 200 Watts RMS 15" Custom Eminence Driver USA Tube Touch & Dyna Clip Circuits Leson HF Horn (Switchable) 4-Band Parallel EQ Variable Compressor Additive Impedance Cab System Dimensions: 552 X 604 X 385mm Weight: 24kg Made in Germany My feedback is here. I'm open to (sensible) offers. No trades, thanks.
  22. *SOLD* GHS M7200 Pressurewound 44-106 *£18 Posted* The sound of rounds with something of the feel of flats (it says here). To me, they sound and feel like rounds that have been played-in for about three months, but smoother. If that's your thing, then these are for you. I really like the tone, feel and tension of these strings, but... I like my previous strings a little bit more. Trouble is, I don't know what they are - and so the search continues. The E and A strings are cut (generously) for a 4 in-line headstock. £18 Posted. Now SOLD.
  23. Sold Ewan a set of strings. Fast payment, great comms. Would deal with again.
  24. Just dropped a Squier Jazz off at Matt's place. Posted the bass for sale at midday today and it's now with its new owner - as he lives just down the road - which is well handy, if you ask me. Very smooth deal and would do business again, no question. Great to meet you Matt, thanks very much. Hope you enjoy the Squier.
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