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  1. OliverBlackman

    Rotosound Bass Strings

    I mostly use D’addario roundwounds and half wounds but I was bought a set of Rotosound flats for Christmas a few years ago and they’ve been on my p bass every since, replacing the Thomastiks which I had three or four sets of. The tone is much deeper and once I got used to the feel they are completely natural. Still going strong after two years too.
  2. OliverBlackman

    Where to study electric bass in London?

    I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Jake Newman (on here) used to occasionally teach there. Great teacher who gave me some lessons on double bass when I was beginning. I studied at ACM (just outside London) but frequently was in London and moved there for 5 years after I graduated. Theres loads going on but once you're out of the student bubble, getting gigs is hugely competitive which is something to bare in my mind. I eventually ran out of energy and made the move to Manchester which also has a good scene.
  3. OliverBlackman

    Sold Marcus Miller Sire V7

  4. OliverBlackman

    Sold Marcus Miller Sire V7

    As everyone’s pointed out, these basses are amazing value and this ones probably better than the other jazz you have 😜
  5. OliverBlackman

    Sold Marcus Miller Sire V7

    Selling my Sire Marcus Miller V7. Bought as a back-up and rarely used so in excellent condition. I also bought the Sire gig bag which at the time wasn't available outside of the US and cost me £50 off a bass chatter. There are no flaws with this bass and all the parts seem sturdy and well built. Unfortunately I don't have any scales so although it doesn't feel heavy for my small stature, I can't say for sure. Collection only from central Manchester and no trade offers please !
  6. OliverBlackman

    British built custom bass

    Overwater might not be out of budget. My 2017 fretless jazz had optional extras including a flamed top and I believe that was below the £2500 mark. In fact I was looking at a Fender Jaco artist bass before it because I thought the Overwater would be really expensive but it was around the same price. Always worth sending Chris an enquiry
  7. OliverBlackman

    Sei jazz vs Sadowsky NYC Jazz etc.

    When you get to these price points it’s very specific to what you want from the instrument. Martin uses more exotic woods, Sadowskys are perfect for someone who plays a variety of shows, neither hold value very well. As someone who plays mostly in my bedroom, I prefer something more exotic so I would probably favour the Sei. However, I actually favoured Overwater when I had a super jazz built, and the other bass I really want is a 5 string Ken Smith Black Tiger.
  8. OliverBlackman

    Bass Direct

    Agreed. I made my first visit this year and while the shop is small they have some unbelievable stuff. I also found them very kind and despite it being busy they made lots of time for me. Unfortunately the girlfriend won and I came away with nothing but in the spirit of Arnie, I’ll be back!
  9. OliverBlackman

    I've had a P-bass moment!!!

    The thing with P basses is it depends a lot on the strings. Flat wounds are my favourite, but there is even a big difference in tone between Thomastiks and Rotosounds. To me while Thomastik’s feel nicer, they completely lack warmth and character compared to the Rotosounds. I also get a very different flavour from Roundwounds. With sets of nickel and steel, the bottom end isn’t as thick or as present compared to the flats. So when trying a P, you should take the strings into consideration. I also hate the fat C necks, so I’m lucky mine came with a shallow B neck. It’s a MIM 2006 P with Lindy Fralin P/Us.
  10. OliverBlackman

    Worst bass you've ever played that you did not own.

    A 1979 Fender precision that was wrong in every way. The only two original bits were the body and neck. The body weighed close to an anchor and the neck was chunky with holes in it. The pickups were as plain Jane as you’ve ever heard, and the foam underneath them had disintegrated so the pickups had effectively sunk into the body. The bridge had rusted as had the strings which might actually have been original but they would have been better used as a saw blade. The case wasn’t original and only had one working hinge and no latches. At £500 I thought it was worth a try... it wasn’t. Also those Hofner violin basses are horrible to hold.
  11. OliverBlackman

    1975 Fender Jazz Bass on Facebook

    Did anyone see the 75 Jazz bass on Facebook today for just £1250? Why do these bargains only come up when I have no money and bills to pay rather than when I'm looking for a new bass. Is it just me or does this happen to anyone else?
  12. Don’t leave a pint on top. Someone’s done this on my rig before while laying their set, and I got a bit angry and got fired from the gig afterwards. But even now I’m still more upset that someone didn’t care enough about another bass player that he left a pint on my rig!!!
  13. OliverBlackman

    TRADED Overwater Hybrid 5 String Jazz £1800.

    Sorry to jump on the thread but if he can't teach you on 5 string, he's not a good bass tutor. I'm sure there are plenty of guys on here that live in your area that would be more adept. Just saving you having to lose a very good bass.
  14. OliverBlackman

    What would you buy?

    I'll kick things off. My dream setup would be my fretless Overwater Jazz, a Ken Smith Black Tiger 5, and a vintage Fender Jazz. Amp wise I love my Markbass combo but the Aguilar DB751 through a DB810 is something else. I've had Hartke for while and didn't rate it anywhere near the warmth and definition from the Markbass and Aguilar amps. Bass wise my Fender P bass covers most stuff but I also have a Sire V7 that is fantastic. I've had both Warwicks and Musicman Stingrays before and sold them both on fairly quickly. The problem is that once you get to high end it's all personal taste as the differences can be quite minimal.
  15. OliverBlackman

    College Audition Advice

    Where are you auditioning for? Different colleges will expect different skillsets and skill levels depending on how few spaces they have available. Places like BIMM or ACM have much lower standards compared to somewhere like RCM.