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On 23/12/2020 at 13:18, Al Krow said:

Well we obviously need 'proof' in the form of some pics 😁

How are you liking it so far and how does it stack up against your other basses?

I'm loving the fact that several have gone straight in with some of the top end models as your first taste of Yammy BBs!

Here we are!!

I like it a lot. I found the neck superb, much more than my Rick 4003 from 2017.

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14 hours ago, Al Krow said:

 The nut on my Ken Smith is superb with individual saddles cast in the metal. 

 

It's a tad unrealistic to compare a Ken Smith nut in the same sentence as a Yamaha 424/5 or many other basses for that matter  :)

Actually that's a great point in relation to the pre-amps - how does the KS pre-amp compare to your active Yamaha's? Are there discernible differences that are clearly heard? I know that the KS has some switches and trickery going on under the hood but I'm not familiar with them enough to know if that's model specific or if all his pre's have the same switching and fine tuning available across all his basses.

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Hello guys, 

I have been tempted to buy a Yamaha bass for a while, I love their pianos and I'm sure the quality of their basses is up there. 

 

If looking for a passive, how big a leap in quality from the bb pro, to the other bb passive models, like the 434?

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4 minutes ago, J_Bass said:

Hello guys, 

I have been tempted to buy a Yamaha bass for a while, I love their pianos and I'm sure the quality of their basses is up there. 

If looking for a passive, how big a leap in quality from the bb pro, to the other bb passive models, like the 434?

They are! 

Good question and not necessarily a straightforward answer! Some like their 434s as much as their P34s and some even prefer the more budget model. 

My comparison experience was holding onto my 1025 in preference to a P35. The P35 edged in on quality but the 1025 was a little bit lighter and in the end that was more important in the context of playing 2 x 1 hour sets. 

If it were me, I'd get a 434 to start with and then "try before you buy" with the P34. 

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On 26/12/2020 at 16:08, J_Bass said:

Hello guys, 

I have been tempted to buy a Yamaha bass for a while, I love their pianos and I'm sure the quality of their basses is up there. 

 

If looking for a passive, how big a leap in quality from the bb pro, to the other bb passive models, like the 434?

As AK said, Its not just a leap in quality. They sound different. No better, no worse. Even the low end BB’s are bursting with quality, Dont think you will short change yourself buy saving a bit and not getting a higher end model.

Give me a BB434 over a P34 any day of the week. My reasons are well documented on here.

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Thank you both for the help. 

 

Could you guys please point me to the pages in this thread where you discuss that? 

Interesting what you both say abound the sound being different. I'll have to listen to samples. 

 

I noticed they have different pickups, but I thought it was just the name. 

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2 hours ago, J_Bass said:

Thank you both for the help. 

 

Could you guys please point me to the pages in this thread where you discuss that? 

Interesting what you both say abound the sound being different. I'll have to listen to samples. 

 

I noticed they have different pickups, but I thought it was just the name. 

I’m not sure where the pages are, but i had the BB435 early March and sent it back when we went in to lockdown. 

The short version is, i had a P34 and liked it very much, but i also have a Fender P bass and was always torn between the two. I couldn’t settle on the P34 while i had the Fender (and the Fender is never going anywhere). To me the Fender sounded more like i wanted a P bass to sound. Nothing wrong with the P34, it was close, but didnt have the ‘fender’ vibe that i already had.  I also owned for a very short time a  BB435, and it blew me away. Much closer to my Fender for the P sound. More ‘woody’ and less processed compared to the P34. 

 

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My BB obsession is getting worse. Now I need/want a fretless one. 

What models are there? I know of BB400S, BB350F and BB614F (and BB404F, but that one has a different body style). There seem to be some converted BB300 fretlesses, and I once played a converted BB1200S. 

If there was a fretless BB234 available, I wouln’t hesitate. But sadly there is no such thing. So, what options do I have? And who wants to sell me one? 

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2 hours ago, MattiZ said:

My BB obsession is getting worse. Now I need/want a fretless one. 

What models are there? I know of BB400S, BB350F and BB614F (and BB404F, but that one has a different body style). There seem to be some converted BB300 fretlesses, and I once played a converted BB1200S. 

If there was a fretless BB234 available, I wouln’t hesitate. But sadly there is no such thing. So, what options do I have? And who wants to sell me one? 

Get a fretted one of choice, pull the frets out

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4 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Or just buy a fretless with an ebony fretboard which is better designed to take the wear and tear of fretless playing?

Ebony is generally harder wearing than rosewood for example, but is tonally different and more like maple.

All depends if you want a darker or brighter tone, or what look you want as well.

Look after the wood, use flatwounds, I can’t see it being a problem.

Why Ebony above another wood?

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9 minutes ago, AndyTravis said:

Bah humbug, don’t believe the hype. Defret and enjoy...

😉

Haha - not saying de-fretting isn't a valid option, for some. Personally I'm with @MattiZ on this - I wouldn't defret a perfectly good fretted bass; I'd rather buy a bass that was fretless from the outset.

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3 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Haha - not saying de-fretting isn't a valid option, for some. Personally I'm with @MattiZ on this - I wouldn't defret a perfectly good fretted bass; I'd rather buy a bass that was fretless from the outset.

You’ve never played a bass I’ve defretted...

Also. Jaco Pastorius...

Ahem...

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On 22/12/2020 at 10:37, Misdee said:

Just had a read, very interesting. I have  had countless similar disappointments when it comes to trying acclaimed basses and being underwhelmed.

I too am unlikely to be playing the bass through two amps.  At the moment I am only playing at home , mainly through headphones. The best I could manage is to play it through two pairs of headphones, but I've only got one pair of ears. Maybe I could email Billy and ask him what I should do. 😄

HXstomp - feed in two signals and process them separately and mix to mono.... (or send two signals too the PA) 

1 minute ago, AndyTravis said:

You’ve never played a bass I’ve defretted...

Also. Jaco Pastorius...

Ahem...

Did he play a bass you had defretted? 

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