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1 minute ago, hookys6stringbass said:

Not me.... really great basses.... I asked Hooky if there would be anymore.... he said yes and the he was working on it with Yamaha  ... unfortunately it won't be this year sadly....

 

Yes I've seen that they're working towards a second run. 

Kind of a shame as it was nice thinking you had something really quite rare, plus the added bonus of it probably only going up in value. 

Don't get me wrong, I bought it to use, not lock away, but it would be a bonus if it had gone up in value if I ever sold it. 

 

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There was also a BB714BS on ebay I was keeping an eye on. 

I ended up having a snooze yesterday afternoon and missed the ending. 

It went for the starting bid of £325. 

I fancied trying one of them. 

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1 minute ago, Maude said:

 

Yes I've seen that they're working towards a second run. 

Kind of a shame as it was nice thinking you had something really quite rare, plus the added bonus of it probably only going up in value. 

Don't get me wrong, I bought it to use, not lock away, but it would be a bonus if it had gone up in value if I ever sold it. 

 

I'm not bothered by the rarity tbh .... like you I bought it to use it... but I did find it infuriating that the BBPH was rarer than my BB1200S' .... 

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11 hours ago, hookys6stringbass said:

Not me.... really great basses.... I asked Hooky if there would be anymore.... he said yes and the he was working on it with Yamaha  ... unfortunately it won't be this year sadly....

£1400 is ridiculous unless the person doesn't want to actual play the thing and keep it in a vault like a vintage wine or something. 

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2 hours ago, EJWW said:

£1400 is ridiculous unless the person doesn't want to actual play the thing and keep it in a vault like a vintage wine or something. 

 

You don't fancy the one on Reverb for £2250 then? 😂😂

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I can now join this thread as I'm the proud owner of a BB414.

 

First time Yamaha owner, I was originally after a low-to-mid range Squire/Fender P to mess around on but after spotting this for ~£150 delivered, I pulled the trigger.

 

Couldn't be happier, neck is nice and slim and it feels great to play. Needs a setup and a clean so will be doing that before properly putting it through its paces. Has some cracks in the lacquer by the pickups but I'm not fussed about that all - in fact I'm dead impressed overall for the notes spent on it.

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6 minutes ago, dirgefornovember said:

I can now join this thread as I'm the proud owner of a BB414.

 

First time Yamaha owner, I was originally after a low-to-mid range Squire/Fender P to mess around on but after spotting this for ~£150 delivered, I pulled the trigger.

 

Couldn't be happier, neck is nice and slim and it feels great to play. Needs a setup and a clean so will be doing that before properly putting it through its paces. Has some cracks in the lacquer by the pickups but I'm not fussed about that all - in fact I'm dead impressed overall for the notes spent on it.

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£150 delivered is a great price, well done!  That looks well nice in white with the matching headstock.  I would have been tempted myself but A) I'm aff it and B) when I do return to BB land I want an older model with a reversed P pickup.

 

Enjoy!

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3 hours ago, dirgefornovember said:

I can now join this thread as I'm the proud owner of a BB414.

 

First time Yamaha owner, I was originally after a low-to-mid range Squire/Fender P to mess around on but after spotting this for ~£150 delivered, I pulled the trigger.

 

Couldn't be happier, neck is nice and slim and it feels great to play. Needs a setup and a clean so will be doing that before properly putting it through its paces. Has some cracks in the lacquer by the pickups but I'm not fussed about that all - in fact I'm dead impressed overall for the notes spent on it.

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What a bargain!

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17 hours ago, dirgefornovember said:

I can now join this thread as I'm the proud owner of a BB414.

 

First time Yamaha owner, I was originally after a low-to-mid range Squire/Fender P to mess around on but after spotting this for ~£150 delivered, I pulled the trigger.

 

Couldn't be happier, neck is nice and slim and it feels great to play. Needs a setup and a clean so will be doing that before properly putting it through its paces. Has some cracks in the lacquer by the pickups but I'm not fussed about that all - in fact I'm dead impressed overall for the notes spent on it.

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I've been looking for one for some time. In white. Great purchase!

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I just bought my white Yamaha BB414  back after selling. 

Only sold it as I needed the space in the house. Now bought it back and am delighted go have it home. Still have my BB734a which is an awesome bass with considerable upgrades on the BB414, but I just constantly fiddle with the active electronics between every song.

The BB 414 I just plug it in and play

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10 minutes ago, mikeycrikey said:

I just bought my white Yamaha BB414  back after selling. 

Only sold it as I needed the space in the house. Now bought it back and am delighted go have it home. Still have my BB734a which is an awesome bass with considerable upgrades on the BB414, but I just constantly fiddle with the active electronics between every song.

The BB 414 I just plug it in and play

And the 414/424/2024 is just 'sexier' looking

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4 minutes ago, EJWW said:

And the 414/424/2024 is just 'sexier' looking

I had the 414, 424x 1024x and the 734a. I know  its hersey to say on the Yamaha forum but I just fell our of love with the big bloated body of the BB. Loved how they played, sounded and their versatility.

Once I saw a photo on myself playing lt live it just looked huge on me and that was the end of my love affair with Yamaha. Don't think the battered face, bald head and bandy legs had any bearing on it.

Bought the 414 back as its just for playing at home. Use a Fender Precision  now or G&L JB2, which is a precision shape for gigs and rehersals.

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57 minutes ago, mikeycrikey said:

I had the 414, 424x 1024x and the 734a. I know  its hersey to say on the Yamaha forum but I just fell our of love with the big bloated body of the BB. Loved how they played, sounded and their versatility.

Once I saw a photo on myself playing lt live it just looked huge on me and that was the end of my love affair with Yamaha. Don't think the battered face, bald head and bandy legs had any bearing on it.

Bought the 414 back as its just for playing at home. Use a Fender Precision  now or G&L JB2, which is a precision shape for gigs and rehersals.

Yup, it's gotta be all about image and not about how wonderful they sound and feel to play,or their outstanding build quality and great value for money. 

 

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47 minutes ago, mikeycrikey said:

I had the 414, 424x 1024x and the 734a. I know  its hersey to say on the Yamaha forum but I just fell our of love with the big bloated body of the BB. Loved how they played, sounded and their versatility.

Once I saw a photo on myself playing lt live it just looked huge on me and that was the end of my love affair with Yamaha. Don't think the battered face, bald head and bandy legs had any bearing on it.

Bought the 414 back as its just for playing at home. Use a Fender Precision  now or G&L JB2, which is a precision shape for gigs and rehersals.

 

Fair enough if you yourself don't like how it looked, but don't waste your time worrying about how it looks to other people.  You're a bass player - no-one's going to notice you anyway! ;)

 

 

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1 minute ago, neepheid said:

 

Fair enough if you yourself don't like how it looked, but don't waste your time worrying about how it looks to other people.  You're a bass player - no-one's going to notice you anyway! ;)

 

 

I stand that far back I'm almost behind the drum kit. Deffo not getting noticed there 

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20 hours ago, mikeycrikey said:

I stand that far back I'm almost behind the drum kit. Deffo not getting noticed there 

If you ever manage to get your hands on a BB 2004 that may well tick all the boxes for you in terms of both looks and simply being a great bass. I'm still loving my BB 2005. In fact, it's the only BB currently in my herd. 

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1 hour ago, Al Krow said:

If you ever manage to get your hands on a BB 2004 that may well tick all the boxes for you in terms of both looks and simply being a great bass. I'm still loving my BB 2005. In fact, it's the only BB currently in my herd. 

I used to have  a BB 604 many years ago and really liked the body shape on that one. May pick another up one day. 

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Good folks of BB land, lend me your ears. 

 

Is the P34 a big leap up from the 734a, and if so in what way?

 

And has that bloody 1200s in the classifieds gone yet? 

I'm scared to look. 😄

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6 minutes ago, Maude said:

Good folks of BB land, lend me your ears. 

 

Is the P34 a big leap up from the 734a, and if so in what way?

 

And has that bloody 1200s in the classifieds gone yet? 

I'm scared to look. 😄

I made him an offer on the 1200s but he shot me down, class looking and sorely tempted 🤗 

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That seems a fair offer. 

 

It's lovely but with postage it's nearly a £1k 1200s. 

 

I'm torn between a few basses at the mo, having one of those dangerous spendy urges. 😁

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There's a Peavey T40 in The Bass Gallery, rare colour fretboard combo and absolutely gorgeous, but too much money for me. 

The seller contacted me and, to be fair, offered me a great reduction. But it's still more than I'd like to pay for a T40. But then if prices are creeping up do I just keep it until the prices have caught up. 

Always wanted one, never owned one. 

I'm going to crumble on something soon, I can feel it. 

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