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The one that got away in 99/00 Manchester Bass Centre

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There was this Ken Smith NT six at the Bass Centre in Wapping in about '98. Amazing instrument, and I could have afforded it there and then as I was still living at home.

Should've bought it. Didn't. Bought a Streamer LX 6 instead. That went to help finance the house move during my divorce. I doubt the KS would have...

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I remember going to that hidden Bass Centre around that time, late 90's, very early 2000's.  I managed to go on a bank holiday so it was closed, but peered through and remember seeing a sunburst Gibson G-3/Ripper type bass.  I was big into Green Day at the time so lusted after it!

Went in a few years later, but don't remember much in there.  I was a penniless student so was probably in and out in 2 mins :D - shame it's no longer around

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So are Bass Direct and the Bass Gallery the only dedicated bass guitar stores left in England ?

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14 minutes ago, PatrickJ said:

So are Bass Direct and the Bass Gallery the only dedicated bass guitar stores left in England ?

Bass Centre still exists but online only now.

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So. I said I’d only seen one other for sale - in Russia too. 

I haven’t - it’s the same bass. See the wood grain...

This is the slightly “grr” bit. The ‘first’ one I saw had a bit of a chip. Not a bother to me - I’m a bit handy with this kind of thing.

Well, the place I’ve got it from have Infilled the chip...looks like a crappy job. 
 

Anyhow, if it plays and sounds right, I’ll sort the damage properly.

I’ve included my “proper” job on a Washburn. I can probably salvage this one.

 

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So, it’s called a Tune TXJ-4.

The sum total of results from Google 2 pictures

Switches are active/passive and series/parallel. 2eq and Vol/Tone.

Ash body, Maple Neck.

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I remember getting the hots for a pair of Wal 5-ers at Bass Centre Manchester - one fretted and one fretless. I was too skint to contemplate at the time (mid 90’s?) ☹️

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9 hours ago, AndyTravis said:

So, it’s called a Tune TXJ-4....

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It was a natural one like this I saw being played.

Damn It's making me crave a natural one all over again!!

Active two band plus passive tone sounds interesting if the tone can be applied simultaneously in active mode.

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Well. Leg one of the journey is done.

It’s made it from the Russian gumtree seller to my shipping agent in Vladivostok...

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42 minutes ago, AndyTravis said:

Well. Leg one of the journey is done.

It’s made it from the Russian gumtree seller to my shipping agent in Vladivostok...

only 7,606 miles to go!

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Yeah. It was closer when it was originally for sale. It’s gone the wrong direction sort of...

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And that ding...while a colour match...needs sorting properly.

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1 minute ago, AndyTravis said:

Customs though. Leaving Russia 

And an airport!

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@AndyTravis in case you missed it, here's a couple of extra pics I found of that natural 'TXJ-4' (it's from a Yahoo Japan auction site, aucfan.com)

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1 hour ago, Stingray5 said:

@AndyTravis in case you missed it, here's a couple of extra pics I found of that natural 'TXJ-4' (it's from a Yahoo Japan auction site, aucfan.com)

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Yeah - there aren’t many pics about, although a tune artist from Japan got in touch with some more details. He has a blue one with an Aguilar pickup and pre. See how we go - it’s yet to leave Russia...

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