A lot of you know I enjoy a bass or two, and if I can have one without breaking the bank so much the better.
Well I've surpassed myself. I have just had a foray into the bargain basement of the bargain basement.
I've already bored you with how nice I think my Harley Benton collection is, but even I hadn't particularly high expectations of this one.
The 'Progressive' series doesn't really catch the eye on Thomann's Pornhub. The shape appears a bit blobby and nondescript. The fretboard is neither light nor dark,the finish unremarkable. And it is cheap. Cheaper than an effects pedal. Cheaper than a replacement neck.
But looking at it, so to speak, in the flesh and above all playing it, is a different ball game.
I may have been dismissive about the aesthetics but this thing is all about the playing, not the looks.
I use a little bass run to test a new bass. The opening run up of the solo in Sir Duke, to be precise. If I'm contorting my wrist to reach the top few notes then the bass needs to be sexier than Felicity Kendall playing Twister with Kate Humble, or I don't keep it.
I flew up and down the neck on this one with laughable ease. It really is a joy to play. The back of said neck does not look pretty. I can see where different pieces of timber have been joined and there's a couple of unsightly dark blemishes in the wood. But it isn't a 1k bass it isn't a 500 quid bass, heck it's not even a 150 quid bass. And the neck is smooth. And it's straight. And the low action and perfect intonation tell their own story. And my hands glide over it like greased WD40 in a vacuum.
The bass has a pre-amp. Another reason to pass in my book. Never got on with active basses. But it switches off and the passive tone is great. And actually, so is the active tone. And the two (again unattractive) humbuckers blend really sweetly. The pots have that tactile centre point and I would describe them as subtle but effective. No huge sweeping tonal variation but enough for me.
The balance is excellent sat or standing, the weight is negligible. Not worth checking on the scales, you just smile when you pick it up. It isn't polystyrene light like some basses, you don't want to pass it round the band to see the look on people's faces but you barely know it's there when playing.
Oh and as for the uninspiring finish. That solid black actually has a subtle purple tiger stripe quilty thing going on.
I know many reviews will say, great for the price, be useful to give to a student and so forth. But I am gigging with this and recording with it. No question.
Totally blown away.
Decent pictures and sound clips will follow.
So.... after spending the whole of last week mixing/mastering this one track, I'm putting it up here.. Written and arranged by my talented and wonderfully lovely wife - ( with a little help from myself). Bass is a Harley Benton PB50 with old rounds on...
In her words...
this is a new mix of a dusty track from a good few years ago. it marks an aniversary of a personal loss and the feelings attached. in this current situation we felt it may help others in their own journey we hope you like it too.
To conclude the tests of this Harley Benton PB 20 satin black (although as soon as possible I will try to create a demo only bass and drums so as to provide an even more concrete idea of the sound), this time I chose a classic of the indie rock years 2000 of The Strokes played with the pick. From next week, however, a new series of bass covers will arrive with another "clone" Precision of a different price range but for now I won't say anything else! 😅
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PS: what you hear is the natural sound of the bass without modifications or post production exactly as it leaves the factory!
Hi bassists! Harley Benton (paid 89 euros again) also for a completely closed tone, this time I wanted to venture an electronic Daft Punk song in which the beautiful bass line is actually performed with a synth. I tried to emulate the original sound as much as possible without using pedals or post production in the sound, which is exactly the original sound of the closed-tone instrument, recorded using a simple Tascam digital recorder (which I use in all my videos) Good I listen!
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