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I'm a big fan of the newer MXR Micro Flanger. I've never been a fan of flangers, but this one is very rich and smooth with none of they typical metallic flanger artifacts.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Where you people sell gear these days?
« on: February 05, 2011, 03:11:33 PM »
I'm receding from ebay only because of the fees these days, which makes it more worthwhile to sell to some local stores in some cases. How about Trade Up Music?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
« on: December 23, 2010, 05:21:05 PM »
I just bought a Rob Allen bass. By far the best and easiest playing bass I've ever owned, and completely crafted by Rob. Here's a picture, although it really doesn't do justice to the beauty of the wood.

Count me in as a fan of Glenlivet, really smooth.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 24, 2010, 06:13:34 AM »
For some reason I've been listening to a lot of J Geils Band from the 70s. They could really rock. Rediscovering albums I dismissed in the past like Ladies Invited and Hotline.

Here's a few recent demos from the duo I'm in. It's more acoustic-based but there's some electronics in there as well.

Here's a newer track, all looping bass:

I had a transistor radio when I was four or so and remember hearing the Beatles, the Stones and the Who. This would have been 1968/69. My uncle also had lots of Beatles records and my father would play dixieland jazz and classical music on the weekends (all on 8-track) from even before that.

Everything and Nothing / Re: evilBay
« on: January 19, 2010, 06:04:33 AM »
I get that message as well, but in practice it's never happened. I can access my money immediately.

Grateful Dead, King Crimson, Jefferson Airplane, ELP, Todd/Utopia, Cannonball Adderley, Art Pepper,

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ005: Were you a band geek in school?
« on: January 15, 2010, 06:43:09 AM »
No, but most of my friends were. I played bass and sang for the resident rock band in high school. I also took some theory courses and my high school offered an electronic music class.

Everything and Nothing / Re: E-readers, present and future
« on: December 22, 2009, 05:45:11 PM »
I was recently given a Kindle. I'm still trying to get into it. If you read mainstream books I can see the value, but I'm having a hard time finding things I'd like to read, although I am warming to the concept.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: One for the reverb-heads
« on: December 10, 2009, 03:05:20 PM »
Just got an email that the Mac Snow Leopard version is available for download.

I think the remote that used to come with Mac's was RF not bluetooth, at least the ones I got with my laptops. The new issue of Macworld also talks about this and how you can use apps on an iphone or ipod touch to get even a better remote.

Here's an article from Macworld about using the Mini as a media server. I just got the latest issue of Macworld in the mail yesterday and it also has an article about other media streaming server options but that content hasn't made the website yet.

We recently switched from cable to satellite (directTV) and they have a bunch of SiriusXM stations that we can pipe through the house now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2009, 09:41:36 AM »
In a Grateful Dead mood. Listening to October 12 and 13, 1968, and July 31, 1971.

I use Garageband all the time. The included sounds aren't the best, but I've never had an issue with compatible AU plug-ins. And as a recorder it's got most of everything I need. I've used Logic as well and may spring for Express again but I don't really miss much of the additional functionality on the sequencer/recording side.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: fretless bass thoughts / advice
« on: December 02, 2009, 11:32:06 AM »
LaBella and Fender still make wrapped flats; I'm sure there's others.

I've used a 6 mainly for my ambient looping stuff, but not much these days since Line6 had a big software update to the M13 effects board, adding a harmonizer (among other things). I use a 5-string G&L2500 when I'm playing with a drummer, although I usually just use the bottom B as a thumb rest. I have an Ibanez hollowbody 4-string that is fairly loud acoustically and works well with a progressive folk-rock duo I'm in. No matter how many other instruments I play I always come back to the bass; it's just too much fun to play

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: fretless bass thoughts / advice
« on: November 26, 2009, 10:01:48 PM »
I use 4, 5 and 6-string basses. I probably use the 4 string the most and detune the bottom E when I need to go low, mostly habit from growing up this way. When I use a 5, I end up using the B as a finger rest and use some of the notes maybe 1 out of 5 songs. It's nice to have that option to go lower but you lose a little edge. Sometimes I'll string up the fiver with a high C instead of a low B; particularly with a trio it helps when the guitarist solos to add some high end. The 6 I use for solo stuff and with a larger band. If I had to choose one I'd go with the 4 because no matter how wide the neck, more strings still equals tighter spacing and I'm used to Fender spacing for the most part.

I would start with a 4 string. You can get something nice used for that money. Any of the big names should do (low-end Fender and Ibanez). The online stores often blow out basses for very cheap so keep an eye out there. Good luck, we need more four bangers.

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