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Oh, I hesitate to modify a bass that I am happy with. Too much risk. Every time in my life that I have sprung for an "unknown" or customized something over the phone, it has been a regrettable decision.

 

I am, however, going to have my guitar tech experiment with swapping out the jazz bridge pickup on the Yamaha BB-415 bass that I just bought, with a Bartolini hum-cancelling jazz-style pickup. I trust his judgment.

Eugenio Upright, 60th Ann P-Bass, USA Geddy Lee J-Bass, Yamaha BBP35, D'angelico Bari, Dano Bari

Select Strat/Tele, Am Pro Jazzmaster, LP 57 Gold, G5422DC-12, T486, T64, PM2, EXL1, XK4, Voyager

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Oh, I hesitate to modify a bass that I am happy with. Too much risk. Every time in my life that I have sprung for an "unknown" or customized something over the phone, it has been a regrettable decision.

Understandable. But I take the raving reviews of other Dingwall players as well as Sheldon's own words as a good sign that it will go well.

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Hmm, maybe I'll talk to him about it then (Sheldon, that is -- great guy, met him at NAMM when he still attended the show).

 

I'm going to have Stephen swap the bridge pickup on my new Yammie first, and then re-evaluate my coverage.

 

The Yammie BB-415 is hard to find as it didn't sell well and thus got dropped by most vendors. But it is easily the match for most basses under $2000. Solidly built and very versatile, and especially good for vintage tone. Its main weak spot is the bridge pickup -- the neck pickup is very good.

 

I'm real happy how these two basses compliment each other. And I also take it as a good sign that neither bass needs EQ (e.g. the preset curves on the Avelon U5 vs. bypassing that EQ).

Eugenio Upright, 60th Ann P-Bass, USA Geddy Lee J-Bass, Yamaha BBP35, D'angelico Bari, Dano Bari

Select Strat/Tele, Am Pro Jazzmaster, LP 57 Gold, G5422DC-12, T486, T64, PM2, EXL1, XK4, Voyager

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Hmm, didn't see his booth this year, and someone else told me he had pulled out a few years back. But maybe he still attends, but just without a booth?

Eugenio Upright, 60th Ann P-Bass, USA Geddy Lee J-Bass, Yamaha BBP35, D'angelico Bari, Dano Bari

Select Strat/Tele, Am Pro Jazzmaster, LP 57 Gold, G5422DC-12, T486, T64, PM2, EXL1, XK4, Voyager

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I could be wrong but I seem to remember something about him going to a European trade show instead this past time. I don't remember if it was this past NAMM or the one before when he won several awards including two of the three that Bass Gear Mag was giving out.
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I'm just glad he's getting more attention now. For years, I thought I was in on some "inside" secret. Not a good thing if you want your vendor to still be in business years later.

Eugenio Upright, 60th Ann P-Bass, USA Geddy Lee J-Bass, Yamaha BBP35, D'angelico Bari, Dano Bari

Select Strat/Tele, Am Pro Jazzmaster, LP 57 Gold, G5422DC-12, T486, T64, PM2, EXL1, XK4, Voyager

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