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Best GAS of 2004


Rick Hoffman

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So what was the best piece of gear you bought last year? Best money I spent was 80 bucks on a yamaha PSR 225. Check out the keyboard forum for a review...

 

Anyone else make any good gear purchases that changed your playing style or opened your mind to new things?

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It was a year of mixed blessings; "be careful what you ask for 'cause you just might get it." After years of wanting a Carvin Redline, I got one used. Sounds great; but blew out 2 of my speakers (dc spikes). Had to send it to the shop, so it was no longer the bargain I was hoping for. But now it works great!!! Just have to get around to replacing those speakers...

 

But for a true bargain, again I have to go to Carvin- they had a pre-Christmas clearance sale and I bought a CMP Power amp (900w/side; 1800w bridged) for $199!!! Only use it for PA monitors right now; but if I ever decide to go for the pre-amp/power amp set up, I'm halfway there.

 

OR should I go with those Hartke strings for only $3 shipping? If they were all that I great I guess they'd be a bargain; but I didn't really like them.

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Bought a Behringer Bass V-Amp early in 2004. Very cheap construction but sounds just as good as the original POD (IMHO). It has lasted me a year now with no problems. Use it at my church where we have no stage amps and monitor through headsets. Soundman is very pleased. Paid $140, would have been a better deal if I bought it after their price reduction at only $100. Why can't they warn us that price drops are comming?!
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I posted this in another thread:

Bought a Yamaha RBX765A in excellent condition for $225. Never though a 5 string would feel so comfortable..

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Bought myself a MIM Fender F/less Jazz. Should have went out on a limb ages ago and got one. I also started lessons with the aim of learning jazz, probably the best few £'s I never pissed against the wall!

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Finally bought my first 5-string bass, a Yamaha BB605, a really great eBay deal & a lovely bass.

 

In fact, just last night I recorded that bass on my Boss MR8 digital recorder, my other great buy of 2004, also eBay--like new, with extra 256 meg card & USB cable. Woot!

 

Most memorable gear joneses? Epiphone Jack Casady bass; Wendler fretless bass; Nordstrand ebony-top single-cut bass. (Notice the rather steep climb in price tags for those joneses? I did, too...)

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My Thumb 5 NT was my perception altering bass purchase for 2004.

 

In the non-bass music realm, I'd have to say that my best purchase this year was a complete set of rackmount drum machines from the late eighties/early nineties. Roland R8m, Emu Procussion, Yamaha RM50, Kawai XD-5. All 4 for $150.00.

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My first bass. And I didn't buy it, my son got it for me on e-bay for $200 with a hard case as a Father's Day gift :D . A very early Dean Edge that has an incredible sound and is very easy to play.

 

Pretty good kid. :thu:

Don't look back. You never know what might be gaining on you.

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A good bass player knows the notes not to play. - Nick St. Nicholas

 

John

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Originally posted by Conor:

Bought myself a MIM Fender F/less Jazz. Should have went out on a limb ages ago and got one. I also started lessons with the aim of learning jazz, probably the best few £'s I never pissed against the wall!

I got one of these as well. :thu: I love it, though it makes me realize that I'm not as good as I thought I was. (And I didn't think I was very good!)
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Hard to decide which of two trades I made was the "best." Both were very good.

 

I swapped a cool '95 Belair Green G&L ASAT (paid $550 locally) for a mint condition Bergantino nv610 with padded cover. Fantastic cabinet... Keeper.

 

I traded a mojo'ed '90 Ric 4003 for a mint condition Lakland Skyline 44-01. It's my #1 player, no contest.

 

Both are now key pieces of my style, sound, and comfort.

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Best GAS of 2004? Aphex Aural Exciter I got from Jeremy, with Big Bottom. My Ampeg SVTCL pre-amp although accquired in 2004, is actually a fiscal 05 expenditure. As is the Whappo Jr. I just ordered. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That's XL on the T-Shirt size, Sr. Whappo.

 

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Hey there fellow GAS addicts

 

This was a big year for me. My biggest gas would have to be my Sadowsky 24 fret 5 string and my new bass rig (Acme B2 and AI Focus head). All in all I really dig my new sound and the clarity I'm getting is making me work hard on cleaning up my technique - never a bad thing!!

 

Now, I wonder what the new gas will be, hmmmmmm new fretless, computer based recording equipment, more effects??????????? :D:D

 

C-YA

 

Ben

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My best buy would be either the "Building Basslines" book or the Avatar Neo 2x10.

 

I also have my first head/cab setup, EVER. I'd also say that whole thing was a great idea because now, I have a 15 inch 100 watt Crate combo to leave at my main band's drummer's house AND have a rig at home for whatever I please.

 

I will say that my head/cab could sound better, but it's conveignant, lightweight-ish, and cheap. I love a bargain :D

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Ummm,.. everything bass related I bought this year.

Just started playing again this last June after not playing for 20 years.

 

Hard tossup for that used MIM Fretless J (that i hotrodded this last weekend :) ) or my SWR 4004 1/2 stack I bought before X-mas. Both are awesome stuff that I play everyday (neglecting my Ibanez lately)

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2004 was a VERY good year for me equipment-wise:

 

1) Picked up an Eden Nemesis 2x10 combo off the internet like new, with cover for $325.

 

2) Picked up a G&L L-2500 tribute 5 string bass for a toal cash outlay of $150 ( I traded in an old, Korean-made bass I don't play anymore).

 

I've ended up with a dynamite rig (for the kind of stuff I do) for a total of $475.

 

Happ New Year Indeed!

 

 

 

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way2fat, given my experience sampling some AccuG products I would say that you may no longer have any use for the Aphex Aural Exciter w/ Big Bottom. (I also have the Aphex unit and like it a lot -- but, really, you may be passing that on once you experience the joys of your Whappo Jr.)

 

GAS? I don't know, I'd probably give the award for best GAS to Bumpcity for his purchase of that Alembic JPJ bass. Didn't he also score that Hamer 12-string (or was it just 8?) this year, as well as a new SWR set-up?

 

As for me, there are three things I'd have to insert into this conversation:

1. A new house with a separate room in the basement just for music stuff where my daughter and I can practice our respective instruments. It definitely makes a difference in my household to have a clearly identified practice space.

2. A lesson at the Bass Collective which has inspired me to go back semi-regularly for more, and also inspired the gift of yet another lesson from my sister (does that count as GAS when it's a gift?).

3. My new Nordstrand 5-string. What a great friggin' instrument that is!

 

Peace.

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IIRC, the only Gear I bought in 2004 was an Akai Deep Impact to replace my ailing one. Apart from some pots and switches to fix the electronics in my Warwick. And some shiny armoured 1/4" leads.

 

However, for musical gear (not Gear - the difference is subtle but important!) the acquisition of an iPod overshadows that. A great way to rediscover all the music I own and inspire me to buy more (lots of old soul in particular).

 

My most significant musical investment though, has to be singing lessons. A transformation is beginning and it's a good one! :D

 

Alex

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