Author Topic: Reader's Instruments  (Read 26163 times)

Auntie Helen

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2011, 10:09:39 pm »
I blow too:

an open hole flute - are they much different?
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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2011, 10:25:30 pm »
Some instruments I put in my mouth:


I've got an ocarina kicking about somewhere - sounds really, erm, interesting if you run it through enough effects ;D

road-runner

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #27 on: April 29, 2011, 10:27:35 pm »
an open hole flute - are they much different?

No, not really. I have heard that in orchestra (classical) circles that open holes can be a snobbery thing. One benefit of a closed hole flute then is that you cannot make the mistake of not covering the hole properly.

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2011, 02:57:14 pm »
76/77 Fender P, pretty beaten up. I've had it about 18 years.



This is new- a "Vintage" fretless jazz copy (it has fret markings). Cost just over £200 (new), plays and sounds very nice considering. Recently I've used nothing else for rehearsal and recording, I'll use it at our next gig too.


Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2011, 05:33:04 pm »


Fender "Squier Series" Jazz Bass, a £100 wreck bought off ebay as a restoration project:


IMG_0205 by rhys_caerdydd, on Flickr



I like the look of that.

Rhys W

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2011, 09:22:38 pm »
There's something about an offset-body in yellowed Olympic White paired with a tortoiseshell pickguard I find irresistible. There's no way I'd find a Jazzmaster for £100, and I could use a bass, so... If you click on the flickr set you can see its progress from the ugly duckling it originally was.

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2011, 11:05:28 pm »
My favourite fiddle


fs 001 by RWPD, on Flickr

It's a bit rough in places - it's been repaired with super glue


fs 005 by RWPD, on Flickr

and has a crack on the front very near the sound post


fs 004 by RWPD, on Flickr


Very nasty transfers on the back


fs 009 by RWPD, on Flickr

I bought it as a disposable fiddle to go busking with, but it's become my number 1.  I think it's a German 19th century factory made fiddle, but I could be wrong. 

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #32 on: May 02, 2011, 04:22:36 pm »
Some lovely guitar porn here. That Yamaha SG in particular is lush. Always loved those. A goldtop Yamaha SG is at the top of my list of dream guitars.

In the meantime I'll have to make do with these budget offerings.

Epiphone Thunderbird. Note the extra strap button (there's another extra one on the heel of the neck). Thunderbirds are notoriously neck heavy, but a simple re-positioning of the strap buttons fixes that. Why Gibson don't put them there in the first place I don't know. Sorts the balance right out.


Just fitted some new pickups to my latest acquisition, a Hofner Colorama II. The thing weighs a ton, more than the Thunderbird in fact, but I do love it, especially with those new P90's in there.



Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #33 on: May 03, 2011, 02:11:44 pm »
Lots of YACF bass action going on. Here's my Dean Edge 4:







I disturbed the cat taking the last one. He was under the duvet!

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #34 on: May 03, 2011, 04:45:30 pm »
Here's my Dean Edge 4:

That is a stunning quilt finish (to the Dean, not the duvet).
They're really nice to play, too - I've got an Edge fretless on my bass 'n+1' list, along with many other guitars which I'll never be able to afford in a month of Sundays ;)

I used to have one of these: Peavey Cirrus 6 fretless Pictures - TalkBass Forums until I had to flog it after getting turfed from my last job  :'(

Tourist Tony

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #35 on: May 03, 2011, 05:41:33 pm »
I went with a friend to look at an electric-acoustic bass for her son, and played it to see what the action was like. Buzzy as all hell.

"Oh, that's what all basses do" said the salesman.

Yeah mate, course they do.

Woofage

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #36 on: May 04, 2011, 11:10:39 pm »
Flatwounds - currently light gauge LaBella "Deep Talkin'" (0.039,0.056,0.077,0.096).
I always use stainless steel strings, mainly 'cos I have a nickel allergy.

I've just put a set of Rotosound TruBass nylon-wound strings on. Wow, what a sound! Gone is the metallic twang which has been replaced with a really solid bottom end thump (ooh, er, missus). The total slipperiness will take some getting used to, however, but they are surprisingly easy to play for such a heavy string.
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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #37 on: May 12, 2011, 11:12:38 pm »
Nothing special - an ES335 copy and a Headliner Djembe


instruments by windy_, on Flickr

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2011, 01:24:32 pm »



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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #39 on: May 13, 2011, 08:44:34 pm »

Tourist Tony

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #40 on: May 16, 2011, 11:29:15 pm »
'Is it safe?'

mcshroom

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #41 on: May 07, 2014, 08:44:41 pm »
My cello, restored after 9 years languishing in my parents loft :D




The restorer's done a very good job. He's filled in the lumps I knocked out of it lugging it backwards and forwards to school and revarnished the body, fitted a new spike and plug to the bottom, re-strung it and fitted a new bridge.
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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #42 on: May 07, 2014, 09:53:13 pm »
Wonders what sort of state my school clarinet is in after 22 years sitting in the loft.
I should really sell it and let someone have the use of it, but as my parents bought it after much saving for my older brother I expect my name would be mud.
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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #43 on: May 07, 2014, 10:11:03 pm »
Yay, cello! Cellos are good. Almost as good as double basses, though not quite. :D

Nice purple walls, too.

Andrij

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #44 on: May 07, 2014, 10:15:59 pm »
*photo deleted for decency sake*

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #45 on: May 07, 2014, 11:20:36 pm »
Well my old school clarinet (a wooden Boosey and Hawkes Regent which is about a dozen years older than me) is doing fine, though with a perspex barrel made by a friend as the original one has hairline cracks that render it unplayable.
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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #46 on: May 08, 2014, 05:37:58 am »

Last weekend (incl. Friday) 300 people had to endure me and a few friends being noisy at a 3-day conference.


Yours truly.

Woofage

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #47 on: May 08, 2014, 09:54:31 am »
Pen Pusher

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #48 on: May 08, 2014, 10:21:15 am »


Woofage, I too play a Stagg fretless bass but mine's not a double bass nor does it sound like one. Mine plays beautifully, sounds reasonable - excellent for the price but I could change the pickups (or lust after a bass like yours in the OP). The only minor imperfection is one flat spot on the fretboard which makes one specific note on one string buzz. Tell us (okay, me) about your upright bass; how does it play and sound?

Woofage

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #49 on: May 08, 2014, 11:37:50 am »
How does it sound? Awesome! Like a deep, slightly growly fretless bass (guitar) but not really like a proper acoustic DB. I'll qualify this statement by adding that it's the only one I've ever tried. I had a modest windfall last year so I bought it on a bit of a whim. Love it though so don't regret the purchase. There's a piezo pickup under the bridge and a pre-amp built in. You can also just plug in headphones and play without an amp.

How does it play? Well, I'm really a beginner so probably not qualified to do a proper review. A friend plays DB in the orchestra I'm in and her acoustic instrument is a bit easier to play in terms of string tension and/or action so mine would definitely benefit from a better setup and I suspect that the strings are not the best they could be. When I'm feeling flush again I'll invest in some better strings (they're over £100 per set :o). That said, it's not difficult to play at all and, unlike a proper db, it has side dots to help you navigate. Need to learn to bow though. I thought that as a violin player bowing would be easy but it seems that it's almost like I've never used one! Luckily when I was taught to play the bass guitar I learned the 3 finger (Simandl) technique so this translates directly to upright.

Overall it was good value. I paid about £350 new which although well into very decent bass guitar territory uprights are relatively uncommon so have prices to match. Apparently it's very similar to the Aria which is about double the price new.
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