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tobereeno last won the day on January 24 2017

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About tobereeno

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  • Birthday 05/09/1972

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    Nashville TN
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    anything fast and loud

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  • guitars
    Virtuoso, Californian Doubleneck, Centaura, lots more Californians, Cruise bass (5string/kahler/LED), Chapparal 5 string bass, B12S
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    Marshall, SSL
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    PodXT Live, VHT, Morley

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  1. I use two amps - Yamaha THR-10, and a Mesa/Boogie Royal Atlantic 2x12 combo. But wait, that second one is a 100 watt 4xEL34 windowbreaker, isn't it, and therefore completely out of place here? Not with each channel having an attenuator it isn't. Kind of a trip to be able to dime the master volume, with little to moderate preamp gain, and hear power tubes singing...without blowing eardrums or having irate neighbors calling the cops on you.
  2. 90s USA B12L basses - fake? wtf??

    1999 - that's the year I was trying to remember. What I didn't know...the 34" scale 12 string bass didn't debut until '92?? I've played a CH-12 in a music store. Not bad and definitely usable, but any of us here could tell the difference blindfolded, without even plugging in, even with both instruments set up with the same string gauges and actions set identically. To be honest, as I was trying to save money (always a futile effort but one can keep trying), and I was painfully missing the B12S I had sold and dropped off at the HFC Chicago jam in 2011, I was shopping around for a CH-12 when my B12L showed up on eBay for a steal. Six years later I still can't figure out why the seller let it go at a sub-$1k price; it's dead mint and is probably the best preserved example in my instrument stash of an Arlington Heights Hamer in practically new condition.
  3. Someone at a music store told me that Hamer did not make B12L Chap 12 string basses in the 90s. I said au contraire buddy, I've got a '94 sitting at home, and it's definitely a USA. It's the little things - the truss rods, the screws holding the back plate in, the soldering...I've been poking around Hamers for nearly 20 years now (jesus, I remember most of y'all way back in the late 90s!! where the fuck did the time go???) I think I know a USA Hamer when I see one. Guy says he's the store's appraiser and said nope, you've got a fake. Someone back me up here; I'm too old to give a shit about ignorant folk 99% of the time, but this one just kinda stuck in my craw.
  4. oh well, I'm so immersed in classical music these days that my project to learn how to play the Nashville Sound (chicken picking with the Tele sound, etc) has well and truly fallen by the wayside. hope you're loving it; it felt pretty good in the hand when I checked it out!
  5. I'd rather have Hamer's "Super Bowl" Studio they built for Prince to try out.
  6. An HFCer in King Arthurs Court

    IF you can finger it cleanly. Getting notes up there to sustain any longer than a banjo is a challenge. Weird to see "my" Virt in pics, but of course, it's its twin. If I travel to England I'll have to bring my Virt along and visit David, just for the reunion of the twins
  7. NHD - something different

    obviously makes me think of Duran Duran. While they were mainstream pop, there's some really damned good playing on a lot of their cuts. Try playing the bass line from "Rio" for example.... one of the best graphic Hamers I've ever seen, original or not. I would pay real money for that.
  8. tobereeno

  9. Explain the Virtuoso! mojo?

    I have your twin, so what you describe has been pretty much my own experience. I've had mine for 15 years so I'd say I know it pretty well. 1-2 years ago I pulled the original bridge out and put in a brand new Floyd with a massive tungsten block and wedged the trem from floating. It's hard to say that it made a huge difference. Maybe 10% more sustain? Once I got a wild hair and tested several pickups. I ended up with the original hotrails; nothing I tried worked better. The instrument has a unique mojo and I feel that it's the most expressive electric instrument I have. My opinion is that it's the scale length. It also differs from every other guitar I own in that I string it with 10s instead of my standard 11-48 gauge sets. Add that it's the only maple fretboard I have, and it's hard to really isolate what gives my Virtuoso its magic. During times that I'm playing it a lot, I begin to wish all my guitars had a 26.25" scale length. But not gonna lie, 25.5" is most comfortable, and I have long pianist fingers. I should start using it these days; I'm playing some stuff that really requires those extra frets. I've been using a 4-string Mandobird however as my brain is currently thinking in string spacings of 5ths. But the Virtuoso sounds a million times better than that Epiphone.
  10. Semi-Hollows?

    well, I now know what I'm going to ask for my 2nd Shishkov order!!
  11. $300 strings - NHC

    that's some exquisite maple they made the neck from. I imagine the back and ribs are similarly flamed? I realized where my hatred of friction pegs comes from; the lute. I played it in an early music ensemble as an undergrad and tuning 11 strings with friction pegs (and fickle gut strings) drove me insane. my wife, who plays the violin, has always equated flame maple with quality. in an upcoming custom order, she was the one who voted for doing a flame maple top. Her current violin teacher is also a luthier; one of her first violins was built with a cedar top - a very cool and interesting instrument! it's gotten my wife interested in lutherie, which is also interesting to me duh it's straightforward on how to make a violin or cello; making them sound GOOD is the hard part! but I think this is going to turn into an interesting hobby for us both. as far as cork-sniffing in the string world, look no further than what is considered professional grade. got $15 million? Kizanski you'd be able to hear the difference between a $50 chromium steel cello string and a $100 tungsten string. Night and day. In fact, I'm now bummed that there aren't tungsten low B strings for electric basses; B strings rarely sound clear and usable for solo work, I think largely due to the 34" scale. I'll bet the farm a tungsten string would solve that. we've got it easy in the electric world. my Ned Steinberger cello cost less than $2k out the door and IMHO beats the pants off of any electric cello out there, both plugged and unplugged. But there's no escaping the bow and how much that affects tone. I tried a pernambuco bow that cost thousands and even in my neophyte hands it was magical - a bow that would buy a couple of custom Shishkovs! I settled for a decent carbon fiber bow that's pretty lacking in the tone department but is so light and maneuverable my arm doesn't get as tired (I haven't learned efficiency so I'm using probably 2-3 times the energy an experienced player would). Every damned guitar Hamer ever made is "professional grade". A "professional grade" amp and pedalboard...maybe $4-5k? V-picks, $4. Bargain stuff in the world of professional musicians.
  12. $300 strings - NHC

    them tungsten bass strings, holy bejeezus. They pack a HUGE punch and are crystal clear at the same time. I played the low C all the way to the edge of the fingerboard to a G (equivalent to a 31st fret) and it didn't choke on the bow at all. apparently on the cello forums though, they don't work well on some cellos. The Larsen soloist strings are also wonderful, warm and precise. I've got to swap out that high E D'Addario Helicore now - it's way too shrill compared to the other 4 strings now. Thomastik makes one, but it's been a bitch to find in the heavy gauge I want...I'm thinking that thicker = better, in the same way that I use 11s on my guitars because 9s and 10s sound too thin to me. From what I gather, it takes $200 to get a decent set of strings; any cheaper and you're really giving up tone...and I'm judging from an electric. It's probably many times more noticeable on an acoustic cello. The tuning pegs - does she have Perfection planetary geared tuning pegs? In this day and age I cannot for the life of me fathom why anyone still uses friction pegs.
  13. I've never, ever spent so damned much on 4 strings. The two lowest strings are tungsten-wrapped and are $100 each. The next two are $50 each. I happen to have a high E 5th string on my cello there; only one company makes that string (D'Addario) so that one didn't get swapped. I am not changing these strings for at least FIVE YEARS dammit. Cellists and double bass players may be used to paying this much for strings; until today the most I've ever spent on strings is maybe $40 for a set of 12 string bass strings. I had the shop restring my cello. It's no different than restringing an electric bass, but the shop takes responsibility if they break a string. I agreed to pay for the service for that reason alone!