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tobereeno last won the day on August 15 2018

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About tobereeno

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  • Birthday 05/09/1972

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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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    Nashville TN
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    anything fast and loud

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  1. Price is probably about right for the Korean market, but I haven't been there in 8 years so I dunno for sure. A decent rule of thumb I used during the decade I lived there was that USA-made stuff was reasonably priced if it was 50-100% over what it would cost here. A lot of that comes from a special import tax on musical instruments, so whoever first brought it to Korea paid that 50% tax so that's been passed on from owner to owner. I remember when you could score USA Calis with dot necks on eBay for $400 or under, all day long.
  2. I'd pay $4k; isn't that where extremely limited run Hamers sort of sit these days pricewise?
  3. It's been a few years since I was living there, and keep in mind I never managed to speak the language so my understanding of things were limited...but the factories that are producing affordable versions of USA-made stuff, will also use domestic branding - we've all heard of Cort. I think it would take a very talented Korean luthier to start a custom shop and go from there, which is how a lot of the great US guitar companies started. I hear you on the Korean-made thing. It is a very affordable way to buy guitars on a whim, and in the past few years the quality and precision which which they're made has gotten to the point where there's no measurable different between them and production-level USA stuff, maybe even better. The finishes have gotten really good as well. The bargain stuff isn't made in Korea anymore - Korean-made guitars are now solidly midrange quality...and price. On the average a Korean guitar beats out USA Gibsons that cost twice as much. They may not have tonal mojo worthy of professional studio work, but they don't sound bad at all. And for $800 new with top-shelf hardware and excellent build quality, that's a very hard package to beat.
  4. How often do you see an Impact bass for sale? They do, but a couple years may pass between when one pops up. That's why it cost that much. An Impact has been on my want list for twenty years. There comes a point where honestly, you start getting too old to wait around years for the "right" deal. $3800 to me sounds fair.
  5. I've seen more of just about everything than of Californian Customs. For years I tried to snag one, to absolutely no avail. I sold my Virtuoso earlier this year, but it took me 16 years to get to the point of selling it.
  6. don't ship to Italy. I sold a B12L in August and it is STILL floating around somewhere. I took out all the insurance available so my ass is covered. But it's still heartbreaking to know that a fine instrument is in limbo and unloved in some warehouse....somewhere.
  7. Boomerangs. Jim O'Connor finish. Reverse headstock. It ticks ALL the boxes. But as ironic as this might sound, I do kinda understand letting that one go. I've also owned a 5-string Chap bass and the word that comes to mind is BIG. Wide fingerboard. Double trussrods. Huge sound. No danger of being drowned out on stage. And yet for me (and maybe because I'm not primarily a bassist) it was just too much. For me, it will always be the 5 string 1st gen Cruise basses. They're warm and intimate. They suit me.
  8. that's an interesting quandry, if you're Mike Soldano. You wouldn't want your company and amps to just die off because they're fucking awesome, but then...if you sell it off, who can you trust to keep making them in the exact same manner they always have? It is his name on the amps after all. It would be HORRID to be in your retirement, only to see your name on $99 amps sold next to "Kramers" and "Steinbergers"....
  9. tobereeno


  10. hi tobie

    i just read some old virt post.

    just to let you know - i own the catalogue ice pearl snakeskin virt.

    also the celestial.

    brgds gerry

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    1. gerry


      the virt was unfortunately routed for a humbucker  so i have to restore it back to original condition. thats why i made the photo like that.

      you dont want to see the hole haha

      i hope you still have your virt

      brgds gerry

  11. for a "simple" pop rock band, their instruments have always, always been standouts. cool-ass Sunburst. B12A bass. And anyone notice the very vintage and rare Rickenbacker that Zander is playing??
  12. I am in love with the SD Quarter Pounder. I realized this today, although I had a feeling for a couple weeks. This love supersedes everything on earth. I just ordered a bunch more with the punch-drunk idea of putting these pickups into everything I own. Need to come back to reality....but the tone is like heroin.
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