Hello from England!

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Hello from England!

Postby silverfoxnik » Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:37 pm

Hi Folks,

Just discovered this site today and it's great - got a really friendly vibe to it! Of the many bass forums I've seen this one has a really cool design and it definitely stands out from the crowd.

Anyway, what's brought me here is that I've been scouring the net, looking to find a Roscoe Beck Bass V string for a while now as they've been discontinued. Well - lo and behold, almost the very first post in the For Sale thread here on BABP is a for sale thread for a Roscoe Beck V, which is pretty amazing! There's definitely good karma here..

So, I just want to say hello from the south coast of England (where we have severe weather warnings right now) and that I'm looking forward to visiting BABP on a regular basis, hopefully learning a lot and enjoying the company.

Best wishes

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Re: Hello from England!

Postby Mike Childree » Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:05 pm

Welcome Nik! Good to have you with us! When you have a chance, tell us a little about yourself, your gear, music, etc.
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Re: Hello from England!

Postby hippiesandwich » Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:44 pm

Nice Wal in your avatar there mate. :)
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Re: Hello from England!

Postby harleyyy » Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:11 pm

The more blokes the better! Welcome Nik [smilie=food-smiley-004.gif]
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Re: Hello from England!

Postby shamus63 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:42 am

I'm quite jealous...you get to gig in the U.K.!

Eh, but that's probably old hat to you...lucky bastard.


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Re: Hello from England!

Postby Win Lowe » Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:27 am

Good to have you on board welcome [smilie=music-smiley-008.gif]
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Re: Hello from England!

Postby GonzoBass » Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:36 am

Welcome aboard, Nik!


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Re: Hello from England!

Postby nig » Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:49 am

yo nik, glad you got here at last ! this is definately the best bass forum on the planet. its a stress free forum with alot of great guys ready to help .[smilie=icon_cool.gif]
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Re: Hello from England!

Postby Shark » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:14 am


from another good ole Europe guy. As nig mentioned .. this is the place to be.


Re: Hello from England!

Postby Gil Escalera » Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:25 am

Cheers Nik! I sold one of my all time favorite fretless basses to a gentleman in England, and I just finished sending an e-mail to Mr. John East of East-UK (he lives in Oxford). Welcome aboard.
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Re: Hello from England!

Postby GLJeff » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:32 pm

Welcome aboard.

Re: Hello from England!

Postby silverfoxnik » Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:39 am

Mike Childree wrote:Welcome Nik! Good to have you with us! When you have a chance, tell us a little about yourself, your gear, music, etc.

Hi Folks and thanks for all the welcoming words!

Don't know about you all but my experience of the on-line bass community is that it's incredibly welcoming, knowledgable and helpful. I always say that I think bass players are a special bunch of people, but that's becuase I'm biased (obviously)! And the amount of times I think to myself, I wish that this sort of thing had existed when I first started playing in bands as a 16 year old kid in London in 1977!! What a help that would have been back then...

Nig - great to see you here by the way!!

Anyway, my background is that I started playing when I was 14, started a band in 1977 during the punk era and then played in lots of different bands (signed, unsigned etc) right through until 1995 when I went into Artist Management and stopped playing completely for 12 years.

Early influences in music were David Bowie, Alice Cooper and Roxy Music and Adam & The Ants when they were an underground punk band. Have to say that Alice's bassist Dennis Dunnaway is a very underrated bass player and writer in my opinion! A guy called Leigh Gorman played bass with Adam & The Ants for a while before forming a band called BowWowWow (who are still touring in the States) and it was Leigh who introduced me to Wal basses and I've had a Wal bass in my collection ever since 1983. I've had lots of them but have always returned to the early Pro models which I prefer to the Custom models. In fact, I sold my very early and collectable JG series Wal (with the leather scratchplate) to Leigh in 1998 when I was getting divorced - I had to sell it to raise money and the only person I wanted to have it was Leigh really as he's friend and great influence on my playing style. Like most of you I imagine, my style has evolved over the years and other big influences for me have been James Jamerson, Bernard Edwards, McCartney and Gail Ann Dorsey to name but a few..

These days, I'm playing again and loving it more than ever! Luckily for me, I joined a great band called BurningOrgan (http://www.burningorgan.com) that gigs about twice a week playing covers from Stax & Motown through to modern day stuff like The Killers, Orson and Coldplay and the variety of music we do allows me to play bass in lots of different styles that I really enjoy doing.

Currently my main gigging bas is a MM Sub5 that's been heavily mojo'd to look like an early natural Stingray and it has a specially designed John East circuit that emulates that early Stingray 2 band e.q. sound. Back up 5 is a Yamaha BB615 and I use my Wal Pro2e for songs that don't need a 5 string. I also own a great early 80's BC Rich Eagle with fabulous Dimarzios but don't get to use it that much unfortunately. There's also a P Bass copy with Kent Armstrong p/ups, a J Bass copy and my old Hondo Ricky copy that was my first ever gigging bass, lurking around too!

My rig is a Hartke HA3500 A driving a Hughes & Kettner 600w 4x10, though sometimes I use a GK 2x10 that I acquired courtesy of Nig (still sounding good by the way Nig)! I use a Trace Elliott SMX dual band compressor and a Zoom B2 1.u and whist I really like the Zoom, I've just bought a DBX MC 6 compressor which I've heard great things about, so the Trace will probably be sold soon. When I get some time, I'll post some pictures if anyone's interested.

Sorry for such a long post - my wife says I can waffle on for England......As I say, it's great to be here and I look forward to learning more about you all and more about that wonderful thing called Bass!!

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Re: Hello from England!

Postby Golem » Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:06 pm

Welcome. Did you snag that RBV?

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Re: Hello from England!

Postby silverfoxnik » Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:19 pm

Golem wrote:Welcome. Did you snag that RBV?

Thanks ! Not nagged it as yet but I'm hopeful :)
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Re: Hello from England!

Postby bluesky » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:40 am

silverfoxnik wrote:
Golem wrote:Welcome. Did you snag that RBV?

Thanks ! Not nagged it as yet but I'm hopeful :)

We've already chatted, great to see you aboard. I haven't forgetten about the RBV, I'll be in touch.
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