JCaspersen
CantStandThem | FREE DEMO DL
New School
$20 Lease (Untagged) | JCaspersenBeats@live.dk for exclusive rights or questions | Twitter.com/JCaspersenBeats
MrSampson
 
  :: MrSampson is a member since 10/13/2005 --- this profile has been viewed 32,425 times
MrSampson's SoundClick blog - Gig Reports Jun/Jul
Too Long for Soundclick. Read it at http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=102719910&blogID=417419157
posted by MrSampson on Wed Jul 23, 2008 @ 01:17 PM     1 comment    post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed
Too long for soundclick. Read it here:
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=102719910&blogID=405993900
posted by MrSampson on Sun Jun 15, 2008 @ 10:19 AM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed
Too long. check it out here http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=102719910&blogID=387600633
posted by MrSampson on Tue Apr 29, 2008 @ 01:45 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed


I don't think it's going to be possible to play two gigs back-to-back that are as opposite from one another as these last two RACK gigs were. Friday night we played in La Lucyana, a newerish location (actually an old location with a newerish owner) in Münsingen. La Lucyana is a smaller bar with a cozy little alcove in the back where the band sets up to play. This is the kind of bar where if thirty people were there, it'd be full. Thankfully we were playing for a fixed fee! The crowd was warm, receptive, and mostly male and older.

This is not our usual crowd. RACK has kind of gotten a bit of a reputation of being a band the chicks dig, which means the guys will be there just because the chicks dig it. We were playing with Florian our sub, because Yann had a previous commitment with Spider Murphy Gang. We played our acoustic set, then the electric set, and then because we came up just a hair short on time, we pulled out the acoustic guitars again and played a couple more acoustic numbers. Two gentlemen in the audience were very enthusiastic about the band. One in an old school loves-to-rock sort of way, and the other one in a "sing-as-loud-as-possible-in-an-imaginary-duet" and "screw-it-go-for-the-counterpoint" fashion. This is the first time I've encountered something like this, and I was torn between my desire to ask him impolitely to be quiet, and my desire just to grin and bear it. We made it through, and the rest of the crowd seemed to sympathize. The owner even talked to him to try to quiet down a bit, but to no avail.

The owner liked the band, and she's going to book us again for the summer, so everything was cool for the gig, but somehow it just didn't sit right.

Saturday we played for the second time in The Bar in Balingen. The Bar is a huge location--they can pack upwards of 300 people in there--and the sound there is just wonderful. The stage isn't too small, and the personnel are an absolute pleasure. However, the downside is that even when you've got 70 people running through a joint like that like we had last night, the place still looks empty and it's hard to get the momentum going. This time we were playing with Yann, which really adds another dimension. Yann plays cajon and percussion during the acoustic set which really makes the acoustic set that much better. Unfortunately, this weekend was the first day of Easter Break, and it seems like we got hit by the bad timing bug again--everybody's off to one last time on the ski slopes. I'll be taking a closer look at the vacation plans before I do any more booking. Next time, we'll definitely be playing with a local band to try to get a critical mass in the audience.

So both gigs in completely different locations; both with good to great shows performance-wise; and both with middle-to-good attendance, but both with room to stretch to get more people in the door.


posted by MrSampson on Sun Mar 16, 2008 @ 02:36 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

Things are in a bit of disarray on Monday the 25th. I call Bahnhof Fischbach to find out when RACK supposed to be there for soundcheck.


"Oh around 7:00 will be fine."

"But the website says that doors open at 7:00."

"No, we'll open the doors at 8:00."

"Okay."


So we show up a little bit before 7:00. There's supposed to be two bands. We don't know when we're going to play (first or second) or for how long. Upon arrival, we find out that we're second, that we'll be playing for 30 minutes, and that soundcheck will be between bands, like at a festival. Fine. No problem.


Wow, this is a big stage! We've played in bars smaller than this. We've played on big stages before, so it's not like it's really a big deal, but it's really nice to play on a comfy stage with somebody else running sound. When did that become a luxury? The other band shows up, and the other other band huh? shows up, and a quick round of introductions. From the one band that stayed on stage, the guy says,


"You an American?"

"Yeah" Damn accent.

"Well, I guess we can speak English; we're American too."

"Get the f*** out of town! What the f*** are you f***in' doing here?" There are some Americans that live around here, but not many. It's not too big city and we're far away from any of the military bases.

"We work at the bible school in Markdorf."

F***! How many times did I just say "f***"?


So, they're an acoustic duo/trio. Two singers, two acoustic guitars, and one bass player. The bassist is German, but his English is perfect--he just got back from six months in Canada. I rarely give in to the "I want to practice my English" crowd, but this just would have been senseless--we spoke English. They don't have a band name, but they have a gig. I comment on how Yann and I started RACK with a name and a practice room and not much else.


They played, and wow, that's what acoustic guitar and singing is supposed to sound like. They rocked! Our acoustic set is plain vanilla, white bread, John Denver meets Don McLean Prozac compared to that stuff. By the end of the evening, they had a name, the Andy Mac Trio. I hope they play again soon--great stuff.

There's lots of press at this gig. They want to give as much coverage to the Bühne Frei thing as possible. We play the gig; it's good. We stop, and the third band plays. They're a guitar/drums duo a la The White Stripes. It doesn't start well, but they pull through, and what they're doing isn't dumb. I'm genetically incapable of liking rock bands with electric guitar and drums but without a bass player. They've earned my respect for their avant garde-ish approach. Oh, and I hate The White Stripes. That just may be a topic for another blog.


Two days later, we show up in the papers. See the articles here and here.


It was short, sweet, on short notice, and well worth the effort. The interviews and more footage should be showing up on Euro-3, now called Regio-TV, in the next couple of weeks.



posted by MrSampson on Sun Mar 2, 2008 @ 01:43 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed


Things are in a bit of disarray on Monday the 25th. I call Bahnhof Fischbach to find out when RACK supposed to be there for soundcheck.


"Oh around 7:00 will be fine."

"But the website says that doors open at 7:00."

"No, we'll open the doors at 8:00."

"Okay."


So we show up a little bit before 7:00. There's supposed to be two bands. We don't know when we're going to play (first or second) or for how long. Upon arrival, we find out that we're second, that we'll be playing for 30 minutes, and that soundcheck will be between bands, like at a festival. Fine. No problem.


Wow, this is a big stage! We've played in bars smaller than this. We've played on big stages before, so it's not like it's really a big deal, but it's really nice to play on a comfy stage with somebody else running sound. When did that become a luxury? The other band shows up, and the other other band huh? shows up, and a quick round of introductions. From the one band that stayed on stage, the guy says,


"You an American?"

"Yeah" Damn accent.

"Well, I guess we can speak English; we're American too."

"Get the f*** out of town! What the f*** are you f***in' doing here?" There are some Americans that live around here, but not many. It's not too big city and we're far away from any of the military bases.

"We work at the bible school in Markdorf."

F***! How many times did I just say "f***"?


So, they're an acoustic duo/trio. Two singers, two acoustic guitars, and one bass player. The bassist is German, but his English is perfect--he just got back from six months in Canada. I rarely give in to the "I want to practice my English" crowd, but this just would have been senseless--we spoke English. They don't have a band name, but they have a gig. I comment on how Yann and I started RACK with a name and a practice room and not much else.


They played, and wow, that's what acoustic guitar and singing is supposed to sound like. They rocked! Our acoustic set is plain vanilla, white bread, John Denver meets Don McLean Prozac compared to that stuff. By the end of the evening, they had a name, the Andy Mac Trio. I hope they play again soon--great stuff.

There's lots of press at this gig. They want to give as much coverage to the Bühne Frei thing as possible. We play the gig; it's good. We stop, and the third band plays. They're a guitar/drums duo a la The White Stripes. It doesn't start well, but they pull through, and what they're doing isn't dumb. I'm genetically incapable of liking rock bands with electric guitar and drums but without a bass player. They've earned my respect for their avant garde-ish approach. Oh, and I hate The White Stripes. That just may be a topic for another blog.


Two days later, we show up in the papers. See the articles here and here.


It was short, sweet, on short notice, and well worth the effort. The interviews and more footage should be showing up on Euro-3, now called Regio-TV, in the next couple of weeks.



posted by MrSampson on Sun Mar 2, 2008 @ 01:41 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed


We play the acoustic set. We played well, everything worked out and it's time to change the stage for the electric set. I check the tuning--hmmm, no sound. I look at my rack, and it looks fine. No, wait it doesn't. Why aren't there any lights on on my ADA? Did it blow a fuse when the power went? I think I've got spare fuses. I hope I've got spare fuses. I check the fuse. No it's not the fuse, but damn it seem hot in the back of my rack. Power down, power up. Years of using substandard POS Microsoft software has trained me to reboot in times of crisis. Nope that doesn't work. Oh shit, I am screwed with a Capital F.

I look at my new pedal board unit. It's a used, bought-via-ebay Boss GT-6B, which I'm really happy with, especially when compared to the Line6 Bass POD XT, which ended up being much less than satisfactory. Wait a second, it's got a preamp in it! It acts like an all-in-one unit, even if that's not exactly how I'm using it! I can just plug that straight into my amplifier, and play the gig that way. A quick powwow with the band: I explain the problem; I need few minutes to do some programming with the unit and we'll be able to do the show. Whew! The Boss GT-6B saved my ass.


We played the show, and as it turns out, we had almost the exact same number of people at this gig as we had at the last gig. We're booked again for the Saturday before the Einstein Marathon, so we'll be able to relive the two gigs in fourteen hours experience. We'll have to do some work to get more people to the show. On the bright side, we had lots of new people there for this gig, so maybe it's just a matter of time.


posted by MrSampson on Sun Mar 2, 2008 @ 01:40 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed



Saturday the 23rd of February got off to a bumpy start. I expected to sleep in, wake up, spend a normal afternoon, then pack up for the RACK gig at Bistro Walk In in Munderkingen. Instead what I got was a phone call at the 9:30 in the blessed AM on my cell phone. This had better be good, 'cause if you call me at that hour on a Saturday morning, you just may have moved a '1' from the Friend to Enemy column.


"Huh? I mean, Hello."

"This <mumble> from Bahnhof Fischbach. Can you play here on Monday?"

"Yeah, I think so, I'll check it with the guys, but it shouldn't be a problem." We usually pratice on Monday, so it's just a matter of changing the meeting location.

"Here's my cell phone number: 0XXX.XX.XX.XX.XX"

"Wait a second, let me find a pen." Why would I have a pen or pencil in my bedroom? Oh look I do have one. Lucky day.
"What was that again?"

"0XXX.XX.XX.XX.XX"
"Got it. I'll call you back in a coupla hours."


So back into bed. Did someone really call me if I wanted to play Bahnhof Fischbach? Oh, yeah, that's part of the Bühne Frei thing they're starting where anybody can call and ask to play. It's a way to let the local talent have a shot of playing on one of the, if not the, best stage between Konstanz and Bregenz. That's nice they called us to be there for the first time...why am I awake again? Better take a shower.


One shower later, I think I remember being called by the guy at Bahnhof Fischbach. I look, and sure enough there's a telefone number scribbled on a piece of paper. Time to call the guys. Three phone calls later, I've got confirmation. I call the guy at Bahnhof Fischbach, and <bam!>: we're booked for Monday for the best stage between Konstanz and Bregenz.


The afternoon was normal, and I started packing up for the gig in Munderkingen. We'll be playing with Yann's sub, Florian, because Yann is staying at home imminently expecting the birth of his child. Arrival and setup in Munderkingen is uneventful. This is the second time we've played there, so we know where to park, what the stage looks like, where the power is, where to put the lights, and so on. Soundcheck: uneventful. Acoustic program soundcheck: uneventful. When it comes time to turn down the lights in the room after soundcheck, the woman hits the wrong switch and the power goes out on all the equipment. She finds the right switch. Post soundcheck dinner: a damn fine schnitzel with french fries. I can recommend it. (If you go to Bistro Walk In, tell Gabi I recommended the schnitzel.) The room starts to fill. Hopefully it'll work out that we'll have more people here than last time, which wasn't bad, but wasn't great either.


posted by MrSampson on Sun Mar 2, 2008 @ 01:40 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

"_new">Sambinha just finished two very productive days in the studio. After we parted ways with the singer who was on the last demo, we felt it was time to record a new demo that better represented the band and showed the progress the band had made over the last two years as a unit. It's one thing to have super players playing together, it's another to be playing as a unit.

We did two four hour sessions, and recorded seven songs. Because we had also parted ways with the percussionist, we recorded the songs as a quintet. Ralle, the drummer, and Andieh, the saxophonist, are both percussionists, so after all the tracking was done they went in and recorded percussion over top. It smoked!

The other thing you notice that playing with a band that has experience together, is that the band nailed five of the seven tunes in one take. We did have to do a little over dubbing work with the vocals, though. The was the first time that our new singer, Angelina, had been in the studio, and it was a new world for her. She sailed through with flying colors. Honestly, I never would have known that she was green to this; it all came naturally for her.

We left some of the rough spots in; it's a demo and meant to sell the band, not to be sold, but I'm really excited about working with the Angelina. She's got a husky Latin sound that melts the speakers, and she's really true to the Astrud Gilberto tradition of Bossa Nova. She's got a natural expression that takes you into the song and along for a ride. Screw it if you don't speak Portuguese, you feel what she's feeling.

When the mixing and mastering are done, and when I get the pictures, be assured that I'll be updating things here!

posted by MrSampson on Sun Dec 30, 2007 @ 07:42 AM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

Last weekend in Gypsy Home was really a blast. It was a Friday gig, which means bad traffic, and coordinating with work schedules. Gablingen is also about a two hour drive away (pretty close to the max for not staying overnight after a gig), which meant that going into this, there was a list of thing a mile long that could go wrong. What went wrong? Nothing!

Well, except that it's December and not many people showed. Now, this is a funny thing. I've been playing in bands in Germany pretty much from the day I got off the boat, but RACK is the first band I've had that I've been able to book locally and pretty much at any time in the year. This is also the first December I've booked a band and had gigs. Note to self: December is a bad month to book a band, unless you're doing a Christmas party.

The people that did show up at Gypsy Home were, however, fantastic! They were so cool, and they liked us so much that they've invited us back to play one month later at the five year anniversary of the club! (12 Jan 08) Cooooool! I'm really looking forward to it. The only downside is that I've got a gig with a Big Band the following Sunday morning at 11AM, but that won't be too much of a problem. Been there. Done that.

Now this is a biker bar. It's not a biker bar in the sense that bikers go there--well, actually they do, but that's not the point--it's a biker bar in the sense that it's owned and run by bikers. It's actually a clubhouse for the Gypsy motorcycle club, hence the name "Gypsy Home." I've got say that pretty much like all biker bars, and bikers I've met, that the place was nice and everybody was very very cool. And, honestly, true to form, they love live rock music.

That means I love them back. :-)

Thank you Gypsy Home for such a fine time. I'm (we're) looking forward to seeing you again in January!

posted by MrSampson on Sat Dec 22, 2007 @ 04:29 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

RACK had a monstrous time in Aitrach, playing at Gleis 3. Gleis 3 is a great little sportsbar, but it really reminds me more of a roadhouse than anything. The stage was just the right size. Any smaller and we would have had to leave gear in the cars!

This was the first time in a long time that we've gotten to play with our official drummer, Yann. Yann has had to miss a few shows because of his obligations as roadie for the Spider Murphy Gang, and it was great playing a show with him again. Yann even sat in on the acoustic set with his cajon and really brought another dimension to our acoustic tribute to the greats.

Gleis 3 isn't the biggest bar in the world, so even on the best day we wouldn't have been breaking any attendance records, but due to a couple of other Christmas-related events going on in the area, we probably did a little worse than we otherwise would have. The show was great, and we played very well. It was nice to se some familiar faces (Hi Sandra! Hi Fabian!) and make some new friends. The audience that was there certainly made up for anybody who might have been missing. I can say that this was really the first time that we've rocked so hard that people were coming out of their pants. No, I'm not kidding. Pictures to follow. The audience really got into the mood, and began singing along with the songs even though it was the first time they had heard the tunes.

We're really looking forward to playing Gleis 3 again, and making even more friends next time!

posted by MrSampson on Mon Dec 10, 2007 @ 12:07 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

Yesterday, after two weeks in the US, I landed at 10:15 AM at the Friedrichshafen airport and was at home by 11 AM. I had to be packed up and ready for the gig by 6 PM, so I knew it was going to be tough to do the normal stay-awake-as-long-as-possible thing to reset my internal clock. Instead, I slept on the plane, and even took a nap when I got home in a conscious effort to not reset my clock before the gig. Being 6 hours behind was going to have to work to my advantage, and it did.

Sambinha played a private party in Gohren, and it was going to be a little rough for a couple of reasons in addition to my jet lag. We were going to play with a sub on sax, and although Erich has played with us a couple of time,; it's always rough bringing somebody else in, because you really have to work to make sure the cues for taking a solo or trading off are recognized.

But even tougher was that we're playing with a new singer, the lovely and talented Angelina. She's got monster talent and is going to do wonderful things with us, but seeing as this was her first Jazz gig ever, we ran over a couple of rough patches. Nothing big, mind you, but it really is worth noting that singing in a Jazz band isn't the same as singing with a Rock band or with an orchestra. The cues are different, and you have to hear and observe the form of the chorus. She did a great job, and I'm really looking forward to continuing to work with her. A big round of applause for Angelina, everybody!

The club was Bügerstüble, which is a dandy bar/restaurant. It's a big place, but it's divided into different rooms; we played in the winter garden. The only bad thing about that is that because the floor is a stone surface, all that standing really started to give me some back pain. Note to self: include a carpet with the rest of the gear. Do they even make road cases for carpets?

We played the three sets, and everything just worked out great. It was really a pleasure to play a private party in Gohren again! They can call us any time.

posted by MrSampson on Sun Nov 4, 2007 @ 06:36 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

Imagine my suprise when we (RACK) showed up in The Bar last Saturday. The place is huge! At first I thought, "Oh God, the PA isn't big enough." As it turns out, everything went down very well, to the point that there really isn't much to write about. The PA was big enough, and thats with just miking the guitar and the vocals. When I think back to my college days about how much effort we put into miking everything in the band--bass, vox, drums, everything--and now I see how a band can fill even a large room with only a modest PA, it really makes me wonder what we were thinking at the time. And by that "we" I mean every band in the music scene. We were really over doing it on the ol' wattage and effort.

Up until the start of the show, we thought that the crowd wasn't going to be very large, which when playing someplace for the first time can be disastrous. There was a Musiknacht in Hechingen 10km away, and we thought that nobody would show. As it turns out, there were some dedicated fans that drove over an hour(!) to see us, and some regulars who were curious--we were the first live band at The Bar since the Summer break, and they got quite a show. We ended up doing as much as on an average night in one of our regular haunts, and we were thrilled that it worked out so well.

The bar manager was pleased with the number of patrons, and we're invited to come and play again. We'll be back in Balingen in no time! And that makes us really happy, because the room is large, the acoustics are good, and the people were nice. A musician could get spoiled playing a joint like that.

posted by MrSampson on Wed Oct 17, 2007 @ 10:27 AM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

Sambinha played the Singen Kneipennacht (English: "Bar Night") in Hemmingway's Bar last Saturday. The show was great! However, like all shows, especially when playing a place for the first time, it had its own quirks.

We showed up, and the bar is actually a restaurant with its tables in the atrium of a shopping mall like hall. It's not a shopping mall in the way North American shopping malls are shopping malls; it's just passage through a building with stores on each side. It had lots of glass and lots of marble, which of course, made the mall sound like a cathedral. The reverb was exceptionally long, which made the sound a bit muddy.

After we figured out what do do with the sound and where to position the band--we had to be careful not to disturb the cinema upstairs while movies were being shown--we settled down to dinner. I can really recommend this restaurant, and will eat there the next time I'm in Singen; the meal was exceptional, and very fairly priced.

The Kneipennacht thing can be really tough. There were twelve bands in twelve bars all at the same time. The attendees buy a wrist band and go to the different bars and check out the different bands. They spend 15 to 30 minutes with each band and then move on to the next one they think they'll like based on the brochure. The bands played from 9 PM to 1:30 AM, and we kept to a pretty good schedule of playing 50 minutes with 15 minute breaks, trying not to get too worn out before the end of the evening.

The crowd(s) were very responsive and dug the sound, but may have been expecting something other than we were offering. One of the pet peeves of this band is that we're a Brazilian Jazz Band, but the layman lumps us in with the "Latin" sound. Latin is something entirely different and involves a thing called a clavé which isn't what Brazilian music is about. We don't do Salsa or Merengue. That's all great Latin music, but we do music based on the Samba rhythm, which is Brazilian.

This gig did have one first for me though. The percussionist announced shortly before the show that he had to leave early, to go meet some relatives at the train station at home. Are you kidding? Why the f*** did you even bother coming to the gig? Why couldn't you have mentioned this in time to get a sub? Sure enough, after the second of four sets, he left the show. You're fired!

Going from a Sextet to a Quintet halfway through the show was sort of like coming out of half time with a player in the penalty box. Both versions of the band sounded great, and funnily enough a Kneipennacht was the right place for this to happen based on the wandering crowd. It wasn't really noticeable because the crowd kept changing.

'Twas a fun, hard, stressful gig. We packed up and an hour drive home later, the day (and Kneipennacht) was done.

posted by MrSampson on Wed Oct 10, 2007 @ 12:54 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

Sambinha had a great gig last Saturday in Vogt, of all places. We had been booked into the Flammenhof some months ago, and I didn't really know what to expect. I had thought that it was some sort of restaurant or bar or something, but it turns out that it's the name of the concert room owned by the commune. Oops!

Well, that's not so tragic, it's not like we'd play different sets, but my attire of jeans and tropical shirt just was't exactly the right thing. The good news is that because it was a concert room, setup was easy and painless with lots of room to move around. No stumbling over tables, or being quiet during souncheck while people eat here!

Vogt (pop. ca. 1500) is a small town near Ravensburg in Oberschwaben, but I've got to tell you that there must be some spiritual connection to Brazil, becuase they got it. They were groovin', clappin', jammin', and dancin' like it was Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. It was thilling to have such a positive reaction to our Brazilian Jazz.

We were playing this time as a Sextet (we vary from Quintet to Septet), which is really a very comfortable sound. Vox, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Saxophone/Flautist/Percussionist, and Congas. The sound was hittin'. We'll be playing in the same formation next week in Singen for a Musiknacht.

posted by MrSampson on Sat Sep 29, 2007 @ 08:13 AM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed
You guessed it. Too long. Check it out here
posted by MrSampson on Sat Sep 22, 2007 @ 09:22 AM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed
Too long again. See it over at myspace.
posted by MrSampson on Sat Sep 8, 2007 @ 08:29 AM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed
It looks like I've run over soundlcick character limit again. Read the blog here.
posted by MrSampson on Wed Sep 5, 2007 @ 12:46 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

A little more of the ol' computer elbow grease, and I've gotten some Map24.de integration into this and the RACK websites going. From now on, when you want to check out how to get a gig, there will be a Map24 box next to the address to help you plan your route.

I've still got a little work to do on the layout, but I wanted to get this feature in as soon as possible, because a few gigs are starting to come up that may involve a little driving.

Of course, the Sambinha website will be next!

Check it out

posted by MrSampson on Sun Sep 2, 2007 @ 06:41 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

I just picked up a new implement of sonic destruction: An Aria SWB-Alpha. Folks, say "Hello!"

I've been borrowing an upright for the last couple of years, so it's nice to have my own instrument now. this was one of the ones that was at the Frankfurt Musik Messe last year, so I got a great deal on it as a demo model. Naturally it's not a real upright bass, but it sounds absolutely fantastic, and in contrast to a fretless bass, it can be bowed.

The upsides

  • The price: If I hadn't got it at demo price it might have been a bit too expensive, but as it is, I'm very pleased with the price.
  • The size. Carrying a regular URB around, with amp, with electric basses, with a PA would just be impossible with my car. At least this way I can still haul around my gear.
  • The output impedance is too high to use on the input to my ADA MB-1. I tried using a Fishman B-III acoustic instrument preamp, but that still isn't cutting it, I'll have to figure something else out.
  • It's not acoustic so the chances of feedback are on stage.
  • It can be played arco (as mentioned above.)

The downsides:

  • The gigbag sucks major ass.
  • the support pin at the bottom, although stable, is a little wobbly. A full stand option (maybe there is one, gotta look into it) like the NS-Designs electric uprights would be cool.

I'm really looking forward to putting this into action!

posted by MrSampson on Sat Aug 25, 2007 @ 01:01 PM     post a comment
Digg! add to del.icio.us rss feed

 Displaying
of 35 blog entries        next

 

©1997-2014 SoundClick Inc. All rights reserved.

All material on this site is protected by copyright law and by international treaties. You may download this material and make a reasonable number of copies of this material only for your own personal use. You may not otherwise reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, or create derivative works of this material, unless authorized by the appropriate copyright owner(s).