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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:34 AM

A meter reader came round the other morning.
A chatty man, he was.
I showed him to the cupboard under the stairs, to read the meters, which is in the corner of the lounge.
He spotted some basses sat on their stands over in the annex to the lounge which I call my studio.
"I play guitar," he says " I've got an Ibanez [something or other] with Seymour Duncans"
He wanders across the room
"Oh nice Musicman," he says
He pulls the E string as far as he can then THWACK it whacks back on the fretboard.
He then grabs the Status necked P next to it and does the same.
The action on the StatusP is very very low and the E string whacked back on the full length of the fretboard.
"The action's too low on those, they're unplayable," he says "Where's your Jazz? Every pro has a Jazz - Ahh there it is, pointing to my JV P"
I point out to him that I'm not a pro and that I play with fingers and a fairly light touch and that they're perfectly playable and that the 'Jazz' is actually a Precision.....
"Nah" he says and turns for the door....?


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:36 AM

That'll be the standard 'tw*t who doesn't respect other's stuff.'

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:38 AM

What a cockwomble. I'd have shown him the door pronto...
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:39 AM

He'd probably have slammed that too!
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:40 AM

View PostJellyKnees, on 17 May 2017 - 11:38 AM, said:

What a cockwomble. I'd have shown him the door pronto...

But make sure he reads the meter first. :lol:
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:05 PM

Disgraceful. Ask another person to come next time.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:07 PM

Utter bell. You almost expect it at gigs but in your home... I'd complain to the utilities company.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:09 PM

wtf is you not saying something the moment he walks towards your basses? take some ownership here. obviously his behaviour is out of line but the moment he crosses that line say 'excuse me but those are mine and I dont want you touching them, epsecially if you are going to treat them like that'.
I would report him to whomever provides your gas or electric.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:28 PM

I'd complain to the utilities company; never rub another man's rhubarb!

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:01 PM

My school mate's dad used to have a car sticker that read: 'You toucha my car, I breaka your face'. Easily changed from 'car' to 'bass'...
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:09 PM

Obviously The guy dosen´t know how to behave.
Honestly, i can imagine myself getting caught by surprise and not saying anything at the moment, but i would feel ashamed for complaining to the company when at the right moment i kept my mouth shut.
IMO, The next time guy entered my place, and IF he even tried to touch my basses... i would give him the hint.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:11 PM

View PostA.G.E.N.T.E., on 17 May 2017 - 01:09 PM, said:

can imagine myself getting caught by surprise and not saying anything at the moment,
That's me

View PostA.G.E.N.T.E., on 17 May 2017 - 01:09 PM, said:

but i would feel ashamed for complaining to the company when at the right moment i kept my mouth shut.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:13 PM

Can we now use the word "guitard" again?

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:16 PM

I had my P Bass leaning on the sofa when I had someone round to service the washing machine.
"Is that the Nate Mendel" he said and went to pick it up.
I told him not to touch it as I had just reset the neck, and was letting it settle.
He soon got the message.

Edited by Hobbayne, 17 May 2017 - 01:17 PM.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:18 PM

Sorry but I'd have told him quite strongly to take a hike immediately after he thwacked the Musicman.

He sounds like a tw*t, and i'm not very patient with those.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:20 PM

 uk_lefty, on 17 May 2017 - 12:07 PM, said:

Utter bell. You almost expect it at gigs but in your home... I'd complain to the utilities company.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:54 PM

Did he ask if he could touch your gear? I'm happy to let people play mine AFTER they've asked.

As others have said get in touch with his employers.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:54 PM

Was it Mark King?

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:55 PM

View PostTheGreek, on 17 May 2017 - 01:54 PM, said:

Did he ask if he could touch your gear? I'm happy to let people play mine AFTER they've asked.

As others have said get in touch with his employers.

I'm happy after they've asked, and then washed their hands!

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:08 PM

Anyone who tells you they're a musician and then immediately qualifies it by telling you exactly what make and model instrument they own. Isn't.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 05:56 PM

View Postspectoremg, on 17 May 2017 - 03:54 PM, said:

Was it Mark King?
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:57 PM

I never leave my instruments out, full stop. As soon as I finish with them they go back in the case- half way through a rehearsal or gig, any time if it's not in my hands it's in a bag or case, even at home. My wife knows it winds me up so doesn't go anywhere near my gear in the corner of the living room, but you never know when someone will be dropping by.

I've had bad experiences with people killing a string with one prod- usually a day or two later by the time the rot is clear, but you can see the tarnishing on the exact spot they​ poked.

Never understood the percieved open invitation of an instrument on a stand, likewise, a drum kit. Just because it's set up in a room doesn't mean you or your kid can just climb on.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 09:08 PM

Take comfort from the fact he'll be out of a job soon, when everyone has smart meters.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 09:15 PM

I'd report that to his superiors. He might have simply been hired muscle (I think I've had G4S round to take readings on behalf of the small energy supplier I was with until recently). Ignoring the basses for a second, what he did was presumptuous and rude. His job is to read the meters and once he's done that he has no further business being in your property. If some guy turned up and was genuinely interested in the equipment I have set up in my flat here then that is one thing. I probably wouldn't say 'no' if they asked to play it, and if I felt they were really sound I may offer them a shot on a bass if they specifically mentioned it. All of that would only happen if I felt like I had a good rapport with the guy. I've encountered people who only know how to discuss a common interest by disparaging that common interest.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 09:37 PM

 Ghost_Bass, on 17 May 2017 - 01:13 PM, said:

Can we now use the word "guitard" again?

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 09:57 PM

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Can we now use the word "guitard" again?

Only if the caveat 'it's just banter' is used... 😉
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:59 AM

ring the utility company and get the name of the meter reader. Just in case. He now knows you have some nice instruments.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:50 AM

View PostTwigman, on 17 May 2017 - 11:34 AM, said:

A meter reader came round the other morning.
A chatty man, he was.
I showed him to the cupboard under the stairs, to read the meters, which is in the corner of the lounge.
He spotted some basses sat on their stands over in the annex to the lounge which I call my studio.
"I play guitar," he says " I've got an Ibanez [something or other] with Seymour Duncans"
He wanders across the room
"Oh nice Musicman," he says
He pulls the E string as far as he can then THWACK it whacks back on the fretboard.
He then grabs the Status necked P next to it and does the same.
The action on the StatusP is very very low and the E string whacked back on the full length of the fretboard.
"The action's too low on those, they're unplayable," he says "Where's your Jazz? Every pro has a Jazz - Ahh there it is, pointing to my JV P"
I point out to him that I'm not a pro and that I play with fingers and a fairly light touch and that they're perfectly playable and that the 'Jazz' is actually a Precision.....
"Nah" he says and turns for the door....?


wtf was that all about?

It must have been one of those 'hilarious' hidden camera pranks...

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:10 AM

View Postseashell, on 17 May 2017 - 09:08 PM, said:

Take comfort from the fact he'll be out of a job soon, when everyone has smart meters.

yeah, because smart meters read themselves! :gas:

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:16 AM

Let hope they're not smart enough to learn to play, though. House rules would need to be established.

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