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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:04 PM

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:11 PM

I bought my Cort Rithimic Jeff Berlin signature bass from Neil Murray, of Whitesnake and Black Sabbath fame. In a twist of fate, I later learned that Neil had played in Bill Bruford's band covering Jeff Berlin's parts! I've also since talked to Jeff about the Rithimic bass since we are in agreement thay it's an incredible instrument.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:27 PM

Rick Kemp (stealeye Span) used my TC combo for a rehearsal, and changed the settings lol

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:31 PM

30-something years ago when I was doing a spot of band promoting (don't recommend it), Chas Chandler came to see a band I had put on at some hall of residence at Newcastle University. Big fur coat - looked like a gangster but quite a nice bloke from what I remember. Dead now, I'm still just about struggling on.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:31 PM

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:50 PM

I used to own an Overwater Original fretless 5-string bass that was (probably) the first ever 5-string basses made by Overwater, and potentially one of the oldest 5-string (low B) basses in existence. Having been made in 1983, although I know there are older 5-string basses, I've not come across anyone owns or has owned an older one, so there can't be that many.

Before me it was owned and used by Michael Féat who as well as being a member of Streetwalkers (featuring Roger Chapman ex-Family) was a prominent session bassist appearing on numerous well-known albums in the 80s and I was told that if there was any fretless bass on an album he played on there was a good chance it was played on that Overwater.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:54 PM

View PostBigRedX, on 24 August 2017 - 08:50 PM, said:

I used to own an Overwater Original fretless 5-string bass that was (probably) the first ever 5-string basses made by Overwater, and potentially one of the oldest 5-string (low B) basses in existence. Having been made in 1983, although I know there are older 5-string basses, I've not come across anyone owns or has owned an older one, so there can't be that many.

Before me it was owned and used by Michael Féat who as well as being a member of Streetwalkers (featuring Roger Chapman ex-Family) was a prominent session bassist appearing on numerous well-known albums in the 80s and I was told that if there was any fretless bass on an album he played on there was a good chance it was played on that Overwater.

Nice! I think the first ever production 5 was the Yamaha BB5000 in 1985? So yea I expect there weren't too many about!

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:57 PM

Just remembered... once worked with a dep drummer who played with Smokey.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 09:31 PM

I sold Glen Cornick of Tull fame a precision neck on Ebay. The fact that he lived in the states didnt bother him

He simply sent round Tull's old drummer Clive Bunker to my address to collect and pay for it, as he was flying out to L.A. to meet his old pal Glen

I only had ebay messaging with Glen, regarding the sale but had a good chinwag with Clive

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 09:35 PM

Pretty poor compared with some of the foregoing, but:
1. Previous owner of my Kramer 650B was Dave Swift (of Jools Holland's band)
2. Singer /songwriter / guitarist (and mate) in my main school band was Mark "Boo" Hewardine, later of "The Bible" and then respected singer / songwriter.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 10:00 PM

I have played Guy Pratt's Betsy Jazz bass briefly at Mansons guitar show some year back. Got him to autograph his book I bought there. Not that obscure but I enjoyed it.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 10:16 PM

I bought a treble booster guitar pedal from Chris Rea's drummer.



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Posted 24 August 2017 - 10:38 PM

View Postcasapete, on 24 August 2017 - 06:27 PM, said:

As I may have mentioned before on here ....... we had Lee Pomeroy, Donavan Hepburn and a couple
more guys from Jeff Lynne's ELO come to see our ELO tribute band last year. They came up to meet us as we
were packing down after the gig. Lee had a go on my Precision Lyte, and was a top fella.
Glad I hadn't seen him until the end of the gig or else would have freaked.

My drum teacher some years back was Gregg Bissonette and one night we went to see a Van Halen tribute and he sat in for a couple (hot for teacher being one IIRC).

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 10:48 PM

I had drum lessons when I was about 13 (early eighties) from Bruce Rowland who played on many sessions and was with Fairport Convention for a while. He got on well with my dad and he came round for dinner a few times I recall.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 11:31 PM

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I asked Scott Thunes to bless my marriage - he did and we're now divorced.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 11:54 PM

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 01:29 AM

I once lent my bass to Michael Davis of the MC5. Proof!

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:53 AM

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 08:00 AM

View Postsimes, on 24 August 2017 - 07:27 PM, said:

Rick Kemp (stealeye Span) used my TC combo for a rehearsal, and changed the settings lol

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 08:48 AM

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Just remembered... once worked with a dep drummer who played with Smokey.
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 09:00 AM

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Just remembered... once worked with a dep drummer who played with Smokey.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 09:12 AM

I was at school with Les Hurdle (early Donna Summer, Brighteyes and much more) and I shared a flat with Dave Wintour (Wurzles, Wakeman and more)

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 09:20 AM

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 09:39 AM

View PostTrueno, on 24 August 2017 - 08:57 PM, said:

Just remembered... once worked with a dep drummer who played with Smokey.

Your neighbour at the time wasn't called Alice, by any chance?
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 09:41 AM

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 10:41 AM

Is an obscure drumming claim to fame aloud..? Yes..? OK, then...
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 11:11 AM

I didn't mind he's a mate of our drummers and they were using our rehearsal space to put something together for Maddy Prior's Stepping Stones festival near these parts. I always say that's why the knobs are there in the first place and I don't exactly have a signature tone to dial back in :)

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 11:50 AM

View Postdood, on 24 August 2017 - 08:54 PM, said:

Nice! I think the first ever production 5 was the Yamaha BB5000 in 1985? So yea I expect there weren't too many about!

Fender made a five WAAAAY before that. Also a six. Both in the 60s.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 11:51 AM

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Oh, and I can confidently claim to be first in UK to have played fretless BG.


because..............?

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 11:55 AM

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4. Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd) was a former pupil at my school, and I once found a book with his name signed in! :) .....which I wish I'd kept... :(. As were most of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band.

Cambridge High School for Boys or the Perse? Which Bonzos? I thought Bubs went to Netherhall. (well he was big enough to count as most of the BDDDB) :lol:





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