- Apr 18, 2007
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- Canada, Pacific North West USA
Bassist, Male, from Canada, Pacific North West USA
Makin’ it work! Aug 17, 2019
- Canada, Pacific North West USA
- Current Setup:
Various MTD 535-24 fretted and fretless basses.
Thank you Michael!!! - sold
2001 Rob Allen MB-2 4-string fretless - very expressive upright like sound - sold
Various Fender custom shop and master built '64 reissue Jazz and Precision basses. sold all but one
I collect unique basses and bass gear.
2 x EBS TD600 Fafner heads - yup
2 x Aguilar DB750 heads - sold
A 72 and a 73 Ampeg V4B heads (looking for another one and a 27” wide cab) - keeping
2 x Epifani UL2-112 cabs - 300watts, 30 lbs!!! - the best :)
Various SWR, GK, MusicMan, etc. cabs that I tend to stash at my favorite venus and friends' houses in order to save my back. Still have a couple if the SWR cans, sold the rest.
Reading this list I think it's time to clear out the clutter and simplify my life!!! Maybe sell off the Fenders... Nahhhh. Clutter is time :)
2019 update... sold most of it except for what I actively use. Gear collecting days are over. Updated Dec, 2021
Update 2022. Purchased a 1973 Sunburst so-Bass. Awesome vintage tone!!! Very playable with no dead spots.
No G.A.S…. Just having fun playing my favourites. I hope all those past basses and amps are being enjoyed.
- Favorite Genres:
- I can't think of any genre I don't appreciate. Mainly R&B, Soul, Celtic, Funk, Rock, Blues, 70s Jesus Music, Classical, Jazz... disco! I've always dreamed of playing in an awesome Afro-Cuban band and electric bass in a swing band. Chinese Opera anyone???
- Gigs and Ensembles:
- A couple of local bands. I still rarely turn down a gig.
- Previously Owned Gear:
I've owned it all, destroyed it all, rebuilt it all, moded it all... I like the saying: If I can't fix it, it's not broken.
I'm a fully qualified solid state and tube amp tech as well as fretted instrument luthier and also do lighting. I'm a certified electronics tech and an electrician. I usually just work on my own stuff and friends' but am always willing to help out. I repair vintage and build new concertinas.
I went to University to study the music business. I now offer tips on career development. I am available to help develop a musician's career, do tour management, production management, run a venue... whatever the need is or the opportunity!
2019 update... I build hydrogen fuel cell test and simulation gear for a living. Update: Nope... not anymore!
2022 update. I rebuild industrial and service equipment. Service Manager.
- G.A.S. List:
- An Ampeg mid 60s Portaflex B15 flip top
- More time to practice
- A decent work bench
- A drummer that really knows how to swing and hold the groove
- An all expenses paid, full 4 year scholarship to Berklee. Nah! Just a warm hut with a 120V plug in.
- Influences and Teachers:
I seem to be consistently into Ray Brown. I'm working on some early swing horn and sax material. Love going through the Jaco Method. Although I have never seriously played or owned an upright bass, I continually do the Simandl method for my reading studies as well as various Trombone books that Jeff Berlin introduced me to and I also like Rufus Reed’s material... can't forget Rufus!
I love the originality of the Maranatha bass players from the 70s... the days when Christian music had heart and it wasn't about the money or the next worship hit! God help us all!
Cameron Hood in North Vancouver helped me clean up my RH dampening technique and LH shifting. Thanks Cameron!
Mark Spielman of Selkirk College, Nelson kicked my butt to play smoooooth. Thanks Mark!
I did the One Week Intensive with Jeff Berlin in Clearwater, FL which was really inspiring. I met some awesome bass players there and Matt Bokulic condensed 100s of hours of Berkley music theory into a week. Thanks Jeff. Rest in peace Matt!
I also did the Wooten Bass and Nature camp May, 2014. Thank you Vic, Anthony, Steve, Chuck Rainey and all!
Online: Adam Nitti, Scott Devine, Jamie Lewis, Janek Gwizdala, Paul Wolfe... Thank You YouTube!
Hal Galper helped me to be a musician first (internal) then a bassist (external).
Thank you Charlie Banacos!!!
- Hobbies and Interests:
- Luthiery / Electronics / Sailing / RC Helicopters / building concertinas
- Teaching Credentials:
- Started playing Christmas 1975 when I got my first bass from Simpson Sears
SignatureKeep it simple! Play! Play! Play!
- Pedulla buzz or Pentabuzz in blue or blue/green