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Bethlehem, PA
Commercial Loan Officer, bassist


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  • About

    Bethlehem, PA
    Commercial Loan Officer, bassist
    Current Setup:
    2013 Musicman Stingray Classic 5
    2019 Peavey Millennium 5 Passive with DiMarzio Area J DP552BK, Hipshot A Bridge, and Ultralites tuners

    GK 1001RB
    Eich T-900
    Mesa M6

    GR Bass AT(SL)212 (only 22 lbs. and sounds awesome)
    Favorite Genres:
    classic rock, blues, southern rock, country rock, old school funk, jazz, reggae
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    looking for my next adventure, beginning to think I'm too picky, and spending too much time on TalkBass
    Previously Owned Gear:
    Elrick: 2017 NJS 5, Expat (purchased new, not impressed)
    1982 Custom Jazz w/ DiMarzio pick ups (memories)
    2008 American Standard Jazz V (dead spots)
    2009 American Standard Precision V (neck too fat)
    Ibanez: SR505 (didn't like the sound)
    Lakland Skyland:
    2018 Daryl Jones 5 - natural (new, had fret spikes)
    55-01 w/ Mike Pope Pre and Aguilar Dbl pickups (it was cream, I wanted
    Mike Lull: M5 (purchased used, really nice bass, sold to pay for car repair)

    2021 Muckelroy HMC Pro Player 5-string, 34" scale, TI Rounds JR345,
    cherry wings, neck through construction, 3-piece maple neck (curly maple
    center), Alder tone block, maple fingerboard, Luminlay side dots, Kent
    Armstrong USA dual coils, Muckelroy 6-knob pre, 45mm @ nut, 18mm
    spacing @ saddles, gold hardware and electronics, cherry truss rod cover,
    RBX Reunion Blues case
    - (bought for my 60th birthday. Ordered 3 months before my birthday and
    was told it would be there in two months, received 5 months after my
    birthday, was missing gold knobs (backordered), had racing stripe when it
    was supposed to blend into the wings, had an ugly black truss rod cover,
    fret spikes, and arrived the month that I heard Mike and Tony died. sound
    and feel was OK, but I liked the Skjold much better)

    Music Man: 2013 StingRay Classic V (purchased new, my first active. made
    the mistake of treating it like a Fender and turned the knobs all the way
    up. After I sold it because of a job loss, I learned that I was boosting the
    bass and treble, and not simply increasing the pickup volume, which was
    why it didn't sound right. Expensive lesson)

    2009 Skjold (really liked, bought it twice, sold it twice because of car
    repairs): Pro Deluxe 5 featuring a mahogany body with a Birdseye maple
    top in tobacco burst finish, and a highly figured Birdseye maple fretboard
    on a maple neck. Custom Skjold/East preamp. Controls are: Volume, 4
    position rotary knob (bridge solo, both series, both parallel, neck solo),
    passive tone control (push/pull active/passive), stacked bass/treble (pull
    treble up for extra bright; bass is boost only), stacked mid with bottom
    for frequency sweep. 35 inch scale, and 8.5 pounds

    Warwick: Corvette Standard (too heavy), Rockbass Corvette $$ (too cheap)

    Aguilar: DB751 (my favorite sound, way to heavy), AG700 (Nice head)
    Aguilar: Tone Hammer 500 (didn't like), AG500SC (nice sound, too big)
    Ampeg: PF-500 (missing the deep that I want, too big, too heavy)
    Bergantino: B|amp (missing the deep that I want)
    Bergantino Forte D - nice sound, but missing the deep that I like
    Carvin: B2000, BX1500, B1000 (meh)
    Eden Traveler WT550 (too heavy)
    Eich T-900 (fits in the side pocket of my gig bag and sounds awesome)
    GK: MB Fusion 800 (knobs too sensitive)
    Genzler Magellan 800 (seems to do something electroniky to the sound)
    GR Bass ONE 800 (fits in the side pocket of my gig bag and sounds
    awesome) sold for car repairs, not quite as deep as the T900, M6 and
    GR Bass ONE 1400 (2 amps in one, capable of 2.67 ohms each) - love the
    sound, fits in the pocket of my gig bag, sold for car repairs, not quite as
    deep as the T900, M6 and 1001RB
    Mesa: M6 (my 2nd favorite sound - behind DB751, too heavy)
    Mesa: M6 (love this amp! Bought it twice) Unfortunately, the older I get,
    the more it weighs.
    Mesa: WD800, Subway 800, 800+ (they don't sound like my M6. they seem
    to be missing the deep bottom end)
    Mesa: Prodigy (meh), Mpulse 600 (nice sound, too heavy)
    Quilter: BB800 (distorted too soon)
    Sunn: Beta, 2000S (good memories)
    Thunderfunk: TFB800 -B2 (not impressed)
    Warwick: Tubepath 10.1 (nice sound, too heavy)

    Aguilar SL115 - sounds great, sold for car repairs
    Audio Kinesis Hathor 1203T , 1203 ordered 2/2020, cancelled 1/2022)
    Barefaced: Big Baby 2 (BB2) - not impressed
    Bergantino: CN112, CN212, - bottom end lacking
    HS410, NV215 - love the sound, but 100 lbs
    Carvin: BR115, BR118, BRX210 - did not like
    DNA: DNS-112, DNS-410 - did not like
    Fearful: 12/12/6/1 - favorite sound, but 70 lbs
    Genzler BA15-3 meh
    GR Bass AT212 - only 28 lbs. and sounds awesome. (My new AT (SL) 212
    weighs 22 lbs and sounds just as good)
    MAS 112 - too futuristic looking for me
    Mesa: Subways 112, 115 - not my cup of tea
    RevSound: RS215T, RS115T, Bottom ported RS210T - good value
    Schroeder 115PL - 41#, too heavy. was supposed to be 35#. Sounded good
    Sunn: B115, 215 - the good ole days

    GR Bass AT CUBE 800 (SLC800) - love the sound, dislike the amp location
    Peavy TKO 150 - the good ole days
    G.A.S. List:
    to play as well as I used to
    Influences and Teachers:
    Frank DiBussulo, 70's classic and southern rocks
    Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughn)
    Hobbies and Interests:
    Is there anything else besides bass and TalkBass?
    Teaching Credentials:
    Moravian College: minor - music; 45 years owning a bass, 15 years playing


    vibrating bottles off of the table since 1976
    Musicman Stingray Club Member #4500; GR Bass Club member #10;
    Pennsylvania Bassists Club member #152
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