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    South Oz
    Current Setup:

    Sadowsky HP4 Alder/Morado in LPB, standard gauge Sadowsky black label flatwounds.
    Sadowsky MS5 Ash/Maple in TWH, standard gauge Sadowsky blue label nickel roundwounds.
    Moog Little Phatty Stage 1, dinged up after coming out with me for years, but 100% fit for service after it warms up for a little while...

    SIGNAL CHAIN: _________________________________________________________________

    I haven't used effects pedals in a live setting for a number of years, but am not opposed to the idea of starting again.

    Radial Big Shot I/O:
    I se this to switch between clean bass and the Little Phatty, depending on what is required. I don't do anything to the synth, other than programme my own patches. With bass I run a clean signal chain.

    Radial JDI Duplex:
    Running dual mono DI's to FOH and then to the Demeter preamp, which sums both signals to mono and feeds the powered cab for the backline is a fairly tidy approach which has been appreciated by every engineer since a while.

    Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner:
    A tuner isn't much of a signal chain, but the ST-200 is a really nice tuner so it deserves a mention and if it's the only thing you use and you're running it off a battery, it will last for a REALLY long time - I'm on my original 9v after three and a half years of 9 hours-ish-per-week use. And it's accurate enough to intonate the Moog and the basses with it.

    Boss OC-2:
    Bought it for $20. Love the lo-fi Atari tone and am interested in modding it, but the Moog sounds better with 0% effort...

    EBS Bass IQ.
    Great fun to mess with at home but haven't used an envelope filter live since the early 00's...


    Demeter VTDB-2B:
    Fantastic for tracking.

    Radial JDI Duplex DI:
    Fantastic for playing live.

    Demeter VTBP-201S or Sansamp RPM:
    Gig depending. Demeter before Sansamp by a wide margin. I'll run the onboard DI on either if I'm not doubling on keys but again, Demeter before Sansamp. By a wide margin.

    Bergantino IP310.
    They came out around the same time than small, light weight amps corned the market and the IP series subsequently died a death, but no POWERSOFT or ICE module build sounds like these things do. I don't know if I'll ever move it on - It's not tall and skinny and it weighs 86 lbs, but it can handle anything that bass and keys require of a backline, at any volume and it's 15" deep and fits in a hatchback with room for other stuff. My only criticism i that the IP310 sounds BROAD in a way that that sets it apart from anything else that is remotely the same size, made before or since, and there have been occasions where the ability to notch low frequencies in nasty rooms would have been useful... But I tend to use a VTBP-201S, so I can't blame the cab for that...

    But you can always turn down a little bit. Everyone can always turn down a little bit.
    Favorite Genres:
    During the 90's - Nu metal
    During the 00's - Funk, Dub, Deep/Soulful/Funky House, Drum 'n'Bass, IDM, Ambient. Great fun.
    During the 10's to 13's - More Funk, then Covers, then covers of mundane crap.
    13's to now: Out of orbit until further notice - got little ones to parent :-)
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Hibernating until spring.
    Previously Owned Gear:
    These, and more that I can't recall:


    2001 F-Bass BN5:
    An excellent bass in every respect, owned it for 10+ years, slight regret at selling it but it was never quite right for what I wanted.

    2010 Sadowsky R5-25
    Phenomenal punchiness and clarity and articulation and everything else people have said. Ultimately a bit limited for what I needed at the time. Would like another one with a maple board at some point if I can swing another bass for the hell of it.

    1974 Fender Precision Bass Ash/Maple with almost as old/possibly original strings.
    Very light for a 70's P-Bass, flats had been on there forever, still surpassingly bright, surprisingly underwhelming despite the fact I wanted to love it. IMHO the Sadowsky HP4 that I own now is better played Passive, with a more comfortable neck profile, and actually doesn't suck with the buffer in or a little bit of boost from the preamp.

    2004 Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 4H, limited edition Fuchsia Sparkle (personality couldn't do the finish or tone justice).

    R-Bass DC6 (19mm spacing with shallow neck was comfortable, fantastic warm tone, versatile with the Nordstrand pickup and pre, but almost 15lbs!!!)

    Sadowsky Tokyo RJ4, Ash/Maple/MOP blocks (bought it in Japan and flipped it six months later because Sadowsky basses were selling for stupid money prior to Metros getting distribution in Australia. It sounded great and was a little bit lighter than a subsequent average UV70 4 string, however: The Metro series is an improvement in all measurable areas, IMHO, with this one as a comparison to the two I have now.

    80's Schecter PJ Bass, Walnut, EMG pickups.
    Sounded amazing for what I was playing at the time but it was almost as head as the R-Bass above. The Tom Anderson California 4 string neck was the nicest neck I've ever encountered on a bass guitar and I regret parting with it, even though it was almost as heavy as the 6 string listed above.

    Same as above, but Ash/Maple and fretless. Twins (almost)!
    Yamaha BBN5A
    Alvarez 6
    Legend P.O.S
    Onyx P.O.S

    Sadowsky Audio SA200 (this was really, really, really nice, but impractical for live gigs and I was made an offer that I couldn't refuse...)
    Markbass LMII (they don't survive being driven over like Countryman DI's. FYI.)
    Gallien-Krueger 700RB
    BBE 482i
    FMR RNC 1773
    Peavey Mark VI head
    Peavey BW 1x15

    Alesis Microlimiter
    Acme Low B2 (1st series)
    RANE PE17
    Trace Elliot V-Type Pre
    Yamaha PB1
    Presonus Eureka
    Symetrix 525 compressor
    Sabine RT7100
    Fender RT1000
    Mesa/Boogie Strategy 400 Stereo (this was really nice with the V-Type preamp. Running both sides to anything close to breakup would require a larger venue than anything I've played in to this day, though).

    DOD FX25B
    Digitech Bass Synth Wah
    Visual Sound Route 66 compressor/overdrive
    Sovtek Bassballs
    Sovtek Big Muff (Soviet and US)
    Korg Volume Pedal
    EH Qtron
    EH Qtron +
    Boss LS-2 Line Selector
    Agent 00-Funk Envelope Filter (mk 2)
    Korg XVP-10
    HardOn True Bypass Box
    G.A.S. List:
    Something for small, quiet gigs: A 1x12 or 1x15 combo, or a small amp (F1, 1RU Puma) with a single, one hand-manageable cab.
    Influences and Teachers:
    I don't really listen to music anymore, but for the purposes of this box:

    Most treasured:
    Me'shell NdegeOcello, more than anyone
    Tom Jenkinson
    Gene Perez
    Bill Laswell
    Anthony Jackson

    To a lesser extent:
    Jaco Pastorius
    Victor Wooten
    Marcus Miller
    Rocco Prestia
    Alain Caron
    Les Claypool
    Julian Crampton (Incognito/Down to the Bone)
    Jonathon Maron (Groove Collective)
    Stuart Zender
    Paul Turner
    Bill Dickens
    Damien Steele-Scott (MONSTER Adelaide player)
    Hobbies and Interests:
    Reading and People.


    Sadowsky Metro HP4 | Sadowsky Metro MV4 | Moog Little Phatty S1
    Demeter VTDB-2B | Demeter VTBP-201S | Sansamp RPM
    Bergantino IP310

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