VS
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VS

Male, from Mountain City, Tennessee

Mineralogy, photography, photomicrography. Sep 20, 2014

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      Mineralogy, photography, photomicrography.
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Mountain City, Tennessee
    Current Setup:
    Basses:
    U.S.A. Peavey Cirrus 6
    Brice Prestige Z6
    Hamer Slammer 4

    Guitars:
    Cort AC-60 Classical Acoustic
    Johnson Strat Electric

    Amplification:
    TC Electronic BAM 200
    TC Electronic BC208 2x8" (x2)
    Peavey MAX 110 1x10"

    Accessories - Effects:
    Walrus Audio Slötvå
    Dean Markley SR2000 Strings
    Labella Strings
    Neotech Straps
    PigHog Cables
    Monster Cables
    Korg Tuners
    Favorite Genres:
    Classical, progressive, metal, ambient, folk, funk, gospel & jazz.
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Previously with: Jabberwocky, Samadhi, The Prodigal Project, Questionable Character, Catharses, Skull Punch, F.P.G., Classic Highway.
    Previously Owned Gear:
    Guitars:

    Washburn EC-29
    Charvel DS2 ex Dave Nassie - Bleeding Through
    Ibanez RG350DXWH
    Ibanez A/E Flame Maple (x2)
    PRS SE
    Fender Telecaster (MIM)
    Custom Acoustic Guitar

    Basses:

    Peavey Cirrus 6 String Flame Maple/Alder (x2)
    Peavey Cirrus Custom Shop 5 String Fretless, Wine Red Quilted Maple Top, Alder Body, Purpleheart Stringers, Pau Ferro Fingerboard.
    Peavey Cirrus BXP 5
    Peavey Fury USA 4
    Conklin GT-7 Quilted Maple/Ash
    Warwick Thumb "Dirty Blonde" 2006 #6/311
    Warwick Fortress Masterman 5 String 1995
    Aria Sinsonido Fretless
    Danelectro Longhorn
    Series 10 Professional
    Ibanez A/E
    Brice 6 Fretless

    Keyboards:

    Yamaha MO8

    Drums/Percussion:

    Gretsch Catalina Birch Drums (5-Piece)
    Zildjian Cymbals
    Sabian Cymbals
    Paiste Cymbals
    Evans Heads
    LP Percussion
    Toca Djembe Percussion
    Meinl Percussion
    TAMA Hardware
    Pearl Hardware

    Amplifiers & Cabinets:

    SWR Black Beauty 1x15"
    Trace Elliot GP7SM 250
    Trace Elliot 1048H 4x10"(Red Line)
    Trace Elliot 1818 1x18" (Red Line)
    Ampeg SVT-410HE 4x10"
    Ampeg B2 Combo (First Year)
    Motion Sound KeyPro 2x10"
    Peavey ProTour 2x10"
    Peavey CS800
    Peavey Mark III
    Peavey Tour 450
    David Eden D-AH 2x10" w/ built-in 4-space rack
    Carvin Red Eye 2x10"
    Aguilar GS212 2x12"
    Hartke TA Module 4x10"
    Crate BX-100 Combo 1x15"
    Crate BX-410 4x10"
    Dean Markley 1x10"
    A.R.T. TPS II Tube Pre-Amp
    A.R.T. Nightbass
    Ibanez 1x10"

    Accessories:

    Alesis Mixers
    Roland Electronics
    BOSS Electronics
    Applied Research & Technology Electronics
    Shure Electronics
    Sennheiser Electronics
    Nady Electronics
    Audio Technica Wireless Systems
    Odyssey Rack Cases
    SKB Rack Cases
    Grundorf Rack Cases
    G.A.S. List:
    Custom Peavey Cirrus 6 Strings
    Old Warwicks
    Influences and Teachers:
    Brendan "Cygnus" Brown, Hugo Doyon-Karout, Maurice Fitzgerald , Ryan Martinie, "Ready" Freddie Washington, Hugh Mingay, Matt Fack, Toby Peterson-Stewart, Nate Navarro, Nick Blacka, Martino Garattoni, Geddy Lee, Tony Levin, John Turner, Stefan Lessard, Chris Squire, John Myung, Marcus Miller, John Wetton, Jack Bruce, Bill Dickens, Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, Geezer Butler, Stu Hamm, Rob Derby, Ray Brown, Stanley Clarke, Trey Gunn.
    Hobbies and Interests:
    Mineralogy, photography and photomicrography.
    Available for Instruction?:
    • Bass Guitar Instruction
    1997 - 2007
    From the beginning to extended range bass:

    I studied two years of bass instruction at Bender School of Music & The Arts under Mr. Daniel Mallarkey. I have spent 27 years in all aspects of writing, performing, live sound & recording. Studying and performing classical music at an early age; I started my musical journey playing trumpet in grade school which eventually led towards stringed instruments as an adolescent. I spent the majority of the late 90's & early 2000's practicing and playing original music in local bands as a teenager. We were all heavily influenced by metal and progressive rock like Rush, Mudvayne, Primus & Dream Theater.

    In 2002, I started focusing on taking my sound a step futher; feeling like I'd hit a brick wall with my playing. I had been playing bass for five years by this point and decided that if I was going to continue this journey, it was time to start investing in quality equipment. My old, low-budget basses and amps had about as much as they could take and instead of investing in some similar, new gear; I decided I was going to change everything about my sound and start fresh.

    I made a significant leap in terms of sound and tone; leaving behind the short scale, passive, semi-hollow body Danelectro four string bass to an active, neck-thru, 35" scale, six string Peavey Cirrus. I don't think I could have made a more significant change in terms of sound, range and playability. I ditched the old Crate BX100 1x15" combo and picked up a first generation Ampeg B2 1x15" combo. This combination of the Peavey Cirrus and Ampeg amps is where I found my niche and a sound that I felt was my own. My setup and sound remained this way for another five years.

    2007 - 2013
    Exploration of sound and technique:

    By the autumn of 2007, I had become thoroughly consumed by extraordinary bassists like Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Maurice Fitzgerald & the equipment they were using. This was the beginning stages of my G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) as some like to refer to it. I never strayed far from my Cirrus basses other than a few Warwicks and a Conklin. Amplifiers is where I had an issue trying to find what worked for me. Music shops typically only carried a few brand names of amps like Ampeg, Hartke and Fender that you could experiment with in person & I wasn't satisfied with those amps at the time.

    So I started purchasing amps online, keeping what worked for me and selling what didn't. I cycled through a plethora of amps like, Ampeg, Peavey, Aguilar, Carvin, Hartke, SWR, Trace Elliot, David Eden and others. The G.A.S. didn't stop at amps though. Rack gear, preamps, equalizers, compressors, effects, synthesizers, drums, guitars and percussion followed until my house caught fire in the spring of 2008 and took everything all at once.

    Losing all of my instruments and equipment took a devastating blow to me in numerous ways. I was only able to salvage two items of my musical equipment: my Peavey Cirrus bass and my Yamaha MO8 synthesizer. Everything else was a total loss. After spending a significant amount of time trying to reorganize my life from the fire and restore my burned Cirrus bass, I finally got it back in working order to play again.

    It was 2009 before I started to dip my toes back into band situations and playing again. Instead of focusing on equipment, I was dedicated to refining my technique and becoming more musical in my playing.

    To be continued...

    Signature

    U.S. Peavey Cirrus Club #82
    U.S. Peavey Club #44
    TC Electronic Club #1
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