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The Valenti Megathread

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KayCee, Apr 12, 2006.

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  1. KayCee


    Oct 4, 2004
    Shawnee, KS
    Since the number of threads related to Valenti Basses seems to be on the rise, I think that it would be a good idea to start a thread dedicated to those TalkBassers:

    1. Who already own a Valenti bass.
    2. Who are waiting on a Valenti bass that's been ordered.
    3. Who are planning to order a Valenti bass.
    4. Who are considering a Valenti bass.

    Comparative photos and sound clips relating to options, etc. would be welcomed.

    Okay, who belongs to group 1, 2, 3, & 4?

    I'm a group 1, but I could well be back in group 4 sometime in the future!

  2. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Inactive

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds

    Number four for me. I think is this is far overdue and Nino deserves a Megathread after the basses I have seen.
  3. Oh! Oh!! Group 3 here. Actually, I just sent him my final specs and I'm just waiting on a price....Then I'm in the schedule and on the waiting list! Group 2, here i come!!
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    AMEN!!! I'm in group 3............for now!
  5. ibz


    Apr 14, 2005
    Columbus, OH
    I belong to group 4 still looking for information, and when the $$$ comes along, I might know who will build my next bass.
  6. KayCee


    Oct 4, 2004
    Shawnee, KS
    I'm going take the liberty of reposting the sound clips from my personal thread, since there seem to be a lot of questions about pickup sounds in the various Valenti threads.

    Mine's got Nordstrand NP5 and J5FS pickups.

    Clip 1 is fingerstyle with the pan dead center and no eq boost/cut.
    Clip 2 is bridge pickup with bass boost.
    The specs of this bass (#023):

    5-string (4+1 tuners)
    Alder J Style Body
    Inca Silver finish
    Maple/Maple neck
    White Block inlays and binding

    Nordstrand NP5 neck pickup (18mm spacing)
    Nordstrand Hum Canceling Fat Stack bridge pickup (18 mm spacing)

    Aguilar OBP-3 preamp

    Chrome Hardware
    White/Black/White pickguard
    No pickup covers

    Hipshot B style bridge (18mm), chrome

    HipShot Ultra Lite Tuning Keys
    Schaller Straplocks
  7. KayCee


    Oct 4, 2004
    Shawnee, KS
    I played the same part three times with a pick, using different pan settings:

    The first is with just the front NP5 pickup, no eq.
    The second is panned dead center, NP5 & FS
  8. KayCee


    Oct 4, 2004
    Shawnee, KS
    Here's the third pick sample, at 3/4 of the way to the rear FS pickup with 1/4 NP5 pickup.

    Then, there's a slap sample with some mids cut and bass/treble boosted, a decent "smiley graph"

    I hope that others will add to this thread to help consolidate information on Valenti basses and their components.
  9. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    im in group 3. Dang you make them sound nice KayCee.

    my biggest question about the basses has to be the pickups, seeing as there are about a hundred combinations. If somebody was knoledgeable about what the pickups have as far as tone, and possibly could attach sound samples, that would be awesome.

    but thats asking alot.. :)
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    1, 2 and 3 for me. :)

    I own a couple of Valenti Basses:

  11. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Damn Nino..I REALLY dig #016.
  12. incubus2432


    Mar 21, 2002
    Grafton, Ohio
    I'm typically not much of a Jazz bass fan but that black/black looks great!
  13. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    I'm in group #1 twice over...



    Review on #027 coming tomorrow night.
  14. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    I don't belong (yet... so maybe #4), but that #27 is by far my favorite so far!
  15. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    Ok, I'm in group 1, but may jump to group 4 for a passive P-Bass.

    Mine bass:

    34" scale 5 tuned E-C with an ash body, Quilted Maple top
    Quilted headstock overlay
    Maple neck with Ebony board
    Nordstrand Fat Stacks
    Aguilar OBP-1 w/ series parallel and passive tone control
    Black hardware

    The bass is amazing. Nino does excellent work and I am very happy with my choice to go with him.

    Valenti #25

    I have attached a quick sound clip. This is a melodic piece using the extended range.
  16. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    Group 4 for me!!!

    And I want it like this one:

    Alder with that top and finish. White pearl-oid pickguard. Rosewood fingerboard. Nordy or Sadowsky hum cancelling singlecoils. Sadowsky pre. Hipshot D-Tuner.

    Oh, and gotta have that matching headstock!!
  17. KayCee, . . . it sounds like your .mp3 for the Bridge pickup and the Front only are switched around. The bridge pickup .mp3 sounds more mellow, what you'd expect from the front pickup and the Frontpickup .mp3 sounds like what you'd expect from the bridge pickup. :confused:
  18. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    I tell you this... #27 kicks some serious ass.
  19. KayCee


    Oct 4, 2004
    Shawnee, KS
    Dave, are you referring to the pick samples? I believe that they are listed correctly, but the 3/4 bridge (and the fingerfunk bridge) have considerable bass boost.

    The P pickup definitely has a different character than the FS!
  20. I am 1 and 3.

    Here is my Valenti #002 Jazz:




    Soon ordering a Fretless 4.

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