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Where Did The Good Ole' Days Go?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Aberdumbie, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    I had an overachiever DJ service back then. We had lights and flash pots. Used them at high school dances, weddings, etc. Today that would probably lead to cuffs and a trip to the county jail.
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  2. ThePresident777


    Oct 6, 2013
    Back in my day, we used wash tubs! Stay bassy my friends, and clean.

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  3. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Wow--does that bring back some memories!

    I still have mine---bought it sometime in the early 80's. It still works, although I've had to replace the caps 2 or 3 times and it's gone through 5 or 6 speaker replacements. It's been retired for years now and has it's own resting place in my basement " Museum Of What Will Someday Be Ancient History".
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  4. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Heh. Never trust a man who misses the good old days. ;)
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  5. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    I miss the days when guitarists played Gibsons and bassists played Fenders.
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  6. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    we did our 'light show shopping ' when folks had there Xmas-time colored spot lights outside ... !! oh look , free extension cords .. !!! we fooled around with dry ice and confetti .. made for a very slippery stage in our high heel platforms .. ! ah ... the 70's
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  7. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    "The good ole days weren't always good, and tomorrow's not as bad as it seems." - Billy Joel
  8. How about black lights? We really thought we were cool.
  9. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    If by "good old days" you mean "days when clubs hired bands instead of laptops," count me in.
  10. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    I remember the pots from the 70's.
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  11. Me too.
  12. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
    I miss playing full-range through a 15 and 2x10 stacked on top of each other and no one calling me out
  13. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    We had junkie equipment back then compare to todays gear but...
    One thing about the Good Ole Days. There were gigs to be had.
    Nowadays we have to compete with 100 cell phones and 10 flat screen TV's
    in a sports pub and the same pay as 30 years ago.
  14. Crazyman582


    Dec 8, 2015
    This thread makes me feel young...
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  15. ahhh, c'mon guys, the good ole days are happening NOW !!!
    we have good loud gear with lighter amps !
    LED lighting !
    cheap smoke machines !

    and music publishing is no longer controlled by record labels !
    recording is faster, cheaper, easier.
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  16. Blueinred


    Mar 12, 2009
    Greater Cincy
    I do. Because we had them, too. We used to fire them during "China Grove" by the Doobie Bros.
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  17. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    I will say when I went to the music last year store to purchase my first amp since 1985 I was stunned at how lightweight it was..... But I do miss cheap smokes...... Oops, you were taking smoke machines.... Sorry.
  18. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    I remember when the band knew they would have to help me schlep my Rig into the Gig and it was part of the Gig Process as we were a Band. Same went to the PA. We all chipped in and helped each other. Now before and after the gig, folks just pack up, get paid and leave. Hardly ever eat together after the gig. At this point I'm just a dinosaur that can still play at a high level :)
  19. Versatek6

    Versatek6 Fretless is like Trombone Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2008
    Twin Cities, MN
    High shcool dances. Home-built PA. No monitors. Radio Shack mics. Guitar player had an Ovation Breadwinner & EHX LPB-1 through an Acoustic 360/361 (he also played bass in a polka band). Bassist had a Madiera SG-looking bass through a Standell 2x15. I had my LP Standard and a Traynor TS-50 and wondered why I had trouble being heard.

    I miss the prospects of a wide-open future...

    "Nostalgia in the literal Greek sense: the pain of not being able to return to one's home and family." - John Thorn
  20. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Back in my day we never heard of a 2x10 because they weren't invented yet. ;)
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