'Unlike Ben and Maurice, I am not a big gear person. What I have is mostly because people have given me gifts or I have stumbled over it in my travels.'
62 Fender Precision
I use flat wound strings tuned to BEAD (no G string)
Selmer Treble and Bass 50 Mark III amplifier
Maurice found this amp in an abandoned house many years ago and it was sitting in a corner gathering dust. One night we plugged it in and after the smoke has cleared, it started to sound really nice. A service and few new tubes by John Kelly every couple of years and she keeps on truckin'.
Kelly (Electronics) Ltd
I use 2 x Gallien Kruger cabinets with 15 inch Electro Voice bass speakers
My back -up amp was almost a gift. Our friend Pete Boulter was having a clear out and made me an offer I couldnt refuse. It dosnt get out much unless I am playing with Wes Weston.
Mostly it sits in my living room and look really pretty.
Steve Cropper autographed it when I was fortuanate enough to play with him at the Colne Blues Festival.
Eko Semi Accoustic Violin Bass
Played with dog brushes, bottle openers and a quails egg wisk, I bought this off a mad cajon at the Shetland Island Folk Festival in the late 80s. He had a suitcase full of them and I just loved the sound of it. It paid for itself within the first week when I was asked to do a gig with Pierre La Rue. I wouldn't call myself a particularly amazing washboard player, but I do enjoy it immensely.
Other Percussion and Intruments include:
'Gas Cooker' DI
I don't own one but I wish I did. On our first three albums Phill Brown I used a Gass Cooker. Great bass sound for analogue recording of tube amps and old guitars. On 'seven' we moved to digital recording and I guess it wasn't necessary any longer. Isn't it pretty though? I am such a sucker for old knobs and pretty colours.
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