Update August 2019: After 30 years of vintage gear which I have loved passionately, unfortunately I have now reached a stage of life where it’s time to let go of things I can’t move myself… so out with the old and in with the new:
Little Mark 250 Black Line Amp Head (Weight: 2.6 kg ) and a John Dixon 2x10 bass cabinet (Weight: 11 kg . They sound great! My sincere thanks to John Gordon for his recomendaitons and to John Dixon for building my cab personally.
Thank you both so much.
The Old Stuff
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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