Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Comments welcome

Don't be shy to leave comments. Feel free to chime in...


At 11:20 AM, Blogger Gizzy said...

Whoa! You have too much gear! I'm afraid you'll have to share some with the rest of us Ottawa-basssssssed bassists! ;-)

Wow, seriously, where do you gig with all that stuff? Also, what's the output impedance on your Showman head? I have one and want to make sure I'll be okay into my Accugrrove Tri210L (4 ohms).


At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Oddio:
I´ve just followed the link from Talkbass, that led me to your page.
I really admire your bass collection. I got to admit that I like every bass shown in your pics. I also appreciate the fact the you patiently hand-picked every bass you´ve owned, knowing what you were looking for.

I still hope to own a Wal someday (I fell in love when I first saw A Show of Hands), but economy and geographic distances (Argentina is sooo far away) make it very difficult.

Thanks for sharing this useful info and such a wide array of bass beauties.

Good luck and great work


At 4:54 AM, Blogger Basses said...

Thanks for dropping by! I appreciate that you took the time to add some comments. I really hope to have a new update ready before too long. Stay tuned!

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello there,
chris hogarth here, i noticed a pic of my daughter with her wal,
this now belongs to "Jan Hellman" in Sweeden, my daughter now no longer playing stoped at 18 decided to sell it
( pity, a great tallent, playing jazz on it at 14 (lessons from age 6 !)she might get the bug again one day, at least the seed has been planted.
Am still playing and my wal is starting to look like it has been around abit, iv been using it for almost 20 years solid now with playing and teaching every week.
it has got to be one of the most used wals ever and now still sounds
fresh and full of power i cant get out of anything else, i have lots of pics of wals i have owned in the past ( had 8 once)i can send you for your site if you wish ?
with maybe advice on keeping the electrics up to scratch, as all my students who have got wals have always brought them back to me to fix ! ( BUGGERS)

anyway nice site just popped by to say hello
Chris Hogarth

At 5:19 AM, Blogger Basses said...

Chris H. - thank you for your kind comments. The picture of your daughter and her bass is one of my all time favourite Wal photographs! I will upddate the information on that picture. I would be very interested in shots of your other basses if you don't mind sending them. Please contact me at "". I have been trying to reach you for a while...

At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is great to find a fellow bassist with the same ideas on tone, sound and power that I have. O also use the Low B cabinets and was fortunate enough to audition my first caninet in Andy's living romm. From the first note through to my carrying out my B-2 covered in it's padded case I was hooked. However I am also considering the Accugroove and found your link at the forum on Groove Shop's website.

Ed Shaw

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Basses said...

Hi Ed! Thanks for climbing aboard. I hope you spot this well-hidden reply. I love the AccuGroove - it's a great one cabinet solution. I have to say though that recently we're playing smaller venues and I tend to favour the Acmes a bit more in this situation. Try to audition the AccuGrooves if you can. I think that the Whappo Jr. might do it for you.


At 8:04 AM, Blogger Tom Bowlus said...


Great blog! You are inspiring me to spend some more time on my poor, neglected blog. ;^)

Thank you for your friendship and your excellent advice over the years!!!


At 7:21 AM, Blogger Basses said...

Wow! Great to hear from you Tom! Thank you for the kind words. I've really enjoyed your writing in Guitar World's "Bass Guitar Magazine". Keep those great reviews coming!

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous cellmate said...

i have just set up a new Wal blogg -
Am trying to get help mending a Wal (electronics) Any one got a schematic or suchlike?

At 1:07 AM, Blogger RFU said...

Hi Andrew, you have a lot of Wal Bass stuff. I'm also a owner of a Wal Bass since hmm, could not really remember exactly but it's more than 10 years ago I bought it. As I read through your web I find out it must be a MarkIII if I'm right. The serial no. is W2959 it seem it was released some ware in 1987. Now I have a problem with my electronic especial with the build in OP TAB1043. I was searching the web to find the schema and the TAB1043 staff but it’s not really easy. I leave in Switzerland and it seems there is no a lot of Wal Basses around. Can I ask you to provide me some interesting hints? Thanks very much,
Have a nice great Christmas and happy New Year,


At 4:55 AM, Blogger Basses said...

Hi Rolf,

Thanks for the kind wishes - I hope you also had a great Christmas and New Year! You may find the schematic and TAB1043 IC you're looking for at
ChrisF from Harrow Audio is in still contact with Pete on occasion. There is currently no news to offer on where things stand otherwise. I do know that there are also some limited sources for the OP and if I can find more information I will add it here.

PS - Note that s/n W2959 would most likely be a MkII.

I hope the information above helps you out as well, cellmate.

At 8:32 AM, Blogger faivy said...

Hi Andrew
I very much enjoyed stumbling accross your blog. I'm a bass player from Montreal with a thing for vintage basses.
My Stuff
1961:Fender Jazz Bass: Old Refin Body (Black) and neck, New Pickups (Seymour Duncan Antiquity’s) & Fretboard (Brazilian Rosewood Slab & Clay dots), Pickup & Bridge Covers, NOFHSC

1963:Epiphone Newport Bass Original except for knobs and missing hand rest cover Cherry finish OHSC

1965:Hofner 500/1 Beatle Bass Sunburst Original Except repro bridge & truss rod cover & Pots New Hofner HSC

1966:Fender Precision Bass All Original Sunburst Rosewood Fretboard, OHSC

1967:Gibson EB2D Sunburst All Original OHSC

1968:Guild Starfire 1 Sunburst w/ Hagstrom pickup All Original OHSC

1968:Ampeg AMUB1 Black/Red Fretless Scroll Bass All Original & OGB

1968:Fender Telecaster Bass Refin Natural Body Repro pickguard OHSC

1974:Les Paul Signature Bass Gold top All original OHSC

1976:Alembic long scale Series All Original large body with a point: top and back: Maple core: Koa neck: Birch and Purpleheart fingerboard: Ebony with Abalone inlays peghead veneers: Vermilion and Zebrawood birthday: June 15, 1976 Power Supply & OHSC

1976:Rickenbacker 4001 Jetglo (Black) All Original OHSC

1978:Musicman Stingray Natural All Original NOHC

1974-79:Ovation Magnum 1 All Original Mahogany OHSC

1979:Gibson Thunderbird Black Changed Pots NOHSC

1997:Guild B30E Acoustic Bass Guitar All Original W/ OHSC

2005 Tractor Tribute with Hammon Engineering Darkstar pickup WD Alder body Tobacco Sunburst Jazz Allparts Maple Neck Rosewood Fretted, NOHSC

1966:Ampeg B-18N Portaflex All Original Head & Cab

2001:Aguilar DB 359 200 Watt Bass Head

2005:Aguilar AG 500 500 Watt Bass Head

2003:Aguilar GS 112 Bass Cabinet

2003:Aguilar GS 112 Bass Cabinet

Radial Bassbone Preamp DI
Boss TU 2 Tuner
Electro Harmonix Bass Micro Synth
Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Wah

At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, seems like you have most of the gear that I'd like. Not sure if you can help out but I was trying to get another Wal Bass made for me but unfortuatley all is over at Electric Wood.

You mention in your blog that one of his guys may take on the Wal brand in the future. Do you know anything more about this and if so can you share? I'd be quite interested if it were to start up again to be one of the first to have a new Wal bass made for me by whoever takes it on.

Any thoughts on this would be welcome as you seem to have an open line in.


At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello its cassie here chris hogarth's daughter, i cant belive my picture is still there, it is one of my favourites, i am now 20 years old and wish i never given up my bass, it was my baby when i was younger, i would like to get back into playing again as i miss it, anyway i am glad you like my picture, i will keep in touch


At 5:11 PM, Blogger Basses said...

Hi Cassie! Your picture is one of my all time favourites. I hope that you find your way back to playing again. Please do stay in touch.


At 4:17 PM, Blogger Dave said...

A comment after your email!

Whatever happened to your Stick?

I'm a tad jealous of some of your basses, I confess. I'd have liked to have played that Status, but I know what you mean about the hiss -- I eventually removed the preamp from mine and went to a standard Jazz Bass-style Vol-Vol-Tone setup.

The bass I'm playing most often is a Fender Roscoe Beck 5-string, which I ordered without ever having seen one in the flesh, so to speak. Had it 10 years now, gonna keep it.

Ever tried an Alembic preamp? I got an F-2b a while back, and love it.

Stay in touch.

Dave O'H

At 6:19 PM, Blogger msfosella said...


I just want to comment on what a beautiful site that you have. The Wal basses can truly be looked at as works of art.

I was very happy to see a Cirrus in your collection.

I play a Travis Bean TB2000 (S/N 670) and one day in a music store, I was looking at a used Cirrus and I could not believe how well it felt. I did not have to plug it in and was not really concerned with how it would sound. It just felt light, balanced and I was simply amazed. Did you find that also when you picked it up for the first time?

That will be my next bass.

Good luck with your site. Keep up the good work.



At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greets dude!

It is my first time here. I just wanted to say hi!

At 6:48 PM, Anonymous David said...

I really like your Warwick Dolphin. Is it for sale? If not, do you know where I might find one, same woods, hardware, maybe even the same year? It looks like it would be wonderful to play.

At 11:34 AM, Blogger DIngbat said...


I have been playin round with Dingwall basses & Accugroove cabs exclusively for about a year now. Dingwall has got me sold BUT the search for THE perfect cab goes on!

I have 2 Dingwalls, I will part with 1 for/towards a Prima 5 or 6. What I have is an Afterburner I 6 string bass, alder body, flame maple top bookmatched 2 center (whale pool blue), maple neck & wenge fingerboard.

I also have an Accugroove el whappo I would be lookin to sell or trade as well. Us flatlanders cant get dingwalls in the Chicagoland area, therefore I cannot find anybody to trade with. Perhaps u guyz have some up that way eh?



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