Posted by David on December 07, 2001 at 11:31:23:
In Reply to: Re: 15" vs. 12" for double bass posted by bj on December 07, 2001 at 03:26:01:
Appreciate your comments.
Ray is locked into his endorsement w/Polytone. Let's just say that even if he WANTED to change pickups he couldn't. I think the sound of that pickup is awful. It really works against him when he solos or when he is exposed for whatever reason: it's downright painful to me. On the superbass recordings, however, where all three guys just use mics, then you get to hear Ray Brown's sound!
Christian has had a change of heart about mics. He said he was tired of having to fight to be heard and went back to using an amp (and a mic, most of the time I think). I don't know whether he really lugs stuff around or if it's provided for him, nor am I sure that he'll keep doing it this way. John Clayton, however, is still fervent about never using an amp and doesn't seem likely to change his mind anytime soon (probably never!).
Re: subjectivity, that's why these boards can help, even if only a little. It would take a lot of time and effort to get out and hear every possible combination, like you said, so here I can get turned on to new products, get a general idea of them, and then go out and try a few. Also, in-store demos are not very decisive anyway, so sometimes you just have to buy the best thing you can find, use it for a while, and then decide. Some places have cool return policies for just this reason.
So what are you playing through now?
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