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Posted by Bob the bass player on July 10, 2001 at 21:02:39:
In Reply to: Stage Rigs posted by Rob Perl on July 10, 2001 at 15:10:37:
I agree with you. I hate playing on someone elses rig. Some of my worse playing experiences have been at open jam sessions where I had to use an amp that didn't sound right to me.
One possible solution is to bring your own preamp or EQ so you can have more control of the sound.
On the other hand if you're going to play this style of music, even if you are did use your own amp you're still going to want to turn the mids down and the bass amp so you can sound the part the way it's meant to be heard. I assume your audiance wants to here the oldies played in an authetic manner and would not be to happy with neo-experimental-do-wop. So you will still be back where you started.
Perhaps your best bet might be to learn to play with their amp and chalk it up as another bass playing skill that you possess.
Another thing to consider is whether you are: a permanent member of a serious do-wop band or are a hired hand paid to play a particular part. In the former case I think you have more right to demand your artistic needs, while in the latter role you do what you are told as that is what you are paid for.
I guess the bottom line in my humble and often useless opinion is that you need to go with the style that the music you are playing demands.
Hope the helps. And of course the bright side is that you playing out on a regular basis and that's what it's all about.
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