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After palying classical piano for 35 years about fifteen years ago I took up the bass guitar and surprised everyone - not the least me!

Although I now work in IT I am a trained electronics technical officer.

About fifteen years ago I moved to a new church. This was quite small and did not really have a sound system so I set myself the task of building up a half decent system. Although I had plenty of audio experience I had no experience with sound. However I quickly came up to speed and I put together a nice little system for them. I now attend a new church and play bass in the worship team there.

Although I work in IT I keep my hand in by building and repairing electronic equipment.

My guitars are a Cort A5 and Fender fret-less American series four string precision.

My cabs are a 4x8" quad and a 1x12". They are driven by a Hartke HA7000 and a Carvin R600.

The following pictures were taken by my son's Sony digital video camera. To see a larger image click on the pictures.

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Me and my Fender. (Note the Picture of my children - from about 13 years ago and our first grandchild.)

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My Cort A5.
I bought this after my original Torch was stolen.

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My Fender Freless American Precision fretless.

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My 4x8 Cab with the Carvin R600.
It uses four 8" Audax drivers and two Motorola horns. The Audax drivers are used in top of the range HI-FI speakers and are extremely transparent. Each 8" is capable of 80W continuous power, so the cab can handle 320W without skipping a beat. The wide range transient handling would be way above that.

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12 inch cab.
This uses a dual voice coil 8 ohm driver and a Motorola horn. It is rated at 250 watts.

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My Carvin R600.

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My Hartke HA7000.

More Self Obsession

I get really bored with straight three or four and always want to go on a journey. I sometimes walk, I sometimes run, but I always want to make it interesting. I hate getting stuck in a rut. I like to play every song in a completely different style to suite the mood. I will sometimes play the same song differently depending on the mood. I want to add more styles, rhythms and riffs to my repertoire.

Some of my favourite lessons
Jazzing Up A Praise And Worship Song - Ali Taylor
Bach: Chromatic Fantasy - Bob Scott
Spider (Left Hand) Exercises - Laurence Mollerup

Musical Influences

  • Bach
  • Beethoven
  • All the great blues masters

Favorite Recordings

  • Eric Clapton Live
  • Otis Redding, Dock Of The Bay
  • Jenna Mammina, Meant To Be