Now, this was a bargain

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7404748507&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:UK:12

I don't want to make a habit of doing "Look at this eBay auction" posts, but this was a good score for £335. The Marshall DBS (Dynamic Bass System) really impressed me when I tried one out back in the '90s. Then, I was a stringer for Making Music and I urged the bass-playing Deputy Ed to review it. The twin preamps (one 12AX7 driven, the other solid-state) and, especially, the blend feature, really works. It's something Ashdown do now with their Evo MAG series.

400W amp with a good 4x10" and 1x15" for £335? Sounds good to me; local, too. Unfortunately, I don't do the sort of gigs to justify carting a big stack around these days. If you see one going your way at this sort of price, take it from me; money well spent.

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8) You asked me for pics. Well man you tell me how to put them on here and I will send them.

As for what I use the gear for, I have been playing a long time my friend. I play all over the world and am on the road most of the time. I was John Lee Hooker's bassman for several years and have worked with a lot of Bluesmen over the last 40 years. My band is Jimmy Lloyd Rea and The Switchmasters. Loud,Rowdy,Rockin' Roadhouse Blues is all I play. I have been in your country several times and hope to be back soon. Maybe we can meet somewhere down the line. JLR 8)

Hey boogie,

There is a pic posting guide at the top of the General Guitar forum. A sticky.

Jimmy, the "how to post pics" thread is right here:
http://www.guitarsite.com/hotlicks/viewtopic.php?t=658

Just read the first page. After that, it goes down a route where another poster asked me about an amp I own.

Also, you can use the "URL" button to link your post to another website, like this one:
http://www.cascadeblues.org/NWBlues/Switchmasters/Switchmasters.htm
and "IMG" for the pic:

If you do play somewhere in the North of England, definitely drop me a message and I'd like to see your gig. Similarly, let 601 here know when you're down in the Delta. He's also playing your kind of thing.

1BL

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Well I'm trying !!!!

boogieman wrote:
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As for what I use the gear for, I have been playing a long time my friend. I play all over the world and am on the road most of the time. I was John Lee Hooker's bassman for several years and have worked with a lot of Bluesmen over the last 40 years. My band is Jimmy Lloyd Rea and The Switchmasters. Loud,Rowdy,Rockin' Roadhouse Blues is all I play. I have been in your country several times and hope to be back soon. Maybe we can meet somewhere down the line. JLR 8)

Please tell us when you next play the UK.
Man, you played with John Lee Hooker! I'll post again when I think of something fitting.
Not sure of the timing (under the influence!) so please don't take offence, but did you ever meet Sam Hopkins? Total hero of mine, take it easy,

Tim.

8) Yes, I met Lightnin' in Austin, Texas for the first time. I later was able to talk with him, as he played several of the Blues Festivals that I was lucky enough to play at with guys like Big Walter Horton,J.B. Hutto, Pete Karnes, etc. He was a true Bluesman in EVERY WAY !! He loved whiskey, women, Cadillac cars, and had his own unique style that made him the Bluesman he was . You are into a great Bluesman if you are in to Lightnin'. 8)

Jimmy, I had a feeling that Tim and I would both be making the trek if you play anywhere in N. England :) . I was a bit stunned that you'd played with JLH. The lead guitarist in my old band got me into buying some of the old recordings; JLH, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy, Buddy Guy etc. He also got me listening to Robert Cray.

I remember taking a long, motorway journey with Mrs Bass and BBC Radio 1 had a live Clapton gig on. Mrs Bass can't stand Clapton and kept nagging me to switch, but I kept saying I wanted to hear this other guitarist who sounded a lot like Cray. It was him, as it turned out. I love a player that you just recognize from the sheer sound they make; whether it's Joe Pass or Lemmy from Motorhead.

8) Not so stunning man, I was just at the right place at the right time. John Lee taught me a lot about the GROOVE ! It's a primal thing that just comes from the heart and soul. Can't learn it from a book or video or even from another player, You either can sense it or not. John Lee was the King of the Pocket. Primal, simple, lowdownm lots of power my friend.

I have known Robert since his days in Eugene, Oregon. Robert on guitar,Rich Cousins on bass,Dave Moe on Drums,Dover Weinberg on keys, and Curtis Salgado on harp for a while. Great band !!!! 8)

Sorry to take so long, a pretty interesting five days I've had. Really interesting to hear about your time with JLH. Primal is the exact right word to describe his music; really naked, raw - just the sort of thing your parents would want to stop you listening to. I can imagine what it must've been like to hear his records at the time he started recording :shock:

What I like about Cray is that he doesn't try to put blues guitar into some sealed bottle. He's developed it and moved it on to make it fresh today. I can't stand watching some blokes in a bar singing about The Depression, dead dogs and bad cotton harvests, then getting into a Mercedes van with some fish 'n' chips for the drive home :lol:

You are right on man !! Have to live the Blues to really feel it and preach it from your soul. If you are in to Robert that much you should listen to the guy that really got Robert in to Blues guitar and the kind of tone he uses. The guy is a close friend of mine. His name is Lloyd Jones. He is from Portland, Oregon. Get some of his stuff and you will hear where Robert came from. The band is The Lloyd Jones Struggle.

JLR

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