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One for the Bassist

Post by Meadows on Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:36 am

Tools required:-

Cable tie, knife or snips, big bag of faith Shocked

Imagine the scene, your back stage, your on in five, your tuning up and the edge of the nut on your 'G' breaks away and the string is no longer on the board. "It must have popped out of the slot surely"....you try to reposition the string....it jumps straight out again. Shoot...you have no backup, can I play this gig on the three remaining strings?.

The backstage manager is aware there is a problem now..."Tape...could we tape it?, hang on...what about a cable tie?"...and he did and it held, and the rest is history (thanks Jon)

So guys, not to wish the worst but going forward you might want to keep a tie or two handy in your flightcase, just in case. The nut on this Futurama is original so 50 years old and probably well past it's best but given the strings are from the 80's I'm tempted to leave the tie on for a while as a sweet reminder of the gig.

http://s1016.photobucket.com/user/Meadows61/library/Futuram%20cable%20tie?sort=2&page=1

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by Barry on Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:56 pm

Love it! Razz

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by Meadows on Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:06 pm

Thanks Barry Smile , seriously it all happened so quickly, Jon's quick thinking saved the day, we were on the bill with Bellowhead and Joan Armatrading and needed to be on our game...turned out just fine all thanks to a cheap old cable tie.

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by PaulS on Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:29 am

Neat solution.

I used a cable tie across the headstock of my recently acquired Concord bass as it came without a string tree and the string break wasn't enough to keep the A string in place. I don't know if all Concords are the same but the headstock on mine is angle upwards from flat, which seems rather odd.

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by The Don on Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:51 am

Meadows wrote:Thanks Barry Smile , seriously it all happened so quickly, Jon's quick thinking saved the day, we were on the bill with Bellowhead and Joan Armatrading and needed to be on our game...turned out just fine all thanks to a cheap old cable tie.
Sounds like a great line-up

We saw Bellowhead last Thursday.


edited to add........

Just seen the full line-up - Wow !

http://www.songkick.com/festivals/112786-towersey/id/22545403-towersey-festival-2015

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by Meadows on Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:38 pm

Hi Don, unfortunately we didn't arrive until late and due to being on at the same time as Bellowhead we missed their sett but we did catch Lisbee Stainton who was outstanding and some of Stornoway. Great atmosphere, crew and line up, hope to be back next year.

As an aside, I believe this was supposed to be Bellowhead's last gig/festival tour, however talking with a certain individual there, that may not be strictly accurate Smile

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:22 am

Nice fix! I love a bodge job Smile
My concord II Bass needs a tree for the E/A strings, I cocould have gotten away with leaving more string to wind on the posts, but I'd cut them before I noticed the string rattle, Thomastik strings ain't too cheap either!

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by Meadows on Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:33 pm

This just cropped up on the tube, off someone's phone I guess, last tune of the night........"folk fest dance off" !!! Mad .. Laughing ....cable tie still holding strong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wofv4USLWvQ

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by mortarman120gang11c on Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:23 pm

Band Metal Head Sounds like it was a great show.

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by Sollophonic on Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:05 pm

I keep a few cable ties in my gig bag, as useful as gaffa tape IMO

I take cable ties with me on cycle rides too, they can hold together a lot of stuff to get you home!

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by Barry on Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:16 pm

Cable ties.
The new duct tape. Roll on Floor Laff

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by corsair on Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:24 am

I have a cable tie holding the inner plastic wheelarch guard to the rear guard where the mudflap tore off out west 2 years ago; I don't leave home without them!!

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by Sollophonic on Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:31 am

You can get re-usable ones too, they have a little trigger catch.

I have seen and heard of cable ties holding all kinds of stuff together.

I know mountain bikers who won't leave home without them, and have held frames, drive-trains, clothing and footwear together with them.

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Re: One for the Bassist

Post by Meadows on Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:08 pm

Still holding strong, the cable tie that is, the repair is still on the to do list but you know how it goes....

Met a couple of ladies in the garden of the Fig in Thame on their open mic night, who were up for three oldies jumping in and adding some backing on the hoof...( damn fools !!!)......

Just for the Craic....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAVePwbsdP4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grzipiwcmwk

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