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This one has a few details that we've never done before. This is the first PA with tone chambers. We shaved off at least 8 oz and warmed up the tone. It has a bent laminated tummy of crotch walnut and flame maple so the flame maple stripe splits in two and surrounds the tummy cut. The inlays were the customer's idea and worked out really well.
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Spectacular :shock:
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Wow :shock: The cut out in back is amazing.
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Gorgeous!! What an interesting pallet of colors, looks like there's some "faces" hiding in the back book match too!!
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Fantastic bass. I am sure it sounds as great as it looks.

Sheldon, do you mind elaborating a bit on the "warm up tone"? How exactly would you describe this? I'd suppose that the sound is more vibrant and open with the tone chambers, with a touch less mid-mids, allowing more overtones to shine through. If it's hard to put it in words, you can always ship it over to join the rest of the herd :wink:
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Are tone chambers optional on the Z as well? If so can they be done with soundholes and what's the cost of this option?
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Amazing, Sheldon. The tummy cut detail is a very nice touch.

Mark
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Are the 3 switches on a straight line or in a curve? I never noticed it before
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"Sheldon, do you mind elaborating a bit on the "warm up tone"? How exactly would you describe this?"

I notice it more in the upper mids and highs. Less aggressive sounding and more buttery.

"looks like there's some "faces" hiding in the back book match too!!"

I didn't notice it until the customer pointed out that there's a cat's face in the middle of the back.

"Are tone chambers optional on the Z as well? If so can they be done with soundholes and what's the cost of this option?"

Tone chambers are not an option on the Z series. Due to the light weight and open grain they are not needed or perhaps even desirable.

"Are the 3 switches on a straight line or in a curve? I never noticed it before"

Both the knobs and switches have a curved layout and are closer to the body edge than previous models.
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Too bad we don't have an emoticon for pure lust, because that is what I am feeling right now!! :twisted:

That is just gorgeous.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1l9re3ck]It has a bent laminated tummy of crotch walnut and flame maple so the flame maple stripe splits in two and surrounds the tummy cut.[/quote:1l9re3ck]

Sheldon,

That tummy cut, alone, is almost beyond words.
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[quote="John H.":oxi8ny10][quote="Sheldon Dingwall":oxi8ny10]It has a bent laminated tummy of crotch walnut and flame maple so the flame maple stripe splits in two and surrounds the tummy cut.[/quote:oxi8ny10]

Sheldon,

That tummy cut, alone, is almost beyond words.[/quote:oxi8ny10]

Can you get a different arc length and cut depth for different gut sizes? :)
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Sheldon -WOW!!!!

Dave,

Best of luck with the new bass. I guess I'll get to play it next Wed at your lesson ;o) - what will you be playing? .... just kidding

Mike
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Hi Mike. It's a pleasure to see your name on the forum! Wish I could wriggle the time for another lesson with you-the last one propelled me for almost a year, and I'm still enjoying the chordal thing. I'm sure we'll meet up again.
Take care
Morrie Browman
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Whoever said pictures don't do these instruments justice was right on the money. When I opened up the gig bag I was truely amazed. What a spectacular instrument both in looks and playability. I sure am glad you put the tone chambers in. The bass weighs in at 9lbs. 4oz. I don't think my back could have taken a bass over 10lbs. Thank you Sheldon.
Sheldon, God has given you a true gift in building fine instuments and it is good to see you work passionately at that gift. As you know the bass clef inlay signify's a cross and I hope to play this instrument for Him as long as I live. Thank you again Sheldon for building such a wonderful instrument.
Put me on the list for a Dingwall 5 string travel bass what ever your final design is. Also a set of Dingwall flats as I have already changed the roundwounds to Thomastik Flats.
Thank You Sheldon.
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dsincjr - very awesome! Can you post some in action pics?
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Thank you for the kind words David. It was a pleasure working with you on this one. I'm really happy with the way it turned out too.

Sheldon
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Wow...makes me want to get another one all over again. Superb.
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