Tuesday, 01 April 2014
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So I have to shout it from the roof tops! I bought my first Dingwall in August 2010, it was by pure chance, I went to a bass shop to try a pedal and I saw that ABZ 5 in natural ash and asked if I could try the pedal with that bass, to see what the fuss was all about fan fretted Dingwall basses. I couldn't put it down and I walked out of the shop with it and the Mark Bass Compressore pedal, without a single hesitation, this was not an impulse purchase, I don't think I would have forgive myself if I had gone home without that fantastic instrument. Nearly 4 years after I still get the same adrenaline jolt every time I pick it up. Since the ABZ5 I have extended my collection with a very nice ABII5 in redwood, with a bespoke roasted maple neck and a Super J/P in fiesta red, but if you were to know my progression through the years you would know, for the last 20 years I have bought and sold a lot of basses and I could document each and everyone of them some very expensive some average, but none of them have outlived the honeymoon period and were moved on to be replaced by the next thing except for my PRS Bass IV which I have owned for 28 years (yes I am that old!) and that I could never part with. I can positively declare that, provided I get to see another 28 years, that there is no doubt that my 3 Dingwall basses will be here by my side as absolute keepers. Of course I also have 2 modern American Standard Fender, a P and a J which I am also very fond of but if I could list all the Musicman, Yamaha, Ibanez, Alembic, Pensa Suhr, a list as long as my arm, from the mid 80's when I started playing to these days, all of which came and went, my 3 Dingwall basses have totally reduced my need to look for more basses. Of course I am always curious to try something else but in all honesty these 3 beauties leave very little for the competition to be compared against which would be worthy of raise my interest. So in conclusion, I am glad I have found this great company of instruments, I am so pleased that Sheldon wears his heart on his sleeve both in this forum and in real life, I said it before, innovators like Sheldon come few and far in between and as far as I am concerned Sheldon is the new Leo! That's all :)
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Amen, brother! Cruising bass forums isn't as exciting as it used to be after discovering and investing in the most perfect instruments for me, the Dingwall "Super Series".
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And a beautiful family portrait to be sure. I don't have any idea how you can decide which one to play!! :lol: It's like having a beautiful harem of women and deciding which one to, oh well, you know! :oops: Of course the latter is actually much easier: it would be the ONE who doesn't have a headache, of course!! :lol:
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I spend all of my time split between the SJ5 and SP5. Ive sold everything including my all-time favorite P bass. It just felt clunky and foreign to me. I did hold my custom Grove 51 P because of sentimental value as its faced the an embalming crate that I dragged around since I was in my 20's. I have no desire to play anything else, except maybe another Dingwall. Must look away from the 37's.
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[quote="Spiritbass":1v231m7x]Amen, brother! Cruising bass forums isn't as exciting as it used to be after discovering and investing in the most perfect instruments for me, the Dingwall "Super Series".[/quote:1v231m7x] This is how I feel too now :) Used to spend a lot of time looking on various for sale sites, but there's really no need now. Delighted with my Sklar, so much so that I rarely play anything else these days. Wouldn't mind another Dingwall (or two), in the future though! :D
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