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First of all, Cimar J's are great basses, far better than what their market price would lead you to assume.

Now about the Höfners. I had image issues with the 500/1 - didn't want to look like a fan - and it's not a good bass imho. But the 60s large-body Höfners are different. They are the best hollow body basses I know. They have fantastic acoustic qualities. Really. If you had played one note on my 1960 500/3 you'd be smitten.

As for Hoyer, Klira and Framus, most of them were junk, in my experience. For years I wanted a red Hoyer London bass because it's so cute, until I actually played one and the GAS has evaporated.

To me, the Höfner just never looked "rock", to this day I prefer a Ric, a WAL or even a Yamaha in the hands of Paul McCartney.

Of course not all the German instruments were junk - people like Jan Akkerman played them after all and he could have played anything. But to us in Germany they had no rock'n'roll - an Angloamerican invention - allure, while anything American was deemed cool, British guitars like Burns were at least considered cult'ish and even the Hos from our former Axis friends in the Pacific had the benefit of an exotic aura.

Chris, your overtly germanophile leanings worry me deeply.

Gibson Basses / Re: It's in my back yard and it's killing me
« on: November 23, 2017, 02:55:13 PM »
The dwarfs, being gay or the pc thing?  :mrgreen:

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Kissed Off!
« on: November 23, 2017, 02:53:51 PM »
Jackson's relationship to children just wasn't "normal", let's put it that way. He had no doubt pedophile leanings - though he probably camouflaged them before himself with his self-perception as a "grown up child" -, but he wasn't a rampaging creep like Jimmy Saville. Again there is a range, not every pedophile rapes infants and has the scene filmed (not that Saville did), but even if MJ cuddled with children only in bed (like he always claimed), he was crossing a line.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 23, 2017, 02:43:00 PM »
I was being unjustly nasty.  :-[ The coffee of you guys has improved over time. And if I'm honest, I even got used to the taste of Maxwell House during my months in Brooklyn in the late 80ies. I wouldn't call it coffee in a strict sense, but it grew on you.  :)

I'm bemused that you guys actually find this stuff attractive. In the 70ies and in Germany, they were the epitome of uncool, nobody wanted to be seen with them. A Cimar Jazz Bass copy had a better image. Höfner, Hoyer, Klira and Framus were regarded as pawnshop junk.  8)

Gibson Basses / Re: Another EB price drop
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:36:07 AM »
I've said it before, they are (to me) visually at best non-descript, at worst butt-ugly (the newer double-octave version is somewhat less horrible than the older one), but they have a great responsive sound. Blurrier than what you would regularly fiind today, but with enough treble bite to separate it from a purely vintage market.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Kissed Off!
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:30:43 AM »
Jimmy worse than Charlie?  :o Even in evilness, there are different levels. Saville was a swine, Charlie a monster.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:28:15 AM »
Yup, with free refills too. They're giving it away. Given the quality of American coffee ...  :-X

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:11:53 PM »
"Java sells, but who's buying?"

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson Ripper/Grabber/G-3 bridge cover
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:09:27 PM »
It's the only one he can still control, Dave, did you have to put your finger on that?  :-\

Gibson Basses / Re: Oops... I did it again. 2016 ES Les Paul Bass
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:08:10 PM »
The modern day oversize LPs are even a bit larger than the first Hobbits. IMHO, the "Les Paul flair" doesn't exactly benefit from a larger (body) scale. Les Pauls belong in your crotch, nuff said, don't make them look like Rippers.  ;D

Gibson Basses / Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:03:38 PM »
Is it my feeble eyes or do they look a bit more rounded than the original ones?

I believe I saw my first RD around 1977 or so before I had ever consciously seen my first Thunderbird. It looked like no other bass I had ever seen - almost everyone I knew played Fenders (mostly Js, Jaco's influence was making itself felt), a couple of people had Rics (and generally always complained about them for reasons I never understood) - and I was mightily impressed. So that shape creates a warm and fuzzy feeling with me (though the TBird is no doubt  the more elegant design, "TBird accidentally molten in the sun" still describes the RD pretty aptly).

Other Bass Brands / Re: Old Gretsch
« on: November 22, 2017, 05:39:57 AM »

Oh my, it looks like a Merkava tank on you

and you're a tall guy!

Gibson Basses / Re: Oops... I did it again. 2016 ES Les Paul Bass
« on: November 22, 2017, 05:37:06 AM »
My wife says 2.6 inches less or more can be a lot.

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