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…or “500 Miles” or “I Gotta Feeling”.In the past few weeks I happened to have a similar conversation with different musician friends.When they inquired about my activities and I said, amongst other things, that I play in function bands, I kinda got the same response which can be summed up[…]

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That’s a question that every now and again turns up in my discussions with my friends and colleagues about the alleged decline of the so – called Rock and Roll music and the state of the industry. And it’s the same question I am asking you all: Whatever happened to[…]

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Earlier today I was talking to a colleague about the state of the music industry and how it’s so hard nowadays, for somebody with a discerning ear, to find exciting music on the radio. Well, one can say that once you’re a muso, your perception of the entity “song ”[…]

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One of my favourite activities when listening to Music is trying to guess the year a song or an album was released, just by the sound of the production. If you listen closely there are many clues that give away the age of a tune: the amount of reverb, the[…]

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Yesterday I had an interesting conversation about the concept of “Loudness war” with my girlfriend. For those of you who are wondering: In recent times, especially after the advent of the Ipod culture, producers and mastering engineers tend (or are asked, even forced) to enhance the perceived volume of any[…]

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I just sold my good old Ibanez Soundgear SR500. It has been a trusty companion for a few years and its sound has traveled with me long miles. Then Matteo Rufini started building great instruments for me and I used it less and less; I am very sad to see[…]

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Hi all. Last year my friend and master builder Matteo Rufini built Vera for me. Vera is my gorgeous fretless bass you should be looking at right now in the picture that accompanies this blog entry. When he built Daphne, my custom P – Bass I wrote a detailed build[…]

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A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting Craig Blundell at a David Cross gig. This gentleman is a bit of an inspiration for me; I’m a reader of his blog and he has always struck me as a kind, down to earth person. And I was not[…]

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If you followed my build diary so far you’d have seen Matteo Rufini has been busy putting the final touches on my new instrument which is now ready and will be shipped to me tomorrow. Special thanks to Gianfranco Tortoioli for the amazing pictures. I must say, from the pictures[…]

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