Posts tagged ‘bass’

10/01/2020

Beatles Rooftop -spesiaali on nyt luettavissa Rockway-blogilla

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23/11/2019

Beatles Rooftop -spesiaalin audiopätkät nyt Soundcloudissa!

30/10/2019

Tulossa Rockway-blogiin: Beatles Rooftop -spesiaali

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08/04/2019

Review: Harjunpää Violinbirch A 011 + Vikingman A 025

To my knowledge there is currently only one boutique maker in Finland concentrating solely on electric basses – Harjunpää Bass from the small southern town of Nurmijärvi.

Harjunpää Bass is a special case among its peers, because bass builder Jouko Harjunpää isn’t a young luthier schooled at IKATA Institute, but a middle-aged entrepreneur and bassist, who is now fulfilling a lifelong ambition. His drive comes from his love of the instrument, of Finnish wood and of creating something beautiful by hand. Harjunpää’s idiosyncratic instruments are the results of an ongoing development and refinement process, and they can be enjoyed both as musical instruments and works of art.

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This review could have just as well been titled “The Sound of Birch”, because Jouko Harjunpää is a great fan of the different species and variants of Finnish birch wood. Both instruments tested – the blonde Violinbirch, as well as the dark Vikingman – have been made completely from birch, with the exception of their wenge top nuts.

The Violinbirch has been crafted in its entirety from curly birch, while the Vikingman sports a plain birch neck with a curly birch fretboard, mated to body made from birch burl and flamed birch.

As we’re talking about a one-man business, where instruments are made by hand, output is naturally limited. Jouko Harjunpää doesn’t like to apply the term ”price” to the amount of money changing hands between maker and customer. In his view the term ”starting value” would be more appropriate. The customer pays for the starting value, and then each bass value will start its own life, just like in the field of fine arts. The starting values for these basses are 2,500 euros for the Violinbirch and 3,500 euros for the Vikingman.

By pure chance both of the Harjunpääs tested are medium scale instruments (32 inches/81.3 cm), which are not all that common these days. A medium scale bass usually tends to sound similar in clarity and sustain to a long scale instrument, but the string action will feel a little more bendy, which suits some virtuosos.

Both basses feature full two-octave fretboards with expertly finished jumbo frets (Jescar 2.0).

In addition to their breathtakingly beautiful woods, and their compact bodies, both Harjunpääs have been built with Jouko Harjunpää’s special bolt-on neck joint. The Tuning Fork -joint uses a tempered steel plate, roughly shaped like a flattened tuning fork, that has been sunk into the neck’s butt end as an anchor for the joint’s six bolts. According to the maker, this steel plate makes the vibrational transfer between the neck and the body much faster than in a traditional bolt-on or set neck joint. The results are a clear and fast attack, a long sustain, and excellent string-to-string separation.

The Vikingman’s headstock is Harjunpää’s older design, based on the shape of the neck joint’s ”tuning fork”. Recently Jouko Harjunpää has come up with a very elegant and practical open headstock, which has been used for the Violinbirch model.

The machine heads are semi-open Wilkinsons.

Both basses sport top quality ABM-type bridges with lock screws for each bridge saddle.

Artesound pickups have been installed on both Harjunpää instruments:

The Violinbirch comes equipped with a Music Man-style large humbucker. The controls are passive and comprise master volume and master tone.

The Vikingman offers a pair of soapbar humbuckers connected to an Artesound active preamp. In addition to a three-way toggle, there are controls for master volume, bass, middle and treble (cut and boost).

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The workmanship on both Harjunpää instruments is excellent, and most prominent in the fretwork, finishing and playing feel. These basses are made with the beauty of the woods and the overall design front and centre, which sometimes calls for unusual solutions. Take the Vikingman’s bridge as an example – due to the body’s arching the back of the bridge doesn’t lie flat on the body, but has to be shimmed. At first this may look a little strange, but it doesn’t seem to have any negative impacts on the strength of the installation or on the sound.

Both instruments balance nicely in your lap. The long body horn on the bass side makes strapped on balance outstanding. The Vikingman is a tad heavier than the Violinbirch, but still what I’d consider a light bass.

There are differences in the neck profile and the sound of each bass:

The Violinbirch sports a muscular, slightly flattish profile with a nut width of 43 mm.

Played acoustically the Violinbirch’s sound is all about clarity seasoned with a nice dose of mid-range gnarl.

Through an amp the Violinbirch comes across with a strong voice with plenty of attitude in the middle register.

The Vikingman’s neck profile could be described as chunkier version of a Jazz Bass neck. The neck is very round at its narrow nut (35 mm), but it gets wider and much flatter as you go up towards the body.

The Vikingman’s acoustic voice is very clear, too, but here the general character is rounder, and fuller in the lower mids.

Artesound’s preamp delivers a moderate output, which is good news for clean headroom. Despite its fuller acoustic tone, the Vikingman sounds a little clearer than the more aggressive Violinbirch. Thanks to the excellent preamp you can access a wide range of different sounds on this instrument.

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Here is the demo song in audio form:

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If your central object of desire is a heavy relic reissue of a Fender Jazz, chances are you won’t fancy on of Harjunpää Bass’ idiosyncratically beautiful instruments.

Based on this review I can say that Harjunpääs are top drawer, modern basses, which offer the perfect balance between bass chunk and top end clarity. In my opinion Harjunpää basses are great-sounding Finnish works of art.

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Harjunpää Bass Violinbirch & Vikingman

Violinbirch – starting value 2,500 €

Vikingman – staring value 3,500 €

Pros (both basses):

+ handmade in Finland

+ Finnish wood (except top nut)

+ workmanship

+ playability

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02/04/2019

Testipenkissä: Harjunpää Violinbirch A 011 + Vikingman A 025

Suomessa toimii tällä hetkellä minun tietääkseni ainoastaan yksi soitinpaja, joka on erikoistunut pelkästään sähköbassoihin – Harjunpää Bass Nummijärveltä.

Harjunpää Bass on monessa mielessä erikoinen yritys, sillä Jouko Harjunpää ei ole IKATA:ssa käynyt nuori rakentaja, vaan keski-ikäinen yrittäjä ja basisti, jolle omien soittimien tekeminen on sydänasia. Keskiössä ovat rakkaus bassoon, suomalaiseen puuhun ja omilla käsillä tekemiseen. Jatkuvan kehityksen kautta syntyvät yksilölliset sähköbassot, joita voi ihailla sekä soittimina että taide-esineinä.

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Tämän jutun otsikko olisi hyvin voinut olla “Kotimaisen koivun soundi”, koska Jouko Harjunpää on suuri eri koivun puulajien ystävä. Molemmissa testisoittimissa – vaaleassa Violinbirch-mallissa ja tummassa Vikingman-bassossa – vain satula on tehty toisesta puulajista (wengestä).

Violinbass-malli on tehty kokonaan visakoivusta, kun taas Vikingmanissä koivukaula visakoivuotelaudalla on liitetty koivupahkasta ja visakoivusta tehtyyn runkoon.

Koska kyseessä ovat yksilöllisesti käsintehdyt soittimet, ja yhden miehen paja, on tuotanto hyvin rajoitettu. Jouko Harjunpää ei haluaisi puhua soittimien hinnasta hintana. Hänen mukaan asiakas maksaa soittimen lähtöarvosta, jonka jälkeen harvinaisen käsintehdyn basson arvo lähtee elämään oman elämänsä, niin kuin esimerkiksi taide-esineissä. Näiden kahden soittimien lähtöarvot ovat 2.500 euroa (Violinbirch) ja 3.500 euroa (Vikingman).

Sattumoisin molemmissa Harjunpäissä on keskipitkä mensuuri (32 tuumaa/81,3 cm), jota näkee nykyisissä sähköbassoissa hyvin harvoin. Keskipitkä mensuuri soi yleensä lähes yhtä selkeällä äänellä kuin tavallinen pitkä mensuuri (34 tuumaa/86,4 cm), mutta kielet ovat hieman taipuisempia, mikä on joidenkin bassovirtuoosien mieleen.

Molemmat soittimet tarjoavat kahden oktaavin otelautoja, joihin on huolellisesti asennettu jumbokokoiset nauhat (Jescar 2.0).

Henkeäsalpaavien puuvalintojen, sekä hyvin kompaktien runkojen lisäksi, molemmissa bassoissa on luonnollisesti Harjunpää-soittimien soundin kulmakivi – Jouko Harjunpään itse kehittämä äänirautaliitos. Vastakappaleena kaulaliitoksen jämäkille pulteille toimii tässä kaulapuuhun upotettu, etäisesti äänirautaa muistuttava, teräslevy. Rakentajan mukaan tämä teräslevy siirtää kielten värähtelyä paljon vapaammin edestakaisin kuin perinteinen ruuvi- tai liimaliitos. Lopputuloksena kielet soivat pidempään ja soundi on hyvin erotteleva.

Vikingmanin viritinlapa on pajan vanhempi malli, jossa kärki esittää kaulaliitoksen ääniraudan muotoa. Harjunpää Bass on siirtynyt hiljattain Violinbirchilläkin nähtävään avoimeen malliin, mikä helpottaa soittimen virittämistä.

Puoliavoimet virityskoneistot tulevat Wilkinsonin tuotannosta.

Molemmissa bassoissa käytetään laadukkaita ABM-tyylisiä talloja lukittavilla tallapaloilla.

Mikrofonit tulevat Artesoundin valikoimasta:

Violinbirchiin on asennettu Music Man -tyylinen isokokoinen humbuckeri. Elektroniikka on passiivinen ja se tarjoaa master volume- ja tone-säätimet.

Vikingman taas tarjoaa kaksi soapbar-kokoista humbuckeria ja Artesoundin aktiivielektroniikka. Kolmiasentoisen mikkikytkimen lisäksi löytyy master volume, sekä kolmialueinen EQ (bass, middle, treble).

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Molemmissa Harjunpää-bassoissa on yhteistä erittäin laadukas työnjälki, joka tuntuu ja näkyy ehkä parhaiten viimeistelyssä, nauhatyössä ja soittotuntumassa. Näitä bassoja tehdään käsin selvästi puun ja ulkomuodon ehdoilla, mikä johtaa välillä epätavallisiin ratkaisuihin. Esimerkiksi Vikingmanin tallan takaosa ei istu kokonaan soittimen voimakkaasti kaartuvan rungon päällä. Tämä näyttää ensisilmäyksellä hieman mielenkiintoiselta, mutta ratkaisulla ei näytä olevan negatiivista vaikutusta kiinnityksen lujuuteen tai basson soundiin.

Molempien soittimien tasapaino on istuessa todella hyvä ja hihnalta roikkuen pitkien yläsarvien ansiosta erinomainen. Vikingman on pikkasen Violinbirch-mallia painavampi, mutta molemmat bassot ovat kevyttä sorttia.

Kaulaprofiilissa ja soundissa löytyy sen sijaan selkeitä eroja mallien välillä:

Violinbirchin kaulaprofiili on hieman laakea, mutta mukavasti lihaksikas ja harteikas tapaus 43 millin levyisellä satulalla.

Akustisesti soitettuna Violinbirchin soundi on hyvin erotteleva ja keskialueella on sopiva annos murinaa.

Vahvistimen kautta Violinbirchin soundi on vahva ja keskirekisterissä löytyy runsaasti asennetta.

Vikingmanin kaulaprofiili on kuin punttisalissa käynyt Fender Jazz -basson kaula. Kapean satulan kohdalla (35 mm) kaula on hyvin pyöreä, mutta profiilista tulee leveämpi ja laakeampi runkoa kohti mentäessä.

Myös Vikingmanin äänessä on runsaasti erottelevuutta, mutta tässä perussoundi on pyöreämpi ja alamiddlessä täyteläisempi.

Vahvistimen kautta Artesoundin aktiivielektroniikan signaalitaso on mukavan maltillinen. Vikingmanin perussoundi on basson akustisesta soundista huolimatta hieman kirkkaampi kuin passiivisessa Violinbirchissä. Kahden mikrofonin ja laadukkaan etuvahvistimen ansiosta soittimen tarjoama soundiskaala on erittäin laaja.

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Tässä vielä demobiisi audiona:

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Jos sydämesi lyö relikoidulle vuoden 1962 Jazz-basson uudelleenpainokselle, Harjunpää Bass -pajan omintakeisen kauniit luomukset eivät luultavasti ole sinun heiniäsi.

Harjunpää-bassot ovat tämän testin perusteella nykyaikaisia huippubassoja, joiden vahvuus löytyy soundin muhkeuden ja erottelevuuden esimerkillisessä suhteessa. Minun mielestäni nämä Harjunpäät ovat silkkaa soivaa suomalaista taidetta.

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Harjunpää Bass Violinbirch & Vikingman

Violinbirch – lähtöarvo 2.500 €

Vikingman – lähtöarvo 3.500 €

Plussat (molemmat bassot):

+ suomalaista käsityötä

+ suomalaiset puulajit (paitsi yläsatula)

+ työnjälki

+ soitettavuus

+ soundi

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25/03/2019

Harjunpää Bass – now on SoundCloud

HARJUNPÄÄ BASS VIOLINBIRCH A 011

• body, neck and fretboard – Finnish curly birch (visakoivu)
• wenge nut
• 24 Jescar 2.0 frets
• six-bolt Harjunpääbass neck joint
• golden Wilkinson tuners
• golden ABM-type bridge
• Artesound MM-type humbucker
• passive volume and tone

HARJUNPÄÄ BASS VIKINGMAN A 025

• body, neck and fretboard – Finnish curly birch (visakoivu & koivupahka)
• wenge nut
• 24 Jescar 2.0 frets
• six-bolt Harjunpääbass neck joint
• chrome Wilkinson tuners
• chrome ABM-type bridge
• two Artesound Soapbar humbuckers
• three-way toggle switch
• Artesound active preamp – volume, treble, middle, bass

Contact: www.facebook.com/harjunpaabass/

DEMO SONG

All tracks recorded using a SansAmp Bass Driver DI.
Lead bass – Violinbirch (first half), Vikingman (second half)

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28/02/2019

Harjunpää Bass ++ testi tulossa ++ working on a review

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23/08/2018

Green Guitars P-Bass – the Kitarablogi-video

Green Guitars P-Bass

• basswood body

• hard maple neck

• rosewood fretboard

• 20 frets

• 34″ scale

• open cloverleaf tuners

• Kent Armstrong PB pickup

• 1 volume, 1 tone control

Finnish distributor: Nordsound

13/06/2018

Review: TOOB 12B

Kitarablogi.com reviewed the guitar-specific TOOB models 12J and 12R back in April. At that time no bass version – the 12B – was available for testing, but now we got our chance to do a review of this model, too.

In case you haven’t yet read the previous TOOB review, let me run the basic features by you again.

Finnish inventor/ guitarist Markku Pietinen has come up with what I regard as one of the coolest new ideas in the field of speaker cabinets – the TOOB.

The TOOB is an ultralight speaker cabinet conceived especially for the musician on the move.

The TOOB’s cabinet consists of a length of Uponor IQ drainage pipe. This is an extremely lightweight and strong corrugated tube made from double-walled polypropylene. The mounting rims are a proprietary design, injection moulded from ABS plastic specifically for use in the TOOB cabinets.

There are two guitar speaker versions available – the 12J and the 12R – which both come loaded with 12″ Jensen speakers, alongside the TOOB 12B bass cabinet that sports a Celestion BN12-300S.

The TOOB 12B  (current RRP in Finland: 499 €) weighs only 4.6 kg and offers power handling of up to 300 watts at 8 ohms.

Standard colours for all TOOBs are black and cinnamon (as reviewed), but you can also order custom options with a painted or covered veneer overlay.

All TOOBs come with metal clip-on legs as standard, or you can get an optional magnetic plywood foot, as used on our review sample. I’ve also heard rumours that the company is currently working on an adjustable cradle stand, tentatively called the TILTA.

The bass version comes with an additional set of clip-on legs should you want to place your 12B in an upright position.

This position results in a different kind of sound dispersal, often preferred by double bass players, in addition to taking up even less space on stage. I’d strongly suggest you try both styles of placement.

The 12B offers both a Speakon connector and a phone jack as inputs. As the inputs are wired in parallel, you can also use the second connector to daisy chain two TOOBs to a single amp.

The bass model also offers an additional tone shaping feature in the shape of the TOOB Tone Cushion. The cushion is velcroed to the inside of the TOOB, and can be removed or squeezed to give open-back or half-open tonalities. My personal preference was the closed setting, but you should definitely experiment with the Tone Cushion to find your favourite set-up.

I got to test drive the TOOB 12B with two micro-amps – a Trace Elliot Elf and a Gallien-Krueger MB200 – which can be handily velcroed to the cabinet’s small wooden table.

The sound quality, sound dispersion and power handling of the bass-TOOB are nothing short of impressive. Yes, you can get the speaker to distort by driving the cabinet at silly levels, but for the types of bands and gigs it has been designed for, you’d be hard pressed to find a better ultra-compact solution than the 12B.

In my opinion the TOOB’s bass version is best suited for Jazz and Lounge groups, as well as Pop/Rock gigs in (very) small venues (like the pub on the corner). The TOOB 12B is also ideal as a cabinet for acoustic bass guitars in ”unplugged” bands.

The sound clips were played through the GK MB200 and recorded with a Shure SM57:

1980s Jazz Bass

Double bass with Shadow pickup

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The TOOB 12B

Lightweight bass speaker cabinet

499 €

Contact: TOOB

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Pros:

+ made in Finland

+ ruggedness

+ weight

+ power handling

+ sound

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24/04/2018

Testi tulossa *** Working on a review *** TOOB 12B

 

TOOB 12B

• Body: 315 mm corrugated, double-wall Polypropylene pipe (Black or Cinnamon), RoHS certified
• Impact resistant ABS plastic closing ring
• Celestion BN12-300 12″ Neodymium driver, rated 300 W max., 8 ohm, 50-4,000 Hz
• Heavy-duty steel grill with T-logo
• Resilient EPDM gasket
• Vintage-style leather handle
• Half-open back with Tone Cushion
• One 1/4″ Switchcraft mono jack, one Neutrik Speakon connector, parallel connected
• Wiring 1,5 mm2 speaker cable, high-quality quick connectors
• Contoured saddle, with hook-and-loop fasteners for micro amp
• Removable stand of 5 mm zinc plated steel
• All fixtures bolt-through
• Delivered with 40 cm connecting cable and fastener strips

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Recorded using a Gallien-Krueger MB200 amp head and a Shure SM57.