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Intermediate Member
Username: rogertvr

Post Number: 102
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2003 - 6:21 pm:   Edit Post

I thought that maybe it was time I bothered to introduce myself, especially as the Dragonís Wing is well underway!

I hope this doesnít come across as pretentious; this isnít my intention at all. I guess thatís the reason I havenít posted this beforeÖtoo scared!

Anyway, many years ago, when I was very young (i.e. 8 years old) I almost sent my parents mad with the idea that I wanted a keyboard (an organ at that time). Remember this was the early 70ís! No way they were going to let an 8 year old have an organ, he couldnít play a note and they couldnít afford it. By the time I was 10, I wanted the organ AND I wanted a drum kit. This wasnít helped by the fact that across the road, one of our neighbours had a drum kit set up in his garage. Listening to my neighbour playing drums continued to my satisfaction (the owner of the kit could really play and went on to own a music shop and do session work) until I was 14. By then I had decided that I wanted to be a bass player. My parents decided that maybe, as I had been a real pain about playing an instrument for six years, that I was probably serious by this stage. Dad finally gave in and bought me a Fender Jazz copy and a really basic amplifier and speaker. That was 1980 and it really got me going. I was a Rush and a Yes fan anyway, so I set about trying to copy Geddy Lee and Chris Squireís finest!

Come 1981, and dad wanted me to stay on into higher education. I wanted a job (i.e. money) so he bribed me. He couldn't afford what I wanted. I wanted a Rickenbacker 4001, but I didn't want a jetglo one - I wanted something different in colour. One day in my school holidays I spotted 'my' 4001 - in azureglo but a price tag £100 above jetglo ones. It was £490 in 1981 - a lot of money for my dad, mom didn't work (housewife) but he couldn't quite afford it. So - instead of telling me that it was a non-starter - he didn't go to the pub with his friends until he'd saved his beer money to pay for my 4001. Is it my most treasured possession? Of course and does it sing or what!!!!! Myself and senior management have some very basic rules if the worst happens and the house burns down Ė she saves the cats, Iím going to save my 4001! When the Dragonís Wing arrives Iíll be saving two bass guitars I suspect!!

During the mid-80ís I was playing in a band and then one day Ė along comes ĎLive Aidí. That was it for me. I sat in front of the tv, I was convinced that sooner or later The Who would be playing (although I had no proof beforehand that they would play) and myself, like millions of others, must have been gutted when, partway into ĎMy Generationí, the BBC feed failed. It was restored of course and then when listening to ĎWonít Get Fooled Againí Ė I was absolutely blown away by Johnís bass sound. I was on a mission to find out what instrument he was playing and Alembic turned out to be a very new thing to me then. From 1987 to 1993 I didnít play, my 4001 sat in its case. One day in 1993 I went into town to get some strings, I had decided to start playing again. Hanging on the wall was an Alembic Series II, a very strange sky blue colour (with a horrific price tag) but it played like a dream. I decided that one day, I WOULD own an AlembicÖas the years have passed, I have continued to change my mind (and budget) until I have settled on what I now have in build Ė the Dragonís Wing.

Sort of running parallel with the bass guitar thing, Iíve also had an unhealthy interest in synthesizers since 1982. I like the melodic and technical challenge that synthesizers give me if Iím in the mood. Iíve included some pictures of my keyboard set-up here. If anyone wants more details, please ask. But in there is (for the spotters!!):-
Moog Mini-Moog
Roland Jupiter 8
Roland D-50
Roland D-110 Module
Moog The Source
Novation KS5
Moog Taurus II (interfaced with the Source)
Roland PK-5 (MIDI-ed to the D-110)
Roland TR-707 (talks to the JP-8 and the D-50)
1 x very green frog called 'Elliot' (for moral support but spends most of his life trying to avoid two very determined Siamese cats)
50,000 feet (or thereabouts) of cabling and a 16 channel Behringer mixer!

Finally, for amplification, I have my trusty Trace Elliot 250w top, driving a Trace Elliot 4x10" and a Trace Elliot 1x15" - all bought in 1986 and I cannot part with it! My neighbours love me ;-)

Iím looking forward to the arrival of the Dragonís Wing enormously! My first Alembic Ė but not the last Iím sure!!

If youíve got this far and not fallen asleep Ė I thank you! Sorry about all of the spurious objects in the pictures but I'm a little limited for space in my 'music room'!



Intermediate Member
Username: elzie

Post Number: 192
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2003 - 7:53 pm:   Edit Post

Great story!

I used to own a cream 4001. I just didn't like the neck on it, which is tough to say as a Geddy Lee fan too.

Synthesizer? I haven't heard that word in quite a while. I had synthesizer classes in junior high school in 1977, man I feel old.....

By the way Roger, if I get my finances in due order I am ordering a Dragon's Wing like yours ;)

Paul II
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 85
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2003 - 9:43 pm:   Edit Post

Great synths! I used to use a Source, Taurus 2, Juno 106, Korg DS8 along with my Spoiler 6's. I then went midi with 2 PK5's Korg N1R and Roland JV1010 with a Midiman box. But tastes change so now I just play bass and sing. I do use a Triton Rack and Roland XP-30 for my Mac-Protools setup. I use Tannoy 800 active monitors. I couldn't afford the Genlecs! Best of luck with your Dragon. He who dies with the most toys wins!
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 563
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 3:17 am:   Edit Post

Brothert Roger!
Is she coming soon?
BTW: that syntesizer thing is far above my league! ATOH: I did fooled around some day with a tool that was called an "Oberheim Expander", with A LOT of knobs to tweak!

Paul the bad one
Username: senmen

Post Number: 54
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 3:21 am:   Edit Post

Hi Roger,
I am also dying to see your new baby, the Dragon...
Then we HAVE to meet with Paul etc.etc.
My Spyder8 is in the finishing I hope.
When we will meet we will have some great
basses to produce some big eartquake warnings!

Take care
Oliver Baumann
Username: basstard

Post Number: 54
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 5:31 am:   Edit Post

Roger, I have to admit that Ricks are probably my favourite "classic" basses (I'm not saying that Alembics are not classic - it's just that Rickenbackers are more "traditional"). If I were ever forced to play only 4-string passive basses, I'd surely play Ricks most of the time!
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 667
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 5:14 am:   Edit Post

I just wandered by again and ...what did I see ???????
Ain't that a bottle of delicious "blue" Chimay peeping around the right border of the second picture!!

Let me see "It's beer o'clock" you used to say?

Paul the bad one
Username: kenbass4

Post Number: 3
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 8:33 pm:   Edit Post

Hey again, Roger!

(Home from work and have time to type)

I guess we're pretty similar...as I have a '73 Mapleglow 4001, Korg Prophecy, X-3, and Wavestation SR, Alesis QSR, Roland XV-3080, and FATAR Footpedal controller. (OK, maybe I'm TOO big of Geddy fan!)

Intermediate Member
Username: rogertvr

Post Number: 131
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 9:11 am:   Edit Post

Ah yes Paul, the Chimay bottle...it's (well - it WAS!!) a 3-litre bottle of Chimay Grande Reserve. Until a Friday evening a little earlier this year, when I shared it with a very good friend of mine.

I think it's probably my most favourite beer of all time. Shame it's so expensive!!!!!!

Ken - that's a rather nice collection of instruments you have there!!
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 669
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 10:57 am:   Edit Post

Sharing with a friend ...that's what good beer is all about (....hm ....and basses ....and diner ....and christmas ....)
but ...Roger ...3 (three) litres ...
hips ...pardon

Paul the bad one
Intermediate Member
Username: rogertvr

Post Number: 133
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, 3 litres Paul - it's pretty strong too at 9% abv!!

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