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How do you feel about your job?
Mar 20, 2017 - 2:44 PM - by LonerMatt
Spurred by something that I was talking about with work colleagues yesterday. Of the 6 of us that were in the office, 3 of them said that they didn't really like working any more, and wished that it was financially viable for them to retire.
I felt really sorry for them. They are friends and I don't like hearing about my friends feeling stuck, trapped, worn out or over it. To these teachers' credit they keep doing a great j0ob (unlike others who are waiting to retire I've worked with in the past).
So I'm wondering: how do you feel about your job? Great times? Necessary evil? Worst part of your day?
For me: I really enjoy my job. I'm often singing, smiling, energetic when I ride to work and feel pretty excited to be teaching most of the time. The challenges exist but each year they are getting easier for me to overcome (or perhaps easier to accept and ignore). I think it enriches me and I get a great deal - good pay, great holidays, and I do work that I think is valuable. That said I often think about quitting because there's so many other things I'd love to have to time to do. I don't quit because I'm a sucker for routine and a bit of a coward in some ways.
Oct 08, 2015 - 2:03 PM - by b-bottom
For some reason I really want one of the 2012 Gibson Flying V reissues. They didn't make many of them so I'm having a hell of a time finding one for a reasonable price.
Bass reviews......new to the herd
Mar 22, 2017 - 6:24 PM - by Jugghaid
Okay, so I picked up a couple of new (to me) basses last week and waned some time with them before I gave any real input as to their quality etc.
First up, 2013 Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V
Features: This is basically the same thing as the new Fender Elite Jazz bass V with a couple small differences. The Elite has the 4th generation noiseless pickups and mine has 3rd generation pickups. I tried out an elite and no real difference in tone or noise level IMO. The biggest difference is in the truss rod adjustment. For the Elite, they went with the Musicman Style wheel adjustment. this one has the old style truss rod adjustment and came with the big truss rod wrench. I like the wheel style a little better, but I adjust my basses once in a blue moon so no real big difference there either.
This bass has a really comfy compound radius neck/fretboard from 9.5" at the neck 14" Basically a modern C shape but asymmetrical. Gotta say it's comfy to play. Bound and blocked and the edges are turned very nicely. Very comfy after new strings and a setup. Mine is an Alder body, but they have Ash models as well. Has the Fender High Mass Bridge, string thru body. Nice bridge really. No complaints at all. N3 noiseless pickups sound great, like a Jazz bass should sound. Especially in passive mode. Which brings us to the preamp. I like the fact that it is selectable active/passive with a mini toggle. For passive there is a passive tone control and for active, it's a 3 band. Also is a volume/pan and not vol/vol. I like the pan better. It's not a bad preamp. Is it as good as an East J-Retro or a Sadowsky pre? no. But it's a lot better than many active jazz bass preamps I have played on. Good, but not great. Sound is about an 8-8.5 IMO. Playability is a solid 9.
Overall, I think these were street pricing at about $1600 new and the new Elite is over $2000.I gave up about $1100 in trade value for this one, and that's a fair price in good condition on the used market I think. Not an absolute killer of a keeper for a 5 string Jazz, and I still may look for a trade for a Stingray 5, but it's a really nice damn bass.
90's Fender Japan (CIJ) 70's reissue Jazz bass:
I've had several CIJ basses over the years (including the Hamburgler foto-flame model) and they were all terrific. this one is no exception. Killer neck, great resonant piece of wood (I'm thinking it's ash just be the sound) and really good electronics. This one is in Lake Placid Blue with a Tort guard and Maple board bound and blocked. I really like that color combo. Don't see it every day. This is just a terrific Japanese Jazz bass. Plays so smooth it's stupid. Has the 70's RI 3 bolt neckplate. It's in really really good shape too. Definitely keeping this one for the time being. It just makes me smile when I pick it up and play it.
That is all.
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