Hi there, well, it has been a long strange trip. Born in Appleton Wisconsin, I started in music at a fairly young age, around 5 years, on piano and singing in boys choirs. I grew up around music, and have very fond memories that go way back of my older brothers jamming down the basement playing Smoke On The Water, among other crazy heavy jams. So by the time I reached 12, I was determined to become the next Ray Manzarek-bassplayer and keyboardist. The only thing was, my first band Feedback played songs like Bloodsucker (Deep Purple), Paranoid (Black Sabbath), and Living After Midnight (Judas Priest). This kind of music didn't fit with the Manzaraek thing--just a bit heavier, and besides the 'Purple", most of the songs we played had no keyboard part anyway. But more than anything, watching our guitar player-Mike- jam on his black Fender strat made we want to start on the elecetric bass. So, I traded my Vox keyboard-yes Vox- (I wish I would have kept that thing) for a 1969 Fender Musicmaster shortscale bass. This was a great instrument. So I had my first real rig-- the Fender bass, an old Acoustic 360 head that was given to me by Vinnie, a dude from New york that played in a band with my brother and was living temporarily with us, and some kind of weird speaker cab. I think it was a PV with a 15 inch speaker. Feedback did a few gigs in our time. The highlight was playing our 9th grade dance, with a full light show--we bought a FUNKY light system from the music teacher at our jr. high, roadies, a stage make of milk crates and lamps-yes lamps- all over the stage. By the end of 9th grade, I was into way more styles and bass players, really starting to dig Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris; totally into the '60's sounds of psychedlia but also loving the raw energy of heavy metal. After hearing Astral Traveller by Yes, I was determined to own Chris Squire's tone. So I ended up trading back my Fender bass for Rickenbacker-YES! I really wanted the black one, but I ended getting the red one instead. A true red color, not the fireglo.
To Be continued . . . .
My gear list is always changing, but this is up to date: BASSES ELECTRIC BASSES: 1975 Rickenbacker 4001 1988 Home made Ricky copy 1988 Alembic Persuader 1994 Alembic Epic, 5-string 1996 Fender American Standard Jazz 2001 Fender 50th Anniversary Precision 2000 Fender Jazz Fretless (Mexi) 1963 or 1964 Guild Starfire Early '90's G & L L2000 Fretless 2003 Dean Rhapsody 8-string Hohner AB-40N Acoustic Bass Guitar Turser Jazz Bass UPRIGHTS: 1924 Italian bass made by Giuseppe Castagnino 1998 German bass made by Pollmann, Busetto Model BOWS: Bernd Dolling German bow, made of Snakewood Seifert German bow, pernambuco stick with ebony frog, octagonal stick ELECTRIC GUITARS 1990's Fender Stratocaster (mexi) Numerous strat copy guitars... OTHER 2009 Crafter Salon Guitar 1955 Pfreztschner Viola with bow Full size Violin of unknown origin- about 100 years old
AMPS & CABINETS AMPS: 1990's Ampeg SVT Classic
Mesa Boogie Strategy 400 Power Amp
1971 Silverface Fender Bassman Head
1969 Silverface Fender Bassman
(2) Peavey MicroBass practice amps
Peavey Minx 10 practice amp
1970's Sunn Concert Lead
Kustom Bass Head with 1x 15 cab..
Kustom Defender Guitar amp
Fender Blues DeVille 2 x 12
CABS: Acoustic 2x15 cabinet Mesa Boogie 1x15 Mesa Boogie Junior Powerhouse- 1x12 with 4x8, and tweeter Pacific 2x10
1969 Fender 2x15
EFFECTS & TOYS RACK STUFF: Alembic SF-2 Superfilter Digitech MIDI graphic equalizer DBX compressor/noisegate Fuhrman power conditioner Alesis Quadraverb PEDALS: early '70's Electro-harmonix Big Muff π early '70's Electro-Harmonix Smallstone Phase shifter Morley Mark Trmonti Power Wah BOSS FBM-1 Fender '59 Bassman Amp Modeler BOSS FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp Modeler BOSS RC-20XL Loop Starion ZOOM 506II Bass Multi Effects
OTHER Korg M-1
Moog Slim Phatty
E-MU Virtuoso 2000 Shure SM-57 mic Beringer B-2 pro mic Apple computers Pro Tools M-Box along with all the toys that it comes with Lots of Peavey PA stuff