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  posted on 8/18/2008 at 08:16 PM
A question for Big Dave & other musicians...

Why did Brother Berry had have that " raggedy-ass" ( a good thing incidently) sound on live recordings..but on the studio recordings sound less distinctive ?

 
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  posted on 8/18/2008 at 09:58 PM
If I'm not mistaken, The Tractor (and I believe there were two different ones, a sunburst '68-'69 Jazz Bass, and then later, a butterscotch '62 Jazz Bass) was a stage bass, for the most part. I think B.O. recorded with stock basses. I have seen a pic of Berry in the studio with a '66 Jazz Bass (I could tell by the oval shaped tuning keys) and he probably did that at the request of the record producer. Coincidentally, the neck of that '66 Jazz bass made it's way onto the butterscotch Tractor, which Berry Duane Oakley now owns. B.O. swapped necks shortly before he died, and the neck that was on the butterscotch Tractor ended up on the '66 Jazz Bass.

To be more specific, the Tractor was wired a couple different ways over time. At one point, it was wired with the Guild pickup going to one amp and the two Jazz pickups going to a differnt amp. B.O. was always messing around and experimenting with his equipment. After Duane died, I noticed his sound got really "dirty," for lack of a better description. It's like he was pushing it harder through the amps to get a distorted sound.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2008 at 04:55 PM
I hope Big Dave adds his opinion also, he was bass buds with Woody.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2008 at 09:04 PM
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I hope Big Dave adds his opinion also, he was bass buds with Woody.



Wow ! Tell us more.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2008 at 09:25 PM
Haven't seen Big Dave from Michigan here in quite some time. Hope he's well.

Nice descriptions, Big Dave On Bass!

 

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  posted on 8/20/2008 at 09:48 PM
Remember, it's BIGDAVE from Michigan...all caps.

I feel somewhat responsible for BIGDAVE's absence. When I registered to the site, I didn't know there was another BIGDAVE. In my nearly five years on this site, a lot of folks have referred to me simply as Big Dave. It's sort of like inadvertant identity theft.

So, I'd like to apologize to BIGDAVE right now if I'm the reason he's not been active on the site.

Having said that.....you say he was a bass buddy of Allen Woody's???

 

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  posted on 8/20/2008 at 10:01 PM
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Remember, it's BIGDAVE from Michigan...all caps.

I feel somewhat responsible for BIGDAVE's absence. When I registered to the site, I didn't know there was another BIGDAVE. In my nearly five years on this site, a lot of folks have referred to me simply as Big Dave. It's sort of like inadvertant identity theft.

So, I'd like to apologize to BIGDAVE right now if I'm the reason he's not been active on the site.

Having said that.....you say he was a bass buddy of Allen Woody's???







Big Dave from Georgia...I've been here a couple of years now and as far as I'm concerned......


You are Big Dave ! LOL )

 

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  posted on 8/21/2008 at 09:37 AM
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Remember, it's BIGDAVE from Michigan...all caps.

I feel somewhat responsible for BIGDAVE's absence. When I registered to the site, I didn't know there was another BIGDAVE. In my nearly five years on this site, a lot of folks have referred to me simply as Big Dave. It's sort of like inadvertant identity theft.

So, I'd like to apologize to BIGDAVE right now if I'm the reason he's not been active on the site.

Having said that.....you say he was a bass buddy of Allen Woody's???


Unless I misunderstood the conversation we had outsuide the Cotton Club during the ABB Fox run, Dave knew Woody from either repairing his basses or selling some to him. Dave worked at the Marshall Music Co. in Lansing, MI I believe.

 

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  posted on 8/21/2008 at 09:57 AM
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Remember, it's BIGDAVE from Michigan...all caps.

I feel somewhat responsible for BIGDAVE's absence. When I registered to the site, I didn't know there was another BIGDAVE. In my nearly five years on this site, a lot of folks have referred to me simply as Big Dave. It's sort of like inadvertant identity theft.

So, I'd like to apologize to BIGDAVE right now if I'm the reason he's not been active on the site.

Having said that.....you say he was a bass buddy of Allen Woody's???


Unless I misunderstood the conversation we had outsuide the Cotton Club during the ABB Fox run, Dave knew Woody from either repairing his basses or selling some to him. Dave worked at the Marshall Music Co. in Lansing, MI I believe.


BIGDAVE worked at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan, but sadly no longer does.

 

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  posted on 8/21/2008 at 12:43 PM
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  posted on 8/21/2008 at 01:24 PM
And there you have it!

BIGDAVE, come see us!

 

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  posted on 8/21/2008 at 01:31 PM
I have not heard from BIGDAVE for a while, last time was at a sweeties party a few years ago.

I often confuse the big daves, with both being experts about basses it does get confusing.

 

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  posted on 8/21/2008 at 02:18 PM
I've got a funny BIGDAVE story that I've told many times before, but I'll tell it again because I keep seeing BIGDAVE's look of surprise...

Dave and I were standing outside of the Cotton Club talking, Donna Hopkins was on stage playing. ABB were at The Fox, it was 9/25/2004. Dave had this huge tapestry with Duane's face on it and he had members of the band, thru the years, sign it. As we were talking I noticed Jack Pearson and his wife standing behind him talking (with Kirk, I think). Dave was holding up the signings and I was admiring it and asked him if he had all the band members sign. He looked sad and said the only one missing ( other than Duane and Berry ) was Jack Pearson. So here I am standing talking to Dave with Jack behind him when he said that. I asked "Why not just go ask him, I'm pretty sure he'll sign it" Dave looks bewildered, and then I point out Jack. Off runs Dave with his tapestry!!! You should've seen his expression, a classic moment.



[Edited on 8/21/2008 by TanDan]

 

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