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    Surprise Dargie Find

    Surprise Dargie Find-dargie2-jpg

    I was having a video chat with a friend of mine who is helping me mix an album. He also is a guitar player but is otherwise very nice. We're both banging around on the net, too, and he says, "Hey, check this link - is this a knockoff or is it real?"

    As you can see in my photo, it is in fact very, very real. A Dargie V2.0 Bongo 5HH! Don't see many of those around these days. I said sure, it's real, and it's an Alpha Bongo, too. He said, "I need a bass around, it's 1500 bucks, is that decent?" I'm considering which of the children might be worth that much, but he has disposable income and says, "I bought it."

    I offer him 2/3 in cash and maybe a Stingray if he'll trade me. Nope. He wants a Bongo because I like Bongos and he likes how I sound. Okay. At least I'll get to play it.

    He brings it over and the thing is like NEW. Even the tuning keys are shiny! The strings have some life left in them but I have Cobalts here and so I do that. These may have been the original Slinkys, by the way. I just don't think anyone has ever really played this bass. The pickguard is immaculate!

    So I change the strings, adjust the intonation a bit, not much. I put some relief in the neck. I plug it in and it's massive. Perfect. He comes over to work on some mixes and I tell him he has to play it. He says, "You play it and I can listen." I do. It's a joy to play.

    We drink martinis and argue about gain structure and effects and wrangle up a decent mix of some stuff. He says, "By the way, I don't need a Bongo. The SUB you've had at my house is plenty of bass for me. So that's yours now."

    How's that for a way to start 2019?

    I needed some joy in my life and I got it in spades!

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    Excellent way to start the year, congratulations!

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    Dang! Outstanding!
    Balls are Best!!

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    Classic Sabre "Natural" born 4/23/2014
    20th Anniversary Stingray 5 HH "California Sunset" born 5/10/2007
    Stingray H "Redwood" born 8/6/2008
    Stingray 5 HS "Dargie Delight" born 2/28/2007
    Classic Stingray 5 "Vintage White" born 5/17/2010
    SUB 5 "Graphite" born 4/1/2005
    Stingray 5 H LF "Black" born 4/1/2003
    Stingray H "Orange Firemist" born 1/28/2009
    SUB 1 H "Graphite" born 1/27/2005
    GK Fusion 550 & Neo 212 II
    GK MB150E & MBX
    GK MB112 II & 112MBP

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    Now THAT's quite a story! We should all have such friends.

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    Hunter Hayes Cutlass in Lake Tahoe Blue
    Cutlass RS in Charging Green
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    Valentine in Trans Maroon
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    Yeah, sure, Jack. I have seen a photo but you know how it is on the bass. Get that camera out!

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    There's a photo in the original post. I plan to take more, though!

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    Oh, that little photo. More and bigger one's, please.

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    Green Bongos with Ebony fretboards rule. Nice score!
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    Congrats Lord Bongo! Good to see the year started that nice for you.

    That bass looks fantastic on that little pic.
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    1991 SR4 H black/rw since 1992
    2009 Big Al SSS Olive Gold / Gold swirl
    2009 SR5 HH bfr tobacco burst / all rw neck
    2008 Bongo 5 HH egyptian smoke / phyton
    2006 Bongo 4 HP medallion gold / abalone (SmallEQ Bongo)
    2010 Big Al 5 H bfr roasted neck

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    Thats a fine gentleman. Thats really a rare bird
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    Wow! Great story. You have cool friends. And some decent basses.

    1998 Sterling 4H honeyburst lined fretless
    2006 30th Anniversary Stingray
    2014 Bongo 4HSp neptune blue w/roasted maple neck
    2014 Big Al 4SSS inca silver w/full rosewood neck

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    I love a good story with a happy green ending!
    Buncha Rays and Bongos

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    Wow !

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005.LE
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

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    Awesome bass! Awesome Friend!

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