No try-out update from Mooselumps yet, I see; this no doubt due to his end-of-semester academic workload. In the meantime I'll fill the dead air with some background narrative.
First off, herewith a most cordial welcome to M, both to the forum, and hopefully soon, to the society of Dingwall Devotees at large. Meeting him and spending with him and his girlfriend Saturday night was a great pleasure, and one I hope others of you will have on some future occasion.
We met up at midnight at the local movie theater, a virtually soundproof ARXX building on the outskirts of town and far from any residential areas. This choice of venue was made out of concern for noise complaints that might have arisen from conducting the demo at either of our homes, since I wanted him to be able to play at any volume he wanted, and/or that his amp(s) could muster--quite understandably, he wanted to try the Dingwalls with his own equipment. I invited him to bring his entire live rig if he wished, and offered the prospect of rocking the house the whole night without having to worry about disturbing anyone, but in the end, reason and practicality prevailed, and he brought just one amp and one cab. The former was a Carvin BX-500, a sweet-sounding ultra-light Class D, tube-equipped unit that's also an insanely good value for its price; the latter was a Carvin LSx1503, a PA cab which has gotten quite an enthusiastic following among bass players for its clean, hi-fi sound. I brought along my own TC RH450/RS210 half-stack just in case, but it ended up staying muted the whole time and serving as a tuning station; it might have been a bit too "Ampeggy" for M's tastes anyway. Contrary to earlier expectations, volume stayed moderate throughout the session, so as to best be able to appreciate the Dingwalls' tonal nuances, and the differences in same among the various instruments on test.
Pursuant to the model interests he mentioned above, these were my:
!. new natural ash ABZ-5, also mentioned above, and pictured in the Recently Shipped section, to Bass Northwest.
2. natural flame-top ABI-5
3. Vintageburst burl maple-top, bubinga-neck ABII-5
4. ABII-6 in the same finish
5 black/maple SJ-5 "Geddy Special"
I don't own a Combustion (yet...
), so I was unable to offer M the opportunity to try one. My goals with the basses listed were for him to be able to:
A. try, and compare, a 5-string example of each of the models in the Afterburner line
B. experience the magic of an ABII-6
C. try/compare all of these with both the shorter-scale SJ-5 and his customized, Nordstrand-loaded J-type bass he brought along for reference
D. do the preceding for as long as he wanted without any pressures, distractions, or time constraints other than that night's need for sleep
And now it's time for me to cede the floor to the man himself so he can report on his recent Dingwall experience. Cheers all!