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  1. All possible midi connections and equipment would take a large book to outline. Decide what you want to do, then research what gear will do that for you, then find out how to hook it up. Best bet might be to make a relationship with a reputable salesperson. I have always had good service from Sweetwater Sound.
  2. I like my swell, sustain, and Leslie switch pedals too much to enjoy standing while playing these days, and the X-style stands have those two legs sticking out in the way. I have one at home as a practice stand, but for onstage I have an Ultimate Support JS-MPS1 that I've used for more than 20 years. I have an upper tier that bolts on. It's plenty stable, and leaves lots of room for pedals. I see the stand is still made, but I don't find the upper tier arms anymore. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PlatformStdJS--ultimate-support-js-mps1-jamstans-multi-purpose-mixer-keyboard-stand?mrkgadid=3281233240&mrkgcl=28&mrkgen=gpla&mrkgbflag=0&mrkgcat=keyboards&synthesizers=&acctid=21700000001645388&dskeywordid=92700046937741301&lid=92700046937741301&ds_s_kwgid=58700005287622121&ds_s_inventory_feed_id=97700000007215323&dsproductgroupid=491432491837&product_id=PlatformStdJS&prodctry=US&prodlang=en&channel=online&storeid=&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&adpos=largenumber&locationid=9033391&creative=217452498629&targetid=aud-382734789492%3Apla-491432491837&campaignid=916403487&awsearchcpc=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwwY-LBhD6ARIsACvT72N85KAIybeveP8OSMXgBVXZva7Car8BciCzXD1fVPx0LUVajshoAf4aAo9vEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
  3. This article deals with teles, not strats, but the differences should be similar. https://www.guitarvguitar.com/squier-standard-vs-affinity-telecaster.html
  4. No pics currently but I have a black Squire Affinity Anniversary Telecaster. Bought at Sam Ash for $99, had a Fralin bridge pup I wasn't using so dropped that in. A very nice playing and sounding guitar for little money.
  5. First guitar and amp was a Norma hollow body with amp combo from Speigel catalog. Both were total crap.
  6. I've had to get rid of several over the years; a '67 gold top with P90s, a '65 SG special, an early '60s melody maker. The one I would most like to have now is an old black and white Silvertone hollow body with a bigsby tail piece, similar to the Chris Isaak type. It was a very nice instrument with an interesting sound. I've only seen one exactly the same; in a fake storefront in Dollywood. I sold it when I was a kid and didn't really know what I had.
  7. https://www.wirelesshack.org/how-to-connect-a-android-to-wired-ethernet-connection.html https://www.amazon.com/USB-3-0-Ethernet-Adapter-Syncwire/dp/B074CDL78M
  8. The XR12 has an ethernet port on the front; can you not use a wired interface, such as a lightning to ethernet adapter?
  9. If you have a retailer near enough, best thing is to try various guitars and see which feels best and sounds best to you. Most modern guitars, even the very low budget models, are quite usable if properly set up. I personally have a Squire Affinity Telecaster I paid $100 for new that plays and sounds excellent.
  10. You might try a Revo guitar strap. I have one on my 11 tele and one on my ~8 lb variax and they make a lot of difference in distributing the weight over a standard strap. For me they were well worth the cost. Also, I second the Melody Maker for a light guitar. I had a mid 60s that I installed an aftermarket p90 in that sounded great and weighed almost nothing.
  11. I've not tried a 6-string but a close friend of mine had a couple of 5-string basses with fanned frets. It's difficult if one looks at the neck too closely while playing, but just forgetting about the frets and playing made it quite easy. I like the idea for basses as it gives a more balanced tone across the strings due to varying lengths IMHO.
  12. I've worked under several stage names over the years, mostly as part of a show band schtick. My favorite was Jack M'Hoff.
  13. Good tube amps sound great, but keep in mind that tube amps generally cost more in the long run, with the expense of retubing. A good SS amp can also sound great. I currently own a blackface Bandmaster, a Boogie MK IV, and an Ampeg V4 in tube amps, but gigging I generally use either my Peavey Studio Pro 40, or an Acoustic G20, either with a Vox Stomplab and other effects. Much lighter to haul around, no need to maintain tubes, and a very good tone out of either with a little tweaking. As to guitars, as has been said by others, there is nothing like going to a store and trying out different models. I currently use a JVT59 for all gigs, instead of my Teles or 335, as I like the versatility. I got it for ~$800 as a scratch and dent and bought a case for ~$60 to go with it.
  14. Haven't seen anybody mention Pete Townshend. He's still alive and kickin.
  15. Both my wife, who runs a karaoke show, and myself (I play anything from solo to four-piece) often play in similar sized venues. We both currently use one or two Turbosound IP2000 speakers. We find the sound is great, and it spreads nicely, even in odd shaped venues. One of those with your current mixer would work quite well and should eliminate the need for additional monitoring. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/IP2000--turbosound-inspire-ip2000
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