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  1. The second week of March is when I started getting cancellation calls from retirement facilities. All of those gigs were cancelled until further notice and this has been my main source of income. I was still counting on my St. Patty's day gig but on March 16 our Governor announced that all restaurants will have to close it's doors to patrons. So this also cancelled a gig our band had lined up. $1000+ loss of revenue for the month of March is the result so far. I didn't have a lot of gigs lined up for April, but still nearly another $1000 worth. I've been quite frugal for years so I have an emergency fund/nest egg but I'm open to ideas on other income opportunities. I'm keeping as isolated as possible in the meantime. Stay safe everyone.
  2. Although the air compression helps lift speakers, you have to push down on the speaker when you want it to go down at the end of the night. Also the legs aren't as easy to spread out as other speaker stands. And, there are inserts that are needed to match the hole on my speakers. The inserts mean I have to lift speakers up higher to get them on the stand. (Note the silver cylinder at the top of stands in the photos.) Longer speaker stand bags are also needed because of the extra length. The good points: they are very sturdy and reliable compared to cheaper stands. And they look great!
  3. I have a pair of Ultimate support TS100B speaker stands for sale that have the air lift feature. First, this isn't a new model. I bought these a few years ago and didn't use them very much so they're in mint condition. I wouldn't suggest these for 30lb speakers. The air lift is better for 40lbs or more and if you turn the knob without a speaker placed the insert will spring up real fast! If that happens, the problem is pushing it back down. These are heavy duty stands but I don't really like them that much myself. Selling the pair for $200. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2456021704711702/
  4. During the last 1 1/2 years I've purchased about 20 custom tracks from Karaoke Version. The chick singer I've been working with wants background vocals on the tracks we use. My preference is tracks that don't have lead guitar (guitar is my job!). With the custom track option ($3 per song) you can download as many times as you want and make each download a different mix. Sometimes I download each track individually and load them all into my DAW (DP) so I can create a mix that's exactly what I want! Their tracks certainly aren't perfect and some are done much better than others. I had to eliminate weird sound effects in one song. The bass tone sucked in another song I downloaded. I did what I could in DP (EQing mostly) to get it to sound better.
  5. Addressing the root of the problem will lead to a more meaningful question. The OP didn't want to answer the 'why' question. 🤔
  6. Yes, it can be done but I'm pretty sure it's the wrong question. 🤯
  7. Merry Christmas or happy holidays to y'all!
  8. There was a Blues scene in my area in the '90s. The last Blues club in town closed down a couple of years ago. There are a few Blues bands that still get gigs. As far as open mic nights, there are two or three places doing it. I've felt the way Notes does about musicians going to these to play a few songs without pay. Some are in my age group, retired and just wanna have some fun. Younger musos are hoping to get noticed enough to get in a band or get gigs on their own. Anyway, I'm just thinking of more possibilities for gigs. Brainstorming if you will...
  9. Has anyone here hosted an open mic night on an off night? I was thinking it might be another type of gig that would bring in a few bucks. Or should I just be an Uber driver? lol
  10. I've had to upgrade a few Macs in order to have a decent internet experience. There comes a point where you have to upgrade the OS and if your machine is too old upgrading is impossible. My imac is a 2011 and won't take the latest OS but all is fine with the internet so far. Pogo could check to see if his macbook can take an OS upgrade that will support this website. Applehistory.com is a good site to find this kind of info.
  11. Band in a Box - tracks can be muted. Problem is songs won't sound like original recordings. I know a couple of guys that use BIAB live but they're just playing guitar along with old Jazz standards.
  12. Outside and weather - if it's a new venue or private party find out if the event is inside or outside. If it's outside, will there be a tent for guests and you the entertainer? Tips on dealing with rain: Get a tarp or two and put them in your vehicle if the weather looks iffy. Garbage bags can go over speakers, throw the tarp over the rest of your stuff if it starts to rain.
  13. Thanks Daddy but I sold the Samick. I'm looking for another mid priced acoustic/electric now even though I don't play acoustic very often. I have an Alvarez that I bought around 1995 that's not bad. Checking out Martin, Taylor, etc currently.
  14. I recently acquired a Zoom G3n and it has a pretty darn good acoustic patch/model. Of course it doesn't sound like a real acoustic guitar so it depends on what's most important to you. Since all gigs are one nighters now days I do what I can to keep my setup to a minimum. I also don't like bringing two guitars to most gigs because there's usually not much room - plus there's that fear of an expensive guitar falling off the stand. I ended up with a Samick thinline acoustic a couple of years ago on a trade. It seemed OK but it turned out to sound terrible plugged in. Had no low end and EQing didn't help. Not saying all Samicks suck but the one I had wasn't something I would use on a gig.
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