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Bob Dey

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  1. It's in an experimental stage for the time being. Had dinner had a local bar/restaurant yesterday early enough that there were only a few customers. By the time we were done eating the place was filling up with regulars that don't wear masks, have no concept of the 6 foot rule and even shake hands. People seem to believe strongly about one side or the other of the "stay safe" issue. Back to staying home for me at least for a while.

  2. Losing that gig isn't that big a deal. It's just one gig right? Now we have a private party gig lined up for August 8. And who knows if this will happen or not? At least I'm starting to get a little unemployment $.

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  3. Well folks, the gig got canceled. The county and nearby counties (Lagrange and Elkhart) are getting big increases in covid cases. And state rules dictate that we would have to wear masks while performing. Since singing and looking pretty are the main part of our act 🤓, we got canceled. Back in 1973 I started saying "don't count your chickens before they hatch in the music business"!

  4. Hey y'all,

    I live in southern Michigan and MI is finally beginning to open up restaurants today. Indiana did this a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, the restaurant gig my duo was doing in Indiana (2018-2019) is planning to have us perform June 20. It's quite a drive getting there but it's the first gig to come up and I'm looking forward to playing again. I'm also glad that they've survived the shut down because many venues haven't.


  5. Susie! Look what the cat dragged in! I'm unhappy that your future looks bleak. Heck, none of us know what the future holds. I had a great 2018-19 because I had a few sources of musical income. DJing weddings, playing retirement homes during the week and started a duo with a chick singer.

    February was an excellent month this year and I was looking forward to St Paddy's day because it pays very well! That's when our governor shut down restaurants. The nursing homes shut down a week earlier.

    Second week of April my nephew had to move in with me. Yet, I'm kind of in a similar boat to Notes. House is paid for, small SS monthly check, emergency fund saved up etc. Some of the retirement venues may have me play outside but that still won't happen for a couple more months.

    Hoping everyone recovers financially and stays well. So good to hear from you Susie. Keep in touch.





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  6. 23 hours ago, ggm1960 said:

    We're supposed to find out today if the governor has any plan to extend restrictions. There was never a "shelter in place" order here. It started as a two week shut down in mid March ostensibly to "flatten the curve" and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. It then got extended through April. May 1st it was extended to certain counties that were identified as "hot spots", mine being one. Today we should know if that continues.

    At the U of I Hospitals and Clinics yesterday they had 24 C-19 inpatients with total to date being 161.  

    I wish Michigan would go by each county rather than applying the shut down to the entire state.

  7. 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.



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  8. 15 hours ago, ggm1960 said:

    Bob those seem like the real deal, I've got to ask what don't you like about them?

    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!

  9. 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.



  10. On 1/13/2020 at 6:24 PM, PaulSmith01 said:

    Are Karaoke version files any good for playing along an acoustic and singing. Thinking of buying and using but not sure of the quality through a pa?

    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.

  11. 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...


  12. 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.



  13. On 10/24/2019 at 6:33 PM, Shadowfax419 said:

    Hello All,  newbie here. I was at a function where a guy was playing guitar along with music that accompanied him. He was able to play specific songs from his laptop while muting specific parts of said song. He then played the appropriate muted part and sang with the song. My wife seems to think, after hearing me play for years by myself, that this setup would be great for the occasional open mic and get togethers we go to. I've researched but haven't been able to find such a setup. Anyone have any ideas the best way to do this. I'm pretty accomplished, but no one seems interested in jamming or getting a group together, so I guess I'm stuck with me, myself and I. Thanks in advance, and I've learned tons about performing just perusing all of everyone's questions and comments.

    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.

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