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  1. A friend of mine is doing a hime improvement project. He'll be replacing the rails of his deck with wire. So naturally (?), he thought, "Wires are just big guitar strings. I should tune them and put pickups under them." So, that's what he's doing. A few guys online are helping out by sending cheap, unused pickups.
  2. Message from TalkBass: TalkBass is currently offline due to a catastrophic fire and subsequent fire-suppressant water damage at the datacenter where our servers are hosted. We have been offline since the evening of Sunday April 4th. Power restoration has been slower than anticipated, as has any info on the possible damage to our servers. While this is deeply frustrating, please know we are doing everything we can to get TalkBass back online as soon as possible. Offsite backups were automatically maintained up until the incident, so if deemed the best course we will spin up
  3. Yeah, I couldn't find much of anything on it, either. Lots on the Yamaha keyboards, but that's not useful to me in this context!
  4. Bingo! I delibaerately called it a record player, instead of a turntable. It is self-contained, has a monophonic ceramic cartridge, and an amplifier with one vacuum tube powering a single speaker. 78, 45, 33⅓ and 16⅔ rpm. I has occurred to me that the rim drive could be slipping when the load is increased on the mechanism.
  5. No, it's not. People left, and never came back.
  6. Well, we're still here. I do miss the Portland area bassists who used to hang here.
  7. I bought a Glarry GJazz, did some setup work on it, and replaced the electronics. Pretty amazing for the price.
  8. Trying and utterly failing to get an old record player working. The thing is, everything works, more or less. At least it did when I got it! Plug it in, and the single tube glows. Turn the switch to ON and the platter starts turning. Put an LP on the spindle and the switch to REJ and the record drops, then everything stops. Turn the platter a little, and everything starts moving again, record plays. I figure something is sticky, so I tear it apart. Oil the motor, check all of the moving parts. Everything seems fine. Putting it back together, a part falls out. No idea where it came fr
  9. Yes, the string's thickness is the same over its entore length. So, if you change the length, as by fretting, you change the thickness to length ratio. That also changes the stiffness. As in pretty much everything, if you change any one thing, it affects everything. As for the Big Question, it's actually the other way around. The frets are placed where they are in order to get the correct note, properly intonated, when you fret it. Early instruments didn't have adjustable bridges, so they had adjustable frets. The frets were pieces of string or gut wrapped around the neck, and the player
  10. Ideally, they'd be the same. But in the real world, when you press down on a string, a few things happen. One is that you increase the tension on the string slightly, which would cause it to go sharp. Another is that the string's proportions effectively change, becoming thicker relative to length. Both of those things require that there be some compensation at the bridge. Probably, there are other effects I'm not thinking of. But the important thing is that, if it works, it works.
  11. I accede to your demand, Sir! You Suck!
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