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  1. This thread is hysterically funny. I recently was in Goodwill and bought a PAIR of SP-1s in normal working condition, needing only paint, for $25. Brought them home and they sounded as good as they ever did. Gave them to a kid band. The only time I thought they were decent is when a friend got a pair in 1960s for his "rock" band in HS. Powered with a CS800. Yea, he thought it was great. Today they are virtually useless for anything approaching good sound. Yes, they get loud and make noise. So do jet airplanes. PS-Someone trying to argue with Agedhorse about PAs was entertaining. ....where angels fear to tread. Andy is a walking encyclopedia about audio gear. Good luck with that!
  2. Reminds me of when I used to have to stack SR4733X cabs on top of my LS800s. They weighed as much as I did at the time. I used the same "T" system to get them up there as you did Dookie. Eventually I learned how to work smarter, not harder. I hired a HUGE college kid that would just pick them up and walk around with one in front of him asking me where to put it. He just just walk over with one and put it DOWN on the top of the sub. Once I switched to QRX212 cabs, I felt like I was sitting a monitor cab on the subs. Weighed nothing by comparison. So glad those days are gone. My system is now a LOT smaller, but I am not.... Old age and good food took a toll. LOL
  3. Yes RR, size and weight have me beat a mile. I could handle moving your console. Grey on black cant be good for your eyes.
  4. I think I will just stay with my trusty 01v96. It has an obtuse interface, but I have gotten used to it so that now it is second nature. Beyond the interface it does everything I need, and many things I don't need. I really think that it was almost a perfect mixer, if only the interface had been a little easier to deal with. Now that I know it, it is a perfect mixer, but it took a while to become that....LOL.
  5. RR, what did you think of it? I still have mixed opinions on fat channels and such. I guess I grew too accustomed to the 01v96. I still prefer it, menus and all. It just seems to make sense to me. I tried a fat channel style and although it was ok to work, it just felt wrong to me. Guess I am the odd man out. Glad you are still working anyway. We were ready to get out after all the time woodshedding, and then the pandemic started and there is NOWHERE to play. Not even a party. Folks around here started doing paid podcasting to make money. Not my thing, so I guess we will just wait it out. Anyway, nice talking to you. Miss all the friends from on here. Stay around!!
  6. I used four of the FM1202ER for many years. They want you to feed them power to sound good. For as old as they are, they hold their own remarkably well. Not a lot of EQ required, a good solid thump, and clear highs. They are not sexy, but I have not had anyone complain. Well known boxes with a good reputation for the level they were designed to service. They can go loud as I can stand them. I paid $800 for 4 used in 2003, and used them 2-3 times a week for more than 10 years. Sold them for $300 for 4 just a few years ago. They still sounded great, but in my area musicians wanted powered, small boxes. Simply a function of time marching on. They are great monitors though. If you can handle the weight, hard to beat them.
  7. Guys, are you talking about the D12? Really. The D112 is junk but have not read bad things on a D12. Considered those several notches up the line from the reviled D112. I just wanted to be sure we got that right since this thread will guide others. D12 have a storied history as a good solid kick drum mic.
  8. Andy, 42 years is long enough to do anything, except breath. I don't think you will ever get out of the game totally. It gets in your blood. I thought I was done, but then again I didn't do 42 years. Glad you enjoy what you are doing now. Whatever you decide to do, best of luck at it, but I don't think you will need luck.
  9. I went into hibernation mode some years ago. Dissolved the sound company due to age. Moving enough gear to do the gigs I was getting got to be too much for me. Sold it all off and stopped while I had a 12 year old son home schooling. Well, he is 17 now and in public school. I retired and have a lot of time on my hands. Started playing guitar again, learning keys, and put a band together. Put together a decent but small system just for our use. No renting out any more. Its nothing fancy or glamorous. Mostly old school. I have really enjoyed getting back into wiring racks, configuring all the infrastructure. Been out of the loop but as much as things change, they stay the same. Will probably start coming by here more often. Glad to see familiar faces on the thread, and I DID notice that Bobbyonenote left me off the list so I wasn't missed. This place COULD be good again if we started being regulars again. There will always be a need for what we do. Musos can buy the gear easily now, but they still have to learn how to make it sound good.
  10. Plenty of that, but a few paragraphs would have made it easier. Thanks.
  11. Current band I play in isn't out yet so I will talk about the last band I was associated with. Our area has pretty fair weather for a lot of the year so we did a LOT of outdoors shows. Some were regional or larger events, and a lot of the rest were local events with good sized crowds. We were fortunate to have a wealthy guy who basically owned the band, if you will. He got tired of doing all the setup and tear down and dealing with the sort of issues you guys are talking about. He bought a 30 foot trailer. One side drops down to become a stage. A door on each end of the stage side opens to expose a PA stack. PA is wired and permanent in the trailer. One cat five or wireless control depending on the local wifi reliability. The trailer has its own generator. A truss of lights come out of the ceiling horizontally on slides. Drums are bolted to the floor so they don't move during transport. All mics are wireless headsets and IEMs. Drive in, drop the side, power up the genny and ready to play in fifteen minutes or so. We pull the trailer with a small 8 person tour bus. Beds in the back, 4 a side vertically. Up front is a small sitting area. It has AC. Our deal was that we would normally use our rig for any outdoor events we were paid for, unless they had bigger and better. If so we used the other trailer load of gear. Since we had to practice somewhere, he built a two story "barn" type structure across the driveway from his house, and had grvavel parling lot put in for the bus, and both trailers. Also parking for maybe 15 cars. Downstairs is the work shed and storage facility. Stairs go above to 2nd floor which is one large room. He put in a bar, beer taps, 6 round six person tables, a reasonable stage on one end, and permanent wiring. We keep a small Midas in there for practice. A schlep set of drums, and some amps. We practice full shows there. If friends want to have a free party, we will only do it if they have it at our shed. Almost a private club type of setting and no setup, teardown, or power issues. If they insist it must be on their location, we only did it if we could pull the trailer in, and our bus. Band could stay cool in the AC unless playing, and everything else done in the stage trailer. Sounds glamorous but he didn't just spent a mint of money. We bought practice gear used. The bus cost about $15K used, and is used to travel for every show. The stage trailer was about $15k also, but whenever it is not in use, he can rent it to others to recoup investment. He spent a decent amount, $40k or so for the practice shed, but rolled it into the home financing, and will increase the value of his home if he sells it so not a big deal. Yea, the total was around $75K for everything, but the band did fairly well. we played regionally a lot, and nationally some. Shows from Venetian in Las Vegas, to FL, to upstate NY near Montreal. In the big scheme of things, with none of us depending on the band for normal income it was affordable. Also, that is the only way we ever found to have a band, keep our friends, not kill ourselves, and make money from outdoor shows where time is money.
  12. Forgot to mention I did get it, and the reverb is now working. 3 solder joints and all is well.
  13. Yes, the original was an Eminence. I am going to try the Celestion Century I have. It is the original, not the Century Vintage. It is JBL like in that it is very clean, and while having a strong low end, is bright. It is for chicken pickers, and shredders in that it is extremely responsive. It that doesn't get it, the next choice will be a Jensen Neo. I have got to shed some of the weight so this handicapped geezer can move it around.
  14. I like to use all three types. My board has the Klon KTR (mentioned before with the crappy SMTs that still sound pretty decent and is my favorite), an OCD that I dont use much, and my current non-klon favorite, the JHS Calhoun. Its OD and Fuzz in one pedal. Can use either or both. That makes it an easy to love pedal. I also have a Midnight 30+ dual unit that I like a lot and can never find a reason to have it on the board. It sounds great, but other pedals do what it does and more. Hate to sell it, but almost never use it. What can I say? I feel the same way about my ZVEX Distortron which sounds great but never makes it on my board. The only one I discarded and now regret was a Barber Direct Drive (v2). I should have kept it.
  15. Now that I have lived with it a while, thought I would post a review of the Greenies as requested by Phil. I have used the guitar for about 2 months now, and have formed some firm opinions on it. I ordered exactly what I was looking for. Especially the pups. The Greenies are Seymour Duncan's Custom Shop pickups meant to replicate the sound of the Les Paul that Peter Green owned in the 60s. From the factory, there was a mistake that made the guitar special. The neck pickup's magnet was flipped which reversed the polarity of the pickup. The outcome was that in neck and bridge positions, the guitar was a normal LP, but when the middle position was used, the pickups were out of phase magnetically which caused a unique sound. The Greenies produce that effect very, very well. Each pup I ordered came with four conductors so I could split the coils. Originally, I wired them with a five way switch. The concept was that in positions 1 and 5 I would get the two pups individually. In position 3, I would get the Peter Green effect, and in 2 and 4 I would get the inner pair of coils, and then the outer pair of coils. It was a great idea on paper, but positions 2, 3 and 4 did not have enough variance to be worth the switching. I found myself only using 1, 3, and 5 so I rewired the guitar to the simpler 3 way switch. Surprisingly, the middle position yields a great quack reminiscent of a strat. The combined sound does yield a drop in volume from either pup alone, but that is not really an issue. The pups are quite warm sounding, and very open. You hear nuances, but without the biting sound of some humbuckers. They are smooth almost like a jazz sound when rolled off, but when pushed hard they get a very distinct edge to them. The bridge pup gets more edge than the neck and that works well for playing rhythm and switching to lead. The middle position is where the magic really happens though. I found that my tele can yield a strat like sound. The quack is unmistakable. Since my Greenies are trembuckers, I could not try them in my Gibson, but I have to assume the outcome would be similar. Now, these are not cheap pups at $320 a pair, but they are so unique sounding, and so smooth and sweet, I have no regrets at all in buying them. If I only had one guitar, they might not be the choice, but if you have a spare they make it a wonderful alternative sound. I love them.
  16. Thats what I thought. I have three different neo Celestions laying around to pick from and also a local CL for a Creamback. I will get the reverb working. I figured it was a good deal even if it cost a few hundred in repairs. Hard to go wrong at this price.
  17. 22 watts is cranking loud. Although I have a Valve 45, Orange AD30, and an OR15, it is the OR15 I use at practice. We have drums, keys, bass and guitar (me) and play lots of heavier tunes, yet I can only use the OR15 at the 7 watt setting and even then, master rarely gets over 3-4 or I am too loud. Having played Marshalls and Boogies a lot of my life, I found the actual wattage requirement to be an eye opener.
  18. Valve Amp Model 105 "Bimbo": 5 watt max and scales down to 1/20th watt. A Marshall Mk II sound AND feel at 5 watts. Example 1 Sound of a Sheraton II into a Bimbo.
  19. Local CL has a Fender Concert amp. Single 12" version. It is a '93 model so part of the Pro Tube series of amps from Fender. It appears to be in great physical shape. Guy said he bought it used in '95 and has not used it much. Reverb is broken, but all else works. I am betting the problem with reverb to be either tube, tank, or wiring. He wants $250 and said I have first right of refusal tomorrow since he could not see anyone today, and the ad was only 2 hours old. Hoping I like it as much as I think I will for that price. Has the elusive pedal with it. If anyone has experience of knowledge of this model, feel free to chime in.
  20. Not ugly at all. I think it looks great, but I like guitars that make you look at them. Can't take my eyes off yours. HGD!
  21. Happy New Amp Day! I played through one a little and thought it was a nice amp. Lot of fun and small. If you have not gotten the software, here is the link.
  22. If you are going to keep playing a clean amp with pedals, like many people prefer to do, you should look for a solid, clean amp and not the high dollar gain monsters. If you bought a blackface Fender Bassman today and maintained it, you would still have it in 50 years, it would still be working, and would be worth more than you paid. It would sound great and be as reliable as it gets. Why are you talking about vintage Marshalls and Blackstars if you play a relatively clean amp? That does not make sense, and doesn't fit the description of your needs.
  23. Here, this is a known brand with good reviews. I had one and liked it so much, it inspired my new Tele.
  24. The fretboard is ebony. Warmoth made me pay a premium for the black with no discoloration so I figured I would not distract from that by putting dots on the face, but I did have to have something on the side. The pickguard is cut to allow for a bezel, which is also ebony. The pots are 500k and the cap is a .047 orange drop.
  25. I'll post my thoughts in a couple of weeks. This week gets it finished. A week or so of playing it and then I'll get back to you.
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