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  1. I've already watched a couple of review/use videos. I think I need to pick one up. I also have a kurzweil k2000 I might want to attach to get the two wheels working with it.
  2. I've got a cheap panasonic keyboard that has Midi out that I may have just found a use for.
  3. That thing looks seriously awesome! It was completely off my radar. Thanks for the heads up. And yeah. Assuming it works, that's a steal!
  4. You really nailed it for me. One day I realized that, as a second job, I could make more money delivering pizzas than being in a band. And since I wasn't in it for the money, and the crowds are not that appreciative, it was time to move on. It's kinda interesting that this point was really driven home for me just last weekend. Some friends and I went to a Bardstown bar to have a meal and in the bar were about 12 people and a solo guitar player. And half the people were his wife and a few friends and thier wives. Sure he was good, as are a few hundred thousand other human beings in my country. So what? And what did it pay for the amount of work he put into it? What caused me to quit was that the only reason I ever did it was because it was an enjoyable activity, but the "fun moments" were so rare as to be almost non-existent. One day I realized that, even though intellectually I didn't believe it, something inside me still yearned for being the "rock star everyone is cheering". But not only is that never gonna happen, but even for those rare individuals for which it DOES happen, it gets old. I like playing in my church. That's good enough. I have plenty of other hobbies. And to be frank, I wouldn't wish it on anyone as a career, with the exception of session musicians. Then it can be a rewarding job, though I don't know how much it pays these days compared to the old days of the Wrecking crew and the musicians in the Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, et al instrumental work. Or even the guys on Herb Alpert's stuff. One real downside is that for me to really enjoy music it needs to be special. That is, the lyrics, the arrangement and the musicianship. And most of the pop music from my day hand little of any of those things, though it was there on occasion. It's amazing how little talent/skill was necessary to be a hit in the 50's and 60's. But there were some magic moments at the Troubadour.
  5. That sums it up more succinctly than I did. Thanks. BTW, since I stopped gigging, the back problems went away.
  6. I've been in 17 bands. I finally gave up. I may do the duet thing or even solo, but the band thing is just too much work for too little reward. It hasn't always been that way, but then, we haven't always had all the other electronic distractions. This is why the Circus is not what it used to be, and neither is live music. Someone once said that there was a time where all you had to do was throw a "live music" sign up and people flocked to your place. Those days are long gone with the exception of places that are known for booking really good bands that are paid way too little for the work they put into it. It just seems to be the way it is.
  7. That would honestly not surprise me that someone else played his part. Come to think of it, wasn't he the trumpet player for The Committments?
  8. I agree that back in the late 50's and early 60's they seemed to really have it down to a science. And fidelity was critical back then. My hobby is vinyl, and I am constantly amazed at the quality of the masters used to create some of my older LP's - Even some of the live stuff. This is probably not relevant in your case, but before the oil embargo, they were not really using any recycled vinyl, meaning some of those old pressings also sounded pretty impressive. One artist I recently rediscovered is Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Sure, some of the recordings seem to be influenced by the Wall of Sound, but some are truly amazing, as are the arrangements and the musicianship. There is a reason there are a couple of copies of that stuff at every garage sale and Goodwill in the country. He sold a ton of it. People liked it. I have not figured out how to post videos beyond just including the link, but this is relevant, I think. It's called "Recording, '50s style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q-scxybnp0
  9. You read contracts. You then choose to abide by what is in the contract or negotiate. Once you come to terms with the other party, you sign the contract. You then abide by the contract. If someone violates the contract, the other party can sue. i.e. I'm not seeing anyone getting screwed here. Yet...
  10. My ACME low B2 was stolen and I replaced it with a VERY crappy carvin redline stack. It was a while ago. I only paid around $350, brand new, for the Acme. I believe they are over $750 now.
  11. I had a Hitachi separates based bi-amped hi-fi that I bought in the mid 70's. Around the turn of the century, the woofer amp lost a channel and, instead of bothering to fix it, I just tossed it in the trash. I should have paid to get it fixed. I blew it.
  12. [QUOTE=Phil O'Keefe;n32492403]Any artist / band, any genre - who IYO has had the best three consecutive album run? [/QUOTE] I'll go with Genesis. The run, in total, for me is: Nursery Cryme Foxtrot Selling England By the Pound Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Trick of the Tail Wind $ Wuthering If I had to pick a sweet spot it would be Foxtrot through Lamb.
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