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  1. Beautiful! HNGD, and welcome back!
  2. It certainly looks interesting, and seems to have a lot of features. Interesting physical design too. I wonder if they'll be discontinuing the X32 series now, and whether or not other (smaller / rack mountable?) Wing models will be forthcoming.
  3. Looks like Behringer is releasing their version of yet another classic synth - this time, it's a TB-303 clone called the TD-3. Unlike the Roland TB-03, the Behringer version is supposed to be analog (like the original 303) instead of using modeling. And unlike the originals, which go for silly-high prices these days, the Behringer is supposedly going to retail for $150. Sweetwater is already taking pre-orders... if I didn't already have the TB-03, I'd be tempted to get one. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BehrTD3SR--behringer-td3-silver Looks like they're going to be available in three different colors too...
  4. Have you tried the old MacBook since we moved to the new software that we’re using now? What browser and OS are you running on it?
  5. I'm not familiar with the Vulcan brand. The guitar itself looks like a knock-off of a BC Rich Bitch model.
  6. I wanted to let everyone know about a very cool pedal review - the pedal is the Greg Howe's Lick Box from Carl Martin, as reviewed by HC contributor Brian Johnston... you can check it out right here: If you have any questions or comments about the pedal or the review, please feel free to post them in this thread.
  7. Wow! About how old do you think it is Freeman?
  8. No, your title doesn’t seem too long, but if you’ll forgive me for saying so, your lyrics sound extremely dark and despondent. If you’re depressed and they represent your own state of mind, I urge you to reach out to your friends, family, clergy or doctor. If you’d rather speak with someone you don’t know, help is still available. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 1-800-273-8255. Life can be incredibly difficult and sometimes it can be hard to go on. Many of us have been there. Please speak with someone, and know that there are people who care.
  9. Or you could just check out Joey DeFrancesco - arguably the world's greatest living master of the B3.
  10. And the site appears to have been taken down... Here's what it says: 抱歉!该站点已经被管理员停止运行,请联系管理员了解详情! Bàoqiàn! Gāi zhàndiǎn yǐjīng bèi guǎnlǐ yuán tíngzhǐ yùnxíng, qǐng liánxì guǎnlǐ yuán liǎojiě xiángqíng! According to Google translate, it roughly means "Sorry! The site has been stopped by the administrator, please contact the administrator for details!"
  11. It can be used with either tube or solid state amps, and sounds great with both types of amps. And yes, I've seen tons of products that supposedly have a tube in them where the tube doesn't really do much of anything - in some cases, the circuit worked just fine even if you pulled the tube out of the product. And as far as LED lights behind tubes, and the tubes displayed through a window or other opening in the face of the product, that's an old marketing gimmick that is used to "highlight" the tube - Most preamp tubes don't glow like that on their own, even when they are running at a high plate voltage. Actually, the Markbass Little Mark Vintage bass amp that I recently reviewed used that same "backlight the tube with LEDs" trick, although like the Fender MTG pedal, they actually run the tube at a nice, healthy / high voltage level - neither the amp nor the pedal uses a "starved plate" design, and the tube is an integral part of the circuit design that actually "does something."
  12. It's hard to say for certain. A keyboard that old could have various problems. One very common one is a dead internal battery for retaining edited sounds when it's unplugged. That's a fairly common issue, but I don't know if it's causing the display issues you're experiencing or not. I'd start by doing a factory reset of the keyboard and see if that clears it up. Here's a couple of links with instructions on how to do that: https://www.sweetwater.com/sweetcare/articles/reset-o1w-factory-sounds-back-o1w-reset/ http://www.korgforums.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=70279&sid=0a3c1fcbb6e1dac75c1a6975f3a1292f If reinitialization fixes it, then great... but if the issue returns after doing the reset once you turn the keyboard off for a while, the battery will almost definitely need to be replaced, at the minimum - and other repairs may be necessary as well. But start with the re-init, and see how it goes.
  13. The gold capacitor is the one I'm assuming you're referring to, since it's obviously burst (you can see "stuff" coming out of the right side of it, just below the orange wire). It is an axial lead, 100 microfarad, 150V DC capacitor. They're widely available and quite inexpensive. I have no idea if that's the stock component value or not. You'd need to trace the circuit and compare it to a schematic; there are plenty of GA-40 schematics available online. But if you don't know what you're doing inside an amp, take it to someone who does - it can be very dangerous, even fatal, trying to fix a tube amp if you don't know what you're doing!
  14. I don't think that painting the fretboard will have a huge impact on the sound, but it's not going to be very easy to do. First of all, rosewood is fairly oily, and paint doesn't want to stick to it very well. Even if you can somehow get past that, you're painting an area that's subject to a lot of wear - I don't think it is going to stick very well, or last very long. And the whole "getting the paint off the frets" issue is going to be a bigger hassle than you may have considered. If you do decide to attempt it, make sure whatever primers and paints you use are compatible with each other. Polyurethane and acrylic may not be compatible, and if they aren't, when you apply the top coat of poly, it might drastically mess up the color coats. Dry time depends on the type of paint, and how thick it's applied. I've only refinished with nitrocellulose lacquer, and a good month of dry time would be considered normal with that type of paint. Coverage? It takes about two rattle cans of clear coat for a guitar body... you'll probably need a third can if you're going to do the neck too. For the undercoats / primer, you might need half as much.
  15. ...doesn't mean it always has a tube inside. However, that's not always the case - there actually are some pedals that do use a real tube, such as the Fender MTG Tube Distortion that I recently reviewed. If you haven't tried one, it's well worth checking out... and if you're unsure, please check out the review and see if it sounds like something you'd be interested in auditioning for yourself... As always, if you have any questions or comments about the pedal or the review itself, please feel free to post them here in this thread.
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