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Phil O'Keefe

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  1. I don't own one now, but I've owned several different Ovations over the years, and I never had a problem with them sliding off my lap, even without the pad. YMMV.
  2. IIRC that amp is the same basic circuit as the Riviera era Champ II's (not the Super Champ) - the main difference being the 15" speaker vs the 10" speaker in the Champ II.
  3. Semi and hollowbody guitars are a PITB to work on. So much so that I'll usually just take them to someone else to deal with.
  4. If you want to go with hardware, it's pretty hard to beat those inexpensive Behringer boxes. I already had a Roland TB-03, so I didn't get one of their Bassline clones, but I did pick up their Model D Minimoog clone and their Pro 1 (Sequential Pro One clone) and both are spot-on in terms of nailing the sound and basic functions of the synths they're based on. Both are monosynths, with no presets, so you'll need to create your own patches from scratch (and use photos or patch sheets if you want to "store" them for later "recall") but both are great deals on real analog synths. I also purchased a pair of the Roland JX-3P reproductions - the Roland Boutique series JX-03's. They're only 4 voice each (although you can cascade them for 8 voice operation), but otherwise quite nice recreations (via digital modeling) of early Roland polysynths. For drums I'm using Spark on my iPad and a Spark LE controller from Arturia. I like that it gives me all the classic drum machine sounds from the 808 to the 909, as well as digital (DMX) type sounds too. Lots of variety. They make Spark for the Mac too.
  5. How long have they been in San Marcos?
  6. I love Tonebenders. I have about three different takes on them - all clones. A Del Ray Custom Shop Pro Mk1+, a Monsterpiece MkII (which is really a Mk1.5), and a Park Fuzz Sound from Earthquaker, which is basically a Mk3. I also have a Mojo Hand FX Crosstown Fuzz, which is a hybrid Fuzz Face variant, which is of course not too dissimilar from a Mk1.5, as well as a DIY Fuzz Face clone I built. I typically use them with guitar and not bass. I really need to get a good MkII to round out the collection.
  7. Bumping a classic thread... has anyone talked to Richard lately?
  8. Our favorite local restaurant isn't even open for take-out. Early on in the stay at home order period I tried to call them to set up a to-go order because I wanted to support them... no dice. I hope they eventually come back after all of this is over...
  9. We used to run ads in the past too... I always said they’d probably be coming back eventually.
  10. If I found a tonewheel spinet (M-3, M-100, etc.) available locally for under $300 in decent condition, I'd buy it.
  11. Nice! That was a fairly common complaint about some MIJ guitars of the era - very nicely built, but not always the best electronics. Fortunately, that's fairly easy to rectify.
  12. Welcome to HC! Can you post some pics of your Yamaha? I'd love to see it.
  13. First of all, welcome to Harmony Central! You're responding to an ad from 2014, so there's a good chance the seller no longer has the cabinet for sale, and that they won't see your post... but even if they did, it's best to connect via our private message system on the forums (hover your mouse over his user name, and when the pop-up box appears, click on "Message" in the lower-left corner of the box) instead of posting your name and phone number in the clear like you did - unfortunately, posting personal info like that in the open is just an invitation for spam and scam calls, etc. so I took the liberty of editing your post to remove that.
  14. That really is sad - there's a definite difference between the sound of an ash and a alder Strat IMHO. I've owned and like both... but I sold my ash-bodied '57 AVRI to the original owner a few years back because he really regretted selling it and I felt bad for him, and now I'm going to have a really hard time trying to get another one.
  15. I'm not sure I understand your question... are you asking if your guitar is made of alder? If it's made in the USA, it's probably alder. Fender USA usually only uses ash on the semi-opaque white finishes, and most of those are 50s reissues and not 62 reissues.
  16. Those things weigh as much as a small car... and those Ultralinear Transformers. 98 pounds... and not all of them have the UltraLinear transformers - I had an earlier one, with 100 watts, not the later ones with 135 watts and the UL transformers. Moving dolly and hand truck were not factory-supplied accessories, but they should have been. They definitely weren't optional... The factory-stock EV in my Fender Princeton Reverb II makes it feel like a Mk1 Boogie combo insofar as overall weight. Now you know why I like working in studios more than I like touring.
  17. Nope. I use them on all kinds of things - mixers (they're great for getting dust in between all the knobs), keyboards, my drum kit and cymbals - even guitars that are sitting out on stands.
  18. The vacuum is a good idea, but do yourself a favor and try some of those Swiffer Dusters. They're a game-changer.
  19. Before microfiber cloths, I used to use clean cloth baby diapers. The microfiber cloths are much better IMHO. Oh, and for those times when the kit is just a bit dusty, I recommend two things: a SOFT bristle nylon brush, and Swiffer Dusters. Those Swiffer Dusters are amazing - I use them on all kinds of gear around my studio.
  20. And measurements too - unless you know their dimensions (width / height / depth) there's no way to know what (if any) covers will fit them...
  21. Thanks! Now I just need to measure my post sizes and spacing and try to find a roller bridge from them that matches.
  22. That’s good to hear - thanks! Do you happen to remember who made that bridge or where you got it?
  23. Any issues with rattling or vibration that might reduce sustain? I've long considered adding a roller saddle bridge to my Bigsby-equipped Gretsch Pro Jet, but I've always worried that the downsides might outweigh any possible improvement to tuning stability. Very nice job on the Tele thinline build - that looks great!
  24. There's absolutely no reason not to IMO. If you enjoy it, that's all the reason you need to do it! Besides, if you already play guitar and bass, you've already got a good idea of what rhythm is and how to count, and probably a decent amount of experience playing with drummers and know what the good ones do. You'll still need to do a lot of practicing to get your skills built up, but that's a big part of the fun - actually doing it!
  25. There are products on the market that are specifically designed for cleaning drums and cymbals... https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MN112--musicnomad-premium-drum-and-cymbal-care-system-mn110mn111mn210 Depending on the shells and whether they're satin finished wood they have a wrap on them, something like a wood / furniture polish, a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water, or Windex (stay away from anything with ammonia in it!) can be used to clean them up. I'm a big fan of microfiber cloths for use on instruments (of practically any type) since they can clean and polish without scratching things. The vinegar and water mix can be used on your drum heads too, but make sure you dampen a cloth and use that to clean them - never pour the liquids directly on the drums or heads! Maybe you can take some before / after cleaning photos of your kit and share them with us? Good luck, and welcome to Harmony Central.
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