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Phil O'Keefe

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  1. It certainly does - thank you! That's another under-appreciated classic IMHO. I think its reputation is hurt less over it being a hybrid than it is by the relatively sparse user interface - kind of like the JX series, although unlike the Korg, they have DCO's. I think my ESQ-1 is kind of similar to the DW-8000 in some respects - digital oscillators / wavetable, but analog filters... That's definitely a risk with older keyboards - parts are not always readily available, and neither are good techs who know how to service them, so as they age, more and more of them go out of service. I always wanted a Kawai K1m, but I never did pick one up. Ditto that for the Yamaha TG33, although I had a friend who owned one, so I've spent more time working with that module than with the Kawai. If I was offered one or if I spotted one at a good price, I'd be tempted to grab it, even today. Vector synthesis at a very affordable price!
  2. Nice video, and it's cool that your Aria II is working for your hands and lets you continue to play. Welcome to HC Arcticfox!
  3. Grant gave you excellent advice. You only need to press hard enough for the string to make good solid contact with the fret - just enough to keep the string from buzzing and / or the note not sounding clearly. Let the fret do the work. There's no need to vise-grip the neck with your fretting hand. And always put your fingers a bit behind the fret - never on top of it.
  4. Wow - I thought it looked a lot like a Deluxe - I guess there was a reason for that! It's just that I never knew Epiphone had released a Deluxe. This is the first I've heard of it! Do you know around what year it was built? What's the neck on it like - does it have the rounded 50s profile, or is it a SlimTaper neck like the Gibson Deluxes in the 70s had?
  5. Yeah, it definitely doesn't look like a perfect match for any of the production Breadwinners I'm familiar with - especially the bridge, the pickups and the knobs - they're all rather unusual for that model.
  6. I just searched the Audio Technica site for any info on it - either as the D300HE or the D3000HE, and there wasn't anything listed there, even as a discontinued product - which tells me it's either pretty old (and not in a valuable "vintage" way) or it's a rather inexpensive model - and most likely, both. My guess is that it's a rather inexpensive handheld dynamic mic from the 1980s or 1990s. Sorry I can't give you more to go on than that. BTW, you should send me a private message, or quote this post and reply - you should discuss changing your user name with me (and I can help you do that...) because using your email address as a user name on a public forum is generally not a good idea. It can lead to you getting lots of spam, or worse... Welcome to Harmony Central!
  7. If they're made by Fender, this is the first I've heard of it. I'm pretty sure they aren't affiliated with Fender. BTW, welcome to Harmony Central!
  8. There are a ton of custom guitar cabinet builders out there, or at least there used to be. I suspect that more than a few would be willing to cut you a 2x10 baffle to use with a Deluxe if you asked them... just type in "custom guitar cabinet" on Google and you'll see a large list of people who may be willing to make exactly what you want. You might need to provide them with the exact dimensions of the baffle you need, and if you do, make sure that you - and the builder - take into consideration the speaker placements so that the backs of them "clear" everything else inside the amp...
  9. You're welcome. Oh, and in case I didn't make it clear, the numbers on those diagrams indicate which finger should be positioned at which fret, with the index finger being #1, and the pinkie being #4.
  10. Well, they DO hang around with drummers, so you can't really blame some people for assuming that they aren't...
  11. I agree with you garthman... the narrower neck isn't going to be for everyone. Another consideration that might be an issue for some people is that it has no onboard electronics. Not a huge deal for me, but if you needed to use it with an amp, you'd have to add electronics to it. Probably the easiest way to do that would be with the Kremona KNA NG-1, which costs $69. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/NG1--kna-ng-1-detachable-nylon-string-guitar-pickup
  12. No offense, but whenever I see a Breadwinner, I automatically think of the Partridge Family... mainly because that's the first place I ever saw one.
  13. I really like the looks of the one in Fiesta Red.
  14. An update on that, since this thread has recently been bumped... rosewood musical instruments are now exempted, per CITES. https://www.npr.org/2019/08/27/754509680/musical-instruments-to-be-exempt-from-restrictions-on-heavily-trafficked-rosewoo https://www.gearnews.com/cites-rules-end-for-rosewood-in-musical-instruments-official-end-date-announced/ As I understand it, Indian Rosewood can still be difficult to source internationally, and there are still various regulations on it in different countries, so I suspect many new guitars will continue to use alternate woods - especially at the lower and middle price points. But the good news is, you don't have to have special permits or paperwork to travel with an instrument that contains rosewood... not that anyone's doing much in the way of touring or traveling at the moment, what with the quarantines and remain in place orders due to the coronavirus...
  15. I forgot to include a link - sorry about that. Fender's product web page. https://shop.fender.com/en-US/acoustic-guitars/concert/cn-60s/0970160506.html
  16. I have wee little snasuage fingers, and I wanted something with a narrower neck. Check out the Fender CN-60S review I just posted in this forum, and give one a try if you can find one locally. I was surprised by how nice it is for two hundred bucks new, and the neck is only 1.69” wide at the nut - and a narrower neck was one of the things I really wanted to have on my nylon string. It isn’t going to be perfect for everyone, but it certainly works better than the typical 2” wide classical neck for my small hands.
  17. Rather than continuing to sidetrack the other thread, I thought I’d start one specifically for my new nylon string, which was purchased direct from Fender. Retail price in the USA for the Fender CN-60S is $199.00. The Fender CN-60S is available in two colors - black, and natural. I opted for natural. It arrived a few days ago, and I waited a bit before I took it out of the cardboard box - which I hit rather liberally with bleach and water solution as soon as it arrived, and let sit for a day before opening it up. Such are the precautions we all need to take during the current coronavirus pandemic. Stay safe everyone! It's actually nicer than I was expecting. The CN-60S is made in Indonesia. It has a mahogany neck with a 12" radius and is 1.69" wide at the plastic nut. It has a 25.3" scale length, and eighteen frets, and the neck meets the body at the 12th fret. It has decent looking laminated mahogany back and sides. Unlike many classical guitars, it came with a pair of strap buttons pre-installed. There is a pearloid rosette around the soundhole, and a solid spruce top which has scalloped X bracing underneath. The gloss finish - apparently urethane - is well applied. The fingerboard has black binding on the sides with side dots on it, but there are no position marker inlays on the board itself. I've seen pictures of some Fender CN-60S guitars with small dot inlays, and I think it looks more appropriate without them. Those may have been used on an earlier version of the same model - apparently earlier versions of the CN-60S featured a rosewood fretboard. The fingerboard on mine has slightly rolled edges, which I think are quite nice - I've played some recent MIM Fenders that had rather sharp edges, which I didn't care for that much. The fretboard and bridge plate are walnut that appears to have a fairly dark stain on it. The bridge itself is uncompensated. There's a tiny bit of goop (or something...it’s kind of shiny looking) on the bridge plate, but that's the only cosmetic flaw that I've noticed so far. The tuners are typical looking classical style units with open gears and amber colored plastic buttons. The strings stay in tune for a while, then tend to slip and stretch - especially on the unwound strings, and particularly if you leave the guitar unplayed for a while - which in my experience is fairly typical nylon string behavior, especially when they're new. The neck profile has a bit of that typical "squared off" classical shape, but it's actually quite comfortable for a nylon-string in my opinion and is pretty much just what I was looking for. I have short fingers so I specifically wanted a nylon string guitar that had a narrower than normal neck. Personally I don't think it's too narrow, although a person with larger hands or a lot of classical background might think otherwise. The tone isn't going to give Ramirez any sleepless nights, but it's fine for what I'm looking for, with more bass response than I was expecting from the concert-sized body. It’s reasonably balanced and will probably record well, which is an important consideration for me. The action and setup were both good, right out of the box. All in all, the Fender CN-60S is a nice little nylon string for $199, and certainly it would be more than sufficient for someone to learn how to play on, with the only real drawback being that they'd have to learn how to tune their guitar pretty darned quickly... but that's going to probably hold true for any nylon string, since they tend to go out of tune easier than steel strings do, especially when the strings are brand-new. I need to track down a case that will work for it. Fender makes a model that they recommend, which “streets” for around $115.00. Pictures below. Click on the smaller ones to view larger versions of them. Please feel free to ask any questions if I left anything out that you’re curious about. Thanks for reading my little mini-review of the Fender CN-60S nylon string guitar!
  18. Thanks. I took some pictures and will upload them in a little bit. Rather than continuing to derail this thread, I created a separate thread for my NGD mini-review of the Fender CN-60S.
  19. This might help... it's a chart with a two-octave major scale - the scale itself being dependent on which fret you start on. Are you familiar with the note names for the four strings? The lowest string, when played open is an E, F is played at the first fret, and it goes up chromatically from there. The second thickest string is an A, then a D and the highest is a G. IOW, it's tuned in fourths. Source I basically try to stick with a one finger / fret approach, but sometimes you're going to need to slide from one position to another, as the diagram shows with the "arrows."
  20. The shape of those kind of remind me of the old Yamaha Weddington series, which I think have been discontinued for ages... but I remember trying one out at a NAMM show years ago and being really impressed with it. I haven't played many Michael Kelly guitars; really just one - a studio client of mine had a strat-style one that was a pretty decent guitar.
  21. It's here now, and finally out of the cardboard box - which I hit rather liberally with bleach and water solution and let sit for a day before opening it up. I'll try to post some pics of it late this afternoon or tonight sometime.
  22. It really depends on the individual forum. In the past I've always tried to honor the desires of each forum community for the forums that lacked an active moderator, and let the mods decide (in conjunction with the forum community's input) for the forums that do have active moderators. Some forums on HC welcome off-topic discussions, while others don't and have a fairly strict on-topic policy. For example, my Studio Trenches forum has always been fairly on-topic - if the subject isn't tied into recording and production in some way, it's not really something you're going to find in there. However, the Sound, Stage and Studio forum welcomes off-topic discussions, as long as they're not about politics or religion. We ask that people who want to start threads about those subjects limit them to the Political forum. I personally don't mind having off-topic discussions here or there, as long as the forum's cool with them, because that's what friends tend to do - they talk about all kinds of things. While music is the underlying theme of the site, and the thing that ultimately brings everyone together here, if you just had a new addition to the family, you're probably going to want to talk about it, and everyone's going to want to offer their congratulations... and I think that sort of thing ultimately brings the community and its members closer together. However, if you look at the top of this forum, it says "Home for flatpickers and fingerpickers to share their advice and knowledge. Strictly on-topic only" and unless the community decided en masse that they wanted to change that, I am going to try to maintain that.
  23. I've never worked on one so I'm really not certain... but if I had to guess, the circuit board is probably located beneath the capsule - where the switch is located on the body. Rather than risk breaking anything, I'd probably reach out the Electro Voice (either the Customer Service or Technical Support department) and see if they have any kind of a service manual available for the BK-1. Customer Service Purchase Orders, Stock Inquiries, Partner Referrals +1 (800) 289-0096 1-800-955-6831 buv.orders@us.bosch.com 130 Perinton Pkwy Fairport, NY 14450 US Technical Support Product & System Troubleshooting +1-800-289-0096 technical.support@us.bosch.com 🗎 System Design Assistance Form
  24. I definitely prefer higher-ratio tuners too... they feel more accurate to me. The downside is that they take a lot more winding of the pegs when you're changing strings, but I use a string winder, so that's not that big of a deal to me. Welcome to the forum Ben!
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