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Phil O'Keefe

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  1. I love that picture of you - you look like you're having a blast, and IMO that's a big part of what playing music should be all about. Electronically they're probably shooting for "identical" like they did with the Model D, but from the prototype pics I've seen, it looks like the keyboard version (there are module version photos too) looks a bit slimmed down from the original, without as much "depth" to the body - which IMHO would be nice; the originals were huge beasts, as you well know!
  2. I like them both, but IMO there is no doubt that the M1 had a bigger impact on the music scene when it was first released, so I’ll have to give it the nod.
  3. There is no reason you can’t run a uke into your amp - as long as it is an acoustic-electric uke with pickups in it. As far as brands and models, I hardly know where to start - there are literally dozens of uke booths at NAMM each year. Is the $500 budget per instrument, or does it need to cover both the concert and the tenor?
  4. I’m not sure you need to, at least not in the traditional sense... they don’t have tone wheels - they’re electronic. I’d hunt online for a manual for it, then follow the maintenance directions therein.
  5. My first decent synth was a Sequential Pro 1, so I’m looking forward to playing around with layering & patching between the Boog and the Behringer Pro One when it comes out. In the meantime, I have a few various other poly and monosynths I can keep it company with. TBH I’m not much of a fan of Moog type envelopes, but that filter...
  6. That was my logic too... As my mom (who also shares the same birthday) and I often sing to each other... Happy birthday to us... happy birthday to us!
  7. They were already inexpensive at $300, but when I saw the prices dropping to ~$200, I started to wonder if they might be thinking about discontinuing them, or not doing another production run. I don't know if that's actually the case or not, but I didn't want to find out that they did discontinue them and be too late to the party, so I figured I'd better grab one while I still can. I honestly don't see how they could be discounted any further than they currently are, so if you want one, you might want to move fairly fast and not wait. Again, I have no inside knowledge about whether or not they're going to stop building them soon, but deep discounts are often a good sign that product production is nearing its end.
  8. I have bought about three or four pieces from them in the past... most of which didn't last long, and only one of which (a patch bay) I still own and use. Reliability was the biggest issue I had with their stuff, but I've heard many reports that they've made significant improvements in that regard. I was at the NAMM show (2005?) when they first showed the apparently dead-on copies (body shape, switch design and all) of multiple Boss pedals, as well as some of the EHX pedals... and was the guy who broke the news about them to Mike Matthews... he actually took it much better than I expected he would... I know about their reputation (especially with earlier products) for somewhat iffy reliability, the FCC issues they had, the IP cases with Mackie, Aphex, BBE, et al, as well as the more recent attempt to sue various forum members over comments made online... all of which do concern me. As the later case shows, the Model D and the various other synths they're building are not without their share of controversy. But then again, once any patents have expired, they're as free to make reimagined versions of those things as any other company is (as long as they don't infringe on any trademarks) - they're far from being the only company making things based on vintage designs in the recording and MI industries, and people generally don't give other companies a hard time when they release a 1176-based compressor, a 1073 clone, a API-type preamp.... or a roughly Strat-shaped or Les Paul shaped guitar... I certainly do understand where you're coming from, and it's a matter that many people continue to debate, even today.
  9. I've always loved the sound of that board, but could never afford one when they were new. Well, I could... but I always had other priorities. Might be tempted to get one myself, depending on what the price looks like. Have you heard any rumors about that?
  10. The reviews are generally positive and they’ve apparently sold boatloads of them, so I suspect it will work fine, but we shall see...
  11. Very nice! That’s a good pedal! I also have an Arturia SparkLE drum controller incoming. GC had a used one for cheap that I couldn’t pass up. I really like their iSpark iOS drum machine, and this is a hardware controller that’s compatible with it. It should arrive tomorrow. Then it is just a question of how to get MIDI clock and the controller plugged into the iPad at the same time. I THINK I’ll be able to do it with a camera connection kit and a powered USB hub...
  12. I broke down and bought a Behringer Model D. Once I saw that the price had dropped on them by about 1/3rd, and that they were in the guitar pedal price region, I figured I’d later kick myself if I didn’t. It should be here by Wednesday, and I’ll report back after it arrives. Anyone else got one? They’re going at this vintage synth thing pretty heavily. I just saw their SH-101 clone is about to ship, as is their MS-20 clone, and the Obie clone is supposedly nearing completion too. I’ve also heard rumors about a possible Prophet 600 clone... but the one I’m currently awaiting is the Pro One clone, which hopefully will be released this spring. I’ll be an early adopter on that one.
  13. The repair shop I used to manage had a HRD come in once with a weird smell and supposedly fried output... sure enough, it WAS fried - we found a small rat that got electrocuted inside the amp. You should have heard the yell / scream from the tech who opened the amp and first saw it.
  14. What daddymack described is how the moderator tools function. Once a mod flags a poster as a spammer, their messages automatically disappear from non-moderator view, and we can then delete them at our leisure. We also have a few words that we can now use to auto trigger mod approval before a post goes live, which blocks some of the currently more popular spam topics before they can even appear. Except on the weekends when I often sleep in an extra couple of hours, I typically get up at 0400 and kill spam so the early morning east coast folks won’t be overwhelmed by the overnight influx (our heaviest spam time), and then I also check throughout the day. We really appreciate it when you guys flag spam when you see it - that really helps! It’s a never-ending battle, but we’re fighting the good fight... and we thank you all for your help and understanding!
  15. Wow... not what I was expecting - at all. But you’re right - it IS interesting.
  16. Obviously I can’t check the PCB traces from here, but they honestly don’t look that bad... you might just need a couple of resistors and maybe a new capacitor or two... I’d definitely consider calling Mesa and getting it fixed.
  17. Was it something we said / did? You'll be missed Marc - stop in and say hello and let us know how you're doing once in a while!
  18. For the record, Lee asked for - and received - permission before posting this thread. I thought it was something the community might be interested in...
  19. I used to own a Studio 22, which I really liked when I first got it, but it took a tumble one day and it was never the same, even after they did the repairs. I don't blame them... but I do agree with you that the PCB mounted tube sockets aren't exactly the best approach from a long-term reliability aspect - and their reliability is something they've often pointed to in their marketing. If that burning is a side effect of the amp's design, it's not your fault... and IMO they should be well aware that it's an issue on older amps if that's the case. OTOH, it's a ~26-34 year old amp now... and it's really not fair to expect things to last forever (old Fenders notwithstanding ) but hey, what do you have to lose by asking? I'd send them a MP3 of what the amp is doing (going from power-up to full noise) and a picture of the PCB and ask for an estimate. The worst that can happen is that they give you a unreasonably high estimate that makes it not worth doing, but then again, you might be surprised. BTW, do you have a picture of the PCB that you can post? I'm curious, and would love to see it...
  20. If they’ll replace the PCB for $200, I’d think that would be more than worth it...
  21. That’s terrible! Funny, but terrible!
  22. You’re welcome. Please let me know if you have any other questions or run into any issues.
  23. Need something incredibly light and small, but that has enough power to gig with? Then be sure to check out my review of the One Control BJF-S66 amp. As always, if you have any questions or comments about either the amp or the review, please feel free to post them here.
  24. Need to decouple your monitors (or other things...) from the surface they're sitting on? Then check out my review of the IsoAcoustics ISO-PUCK mini. And as always, if you have questions about the review or comments about the product, please feel free to post them here.
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