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Everything posted by SteinbergerHack

  1. Yeah, I would normally agree with you. However, I played in a theater pit for a production of "Newsies" about a year ago. This experience cured me of any belief that music is an emotional language. The score might have been more honestly transcribed had the note symbols been printed as "$" signs.
  2. Right now I'm working on Tommy Emmanuel's version of Classical Gas. Toughest part is the chord sequences - they come really fast, and keep coming. My hope is to make it my general warm-up / soundcheck piece, and move away from Hole Hearted (which I'm getting tired of....).
  3. My 814CE feels better to me than the Santa Cruz' that I've played, but others may disagree - and in any case, both will be very nice instruments. From my experience, I would say that the build method differences between Taylor and SC will have a bigger impact than the wood (particularly so if the 810 is the new V-Braced version). Play 'em both and the differences should be obvious.
  4. FWIW, as I have grown older, I have found that what music I play is far less critical than who I play with. Right now I am headed to a rehearsal for one of the most banal, formulaic works I have ever played. However, I will be playing with good friends - including one Grammy winning player and several Broadway veterans. The songlist isn't the reason I accepted the gig, and neither is the paycheck (though it does pay quite well).
  5. Back to the OP - the Shubb S3V solved the problem. It's more than a bit finicky and really messes with the tuning, but it does in fact work.
  6. It's been out for a couple of months now, so has anyone tried it in the real world yet? It looks like it really be a great solution for low-key gigging - and nicely lightweight. It seems that over the past few years my trusty Bogner XTC just keeps getting heavier and heavier....must be some sort of relativistic physics going on, there....
  7. I've seen 'em from a distance, but never tried one out. I just ordered the Shubb S3V designed for thicker necks, so I'll see if it works and report back. The Ovation Elite 12 actually plays quite well, and the majority of the use it will get will either be standing with a strap or affixed to a Gracie stand, so the bowl-back doesn't create much of a problem for me. That said, I really would prefer one of the super-shallow bowls, but finding a 12-string in that form is, well, challenging.
  8. As always, that would depend on one's definition of "good". For a beginner, the most important thing is getting something that is easy to play and comfortable to hold. That is what will allow them to play more often and longer, which in turn makes their experience more likely to be successful.
  9. I came very close to buying a Taylor 752, and a K66 12-string was tugging, as well. However, I ended up getting a package deal on a Taylor 814ce and the Ovation - it was sort of a "do you want fries with that" add-on that fills the gap in my toolbox. I have a lot of experience getting a good sound out an Ovation pickup system, but there's no way to get there with a 150, as near as I can tell. So.....here I am.
  10. I saw that on line and that may be my "last choice" is nothing else will work. Thanks!
  11. The issues is that the Ovation neck is a LOT thicker than most 12-string necks, so the Shubbs I've tried won't open wide enough to clamp on, even with the stop fully turned out.
  12. Hmm...I guess I hadn't thought about that approach. I haven't seen one of those in decades, much less used one.
  13. I just got a new 12-string that has a VERY thick neck - "baseball bat" style. I grabbed my trusty Shubb to play a few of my stock tunes, and discovered that it will not clamp onto the neck. The neck is so thick that the clamp bar won't go around it, much less clamp on properly. I've looked at a few other capos in local shops and haven't found anything that would work - nothing. They all seem to be designed around a more standard neck thickness - even the 12-string specific capos all seem to expect a thinner neck. Has anyone else run into this? If so, what would you suggest? Not using a capo is not an option - and it might actually be a deal-breaker for the guitar (which is not cool to find out after I've already bought it and kept it for the better part of a week.) Help!
  14. Absolutely true. Today, some bedroom hacker can buy $500 worth of gear, cut 300 takes of his one and only song, then blast it out to the world. That would have cost an immense amount back in the 70s or 80s, and simply wasn't possible prior, due to the very limited availability of equipment and tape. Personal anecdote - when I was playing full-time and decided that I wanted to do some studio work, I took a simple.direct approach. I chose the local studio where I wanted to work, called them up and booked an hour to record a personal demo. About 15 minutes into the session, the engineer "took a 5 minute break", and went to get the studio owner to come listen. That hour of purchased studio time (and tape) ended up getting me a LOT of work over the next couple of years, because it showed the studio owner one simple thing - I cut every track in one take. You can't make that point with a basement recording on the internet...and maybe it doesn't really matter anymore anyway......
  15. Well, we get that great sound with only two ears. Yeah, back then, they had to put their effort into the basics - performance, mic placement, gain structure, etc. In order to have access to the best talent and equipment, you had to have proven your abilities.
  16. There is - the blue ball (or star) to the left of the thread title takes you to the first unread post.
  17. Thanks, guys. I grabbed a couple of Humidipaks as insurance while I get the long-term solution sorted out, so should be oK for the time being.
  18. After losing a guitar to what was likely a fight with a very dry winter, I want to ensure that this doesn't happen again with the replacements. We are rehabbing a 1860s farmhouse, so humidity control in the overall building is non-existent, at least for now. How do you keep your instruments at the target humidity, in and out of the case?
  19. Well, I bought a 12 string less than 24 hours ago....just a day too late, I guess.
  20. Play as many guitars as you can in your price range, and pay no attention to what's on the headstock, nor what anyone on the internet says about them. The guitar that will work best for you is then one that feels best in your hands, and that you enjoy playing. Within your budget, nothing else really matters.
  21. Well, I pulled the trigger and got two guitars yesterday - the 814ce and an Ovation Standard Elite 12-string. These should be nice additions to the collection, and I don't intend to let go of either of them any time soon!
  22. I am looking at purchasing a used 814ce later today - a newer one with the V-bracing. The price seems OK for a used example, but I find myself wondering why someone might have let this instrument go. It sounds great and plays very nicely, and was my second choice after playing a couple of dozen instruments at multiple shops (the first choice is just too much $$$). SO: 1) Any ideas why someone might buy this sort of instrument and then let it go after less than 2 years? 2) Is there anything that I should be wary of or give extra inspection to for this model? I didn't see any visible defects or damage, but want to know if these have any common defects or known problems to check for and/or avoid. Thanks in advance!
  23. 8I definitely still buy hardcopies of music, and BluRays as well. I don't like the quality of streaming, and I like to be able to listen to specific things on demand. If you don't own the hardcopy (which includes a digital rip on your local storage device), the song or movie may disappear completely or get temporarily pulled back. Yes, I've seen it happen with specific titles as part of a market timing approach.
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