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  1. The action moved, but mainly from the top bowing outward where it cracked, thus lifting the back of the bridge. I don't see any of the other humidity tell-tales, but that doesn't mean it wasn't the cause (and I suspect that it was - I live in Wisconsin in a 150 year old farmhouse, so winters are unavoidably dry). I'll probably take it by Denny Rauen's shop and see what he says about it. Everything of mine he has touched has come back better than before, so I trust his judgment.
  2. Yes. The single screw is attached to a round 4-prong clamp that is loosely attached to the round plate with compressible foam. By loosening the screw, you let off the pressure on the clamp which allows you to slide the whole contraption to the side and open the access port. If you loosen it enough, you can wrangle the whole thing out, leaving a large round hole that would appear to be easy to work from. That's what I would expect. Trying to re-do a complete finish would likely change the instrument fairly comprehensively.
  3. Good thoughts - thanks. My shopping trip yesterday showed me that a new replacement I would be happy with is going to cost more than I thought, so the likely cost of trying to get it fully restored is looking more reasonable in comparison. I can say, though, that the new parts for the "Elite" series are not the same as what was on mine. This is one of the very earliest super-shallow Elites from the '80s, when the series was intended as a spruce-top Adamas, not an entry-level bedroom beater. It's certainly worth calling them up, though, to see if they would have any interest in a restoration project. Like most players, I have some fairly specific specs in terms of neck, sound, playability, etc., and the basic entry-level boxes just don't do it for me. Interestingly, when I really started working my way through a bunch of guitars, the ones that seemed to get me to where I want to be all cost about the same, and it's almost exactly what the old one cost new, inflation adjusted (go figure). I was also very surprised at which guitars worked well for me - a Maton and a Breedlove came the closest to what I like. There is some work ahead to figure out how to move forward. Thanks for the input, it's very helpful.
  4. Probably all correct, including the little secondary issues with the electronics and needing a fret job. All in all, trying to get everything done properly by the luthier whom I trust is going to be more than it's worth. I may eventually fix her up anyway for sentimental reasons, but I think that last weekend was her last gig.
  5. Well, it looks like my shopping will be for a replacement 6, not a 12. I opened my case this morning to find this: [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","data-attachmentid":32494791}[/ATTACH] The crack runs from bridge to binding, and is only on the seam anout 2/3 of the way. Looks terminal, and I guess after 35 years of heavy playing I got my money's worth out of it....but it still sucks.
  6. Yeah, they sound really nice once you learn to EQ them. I have a similar feeling about the larger bowls - the only one that feels right to me is the super-shallow bowl. Trouble is, they don't make a super-shallow 12 anymore. I wonder about setups. I found the ones at GC were all over the map - including a $2,500 model that was truly unplayable - the strings were literally laying on the frets. How can ANY business have that sitting on the floor as a "high end" model? I've just about given up on my desired price range. I can't find anything in stock anywhere to play that isn't either the low-range models or a lot more than I want to spend. FWIW, I have zero interest in buying an instrument sight unseen. If' I can't go play it in a local store to see how it sounds and feels, I am not interested. "Local" for me includes Chicago, so it's not like I'm expecting the local reed-and-string shop to carry a wide range of guitars just for me to play.....
  7. [QUOTE=Red Ant;n32493688] The B side - the "live side" - is amazing. The title track in particular, as well as "Envelopes" contain some astonishing writing and arrangement. [/QUOTE] Agreed. Whenever I think of that album, I hear the "game show" xylophone runs from the title track run through my head......:lol: That song puts a grin on my face every time!
  8. [QUOTE=Red Ant;n32493452]When it comes to "rock" music, I think this is the longest run of consecutive great albums of all. The Grand Wazoo [...] Joe's Garage Acts 2 & 3 By the mighty [B]Frank Zappa[/B]! [/QUOTE] :lol: You left out Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch. Yes, Valley Girl was a shameless sell-out by Zappa standards, but the rest of the album was pretty good.
  9. [QUOTE=Zooey;n32493229] I'm a middle aged dude and there are maybe 6 Rush songs that I have ever heard on the radio, ever. Half of those are on Moving Pictures or later. [/QUOTE] ???? Spirit of Radio? Closer to the Heart?? Bastille Day? Fly by Night? Working Man? The Trees?
  10. [QUOTE=Phil O'Keefe;n32493146] Oh yeah! :philthumb: Except I think I would have listed Sheer Heart Attack too... [/QUOTE] I was on the fence about where to start. Killer Queen almost gets it there by otself, but IMO NatO is where their best whole albums start. YMMV.
  11. Night at the Opera Day at the Races News of the World Jazz
  12. Extreme Pornograffitti Three Sides to Every Story
  13. [QUOTE=onelife;n32492673]I don't know if this counts but... The Gist Of The Gemini - Gino Vanelli Long Misty Days - Robin Trower Hideaway - America Wired - Jeff Beck ... are all albums, released in 1976, that Geoff Emerick was somehow involved in recording[/QUOTE] Hmmmm..... not sure I would have picked any of those as top examples for the artist, except maybe Wired. Brother to Brother? Bridge of Sighs?
  14. Dark Side of the Moon Wish You Were Here Animals The Wall
  15. Not the BEST, per se, but very SUCCESSFUL: Grand Illusion Pieces of Eight Cornerstone Paradise Theater Of course, they managed to follow this run with one of the WORST albums ever (Kilroy).
  16. Understood. Trouble is, I would also have to buy a larger rack to accomodate it (yes, it's that tight, and intentionally so). Given that the one it's in is less than a year old, it's more than a bit annoying. :bangheadonwall: I guess that this is the penalty for buying Brand B. Poor design quality....you get what you pay for.
  17. I use a XR12 in my guitar rack to pre-mix all of my various instruments (electric, steel-string, mandolin, etc.). I use my phone to connect to it with the xAir app, which has always worked just fine. I do the same thing with my X32, and have never had a problem with it. Last night, I showed up at the gig and the WiFi refused to connect. After a couple of resets, I finally got the WiFi to connect, but halfway through the app connecting to the console, it disconnected again and refused to reconnect. After multiple rounds of power cycling and resetting to no avail, I finally gave up. Trouble is, I had my mandolin channel muted and had no way to turn it on. The show was sold out, so I assume that there were a lot of devices in the audience...but that's no different than in many previous gigs. Two questions: 1) Any idea of the root cause, and is there a way to fix it? 2) Does anyone have a work-around? Once the show starts, I cannot dig into the back of the rack and try to make repairs, and without a physical interface I am backed into a corner if I need to make an adjustment. (I do a lot of theater work, so I cannot just stop and take a break or delay the start of the performance.) HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. Not a fan, just like I'm not a fan of the pedals that try to emulate acoustics guitars from a solidbody. If it doesn't sound right acoustically and vibrate right in my hands, I have trouble playing it, no matter what is coming out of the PA. In any case, for the price of a Variax I can get a real guitar.
  19. Good options to try and find! Not an option. The point is that the books I get handed often call for 12 string acoustic. I have never seen a theater book call for nashville tuning or electric 12....yet. That said, I jist finished tech rehearsal for a show where I am playing electric solidbody, steel string, nylon string, mandolin, and ukelele. It calls for 12, too, but I'm covering with a 6. Typical theater book.
  20. Honestly, I'm not interested in buying a guitar that I can't play first. I tend to buy good instruments and keep them forever, so I'm just not into trading around or getting something I might have to aell off or return. That said, I am willing to burn a day and drive a reasonable distance to check out a likely candidate.
  21. I found the Taylor to be the best of the high-volume ($500-800) models I've played, but then I made the mistake of playing the $3k Gibson. I think that the difference between them is really significant in volume, sound, and playability, so I am looking for the middle ground.
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