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  1. Which drive pedal for power pop?

    For jangle and transparent drive, the oft-overlooked Nobels ODR-1 deserves a mention. The circuit is unique - not just another TS, or Bluesbreaker variant - and there's a lively sparkle to the sound that works great for pop IMHO. Its a low-gain overdrive (available drive is about the same as a TS) and works equally well in front of a clean or already-breaking-up amp. One potential drawback of the ODR-1 - depending on your intedned use, preferences, guitar and amp etc. - is the hefty low end output. For recording (which I suspect is where most of the ODRs out there get used), this isn't an issue; you can roll back the bass at the amp. But playing live, the boosted low end could come as a shock when you kick the pedal in. Nobels offers a "Special" variant with TMB tone controls that may solve this problem, but having not played one I can't vouch for it.
  2. Okay, I'll bite. There are really two questions here... First is: WHY? I believe the reason for the small size of Bluetooth speakers has mostly to do with convenience, market trends and price. Many people want to hear their music without giving up a bunch of space to (and spending $$$ on) a proper "hi-fi"setup. Companies like Bose and Sonos have put a good deal of r&d into producing a facsimile of big-speaker sound from a much smaller box. And many other companies have jumped in with copycat technology (or at least lookalike products). Aside from musos, audiophiles and vinyl snobs, I know no one with a conventional old-school "stereo" in their home. It's just how the market has evolved. Second question is: HOW? The answer depends on whose product you're talking about. As I mentioned, Bose and Sonos have proprietary techniques for making a small speaker mimick the bass response of a much larger box. They do this by a combination of waveguide and speaker array design and application of psycho acoustics (i.e. making the listener think he or she is hearing a low fundamental, when what they're really hearing is a higher harmonic). Some manufacturers use similar techniques to create a faux stereo spread by fooling our ears and brains into thinking that two tiny speakers in a single box are actually much farther apart. In the case of the Acton (and its larger siblings), Marshall has taken a different tack. AFAIK, there is no high-tech trickery here. Just a decent sized enclosure (bigger and more substantial than most of the plasticky competition), quality amp and drivers and conventional porting to extend the bass a little. The result - as Chris has said - is a full, musical and balanced sound, without hyped up or "fake" bass. As for the stereo - there is no image or spread to speak of, except maybe if you're sitting very close (which I haven't tried). However, a true stereo signal *is* sent two MF/HF drivers allowing the left and right channels to mix naturally in the room/air. So, while the result is not 3D, there is a clarity and separation between instruments that you would not get if you simply combined the stereo channels electronically for mono playback.
  3. This is a steal: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/consumer-electronics/marshall-acton-bluetooth-speaker/k45055000001000 I have the Kilburn version (same as the Acton but with battery) and have been blown away with how great it sounds. If you don't need the portability and can live with plug-in power, you can't go wrong with this one for $150. Not quite as loud as Marshall claims, but stil a good choice for the office, garage, backyard, dorm room etc... Fab cosmetics, fit and finish too!
  4. In pedal-nerd land thats called "gooping".
  5. This 1981 Special has been listed on and off for a while now (a year maybe) so seller will likely be open to offers. And with asking prices creeping up on eBay and Reverb, this one might start to look llike a good deal for someone here. Of course, the knobs would have to go... https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/msg/d/vintage-81-hamer-special/6298557575.html
  6. No Hamer content, but... good clearance deal at Precision Guitar right now: https://precisionguitarkits.com/product/aged-nickel-tonepros-kluson-60s-keystone-tuner A steal at $32... I believe these are discontinued now, so might be a last-chance bargain for anyone here wanting to upgrade their CS or vintage Gibson.
  7. Why pay any old Craigslister $50 for an Alesis SR-16, when you can pay Billy Corgan $30k for the one he (claims to have) used on "1979"? This and so many more eye-popping prices at the official Billy Corgan Reverb shop here: https://reverb.com/shop/the-official-billy-corgan-reverb-shop
  8. Good score and good karma. What year and how is the neck carve?
  9. Yes it's the same guy. And yes there is no accounting for taste.
  10. Jellyfish

  11. That's an amazing deal... too bad it's not Johnny-approved white.
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