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JohnnyB last won the day on August 2 2016

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About JohnnyB

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  • Birthday 11/11/1953

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    Seattle, WA
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    Music, both to play and listen to, especially vintage vinyl LPs, playing electric bass when I can, guitars, vintage drums, mallet percussion, high end audio and home theater, bottom-feeding,

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  • guitars
    Newport w/Phat Cats-n-Bigsby, Anniversary, G&L ASAT Classic Semi-hollow, Gretsch Synchromatic, Ibanez MIJ AS-180, G&L Lynx bass, G&L ASAT Semihollow Fretless bass, Squier Vintage Modified fretless bass w/Barts, Gretsch Electromatic hollowbody bass, Guild Pilot Pro, Guild Pilot Fretless
  • amps
    Eden Nemesis RS210, Top Hat Club Deluxe, Yorkville BM100 1x15 bass amp, SWR LA8 bass amp, Epi Electar 10 SET amp, Roland Micro Cube, Electro-Harmonix Freedom amp, Smokey
  • fx
    Boss (bass) Overdrive ODB-3, Guyatone Flip Tremolo, Maxon OD-808, Guyatone Mini-Reverb (MR2), Alesis Nanoverb

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  1. Tape Machine Roller Maintenance

    Denatured alcohol has nothing to do with purity or cleaning effectiveness. It is called "denatured" because the naturally formed alcohol has post-distillation additives that make it nearly impossible to drink. It is done to discourage recovering or desperate alcoholics from turning to the medicine cabinet when the house is out of booze (and, I suppose, to avoid charging/paying high spirit taxes on a solvent/rubbing compound). Since it has additives that bond to the alcohol, denatured 70% isopropyl could leave residue after the alcohol evaporates. In 1989, Kitty Dukakis, wife of politician Michael Dukakis, was hospitalized for drinking rubbing (denatured) alcohol. The event revealed that Kitty was a struggling alcoholic.
  2. Where is the picture of the guitar hiding?
  3. Yeah, I was updating myself on GoldenEar's current product lineup. It turns out that when developing their new Reference model, they learned some useful things, and the Tritons 1, 2, and 3 are now the 1+, 2+, and 3+. This review explains what they did for the "plus" versions: I think that's a good sign. I heard the original versions of the Triton 2 and 3 and was impressed, but the description of the "plus" versions (at the same price) sounds like some welcome refinements to me, that should result in even better clarity and better interaction with whatever room they're in. Read the review, and if you decide to buy, make sure you get the "+" version.
  4. Is it possible to learn the drums at 48?

    I just remembered--not only is learning an instrument possible in the late 40s to early 60s, it's one of the best ways to maintain mental acuity and slow down the onset of memory loss, Alzheimer's, etc. I read This is Your Brain on Music about 7 years ago, and the author did research on what happens in your brain when you listen to or play music. His findings were that listening to music exercises your brain more than any other activity except playing music. So yeah, whang on those drums, turn on music to play to (which will do wonders for tempo and time discipline), plink on a keyboard, thrum a bass, strum a guitar, pick a mandolin. If you have any doubts, check out the life expectancies of classical music directors. They typically are actively directing 80--90 piece orchestras into their 80s and 90s. Neville Marriner, Leopold Stokowski, Andres Segovia, Pablo Casals and many, many others all performed into their 90s and were lucid to the end.
  5. Is it possible to learn the drums at 48?

    I picked up electric bass on my own in October 2009. I was 56. By February 2010 I was rehearsing with a band. By March 10 I played my first gig with them. We performed about once a week throughout 2010 and 2011, and sporadically halfway through 2012. I did have an advantage--I learned a lot of music theory in my piano lessons, I played drums regularly and publicly for 19 years, and I grew up listening to Paul McCartney, Ray Brown, Steve Swallow, Ron Carter, and other intuitive, melodic bassists. So my point is, what are some of your musical experiences (including listening) that could provide a baseline and frame of reference for how you want to play drums?
  6. Best book shelf speakers?

    Various Jones-designed ELAC speakers have been on the market for awhile now. The first ones had separately mounted woofers and tweeters. They are part of the Debut Series and some are under $300 such as the ones below: The others are in the Uni-Fi series and have a concentric midrange/tweeter unit. The speaker below retails for $499 and is a 3-way design. The smaller driver is actually two concentric drivers, a midrange and a tweeter. It's probably a better match for nearfield, desktop applications because all frequencies above 270 Hz are generated by the concentric midrange/tweeter.
  7. Best book shelf speakers?

    The ELACs are also available in walnut-grained vinyl.
  8. Best book shelf speakers?

    The Audioengine AP4 are a passive version (if you like your receiver, you can keep your receiver), available in black, white, or bamboo. Black or white are $249/pair; bamboo is $325.
  9. Best book shelf speakers?

    The BEST? Probably these: the TAD Micro Evolution 1. $12,495 per pair in the US. The stands are an extra $1500 or so.
  10. A high end amp for a mid-fi price

    If I had a Mac 275, I'd feel the same way. An updated version is still in production, and it still draws enthusiastic reviews. But then, we're talking about a timeless (57-year old) design made of proprietary, top quality parts, and a retail price of $5500-7500, quite a bit more than the NuForce, but a lot less than many boutique tube amps. It's a national treasure. Stereophile measured its bandwidth into 8 ohms all the way out to 200 Khz. Here are its 1kHz and 10kHz square wave responses. These are unusually clean and fast for any amp, let alone an all-tube amp.
  11. A high end amp for a mid-fi price

    You don't have to hear an 80 Khz test tone to appreciate the musical benefits of a wide bandwidth design. There is a direct relationship between high frequency response and the "speed" of an amplifier--how short the rise time is. Short rise time makes for clean, articulate sound, richer fuller overtones (which define the character of an instrument's sound) and make it easier to hear all the voices and instrument of a recording. No one can he 80 Khz, but just about anybody can hear and appreciate the speed and articulation of an amp that is linear out to 80 Khz and beyond. This is the measured frequency response curve of the Audionet Max monoblock amplifier. Into an 8-ohm load, it is down only 1dB at 200 Khz! ... and here is the Audionet Max's measured square wave response. The less slop to the vertical sections, the faster the rise time, with its associated benefits: Here's the frequency response curve of the 2006 RR2150 receiver from Outlaw Audio. It's rated at the typical 20-20,000 Hz frequency response: ... and here is the RR2150's square wave response. Note the slower (i.e., less vertical) rise times and the rounding of the corners. Again, wider bandwidth creates faster rise times, and just about anyone can notice the increase in clarity, detail, pace and rhythm.
  12. My wife got me this eleven years ago when it first came out. It's a real hoot and well done. They also performed a number or two from it on Leno back then.
  13. This album was on Concord, which has really great sound. I also have a couple of Latin jazz Concord albums that he did with Brazilian guitarist, Laurinda Almeida. They were probably the two best nylon string jazz guitarists in the mid-'70s and into the '80s.
  14. Picked up this pristine LP at a thrift shop for 99 cents. It's in my Christmas rotation every year.