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About Russ

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    Inner Circle
  • Birthday 10/18/1964

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  • guitars
    98 Mirage II, 95 Studio, 00 Artist Korina P90, 94 Studio, 84 Vector, 93 FM Special, 08 Standard Custom
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    Peavey JSX 212, Palimino V32, Fender Power Chorus, Guild Thunder One

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    Cranesville, NY
  • Interests
    Stuff I can't afford

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  1. Just flinging out a Monday Bump - Makes an excellent Christmas gift!
  2. I have this posted over on facebook, figured I'd fling it here too... For Sale - 2008 Hamer Standard Custom, 9.5 out of 10 condition. Minor swirling / rash (should buff out) on the back, 3 tiny bb sized dings on the face, can't be photographed well, impossible to see more than 2 feet away. Chambered of course, I gigged it 3 times since I got it in 2010. Beautiful guitar, $3000 firm, will ship FedEx express saver to CONUS only at no additional cost. U.S. Postal Money Order (no paypal). Will ship upon receipt of money order. It's been a while, but I've done several transactions through the HFC board (all purchases though). I have it already boxed up as someone told me they were buying it, been holding onto it for over a month, so it's back up for sale. I'm not rich, but I'm not poor. Will only contemplate lowering the price for a local pickup in Albany, NY. Any questions, ask away. Thanks for your time...
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  4. DANG GOOD THING!!! I've been away from a lot of boards lately, this one included, so in catching up, I'm going through this thread, page by page, post by post, every third post editing my budget. By page 5 I was seriously considering it, by page 6 I was "justifying the purchase", by page 7 I was already pondering buyers remorse (let's face it, 5 figures for a guitar, regardless of what it is, is not "disposable income" for most). Now that I know it is gone, I will be able to sleep tonight.
  5. WOW! I haven't been here in a while (surely nobody here will recognize me unless I bought a Hamer off of you), but I just heard, and HAD to verify. I wish absolutely nothing but the brightest of futures for every one of you finding yourselves without employment. You have crafted some incredible instruments over the years, 10 of which I'm the proud owner of. Best of luck to you all.
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    New Van Halen Album

    Sorry guys, my post was an attempt (obviously unappreciated) at humor. I was a big VH fan up through and including 1984. They just completely lost me at that point, and frankly, haven't paid any attention to them at all since, either the music or the sagas.
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    New Van Halen Album

    (Shit, I could play every VH bass line the second day I had a bass)
  8. I did NOT need to see this this close to the holidays... :angry:
  9. Perhaps the most amusing thing I've seen in print all year!
  10. I'm 45 years old (wow, actually 46 in a few weeks). I've been playing one instrument or another since I was 8, starting off in the brass section, dabbling with woodwinds, then discovered strings by around 12. My musical tastes are about as eclectic as one could get, and anyone riding in my car with me when my iPod is engaged will leave the vehicle having heard lilting harmonic vocals from Donny and Marie, complex rhythms from Rush, tasty slide work from Jerry Douglas, galloping bass lines from Iron Maiden, and some pretty kick-ass clarinet work and band leading from Benny Goodman...There's some Britney, Avril, Beyonce and Cher...There's some Cooder, Vai, and Vaughan...Both Elvises...Just about everything you could imagine gets at least a couple of megs... ...yet, to this date, I have not heard a single Dream Theater song.
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    brand loyalty cntd.

    Hmmm..."Loyalty"... I am currently at 10 USA Hamers. I've been playing for 33 years, and those years have seen incoming and outgoing. I stumbled across my first Hamer a mere 4 years ago, a 95 Studio Wraptail. I "thought" it was just one of those freaks of nature, the shop guys were in a good mood that day, the planets aligned, the gods smiled down upon it and "boom", a little piece of magic made its way to my hands...At least that's what I thought until I got my 2nd one, and found similarities. I won't bore anyone with a play by play, and which of the 10 is my favorite (as frankly, I can't decide), but, the Hamer "loyalty" is not so much loyalty to the brand as much as a "hey, I found something that FITS ME!". They just feel "right", they sound "right", they play "right"...Should my playing style, tastes, preferences change and they're no longer "right" for me, shit yeah, I'll sell 'em all and buy what works for me. It's all about "me" after all. Screw the logo on the headstock. For the time being however, I have no need or desire to look at anything else.
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    Hamer Brand Loyalty

    I'm in the process of obtaining Hamer USA #10, out of a total of 18 guitars. I "gig" the Hamers. They're exactly what I've been looking for for the last 30 years. Non-Hamers include a PRS, a couple of Carvins, a Gibson, an old Aria Pro II, and a couple of acoustics (Seagull and Alvarez). The Hamers include 4 Studios, 1 Artist P90, 1 FM Special, 1 Mirage II, 1 Vector, 1 Standard Custom, and 1 B12L (just because).
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    Describe your fav acoustic

    I've only got mediocre acoustics (sufficient for their purpose), but, there have been two acoustics that I've touched over the years that have "awed" me... One was a '71 HD-35 (this was like 2 years ago). It was a "HOLY CRAP!" moment as the open E chord seemed to shake the walls. The other was a late 60's Guild Jumbo 12 String...Words are likely not necessary, but, "a choir of angels" comes close. I try to stay away from current "cool" stuff, as I seem to have this GAS issue, and if I were to touch a US Breedlove or similar, it would haunt me until it came home with me.
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    Vote Request

    Nah, we didn't make the top 10...I can't say that I'm even remotely surprised. We had but that one video, taken at 2:30 am, we were exhausted, probably the 3rd of 4th time we've gigged that tune, and the vid was taken on a cell phone...The quality of the performance and the vid was unquestionably lacking. Regardless, I VERY much appreciate the votes. Thank you all!