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  1. Twell-hunnit is the new tree-fiddy.
    14 points
  2. And I also love P90 pickups.
    12 points
  3. Actually, the '90s were more like 20 to 30 years ago. Hard for me to wrap my head around that as well.
    10 points
  4. SS, Medicare and 2 grandkids. I found out the hard way that the 2 year old can beat me in a foot race and the 10 year old can out smart me at will.
    9 points
  5. The only thing I can say about getting old is that I seem to be doing somewhat better than my friends and family that didn't.
    9 points
  6. Deal done. Send money, get guitar! Woo-Hoo! Thanks, Mr. Fiend.
    9 points
  7. Next generation on track. My son shot an old tube radio for a student level price, replaced the caps after first check and a new old guitar amp was born. The funky little box on top of the radio contains a self made preamp, originally meant to be a microphone amp. The mic is yet to be build. He keeps searching for thin aluminium foil for the ribbon. It allows to crank the tubes. The speaker sounds a little dump. So, he might replace that one as soon as he finds an ellipse shape replacement.
    8 points
  8. Two thoughts after watching this video: 1) Their rhythm and synchronization rivals the current K-Pop boy groups that were *chosen* for their ability in synchronized dance, but at least the Osmonds play their own instruments. 2) I would not be surprised to find out they are all clones. Or Boston Dynamics androids.
    8 points
  9. I remember the first tour after the keyboard player exited the band. Vic arranged the piano parts on Right Now for guitar, he was playing it while Sammy told the story behind the song and when they launched into it he just killed it. I'd have to go back and see how much actually played on the 2nd and 3rd album, the first album was done before Sammy assembled the Waboritas. I miss that era of the band. Actual Show: I was there.
    8 points
  10. Just got back from seeing Sammy and the Circle in Aurora at Riveredge. Weather was perfect for an outdoor show. Wife got the tickets for my birthday tomorrow. First big live show I’ve seen since 2019. Sammy still sounds like Sammy. I hope I’m that energetic when I’m in my 70’s. Good mix of Sammy’s solo material and Van Halen songs. Circle Set List Good enough Poundcake One way to rock Heavy Metal Three lock box Best of Both Worlds Finish What Ya Started Your Love is Driving Me Crazy Right Now Why Can’t This Be Love Rock and Roll I Can’t Drive 55 Mas Tequila Heroes Affirmation Hey Hey
    7 points
  11. And this is why I only buy used pickups from elderly gentlemen who are downsizing. They're typically well maintained and I avoid the massive markup of new/retail. Of course, I don't use mine as a daily work vehicle, either. After reading an article in WSJ in the early aughts regarding the obscene profit margins automakers earned on big SUVs and pickups, I asked a friend who works at GM corporate why/how the hell manufacturers could make, say, $10k per unit on a loaded pickup versus a few bucks on a sedan. He just laughed and said, "Because we can." And this concludes today's Econ 101 lesson.
    7 points
  12. Hey if it’s good enough for Paul Gilbert, how can I judge? Seriously, after I saw this video I started checking out some songs off this album, and they are rocking! I was a kid when it came out and I remember hearing ‘Crazy Horses’ and Lazy River’ on AM radio, but wasn’t paying much attention. This guy is spot on.
    7 points
  13. Getting old is just a state of mind........and livers, kidneys, knees, stomach linings, etc..etc
    7 points
  14. When I say woah, I mean WHOH!! 🤣
    7 points
  15. Last night I had a great night's sleep. No BP meds for 35 days. BP is 111 / 77 HR - 63 I made it to 30 days sober! Actually it's 29 but that would have sounded stupid.
    7 points
  16. Do you know someone who needs a good, if unspectacular guitar but can't afford one? I don't want to give this to someone who's just going to sell it. But if anyone on the HFC PMs me with a good story before it sells, and is willing to pay shipping, I'll send this guitar anywhere in the US at their request. Update: the middle pickup doesn't work. So right now it is effectively a 2-pickup guitar, neck single, bridge humbucker, splittable with the mini-switch, and a dummy middle pickup. https://reverb.com/item/39052922-yamaha-rgz-ii-red-black-burst
    6 points
  17. There is a big chance that prices won't be seen descending for the reason of general wood shortage and rare wood legals alone. New guitars won't be available with top notch woods anymore. Hamer in that regard are top of the pops for the all mahogany builds. With the Standards in the lead that have one piece mahogany bodies that could have furniture built from. Generally, build quality is better than many of the promiment brands too. The next generation guitar players and collectors would notice at some point.
    6 points
  18. 6 points
  19. "It was born at the junction of form and function."
    6 points
  20. 6 points
  21. Previous owner's pics
    6 points
  22. I will also add, for the Christians (or whoever is interested) on this board, Kerry Livgren's book "Seeds Of Change" is fundamental reading about his journey to Christ and explains much of the lyrics behind Kansas songs. Great summer reading.
    6 points
  23. Happy to see Mark Michael Anthony. Would love these guys to revive songs like "I Got The Fire", "Bad Motor Scooter" and "Rock Candy" from Hagar's Montrose days. Those are good, simple, fun, rocking' tunes.
    6 points
  24. Hey, thanks. I only smoked weed after I drank a few beers to get really buzzed. Initially it helped me cut down on the number of beers consumed each night. But slowly it just became a way to get more buzzed and the number of beers went back to 10 - 12 anyway after a few years. I don't like weed by itself. I still have some but don't have any urge to smoke it without drinking. It did seem to help my depression and possibly aches and pains. So it was just another ingredient for my self medication. I would be afraid if I smoked it alone it would make me want to drink pretty badly so I am not going to do that. I haven't had an uncontrollable urge to drink since the physical dependencies have gone away. Every now and again I'll "remember" that it's time to drink or an activity will trigger a bit of an urge. But I just pour a glass of tea or pet the dog or something and that changes things enough I stop thinking about it. I had a pretty bad day wasted waiting on the gas company last week that made me frustrated enough that I wanted one pretty badly but I just fixed dinner and called it a night. The next day was brand new with no urges.
    5 points
  25. Still a better drummer than Lars…
    5 points
  26. Love outdoor shows in the summertime. The local Parks and Rec dept does a summer concert series at the beach. The CRS Band’s 4th time on the bill. Fun night.
    5 points
  27. 5 points
  28. I've been blaming old age or it's onset for my shitty guitar playing since I was in my 40's.
    5 points
  29. Those fingers have prostate massage written all over them.
    5 points
  30. I'll bet you say that to all the sailors. Hahahahahahaha
    5 points
  31. But at $790 shipped (let's call it $800 with sales tax), that's only $53.33 per pound! Factor in a $1,000 price drop, and that's savings on top of savings!
    5 points
  32. You just can't top a Jazzburst SuperPro!
    5 points
  33. Here is my Monaco Superpro. Best i could do. Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/13929311@N06/albums/72157630897742964
    5 points
  34. I read that book when I was a Christian. We met him when he came out with the album of the same name with Dio and other guests. He claimed his veiled lyrics on that album, such as, "Mask of the Great Deceiver," featuring Dio made his colleagues inquire about his new-found-faith / his witness. My wife and I, then girlfriend, were at a local Christian radio station for an interview with him late night after one of his last Kansas concerts (IIRC) in '81, maybe '82 at the Lakeland Civic Center. His lyrics were always enchanting (during Kansas) with a lot of mysticism involved. I loved that shit and still do. He (was) a very insightful guy. He discussed that in his book but the second half of the book was nothing but a long shopping list about other bands and what he thought of them and possibly their beliefs / occult novelties (slant). He named pretty much every band out there from Van Halen to Led Zeppelin and around the bend to Judas Priest of course. He even said PF was nothing but a bunch of weird noises and said they weren't really musicians even though this was a few years after The Wall and years after DSotM. So he lost some cred with me there and thus, pretty much his opinions of the other bands helped form this calloused heart of mine. This was back in the "backward masking" days where scare tactics were rampant to try to convert the masses, End Times movies, etc. Lots of misinformation about AIDs coming from the Jim Baker / Tammy Faye camp. I could go on and on but I know I'm treading on thin ice now and don't want to get this thread locked down. And, I mean no disrespect toward anyone. This is just my experience I'm relaying. He was a huge Nordic guy to meet in person though. Back on track: Kansas was one of the first concerts I crashed at the Lakeland Civic Center. Styx opened up for them for the Crystal Ball tour. Kansas was on the Dust in the Wind tour. Kerry played a cherry 335 which I thought at the time was just way uncool. But, the fiddle player, Robbie Steinhardt, was way cool. And since I was into classical guitar, the "guy" who had his own "little stage" on the stage, Rich Williams, was really cool too and I thought a better musician than Kerry. But, if you are a lyricist, there's no denying that that is mastered by Kerry. RIP Robbie, sorry I never paid for your show. But so glad I got to see it. One of my fondest memories of the impressionable years.
    5 points
  35. Don’t despair. Once all the new guitar owners find out learning to play takes a lot of work, the guitars will be hitting Craigslist and GC soon enough.
    5 points
  36. There is a 2015 documentary called Miracles Out Of Nowhere that gives the history of Kansas. All the original members participated together. It appeared they all stayed friends. Robby Steinhardt was the talented guy the others looked up to and wanted to play with.
    5 points
  37. 1. Cali - must have boomers, they sound much better with boomers 2. Standard 4 digit - not just any, but the one I have, had 2 others in perfect condition, but didn't do it for me, this one is beat to shit but sounds like a million$$$ 3. TLE - must have floyd and boomers, the same - they just sound better with boomers 4. Impact - the one Lita Ford played in "Hungry"...not even sure if another one of those exist :))
    5 points
  38. Several police stations near me have designated areas to do safe trades. It’s not a big deal, and makes people comfortable…I don’t see any issues with it.
    5 points
  39. Refin. Purple sparkle. Problem solved.
    4 points
  40. I have possible replacement Yamaha single coils here I can throw in the mix. I'll ship 'em.
    4 points
  41. I believe used USA Hamer guitars are some of the best guitars ever made ,love the real early ones. I bought both my 79 Hamer SUNBURSTS for $1,200.00 and $1,600 respectively....................don't think we will see those numbers again. Still there are some great Hamer guitars to be had but sadly very few at bargain prices....................people have finally caught on as to what fine guitars they are.
    4 points
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