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chromium last won the day on December 8 2015

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  1. Congrats - glad to see that one land with someone here! The switch closest to the edge of the body is ganged (aka two switches in one). One half switches on power to the preamp via the 9v, and the other switches on power from the 2xAA battery pack to the flashing LED. The inboard switch is a three position, providing three tone settings... but I have no idea what's happening "under the hood". The preamp itself is buried in a small plastic enclosure filled with epoxy, and consequently I can't really tell how the switching works. I actually do have a loose/NOS preamp and have been tempted to give it an acetone bath to dissolve the epoxy potting and map out the circuit, but the other part of me wants to keep it intact. I'm sure it's something relatively simple- like the old BC Rich preamps. Regardless of all that, they sound pretty freakin' awesome, don't they?! That config works really well with the X2Ns and Model Gs on the coursed string basses.
  2. Ah- thanks! The ones I have feel like 1.2mm(ish) delrin, and so these might be in the ballpark. Failing Sweetwater, I might just grab a few vaguely similar picks and find a close alternate - as I'll certainly lose my 2-3 remaining picks at some.point
  3. Good idea. I've found some similar looking (Jazz III, etc.), but not exact... Thanks
  4. A ways back, a parts order showed up with some promotional stuff - including a few Caparison-branded picks. I really like these and would like to order more, but can't find a match online. Wondering if anyone here might recognize who makes them, based on their shape? Photo below shows a Dunlop next to it for comparison... Thanks!
  5. Our band just started trying to go more towards in ears with modeling amps DI'd. It's a different experience for sure, and I have to admit that old habits die hard. I miss having a big rig (aka glorified stage monitor) behind me pushing air On the other hand, schlepping that stuff around gets old too. I've used hearing protection since young, but developed problems with my eustachian tubes later in life due to TMJ, and so I'm now among others saying "what? huh?" and having my wife tell me I'm talking too loud. Of course, I can always just cite my big loud Italian family heritage with regard to the latter lol.
  6. I wouldn't be surprised. Wish I had rigs like some of these kids when I was that age! I did get a kick out of seeing that old T-40 and Mk4 head
  7. My son has been playing out quite a bit in recent months, and as a result I've been seeing a lot of local bands. I gotta say - it is so cool to see all these talented kids on the music scene here bringin' it! These guys go to his music school (where there are many, many gifted up-and-comers), and I've seen them all before playing in different genres... but I finally caught their doom metal act "Grail" last week. Absolutely killer band, and I'm blown away by the fact that these guys are only 15-17 years old! Gotta dig a bit for it, but guitar-centric music is in fact alive and well among the new generation!
  8. Jack - good to "see" you! In case that was directed at me, I still have that B8S
  9. Looks awesome, and I liked.your description of a L-100 through that preamp :D. Exactly what I had envisioned. The tap/phase switches are a great with a hot pickup like that. I have a Charvel prepro-esque clone with a single DP100 and single push/pull volume pot for series/parallel. Unlocks a great tonal option.
  10. I was speculating that it might be a Bill Lawrence L-100. Given that and the mystery preamp, I think someone wanted to melt some faces.
  11. Awesome! Glad you got it. I have a weakness for those, having grown up in Houston and spent many a teenage Saturday annoying the fine staff at Rockin' Robin - where there coincidentally was an abundance of Robins. Don't forget about me if you find that it's not to your liking Bet you will dig it, though! Cheers
  12. That reminded me of a photo I took back when I set the old game consoles up. You haven't lived until the 58" plasma renderings of those pixel clumps have singed your retinas
  13. I would've loved to have snagged that, but mercifully someone had already saved me from myself. The Tokai is a fantastic player, and a rosewood board would have made a nice addition.
  14. That is a lot of guitar for 500 bucks. Think the model name on that was RV-1, made by Tokai. I have the Tokai VS-60 - pretty much the same deal, but with a strat head instead of the hockey stick.
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