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JohnnyB last won the day on May 30

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About JohnnyB

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  • Birthday 11/11/1953

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    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
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    Boss (bass) Overdrive ODB-3, Guyatone Flip Tremolo, Maxon OD-808, Guyatone Mini-Reverb (MR2), Alesis Nanoverb

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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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  1. In the summer of 1965 (after I'd had two years of drum lessons at elementary school and have gotten an entry-level drum set for Christmas, my youngest sister (18 years older than me) sent me a Gene Krupa album as a present for finishing elementary school and getting ready to start junior high in the fall. It opened with a number called "Drummin' Man, with a lead vocal by featured vocalist Anita O'Day, followed by a hot trumpet solo by featured trumpeter Roy Eldridge, aka "Little Jazz." As an 11-year-old with only two years of drum lessons, I was dumfounded by Krupa's control, especially how he could accent his single stroke rolls by placing rimshots at will: By contrast, before the summer was out, the Beatles had released eight albums in the U.S. I liked The Beatles, but I knew I was in the minority for really bonding with this energetic jazz along with the musicianship involved. Four tracks further into Side A was an energetic rendition of a number titled "China Boy." Unlike the full big band plus vocalists in "Drummin' Man," "China Boy" was performed by a quartet--sax, bass, piano, and drums. It was so fast and energetic that when I played it for my big brother (who also had taken drum lessons for 2-years), we played the song several times because we couldn't get over the energy, the speed, the dynamics, and the mastery each musician had over his respective instrument: I hope that explains my fascination with big band and pre-war jazz in the middle of the British Invasion.
  2. Back when I bought some tubes from them (around 1997) the shop was known as Brent Jessee Recording. Later on it became audiotubes.com, which seemed more appropriate to the focus of his business. I'm pretty sure it's run by the same guy, because the current inventory and pricing seems to follow the same principles.
  3. It's not like Eddie's famous for thoroughly thinking things through. I suspect he was satisfied that he stayed true to the band's agreement. And it looks like he was attracted by the opportunity to work with Quincy Jones, which would have been very enlightening.
  4. He had his reasons. From a story about it:
  5. June 24th. We should have a 5-day countdown followed by a confetti-driven parade to celebrate Kiz's reinstatement. I mean, how else do you honor a rediscovery of the meaning of life?
  6. Well, if you sniff around you can find a few: Haar Hager HAGSTROM Hahl Hahn Halifax Halliday HALLMARK Halo HAMBURGUITAR Hameln HAMER HAMILTONE HAMMERTONE Hampton Hancock HANEWINCKEL GUITARS Hansen HANSON Harden Hardluck Kings Hargreaves Harimu Harley Benton HARMONIC DESIGN HARMONY HARPER HARPTONE HARRISON Hart (Steven) HARTKE Hartung Harvester Harvey Leach Harvey Thomas Hawk Hawkins Hayakawa Hayes (Rick) HAYMAN Haynes HEADWAY Heart Heartfield HEARTSTRINGS GUITARS Heatley Heaven Heerby Heiden Heindel HEINS GUITARS HEIT Helliver HEMBROOK Hembry Hendrick Hendy Henman HERALD Herby HERITAGE Herrnsdorf HEWETT High Highland Highline Hilko Hill (Custom Guitars) Hilton Hinde Hines Hiser Hisonus History Hodson Hofner HOHNER HOLIDAY HOLLENBECK Hollingworth Holly Hollywood Holman Holser HOLST HOME MADE INSTRUMENTS Honda HONDO Hooker Hope HOPF HOPKINS HORA Horugel Hoshino HOT LICKS Hound Dog Howard Howard (Jim) HOYER Hoyt HS Anderson HUBER Hudson Hufschmid Humming Bird Hunt Hunter Hurricane Husemoen Hutchins HÜTTL Huvard Hy Lo Hyundai
  7. I like Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson's "Beat It." It's got blinding speed and tapping, pinch harmonics, tone that howls like an air raid siren, and resolves quickly and hands the song back to the writer/artist. And he rearranged the song to fit the solo he conceived and did it all at no charge and without credit. Back story here.
  8. Lindy Fralin makes some hum-free P90s I had some Fralin P90s and they were excellent. Also had a vintage guitar buddy who swore by them.
  9. My favorite online NOS tube source: Home page: https://www.audiotubes.com For 6BQ5/EL84 tubes: Scroll down far enough and you'll see NOS 6BQ5/EL84, Sylvania tubes for $55 to $80 per matched pair. http://www.audiotubes.com/6bq5.htm I got some NOS RCA greyglass 6V6GTs (for my Top Hat Club Deluxe) from this same source back in 1998 for $24/matched pair, which was ridiculously cheap. Things have gone up since then, but it was still at least 1/4 the going rate at the time. Also, if you want headroom and ruggedness, go for military surplus tubes. Some of them are labeled "JAN" for "joint-Army/Navy". In 1998 there was also quite a wave of Philips JAN-NOS 12AX7WA (low noise) tubes that hit the market. I picked them up from MojoTone for $15.50/pair and they're great--smooth, rugged, musical, and dynamic.
  10. I was pretty sure that The Cowsills were the inspiration for The Partridge Family TV show, but I didn't know about this little detail: The studio suits wasted no time making a show based on the Cowsills. "Hair" charted in 1969 and the TV show premiered in 1970.
  11. I did a few gigs with a band with a steel guitarist. That 2-neck Sho-Bud was his weapon of choice. Fantastic sound, great precision, and great source of dynamics and musicality.
  12. I remember him more as an acoustic-oriented folkie. Here he is with the trio he'd played in off and on going back to 1972. That's him in the middle: He's about 67 now and I doubt that he goes for head-banging or Millennial jargon. He was definitely the right sales guy for the female customer with the terminal husband.
  13. The Jean-Luc Ponty YouTube inspired me to retrieve a live cut in San Francisco by the "grandfather of jazz violin," Stephane Grappelli. He was around 77 when he played this, as he was also on my "Live in San Francisco" album:
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