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  1. My favorite Tubes video is when John Candy as outdoorsman, Gil Fisher, takes The Tubes on a fishing expedition:
  2. A recurring line in 1964's "A Hard Day's Night." I didn't find out about the origin of that line until about 50 years later. "Grandpa" was played by the actor, Wilfred Brambell, who played Steptoe in the British sit-com, "Steptoe and Son," the inspiration for the American sit-com, "Sanford and Son." Brambell was best known in England at the time as the owner/operator of a junk and salvage operation sit-com. So the "he's very clean" line was a British inside joke referring to Brambell's other role.
  3. The flawed logic was evident to me from the get-go, but it's a matter of record that those were his conditions. it's not like he's famous as a master of deduction.
  4. The best case story I read on this forum was several years ago when an HFC-er ordered a case for his Hamer (Special, Duotone, something similar), and the numbnuts on the other end of the phone sent him the case without looking inside--which contained a Korina Special (IIRC).
  5. A rock star who is best known as a grumpy old man.
  6. I personally know a guy who's a member of a church in Greater Seattle where their handbell collection was stolen. These aren't cheap; the set below retails at $2,685.. He checked eBay and found the collection listed in New York state, called the local authorities, and recovered the collection. Unlike local pawnshops, you can search Craigslist and eBay nationwide from your computer. Plus, since it's an interstate crime, it's a Federal offense with l-o-n-g prison terms. If a perp gets caught, trying to fence the items nationwide isn't such a good idea.
  7. Look for listings on eBay, Craigslist, and Reverb.com, and similar other outlets.
  8. And he turned 80 exactly a week ago. I think the unusual survival story is that he was such a $h!thead that someone didn't beat him to a pulp years ago.
  9. This may run counter to my previous post, but ... The Kustom amps were notable for being able to do that with a solid state constuction. You make a good point. You don't really know until you try it, and some things fly in the face of conventional wisdom. John Fogerty sure knew how to make pinch harmonics into a Kustom rig (e.g., extended solo in "Suzie Q."
  10. This takes me back to when I bought my first really nice guitar, a G&L semihollow ASAT Classic. I started trying out several amps at the music store where I bought it. It quickly became apparent to me that solid state amps with attractive cabinetry from the likes of Fender and Ampeg for $600-ish were a bad deal--sterile tone, very circuit board-dependent (this makes maintenance and repairs either expensive or impossible) and there were better deals around As for the better deals, I was lucky: Top Hat Amplification had just started up, and I bonded with their Club Deluxe, PTP hand-wired with a Fender Deluxe-styled amplifier (twin 6V6GTs) powering a 12" Celestion Greenback. No reverb, no trem, but pure magic for an introductory price of $590, $60 less than Fender's newly introduced--and rather sterile-- Blues Deluxe. That was 1997. I still have the Top Hat. When I first got into guitar, I thought the sonic reputation of all-tube, PTP construction was a myth. After all, as a high end audio enthusiast, I had heard plenty of well-reviewed, great-sounding rigs that were powered by solid state, circuit-board-based electronics. Then in 2012 I had the opportunity to pick up up a PTP handwired line stage from an audio buddy at an attractive price. I was impressed by the audition, but I was unprepared for its effect of my living room stereo. Because it's a line stag e, every source went through it--FM radio, CD, computer-based YouTube, and turntable-based vinyl. EVERYTHING sounded better. I was sold, and thanked my lucky stars for a fidgety audiobuddy who couldn't leave well enough alone. I was all too happy to help him on his way to his next big thing. A couple years later he called and asked me if I'd be interested in the matching phono preamp, also all-tube, handwired PTP for just $575. Hell yes, I would. This is a phono preamp sonically compared in online forums with this phono stage (https://www.needledoctor.com/Manley-Labs-Steelhead-RC-Phono-Preamp. Granted, the Steelhead has more gain and versatility, but for $7825 less, I could live with the one I got. One again I was unprepared for what it brought to the party. I'm a bit of a big band fan, and a few days after acquiring this phono stage, I put on a Count Basie Big Band album I picked up at a thrift shop for $2.99. Basie often starts out a chart with a low key groove, propelled by rhythm guitar, subtle drumming, walking bass, and some minimalist piano chords plinking along. This is then followed by a big blast, where he calls on the whole brass section to engage the room with a sharp-ninth chord which makes everybody sit up and take notice. With my new phono stage I was unprepared for the blast. It really took over the room and reproduced the sensation of the live experience. I'd never heard that LP sound that way before and it took me a few days to realize that this was the first time I'd played that record through my newly acquired all-tube handwired PTP phono stage with military surplus NOS tubes. You'll never convince me it doesn't make a difference, and it explains my "meh" reaction when I hear music through solid state PCB electronics, whether it's guitar amps or audio equipment. I think the handwired PTP also makes a difference because the components aren't soldered onto a PCB shared with transformers and capacitors.
  11. I found a Gibson gold-plated floating Johnny Smith mini-bucker. I had it installed on an MIK Gretsch Electromatic hollowbody jazz box. Would that annoy the jazz snob? Sorta like this, but with sunburst finish and gold-plated genuine Gibson Johnny Smith floating pickup:
  12. How do you know Wiki got the graduation year right?
  13. And shame on "the media" for not verifying Ocasek's birth year. Pretty basic. Professional news organizations shouldn't use Wikipedia as the final arbiter.
  14. It replaced an empty spot on the top shelf of my component rack. I had had a nice Hitachi P-38 DD TT and a decent collection of LPs. I lost many of the LPs to a rain-induced flood in our basement apartment which resulted in moldy, warped records. A couple of years later (around 1982) our cat jumped off the turntable, sending it flying and crashing to the floor, after which its speed control never worked again. Here's an example of a HItachi P-38 in working condition. Mine looked just like it until the cat got through with it and I tossed it in the trash. Soon word got around that CDs (and players) were on their way so I bided my time until they became available in 1987 when I bought a CD player and started replacing my record collection with CDs. 20 years later I found that I got no enjoyment from CDs and their players, so I went to Guitar Center and bought the Technics SL1210M5G and started hitting the used record stores and thrift stores to replenish my LP collection.
  15. What a gorgeous, lush-sounding album! I gave it a complete spin last Monday and will probably do it again tomorrow. I have the 2003 30th anniversary remaster/reissue. Bought it soon after buying my first turntable in 31 years. Glad I did.
  16. I just ran the C22 in a Mac production history page. The C22 was in production from 1963-1968 and retailed for $279. Adjusted for inflation that comes to a Sinatra-sized $2339.21.
  17. Here ya go. Price: US $5,695.00 You're welcome.
  18. Also, the stereo LP wasn't produced until 1958, but some studios made and marketed stereo recordings on 3-track stereo tape. That's what Frank is threading up in the picture. Notice that the front panel of the R2R tape machine features controls and meters for three channels. This was cost-no-object high-end home audio in the mid-'50s.
  19. Yeah, I thought about that when I finished posting. Also, in the early days of stereo recording, they recorded in 3-track--left, right, and center. In fact, here's Frank Sinatra's state-of-the-art 3-channel stereo setup back in the day:
  20. My record-spinning and hand-eye coordination exercises Monday must have worked, because my physical therapy session at the hospital yesterday was particularly good, specifically the balance exercises which had always eluded success.
  21. Don't be sorry. Suhrs kick ass, feel wonderful in the hands, and sound as good as they feel.
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