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  1. Being "un-PC" is why Ed Rechts is a valued pillar of the HFC.
  2. My turntable is a Technics direct drive turntable. I've gotten a few of KABUSA's accessories including the earlier version of the record clamp and a screw-on machined aluminum damper trough that settles tonearm excursions and resonances. He makes thoughtfully designed add-ons for a good price.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. He had his reasons. From a story about it:
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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:
  16. This is a story posted by a Facebook friend. He was a classmate of mine in Bible college from the '70s. When he graduated he became a career pastor (he has the heart of a pastor as I never had). He recently retired, moved to California, and now works the floor at a Guitar Center. I first met him nearly 50 years ago in school and he had always sung and played guitar. He would definitely know what he's doing at GC. Here is his FB post today about a Guitar Center experience: "This afternoon I sold a guitar to a woman in her 40's who has decided to learn to play. In fact, before she left the store she had her first guitar lesson. Her reason for wanting to learn is that her husband is dying of cancer. It's been years since he played guitar, so she brought his guitar in to have a restring. She decided--for the remainder of his life--that they are going to play guitar together. It's something they talked about for many years but never took the time. Now she is determined to do this for him in hopes it will give him comfort and pleasure as he faces death. When you consider all the jokes and memes about husbands vs. wives vs. the husbands' guitar obsessions, this is certainly something touchingly different.
  17. Yeah, it's a mahogany thing. You can't get a mirror-like finish on mahogany w/o filler.
  18. I remember California Jam well. I didn't go to it, but I was living in the LA area and knew about it. Best of all, local TV filmed it all and broadcast the musical acts. I saw all those great acts. I had just read about Carl Palmer in a Buddy Rich interview and I was able to see how he played (very impressive!) I saw Keith Emerson do that levitating grand piano with the in-air somersaults, knowing I had seen Steve Allen do the same thing 15 years earlier on "I've Got a Secret." I saw The Eagles, with Don Henley pounding out a really good beat while they all harmonized the melody and chorus of "James Dean." I heard Black Oak Arkansas perform "Hot 'n' Nasty," which sounded as decadent as its title suggests. All my memories are from watching it on a 14" black 'n' white TV, which should give you an idea of the impact of the live performances. A great music festival!
  19. The Trace Elliott Velocette copied the amp topology of the Vox AC15, which was notoriously hard on tubes. I liked the JJs--they sounded good. But I went to NOS because they sounded better and held up much better to the Velocette's hot bias. It also helped that my local NOS dealer was a Russian immigrant who had an enormous selection of vintage US and Euro tubes at near-giveaway prices. I got my GE and Sylvania tubes for $5 to $10 ea. A total no-brainer.
  20. When I replaced some EL84s in a Trace Elliott Velocette with JJs, the amp ate them in a day or two. That propelled me to my local vintage tube dealer, where I bought some GE Gold Pins, Mil-spec Sylvanias and Philips. I still have those.
  21. The aftermarket of metal snare drums says plenty about the desirability of brass snare drum shells vs. aluminum or steel-based shells. Ludwig Super-Sensitive (their top model) aluminum alloy shell snare drum. Ludwig Chrome-Over-Brass (COB) snare drums.
  22. Well, I guess this is too little, too late, but I'll post it in case anybody else caught the fever and is on the lookout for a bound "Tele". "G&L ASAT Classic Electric Guitar Clear Orange over Ash Top Bound Brand New" $1649 Available on eBay.
  23. I first acquired this recording as a CD around 1996 when I was auditioning some speakers. It's Canadian vocalist extraordinaire putting her take on a large clutch of Tom Waits songs. It's a particularly fortuitous combination. A week ago I was in the house solo, cleaning up the kitchen. I thought I'd play this. I was delighted to rediscover that I had a state-of-the-art remaster/repress dual LP album pressed on 200g (.44 lb) vinyl. Her performances, the engineering, and the remastering are breathtaking, especially through my Magnepan panel speakers. ... and Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl This album showed me that Tom Waits is a latter-day Bob Dylan, a great writer of captivating songs presented by a rough, gruff voice. In the hands (and voice) of Holly Cole the artistic aspects of the songs reach their full potential.
  24. My DC-10 2x12 combo was a perfect match for my Phat Cat/Bigsby Newport. Unbelievable!
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