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Everything posted by tomteriffic

  1. Had that same guitar in trans blue. I put in some moderate output rail pickups in it, just for the humbucking effect. Other than that I kept it stock. The only gripe I had was that the headstock shape made it hard to tune the G's. Had it until the right Eclipse 12 showed up and I still know where it is. John, if you find one in good shape, I'd pick it up without reservation.
  2. Admittedly, I wasn't looking much or very hard, but very little by way of actual instruments or amplification caught my eye. At least as far as deals or prices beyond what you could score pretty much every day was concerned.
  3. The Marantz stuff from that era was pretty much the benchmark and these days, working examples in good shape bring a pretty penny. Definitely worth fixing.
  4. Blood family is 400 miles away right into the teeth of this wind. I'll wait it out and go see a bunch of musical family about 70 miles away.
  5. Staying put today and tomorrow, but off down some iffy two-lanes on Friday. Fortunately, there's nothing extreme forecast for us.
  6. Harp players... There's only one I'll let up with me because I've known him since he was a little kid, overblowing on everything. His old man is quite the jazz/blues guy and knocked him down a peg or three. Now he's a pleasure to jam with.
  7. And he's still about half a foot too short. Better get on his game, there.
  8. Noticed 1 and 2 right off and then 3 upon rewinding. There's more of that show around someplace.
  9. Not to mention your incredible collection of Graphic Specials....
  10. Somewhere out there there's some live footage of MC5 at a college campus. Michigan State, maybe? It rawks hard.
  11. Gus, yeah, I sold you a Princeton Reverb. We pretty much dismantled it to get it through customs, IIRC. I miss that thing. Anyway, welcome back.
  12. Haven't had a Ric in decades, but it sounds terrific with the Eclipse 12, super clean and chimey to gritty and full. We used to do a segue between "Feel A Whole Lot Better" a-la Byrds/Petty to the tail end of "Won't Get Fooled Again" and I could just wind up the wick on the guitar, lean into it and get that edgy gritch quite easily. It feels good and has just a little sag when the master is wound up. The single tone control is adequate to the purpose, set it and forget it. With the input wound up, it has a pleasing furry sort of noise to it, strongly reminiscent of what an amp with EL-84's (of which I have several) does. It has a "deep" switch on the back that I've never turned off, for what that's worth. YMMV. FWIW, It mostly gets run though a Sourmash 2 x 10 cabinet, semi-open back, loaded with Eminence Legends, wired for 4 ohms. At 4 ohms it's plenty loud, easy to hang with a band as long as nobody has ego problems. PS: A techno-geek acquaintance explained that the NuTube is really a vacuum tube, just in a different physical configuration. In short, this thing is a great deal and with so many variants, you can just pick your style and go.
  13. Quite a number of times over the years. The times I've been suckered in, I can typically acquit myself reasonably well and get the hell offa there. Lately, though, there's a young phenom friend of mine who will occasionally invite me up. The guy is a terrifying player, no matter the genre and he has the musical equivalent of a photographic memory. The first time he did that was about 10 years ago when he was on a bluegrass kick. He hands me this log of a Martin and I spend the first two verses and choruses figuring out howinthehell to get my hand around the neck. Then he gives me "the nod". Fortunately I was waaaay down in the mix. I know a fair number of bluegrass tunes but never was the Mark O'Connor type be even the most remote stretch. Chord banger at the most. As the years have gone on he's gotten less terrifying (to me, anyway) and it's a lot of fun hanging it out on the edge. But it always seems like he's throwing me one kind of curve or another. The most recent was when I was taking delivery of an oddball cigar box guitar. Most of these are a three-string proposition and I'd ordered this one as a four-string, not having the first clue as to how to tune it, much less play it. I figured I'd take it home and woodshed with it. Helluvit was, my friend didn't have a clue either, when it came to 4-strings. Forward to about 8:30 https://www.facebook.com/hardwickaw/videos/412676912657333/
  14. An acquaintance of mine has one. (SC55?) It seems to be pretty snappy sounding overall and quite versatile. His current band veers from lounge jazz to pretty hard blues and it seems to fit in pretty well whatever they tackle. A local store had a couple but they disappeared before I had a chance to take them for a spin.
  15. Good to read you again, Gus! I was just wondering about you the other day.
  16. I've got one. You can't have it. But I'll be happy to answer any reasonable questions about it, since I'm always up to firing it up for a while.
  17. Fender Super Champ XD, properly biased and with an Eminence Ragin' Cajun. I don't use the models much, if at all, and rely on a dirt pedal instead. Still, it has covered my needs nicely. On those (rare) occasions when I needed additional grunt, it went into a head cab run into an oversize 1 x 12 with an Eminence Ramrod. No muss, no fuss grab and go, one trip, a tweaked Pro Junior with an Eminence Copperhead and a Hamer Special with pickups out of an Eclipse.
  18. Have a G12H 100, 80's vintage, in great shape, minimal usage on my end, formerly owned by Ree-shard. Looking for a home.
  19. No direct experience, but Pat Quilter is the "Q" in QSC. I tried out some of his earlier amps and they sounded very good indeed, especially in the clean to slightly furry area.
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