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The Shark last won the day on November 26 2019

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  1. We were talking about strings, so I didn't think about other critical links in the chain (cabs, cables, microphones, etc.). I'm not willing to ignore what works best, if it's a relatively minor brick in the wall. Strings matter!
  2. I'm with your Chiefs. And I'm playing more than I have in twenty three years (since my youngest was born). Enjoy yourself.
  3. Anyone that tells you that string gauge doesn't matter is disagreement with me. String gauge matters. I started using .009 to .042. Then, in the eighties, I changed every guitar to .010 to .046. I noticed more output from my pickups and a fatter sound. Then, when I was playing out every weekend, I changed to .010 to .052. I achieved better tone with a deeper bass response and a more prominent midrange. I enjoyed the fight with the larger strings. It was the early nineties. These days, I've settled on .010 to .046. And they have to be all nickel. I hate stainless steel or the other "mixes". I just don't like "bright" strings. So, .008's are out. I have tried them. But there's a stark difference in tone. Strings matter. I use the DR Nickel .010 to .046 sets now. Too many of my guitars didn't like that .052 on the bottom. And scale length doesn't really cause me to deviate. The same strings on both of the usual scale lengths plays into the differing tones and feel of the guitars. My two cents...
  4. Not really the guy to offer a tone report. If you see it for sale, it didn't work for me. So far, the Purple Plexi w/ Boost is the keeper. I don't need that many variations. The Black Zen Drive is still hanging around, but it isn't really a Zen. No "D" sound. More like a Boogie. The Purple Plexi is the real deal.
  5. Another rabbit hole....I'm going to have to fall into. Thanks, Ernie
  6. My three favorite amps of all time are, and in this order, my '59 Tweed Deluxe that I still own, Pat Travers Small box 50wt that I sold to Brent Magnano at Dynamic Sound/Guitar Oasis (played on Putting It Straight and Makin' Magic), and one of the first Matchless 2x12 combos built. The Matchless is, as far as I know, still in the guitar room of one of my best friends in Orlando. I'm certain Ernie's amp is incredible. These are truly some of the best amps ever built. There's Vox. There's Fender. There's Marshall. And the best clean tone ever is Matchless.
  7. We have hurricanes. They take care of the tree problems. Never have to prune and it's survival of the fittest. Now, I just have camphor trees. They bend to the fucking ground, when the wind blows!!!
  8. Our drummer uses a set of Audix mics on his drums. I may try one tonight at practice.
  9. Thanks. Our soundman recommended the Beta too.
  10. Okay. We've been playing out again for about two years. Sixteen gigs, some better than others. I'm using the old SM-58 from decades ago. We use the Line 6 Stagescape board, powered Mackie 1x15 powered cabs and two 1x15 JBL subs. Volume is not an issue, and we're very pleased with what we're getting out of the PA and monitor mixes. I just want to have a better vocal microphone. Something that's an improvement over the SM-58. I just feel like there's something head and shoulders above the 58. Thanks in advance.
  11. The first clue might be that he used to be "Howard Dumble"... My wife's best friend's daughter was Ashley until recently. Now, she's Victoria. Kid was always strange.
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