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  1. martin H

    Mods to USA Blues Deville 4X10

    I’m coming into ownership a USA-made Fender 4X10 Blues Deville next month. I's not exactly something I've chosen to buy, but part of a deal too complex to go into here. I played it last week and I have a couple of questions for the guru’s out there. [1] It seems over-gained in the front...
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    Flaky E-bay goings on

    It there something especially flaky about people who sell reel-to reel machines on Ebay? I have a 1/2 track Revox, but no 1/4 track machine, I decided to get a 1/4 track machine to compliment it. Bid 1 - Three head Toshiba - won auction, but somehow the machine never made it to the post...
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    Room Treatment options DIY or manufactured?

    I've finally reached the point there I'm going to attempt to treat my little home studio workroom. it's about 300sq ft, not too much in the way of parallel surfaces: [1] what are the best commercial options? I've heard good things about the Primacoustic Londoin absorbers, but am...
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    MetroAmp FX loop

    I was looking at installing a Metro-Amp Fx loop in my 1978 Marshall 2204. MetroAmp indicate that it is supported on a 2204, but when I looked at the instructions on the website, rather than a circuit diagram explaining where to insert the thing, there is a series of pictures showing how to...
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    Experienced E-Bay sellers - any tips?

    Anyone out there like to share any useful E-Bay selling tips? I realized this weekend that I haven't played my 1967 Rickenbacker 4005 Bass for the best part of two years, which is a sign I should probably get rid of it. I also have very little money in it, and sellers seem to be asking...
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    metallic powders for paint?

    For years now I have been going to (of all places) Hobby Lobby to buy the metallic powders I use to mix up metallic colors for instruments. Last weekend I ran out of brass powder so I went to the store to get some more. They no longer stock the stuff. If fact, they denied ever stocking it...
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    Gibson Brands now selling through Amazon in the UK

    My brother in the UK sent me this link this morning. Is Gibson having some trouble with its UK distribution, or is this just more "consumer electronics" rebranding? http://www.amazon.co.uk/b/ref=br_imp?_encoding=UTF8&lo=&node=6524601031&supp EDIT: Somehow I originally typed "my brothel in...
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    I know it's not nice, but

    I know it's not nice to make fun of poor work, and there but for the grace of god go I, but I did snort coffee looking at this one,so: "hand painted matt black with a true oil finish....the binded look also was hand painted with white paint... also all relicd look done myself....i really think...
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    Mastering- The Horror

    I don't think I'm ever going to record for anyone under 40 again. Spent the last couple of weeks recording some college kids, as a "legacy" deal for an old friend. I was reasonably happy with the results, as far as I can control them. HOWEVER... I sent the band a couple of test mixes...
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    New Avatar Day

    I finally got fed up with looking at a picture of myself as a bald old guy holding a guitar. I am now represented by THE MASTER, Mr James Jamerson, wielding his '62 P-Bass
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    I'd forgotten how much "fun" this was ..

    Friday night I was looking at the stack of 60-70 multi-track ADAT tapes taking up valuable closet space, and decide that it was time to archive them all to a hard drive and throw them away. The ADAT's haven't been used for about 10 years now, Should be reasonably simple. (HA!) 10 a.m...
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    Guitar prices and the CPI

    I was looking up some data as part of an argument, and came up with the following numbers using some old price lists, and the BLS inflation calculator. Les Paul, 1959 list = $259, which adjusts to $2,113 in 2014 Strat (with trem) 1962 list = $ 289 which adjusts to $2,272.12 in 2014...
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    Yet Another Quality Thread

    On Friday, I went into the Local GC for the first time in many months, because I needed a particular snare head that GC stocks. I had a little time to look over what was on offer. The local store is a small one without a large stock, but what I did observe depressed me. 1. The "Les Paul 100"...
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    When will this trend die?

    I get an email from MF each day with some sort of closeout or overstock deal. Today it was for a MXR effects pedal - the" Zakk Wylde" phaser. This appears to be an ordinary 70s MRX phase 90. However it is provided for you with the paint already worn from the edges, flecks of orange paint...
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    Wood and Cabinets

    A few weeks ago I decided I'd like to try a closed back 2X12 with my Marshall 2204, rather than the current open-backed Marshall combo cab I have. I didn't want to go the the expense of another cab loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s so I looked for an empty Marshall 2X12. The results where...
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    The "Finished the CD" Curse Strikes Again

    Last Saturday I ran the CD release party for a group of friends whose recording I mixed and co-produced. They sounded good, as good as they ever have. Last night the bass player announced he's quitting. I've done dozens of recording projects for people over the last 25 years, and it seems...
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    Damned Spellchecker

    I got a draft back from my judge this morning with a segment circled in red with a large question mark. I had intended to type: "objected to the presentation of counsel during the hearing" Somehow this was rendered as: "objected to the penetration of counsel during the hearing"...
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    Useless Advice in Forums - why?

    Let me say upfront I'm not picking on this particular forum because I have found some very useful advice here, But....... I do occasionally go looking for a solution to some technical or software problem on the web You'd think that a forum of people with similar interests might be a good...
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    Psychological effect of packaging?

    From the odd things department: Earlier this year I mixed and mastered a project for some friends. After the "final" session, I burned 8 copies in CD audio, and gave one to each involved person for approval After general approval, they sent one of these Cda copies to Diskmakers, with...
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    Oh No - Another Monitor Advice Thread

    I hate to do this, but I'm a bit lost, so: For many happy years I have monitored on a pair of of Klipsch LaScalas driven by an old tube receiver and with a sub. I have always had good luck with the elusive "mix transportability" using these, and am very fond of them. If you haven't seen a...

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