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  1. Not a rhyme but a scansion issue. Tyrannosaurus Rex, "Child Star" - to make the lines "Debussy and Mendelssohn, Handel and Dvorak of old" fit, Marc Bolan sings "Dvorak" as "devorack". In "Ballrooms of Mars", he just gives up completely, apart from a desultory "stars/Mars" rhyme halfway through. "Telegram Sam" has "Sam/man" and "Slim/been" (in mitigation, he sings "been" as "bin").
  2. I've finally got round to doing my own version. This uses 6 buttons and a 20 x 4 I2C display (much easier than messing around with 16 connectors). I've got the facility to change the selections on the screen but as yet I've just got one set of selections. I used a 5V Arduino Nano. Power supply is via a 9V socket, and I used a bridge rectifier to avoid any embarrassment about having the wrong polarity. There's two 220R resistors, one to the MIDI +5V and one to the MIDI Tx pin. All built on a bit of Vero, secured to the lid by 4 M3 spacers held on by J-B Weld. At first I had a problem with issuing multiple commands, but I realised that the Stomp would have to react to one before doing the next so I put a delay in. I found 100mS worked - I didn't bother experimenting further. This is the sketch: Stomp_switch_I2C.ino
  3. Haven't you noticed who you're replying to?
  4. Based partly on reviews here and also on other reviews, I went for a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M20X - smallest bedroom is now my office, complete with hi-fi system, so transferred my Sennheiser HD219s into there and bought these for downstairs computer/hi-fi/recording purposes. Found them very impressive, not sure if it was psychological but I heard detail in songs that I'd not picked up on before. Haven't worn them for an extended period so not sure about long-term comfort, but they seem comfortable enough, despite being sprung disconcertingly like a bear trap when putting them on.
  5. Depends if you count all the different permutations of face to face, side by side, or end to end. Although the end to end one would be silly.
  6. It took over a year for the other members of one band to notice that I played a fretless.
  7. Jethro Tull. Surprisingly devoid of agricultural knowledge. Conversely, The Levellers are quite liberal in their outlook.
  8. You just know what the copywriter's favourite book is, don't you? "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way".
  9. It's timbre that we use to identify instruments, and that includes the envelope - which is why a plucked electric instrument played through a slow-acting noise gate or using a volume pedal sounds much like a bowed instrument.
  10. I realise that this is contrary to the spirit of Basschat, but I googled "double blind violin test" and this is a piece by one of the violinists who participated in the 2012 one saying what happened. It wasn't a test to find out who could tell what from which, but one to find out which ones violinists preferred. This is a piece about a couple of other double-blind tests which show that players and audiences could tell the difference between old and modern, and generally preferred the modern. Apologies for bringing facts in. Back to basses. Seeing as vibrations will be travelling through the wood, unless it is a perfectly rigid material, it must have some effect on those vibrations, potentially absorbing some frequencies more than others. I would assume that the softer the wood, the more effect. How significant the effect is is a different matter. Pickups, strings, and electronics would be the main contributors to sound (as someone else said earlier on).
  11. I'm out. Not basses, but a Variax 700 acoustic and a Kaoss KP3+.
  12. It doesn't take long to type "minimum wage vietnam" into Google and find it's 4.42 million Vietnamese dong per month, which is £135. Average monthly salary is 5.88 million dong so their average pay is 1.3 times their minimum wage, as opposed to the UK ratio which is more like double. So even if they're on minimum wage, they're paid 3/4 of the average wage.
  13. tauzero

    DIY Effects

    It works out the same, they're just connected in parallel.
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