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  1. My experience echoes that of jimmy23cricket almost exactly. I run two cabs with a Peavey Tour 700 head and have never run out of headroom. I also find the impedance switching useful as I can take one cab out with a small digital amp and do a rehearsal or small gig with practically a single handed carry. Plus I got my two cabs for just over £200 the pair, one with a cover. So, for me, they cover a lot of bases for not a lot of money.
  2. Absolutely. imagine hearing a song who's theme was "governments, of all complexions, have a difficult job but generally try to balance competing priorities as best they can". Can't really imagine pogoing around to that one.
  3. I saw them once only, at the Walthamstow Assembly Halls almost 20 years ago. My abiding memory, if you can call it that, is feeling stoned through secondary smoke inhalation given the amount of gear being consumed by everyone else. Just googling the concert, I wonder if it might have been where Spaced out in London was recorded. They were probably describing me.
  4. Very brave of you to put your head above the parapet! And good on you. I do have a question (me sir!) And would love to know your thoughts. I went through three years of music lessons at secondary school in the late 1970's and never picked up an instrument once. The school did have instruments, and an orchestra, but they were all reserved for the kids in the top streams. The riff raff in the lower groups got some perfunctory lessons on theory and that was it. I would love to have played, and was decent at the recorder in primary school, but all that stopped in secondary school. please tell me things have moved on since then!
  5. Only ever seems to be Andre flippin' Rieu on whenever I tune in.
  6. It always amuses me how musicians seem to be held to higher standards that other folks. So Eric Clapton hasn't produced anything decent in the last 30 years. So he's a mediocre musician is he? Let's apply the same rationale to some others. What about Steve Cram? As far as I can see, he hasn't produced any decent athletic performances since the 1980's. I saw him jogging round the park the other day. Looked a bit slow, if truth be told. Nothing inspirational in that. And what about Bill Gates? Hasn't produced a decent operating system since DOS 6.22. Windows 3.11, at a push. Totally mediocre if you ask me. Seriously, do we understand what mediocre really means? I'm right slap bang in the middle of being a mediocre Musician so I should know what I'm talking about. And Eric Clapton has nothing on me!
  7. A list that would be incomplete without Shirley Collins. Who, incidentally, released a new album yesterday at the age of 85.
  8. On the subject of poor grammar in songwriting, shouldn't 'Hello, is it me you're looking for?' be 'Hello, is it me for whom you're looking?'
  9. I suppose the recorder does have a bum rep from many of us remembering playing it at school. I really cannot listen to a descant recorder without having flashbacks to 30 kids playing London Bridge is Falling Down as if trying to reproduce the sound of hades itself. But the tenor recorder has a beautiful, mellow sound, that is quite soothing (except when I play it, of course). It also has holes that give a stretch not unlike the lower frets on a full size bass so I originally started on it as a way of keeping my fingers moving when travelling away for work.
  10. Anyone else been watching the BBC Young Musician finals on BBC4? I tuned in to watch the highlights of the woodwind finals. Really superb musicianship on display from everyone, as you would expect, but the winner communicated the piece in a way that left me absolutely entranced. I will confess to having a soft spot for woodwind as a family of instruments. I'm learning the tennor recorder but am finding it quite tough. Still, I'm persevering. But I just wanted to say home much I enjoyed this programme. Anyone else watched it?
  11. Currently watching a live acoustic set by Sonya and Glen from Echobelly on Facebook. This sort of live set is perhaps one of the very small consolations to come out of all this.
  12. Ok, just tried switching on mine. Plugged in. Switched on. Green light comes on at the front. A VERY low electronic hum can be heard with my ear right on the casing. But the fan is definitely NOT running. Left it plugged in for half an hour. Still no sound of the fan running. Does that help?
  13. Looper pedal. Not only still in its box, it's still in the original Amazon parcel.
  14. We all chip in with suggestions on an equal footing. Then we end up doing whatever songs the BL and guitarist want to do. Same thing with dropping songs that don't work. If the BL and guitarist still like them, they stay in. I've given up making suggestions now which works perfectly for everyone.
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