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  1. Good advice in earlier posts. Mic it through the PA every time. It will save you having to lug around another amp as well. I use the Sennheiser e608 for the soul band and have several of them. They are know to fail, the wiring tends to fracture just where it enters the strain relief bush as the bush doesn't flex enough and puts the strain on the cable. It is generally repairable but a real PITA to do. (I've had to do this on a couple of mine). An SM57/58 also works well but on stage it constrains you to a fixed position which some sax players don't like. A fixed mic on a stand is always best for recording though. Clip on mics will pick up the movement of the valves opening and closing on the sax. This is rarely a problem in a live environment though with everything else that is going on. Thomman sell a budget clip on if you just want to experiment with the principle but as with most things you get what you pay for and the feedback rejection on these will probably not be as good as the Sennheiser.
  2. I travel to Tamworth regularly on Fridays and Sundays. I could bring it back to Alcester and even deliver it to Evesham if that helps. That will get you 35- 40 miles closer to home.
  3. Another faultless transaction from Lee. The pedal is just what I was after. Sent well packaged and arrived on schedule. Thanks again Lee. A real asset to the BC community.
  4. These guys could be worth a call - E.M.S. They have supplied me with AKG mic spares in the past and have always been very helpful and on the ball. I've not used them for any servicing work as I always do my own but it could be worth contacting them.
  5. I've been using four of these for the past 3 - 4 years and to be quite honest they have been absolutely spot-on. Link The nice thing about them is that any device can be set to transmit or receive. You can configure one as a TX and then have any number of receivers, one for each lighting station. The downside is the dreaded wall-wart power adaptor but this is easy enough to get round. Best shop around on eBay as well because prices vary considerably for the same device.
  6. My first reaction would be to check out the capacitors, in particular the electrolytics. Those are the components which tend to age more quickly than anything else. It could also be worthwhile buying a can of freezer and giving the critical components a quick blast in turn to see if the state of operation changes. Equally you can use the tip of the soldering iron on the metal can part of the electrolytic for a couple of seconds to see if that causes the audio path to start up quicker. Let us know how you get on. Also thanks to Hellzero as well for putting up a copy of the schematic. Most useful.🙂
  7. Another faultless transaction from Andy. The microphones are just what I was after. A real asset to the BC community. Thanks again Andy.🙂
  8. Another faultless transaction from Dunc. The IEM receivers are just what I was after. Sent well packaged and arrived on schedule. Thanks again Dunc. A real asset to the BC community.
  9. Another faultless transaction from Mike. The amp is just what I was after. Sent extremely well packaged and arrived on schedule. Thanks again Mike. A real asset to the BC community.
  10. Its unlikely to improve with use. I've had a number of headless Spirits and the tuners have all been stiff. The advice in the previous post is the way forward. If you unscrew the tuner you will probably already find a black washer but I think this is too thin to be of any help. Use a sparing amount of silicone grease on the washer and the threaded section as well.
  11. Pretty much as mentioned above however if you have access to a large vice then you may have some success sandwiching the grill between two pieces of hard wood and tightening it all up in the vice. This works reasonably well if the dents are around the edge of the grill. A footnote however is that whatever you do will only every be partially successful though. When a metal grill gets dented or dinged then it effectively stretches the metal. When you try to straighten it back out you are effectively trying shrink or compress the area that has been stretched and this is rarely 100% effective.
  12. Just bought a piece of kit off Den. Smooth and faultless transaction in every respect. A credit to the BC community. Thanks again Den
  13. Mick helped me out with a cover for a Trace amp, which are now very hard to come by. Smooth and faultless transaction in every respect. A credit to the BC community. Thanks again Mick.
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  15. Not exactly deal related but Liam helped me out by including a requirement to order a specific electronic component when placing an order to a supplier himself . This speaks volumes for the extremely kind folk within the BC community when someone is willing to help out, who to them is a effectively a complete stranger. Thank you again Liam. Your kindness is sincerely appreciated.
  16. Slider caps you can adapt the covers used for miniature toggle switches - https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/toggle-switch-caps/8431985/ They need to be trimmed down in height but they can usually push onto the slider shaft. Still haven't found an easy source for the square push switch buttons though!
  17. In the past I've managed to adapt the covers used for miniature toggle switches - https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/toggle-switch-caps/8431985/ They need to be trimmed down in height but they can usually be pushed onto the slider shaft. a tiny spot of glue such as evo stick may help to keep then in position as well.
  18. Yes, if LED strips had have been around 22 years ago then that would certainly have been the way to go. But actually I can see the logic from TE in using the hot cathode bulb as I guess the life of conventional lamps would have been somewhat shortened with all the vibration coming up through the cabinet. So some thought has gone into it. Thanks for the suggestion in contacting Mark Gooday. I'll see I can find him on FB.
  19. I agree £20 isn't a deal-breaker but if I could have sourced one here in the UK I could probably get it quicker and with reduced postal costs.
  20. Thanks for the link but the lamp is still coming from the US which makes it stupidly expensive for such a small item.
  21. I've recently acquired a Trace Elliot head which has the GP12 SMX preamp and would like to bring it back to it's former glory. One thing that needs attention is a blown lamp on the front panel. Having carried out some research I find that it is a miniature hot cathode florescent UV lamp - data sheet here. I would like to replace it with an original device rather than changing it to an LED but can't find anyone in the UK who sells such a bulb. The cost to bring one over from the USA is going to be prohibitive. Does anyone know where I can source one of these within Brexit land? New or second hand, I'm not fussed.
  22. I've just bought a Trace head from Dan who I found to be a top bloke. Good communications and he certainly went the extra mile to ensure that it arrived in time. Packaging was bomb-proof as well putting most of the mail order companies to shame! I'd definitely recommend him whether you're buying, selling or trading! One very happy bunny. Thanks Dan.
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