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Everything posted by Rich

  1. Drink Up Thee Zider - Adge Cutler & the Wurzels
  2. The Portamento is the best off-the-peg fretless bass I've ever played, by some margin. I tried a 5-string one at Guitar Village once and my credit card was screaming at me the whole way home. If I had a regular fretless gig, I would get one without hesitation.
  3. Everybody is missing the obvious choice for an English national anthem -- as proposed by the Big Yin:
  4. There's nothing worse than a politically correct dingle.
  5. Mummy, He's Making Eyes at Me - Furman and Nash
  6. No, you're thinking of the "Trashiest, worst-written books I have ever read" thread.
  7. Yes, very. I do hope that someone had a little chat with him about that. The sort of chat that begins with "I want a word with you" and ends in "ouch".
  8. Yes, I think this is probably the one to have. I was hoping the Varta would do a similar job for less ££, but it seems not.
  9. Rich

    Ashdown Pedal of Doom

    They could make their pedals a lot smaller if they didn't insist on using that silly VU meter on them.
  10. Indeed. We've played a few Young Farmers' parties (always a scream) and college balls and so on in the past, and everything trip-overable and knock-downable has always been very securely fenced off or nailed down or both. Where there's a likelihood of high alcohol consumption by exuberant punters, I think it's the only way.
  11. Yes, I live about a mile down the road from the rugby club
  12. Was that the Beer & Cider festival in Nailsea?
  13. Yes I thought it might be something like that. Ah well, it was a nice idea while it lasted. This bit wouldn’t be a problem. There are USB to 2.1 centre pos cables available, 10 minutes with a soldering iron and some wire & plugs and hey presto it’s a centre neg daisy chain
  14. I’ve noticed this rechargeable Varta thingy on Thomann, and was wondering if it could be used as a pedalboard supply? The implication seems to be that yes, it could, as the specs show the USB outputs rated as "5V / 3A, 9V / 2A, 12V 1.5A". Which is jolly good, but I can't see for the life of me how the desired output voltage is selected. Anybody got any ideas? https://www.thomann.de/gb/varta_wireless_power_bank_10000.htm
  15. Late afternoon 45 min slot at "Tetfest" (free music festival in Tetbury, Gloucs). Open air gig, my god it was hot but at least it was under cover. We played well, crowd loved us judging by the cheers and dancing. Suave, elegant, sophisticated... Yes, those are definitely words.
  16. Outdoor gig today... I'm gonna fry 😰

    But hey, it's a gig 😃

    1. hiram.k.hackenbacker


      I'd rather fry than get wet.

  17. Also: Band members who complain you're not playing any gigs, but don't go out and get any and when you DO get offered a gig they're either suddenly unavailable or won't do it because it's not paying enough. It's a pub band FFS, not Pink Floyd.
  18. I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying - Gordon Sumner CBE
  19. No, Dino Palomino. He's a horse whisperer.
  20. The power isn't strictly daisy-chained, although they are paralleled... the 9v feed plugs into the box with the rude word on it, which contains a distribution arrangement (posh name for connector blocks ) for the five separate pedal feeds. The green LED is just a tell tale, so if there's a pedal problem I can see if the 9v feed from the rack is still functioning. It's a bog-simple arrangement and I suppose in an ideal world the separate feeds would be isolated, but it seems to work ok.
  21. NCD (New Cables Day): yesterday I re-made the cable snake for my effects board. Two lengths of Van Damme cable, four 90º Neutrik plugs, a 9Vdc power supply wire, and black & silver braided sleeve. Oh, and colour coded heatshrink for Send and Return. The foldback clip is there to clip onto the back of the amp, thus relieving any pull on the cables plugged in at that end. OK so it’s not glamorous and more than a bit nerdy, but it’s neat & tidy and works very nicely. Must say I really enjoyed putting it all together – there’s something very soothing and satisfying about tinkering around with wire & solder. I must get another pedal build on the go, get some more quality soldering time in!
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