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[*] posted on 1-6-2014 at 08:31


Thanks for the info, BB,I really like the sound of these instruments, I'll probably try to get one sooner or later, with a dulcimer, a sitar and other stuff.



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[*] posted on 1-6-2014 at 20:42


Count about 3 euros per string... They still make new ones, that's still preferable over those antiques. And, ideally, you'll need a thumb ring with a pick attached to it.



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[*] posted on 2-6-2014 at 21:27


Went to visit my blind friend again. She now has 2 pianos in her living room.
I'd brought my zithers along and demonstrated them to her. We had a nice little duet of Bach/Gounod's Ave Maria with me on my mini zither.




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[*] posted on 3-6-2014 at 12:24


:)
so six months ago I finally plunked down the money to get Hammersmith Odeon.
It sat in a stack unopened until last week. I opened it, listened to it over a couple days.
The third cd has been in the player since.
I keep playing the watermelon (prequel).
this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK_D6GnPlHg
It's pretty, gentle, sublime.
Is it worth $50 for a four minute song?
Maybe.
Some enjoyment is priceless, right?
Had no idea it was on youtube.
I didn't read the booklet or play with the goodies.
It's nice to hear it in such clear sonics
and this one isn't at zappateers
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[*] posted on 3-6-2014 at 17:56


Great huh? I played some tracks over and over myself. Mainly Trying To Grow A Chin, which I continue to adore. Terry's a powerhouse!



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[*] posted on 5-6-2014 at 22:42


Went to a guitar shop. A small cosy one, four workers and no customers. The lady at the till was very charmed by the little zither, she used to have one of those as a kid. She took me to the restorer, who measured the thickness of the old strings and gave me two possible steel guitar strings. Had a nice chat with him: when I told him about the problems with the concert zither, as in amount of strings needed which will cost, he replied he is having the same trouble with a harp he acquired.
Anyway, found a little place to remember!




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[*] posted on 6-6-2014 at 18:55


Since we've been having moth problems, I cleaned my piano thoroughly. And I do mean thoroughly. Opened the top, removed all the panels, the hammer mechanism and even all the keys.

If reincarnation exists and you come back as a spider or moth, move into a piano.

My piano was a present from a family I befriended. They apparently hadn't cleaned it thoroughly for the longest of times either. Plus, the kids sometimes used the instrument as a table to do their crafts on. Underneath the keys was a massive slab of dust, a lot of little paper clippings, some little things like pins and washers, a little old misplaced memory card, and money. Three guilder quarters and a good old Dutch dime. 'Course we don't pay with those anymore but it was a nice trip through memory lane.




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[*] posted on 7-6-2014 at 07:54


Quote: Originally posted by BBP  
Since we've been having moth problems, I cleaned my piano thoroughly. And I do mean thoroughly. Opened the top, removed all the panels, the hammer mechanism and even all the keys.

If reincarnation exists and you come back as a spider or moth, move into a piano.

My piano was a present from a family I befriended. They apparently hadn't cleaned it thoroughly for the longest of times either. Plus, the kids sometimes used the instrument as a table to do their crafts on. Underneath the keys was a massive slab of dust, a lot of little paper clippings, some little things like pins and washers, a little old misplaced memory card, and money. Three guilder quarters and a good old Dutch dime. 'Course we don't pay with those anymore but it was a nice trip through memory lane.
little paper clippings, pins and washers, little old misplaced memory card, money? This piano was clearly prepared for John Cage's music. :D



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[*] posted on 7-6-2014 at 10:38


:grin: Good one!




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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 08:48


Off to Amsterdam today, to meet my sister...



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[*] posted on 10-6-2014 at 08:54


Brought back my 4-string fretless. It definitely needs a better paintjob - the borders look all splotched, like someone didn't want to use masking tape. Not to mention the paint still rubs off on your fingers.



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[*] posted on 10-6-2014 at 15:57


been listening to Road Tapes, venue 2, Helsinki, 1973.
A great addition over all. The JLP bits are nice, but I could understand him seeing his part as session musician.
The early instrumental numbers especially with JLP are a treat, and it is good to get this band documented officially doing Eric Dolphy, Dog/Meat, + RDNZL!
But it is the loose feel for Dupree's Paradise, extending over 26 minutes that makes me pay attention.

There are many extended versions of this and, in this year, with Montana. This one they veer off into a standard vamp and Frank gives us lyrics from PoJama People. "One night only, here in Helsinki, The PoJama People", which gives us all the indication we need that he is referring to the band.

I've listened to all of these Montana/ Dupree's Paradise that exist out here in the existing world, on zappateers, and this one from Helsinki (which is not), really is as good as any of them. And it sounds good! You can tell what they are doing!

Walt Fowler, Tom Fowler give great solos. Frank has to retune his guitar in the middle of it but it turns out alright and representative of time and place.
All Skate Dun-Dun Dun is an on the spot improv, starting with Ian playing w/ synthesizer knobs before the band goes ahead w/ a blues jam. Frank takes the solo and the whole for several minutes sounds like a contemporary JJ Cale and Leon Russell session: like this some years later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm-euFpRLMg

Still, I prefer the second disc of this set. Getting it documented and released is great! The slightly earlier versions of Echidna's Arf and Don't You... w/ JLP! are splendid enough and make up for the sad start on this version of Village of the Sun. George Duke's voice is nice to hear. Don't You Ever ... ends w/ an Allman Brothers-type coda. Really.

Big Swifty is extra big here. Bigger than what used to be my favorite, the roxy version on YCDTOSA 1. And this is because Frank gives a solo like he only rarely did, anywhere. Next up, Farther O'Blivion, after the header, JLP gets to drive the epic Chicago-Only-Just-Beginning-outro section - and then the Fowler Brothers go back and forth, w/ more and more instruments added til it it sounds like a cartoon. With monsters in it.
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[*] posted on 10-6-2014 at 19:42


Looking into the possibilities of painting my bass entirely.
It's that cheepo Stagg that has the finish on the neck rubbing off onto my fingers when I play it. When I had a good look yesterday, I noticed how poorly the edges were done, like someone had attempted them freehand. Besides, it's all black and boring.

I've found a nice How To Paint Your Guitar tutorial on Youtube, but that all refers to the body, not the neck. Luckily I won't have to worry about frets, it's a fretless.




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[*] posted on 11-6-2014 at 20:34


Quote: Originally posted by BBP  
Brought back my 4-string fretless. It definitely needs a better paintjob - the borders look all splotched, like someone didn't want to use masking tape. Not to mention the paint still rubs off on your fingers.
Fretless bas, that's a cool instrument, I'd like to get a 7 string fretless guitar made one day.:guitar:



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[*] posted on 12-6-2014 at 11:28


That does sound awesome...

No my instrument is unfortunately a cheepo. Today I'll try to find some paint remover and perhaps a bit of lacquer to get the neck paint over and done with.




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[*] posted on 14-6-2014 at 18:02


If you do it, don't forget to take pics of the process, I adore those build/modification types threads.



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[*] posted on 14-6-2014 at 20:52


I'm definitely going to do that, it's hilarious how bad the paint job is!

Spent some time looking for a good father's day gift, didn't find anything. For some reason every shop now seems to be selling that Loom stuff, you know those little rubber bands that you can braid? Drives me nuts.




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[*] posted on 16-6-2014 at 21:36


Joined a bass forum for help on fixing that fretless. But it's a terribly sexist place, which made me check out some of the sites collecting that.

Seriously, when you see they sell separate pink-princess-for-girls and blue-pirates-for-boys EGGS, recorders (as in - flute type), frisbees, marzipan... you know something's deeply wrong.




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[*] posted on 17-6-2014 at 17:39


Made a start on removing the fretboard paint.
Dismantled the bass to a degree - removed the strings and unscrewed the neck. Took the neck outside and splotched it with paint remover, waited thirty minutes, and started clearing it with putty knife and 400 grit sandpaper.
Work barely progresses. Huge black slobs do come off, but they continue to appear.
Do the paint remover thing again, work with putty knife and 240 grit sandpaper.
Although progress is more visible after the second leg, I give in when the water I put on it becomes as black as ink. For a third time I put on the paint remover, and now I switch to 180 grit sandpaper. Wood is clearly lighter, but unfortunately paint still comes out of the grains.
After a few hours of work and a massive back-ache, I give in.




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[*] posted on 17-6-2014 at 20:49


Removing finish on a guitar is quite long and boring, I've never tried to do it with paint remover though. I'd avoid putting too much water on that neck, though, it can absorb it and twist the wood.

edit: oh, yes, also: pics or it didin't happen! :D

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