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  1. Grady Tate

    11 October 2017 - 08:09 AM

    Jazz and session master drummer Grady Tate passed away October 8th at age 85.

    One of the World's most recorded drummers; you have certainly heard him on many recordings and very likely own albums with him on, too.

    In the 1960s he was house drummer for Verve records, appearing on albums by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Stan Getz, Jimmy Smith and many, many more.

    A consummate professional who was as at home in almost any musical situation; but he was not really a rock drummer, although he must have played rock sessions.

    His session discography must be so enormous it would be impossible to collate and list it. The Wiki entry lists only a fraction of his work.

  2. Lifesavers

    12 September 2017 - 09:55 AM

    Today I was doing my daily swim and had nearly finished when there was an emergency.

    There were swimming lessons going on in one lane, teenagers - and suddenly the swimming teacher started shouting for help.

    I was at the deep end and I could see her at the shallow end holding onto a boy who was evidently having a grand mal fit in the water.
    He was thrashing about so much she couldn't pull him out.

    The lifeguard was in the water next to him in seconds and almost simultaneously about 4-5 other staff came rushing in to help.

    They jumped in and held the boy's body and head out of the water - no mean feat as he was really having a major epileptic seizure - and more staff came in and ordered the rest of us out of the pool, NOW PLEASE.

    They could not lift him out of the pool until the fit stopped - took a couple of minutes - but finally they got him out, and by then there was an ambulance arriving outside.

    There's no doubt at all that they saved his life.

    I wonder if the swimming teacher knew he was epileptic - perhaps, but not to that degree. It is also possible - I suppose - that he'd never had a fit that bad before.

    It was scary and quite emotional, and I am incredibly impressed by the staff reaction and teamwork. They all knew exactly what to do.

    Suddenly a very ordinary situation turned into a life-threatening one; but they won it. They won.

    Best wishes to all [thumbup]
  3. NCD, NPD

    31 August 2017 - 02:56 PM

    Yesterday was New Cabinet Day (new to me that is).....

    Marshall 1922 2x12 cab with 2 Celestion 75w speakers. Bought for a bargain price off a guitarist friend.

    Sealed back, MDF I think; as photo shows, speakers are crammed in about as tight as they could get.

    Plus I had a New Pedal Day last week, Marshall Reflector Reverb; I'd been looking out for a budget reverb pedal and was amazed to find a couple of internet music dealers doing these for half-price on Ebay UK, apparently because the 9v battery has been removed.
    New, boxed, £35 inc p&p, I'm not asking why! Maybe it was a batch where the batteries went flat?

    Anyway, great pedal for that money - stereo/mono, 2000ms, 6 settings - hall, plate, room, spring 1 and 2, reverse. Has an expression pedal input for the reverb time.

    Set it all up today:

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    Sounds b****y amazing. I don't have to tell you.... [thumbup]

    The amp is a modded 100w Park MV; I don't give my guitars/gear/cars/anything names, but if I did - this would be Godzilla.

    Plus I am having 2 other small valve amps serviced; I needed a way to pay for all of it so have sold a rare-ish fx pedal - the Lovetone Meatball, a wonderful and weird pedal which sat at home and unfortunately didn't get used much at all.

    I intend to take this setup out on a gig, when I get one in a reasonable-sized venue. I'll be cranking it up in rehearsal before then of course!

    Feeling very, very fortunate - a good day for me. [smile]

    Best wishes to all.
  4. Hysterical

    28 August 2017 - 04:33 AM

    Too much - the guy's expression at the end..... [lol] [lol] !
    And I am old enough to remember both these gentlemen....

    Thank God the prog-rock bands got hold of it!

  5. NSD, NPD

    13 July 2017 - 02:37 PM

    The day before my 63rd birthday last month, I visited a guitarist friend who has loads of gear.
    He sold me an 8" Jensen for my Fender Vibrochamp.

    Before - it had a Weber Signature Series (budget) speaker which was very clean and didn't break up well at full volume.....

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    After - the Jensen (what you can see of it) has a much bigger magnet, is bassier (yay!) and has a lovely break-up, giving me a nice distorted sound at full volume.

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    Amp experts will notice that I installed it upside down for that special tone.... [laugh] [flapper]

    Today I got this modded Boss GE-7 (via ebay), boxed with a psu.

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    The GE-7 is a pedal that needs modding to remove the hiss, and once that's done it's a very fine and extremely useful pedal. 15db boost on the eq and 15db boost on the overall level too.
    Plugged in using supplied psu and found one slider had crackles and there was a nasty noticeable whine at 1.6k.
    Gave it a spritz with Servisol switch cleaner, powered up again using my Tandy universal psu and presto - working great, and totally quiet. [thumbup]

    And my friend with all the gear has a Marshall 1912 2x12 cab which I WILL have (I only live once), probably next month....will update.

    Best wishes to all!


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    09 Sep 2016 - 05:55
    Hi GMac
    Many thanks for the comment - our "Stormy Monday" starts like the T-Bone version but then our singer insisted on the Allmans chords....I didn't argue!
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    G Mac 

    08 Sep 2016 - 21:56
    Hey, jdgm! I wanted to thank you for the tip off on Allan Holdsworth with Soft Machine and Jean Luc Ponty. I can't wait to get both of those albums on iTunes. Also, nice job on Stormy Monday! I like the Allman's version. Have you heard T-Bone Walker's or Bobby "Blue" Bland's? Check 'em out! Hope you're well and happy in "anywhere"! Peace!
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