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  1. In Topic:Not Just Rosewood Endangered In Brazil

    16 September 2017 - 11:37 PM

    I have no problem trying to save BRW as a species. But I have a great problem with rules which make innocent people prove they are innocent -- without normal due process -- in a system that wastes huge amounts of resources in time and money and does little or nothing to actually solve the problem. If we have all that resource to waste, at least spend it to catch and punish the guilty and don't come up with some subterfuge that defeats "ex post facto" and "probable cause" constitutional protections. To quote Bloom County, if a million people do a stupid thing, it is still a stupid thing. Or another quote from ALF "On MELMAC, we spend a lot money to discover what can't be done and then we don't do it."
  2. In Topic:Where is the NICEST place you have played?

    11 September 2017 - 07:58 AM

    Nicest in what sense -- acoustics, audience, venue? I talked with this with my wife and we had a hard time deciding.

    We have a summer home near Shelburne NS and we have gotten to play occasionally at the local theatre, the Osprey Art Center. This is a very well designed multi-function facility that does many different kinds of stuff -- it is like playing in heaven for us in broad terms -- stage facilities, green room, audience connection and particularly sound. We are able to use a small number of large diaphragm condenser mics and make the whole place sound acoustic. As acoustic musicians, there are very few places where one can go on stage with a large audience and make the whole place feel acoustic.

    The other places where this has happened tend to be churches and community centers made from converted churches -- there are quite a those out there and they can be great.

    On the other hand we have played a lot less than perfect places: tents, firehouses, community centers, open air festivals, flatbed trucks, and ox barns come to mind. Also small saloons, bars, coffee houses, and restaurants. We hate to plug in, but many such places are nearly impossible without close action mics and instruments with pickups. Historically we have played a lot of bluegrass festivals and small festivals of other types. Those can be great fun and they can occur at beautiful (and less than beautiful) places, but with heat and other environmental conditions they can be less than perfect. But anyplace you can make music and connect with the audience is good. Fail in that, it is a bad day.

    Let me mention one other place. In the summer we play ever Saturday morning at a local farmer's market. We (wife and I) generally play for 2-3 hours and we run an all acoustic jam session. I can be anything from bluegrass, folk, jazz, old time, etc. Sometimes it involves everything from visiting professionals whose names you might know to novices. For years we held the jam outside of the main open building -- we generally drew a small passing audience, but it was basically a social event and not a performance.

    But this year they completed a new facility -- maybe 40 by 50 foot open building with an interior peaked roof planked with wood. Well that turns out to be an acoustic lens where the interior sound travels. It turns out that here we can be heard everywhere and suddenly we are getting applause across the whole market. I have never experienced anything like it, and the vendors love it. It is audible but not intrusive.

    Pretty unique I think -- at least in my experience.

    Let's pick,

    -Tom
  3. In Topic:G String Keeps Breaking

    03 September 2017 - 10:05 AM

    The g string is generally the weakest string on the guitar. Since it is wrapped, it is not obvious how small the steel core is. Maybe you are asking too much of it, particularly if you retune a lot.

    Just a thought.

    -Tom
  4. In Topic:A "non Gibson" question

    28 August 2017 - 09:11 PM

    We have two Composite Acoustics (CA) Legend guitars. These were developed as possible bluegrass instruments with the help of Tim Stafford, the bluegrass flatpicker.

    They are actually quite good guitars -- I first experienced one in a jam session with Shane Blackwell, and the sound really impressed me. They can stand in for rhythm in a bluegrass session pretty well, and they are good flatpickers. I also will sometimes plug them in for a gig where the venue can't handle true acoustic setups and I also fingerpick them with fingerpicks. Best of all, I throw them in the car and I don't have to worry about them as I would with an old herringbone or AJ, and I don't mind handing them to strangers.

    I bought both of ours on the used market -- I just watched the internet until they showed up. So I can't advise as to who sells them. I have played several Rainsongs, and they seen to me to be quite similar to the CAs.

    Good luck,

    -Tom
  5. In Topic:I guess I fell off the wagon

    23 August 2017 - 03:52 PM

    View PostE-minor7, on 23 August 2017 - 03:08 PM, said:

    A very convincing 1950's Southern Jumbo.
    Have to say that the burst points more toward my 1959 J-45 than the 1953 ditto here. My guess is that it's not much like your 53'er either.

    And how about the bracing. The thin ones or the thicker ?




    The braces are both tapered and scalloped -- like all I have seen between 42 and 53 -- but with a little more wood than the earlier ones.

    Best,

    -Tom

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