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The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:24:56 PM »
I was finally able to get some Eight O'clock from Walmart several days ago.  It's the brand I mostly plan to be buying from now on 

Other Bass Brands / Re: Höfner custom shop RELIC
« on: November 30, 2017, 04:58:32 PM »
Looks like the sort of playing wear you get on old violins. The violins and violas my parents acquired for my brothers and I when we were kids looked a bit like that!

It reminds me of the wear on my grandfather's old violin. All his kids were musically talented.  But one of his daughters married someone who was tone deaf.  It was their child who ended up with the violin.  C'est la vie. 

If I had had to play a Silvertone back then, I'd have had to put a bag over my head, and another one over the headstock.

They bring ridiculous money today, relative to their original cost.

Doesn't Ed Friedland still have his Egmond? I remember a thread here from about 4 years ago where someone was asking $2500 for one on eBay.

On the other hand, I had a friend who played some kind of no name violin bass for a while.  No one knew what it was, but at least it wasn't a lowly Silvertone.  People thought it was cool and you couldn't help but associate it with a Beatles vibe.  It had a turquoise finish.  I've never seen one like that since.  Most likely some kind of Japanese brand, but not Teisco.  My friend was older.  I hadn't even started playing bass when he had that.  But the memory of that turquoise bass always stuck with me. 

If you played a Silvertone, that was as low as you could go.  It was considered a beginner's instrument that people got because they couldn't afford anything better.  You might even have been better off with an off brand no one had heard of.  But if you had one and kept it, you would be able to make some money on a Silvertone today. 

To me, the Höfner just never looked "rock", to this day I prefer a Ric, a WAL or even a Yamaha in the hands of Paul McCartney.

Of course not all the German instruments were junk - people like Jan Akkerman played them after all and he could have played anything. But to us in Germany they had no rock'n'roll - an Angloamerican invention - allure, while anything American was deemed cool, British guitars like Burns were at least considered cult'ish and even the Hos from our former Axis friends in the Pacific had the benefit of an exotic aura.

I like all those brands.  Also, under the right conditions I think they can all look rock.  But in terms of just sound, whether in the studio or on stage, I think Paul McCartney sounded the best playing a Ric. 

Hofners and VW Beetles being criticized in the same thread.  That's too harsh for this early in the morning. 

Other Bass Brands / Re: Eastwood EB1
« on: November 25, 2017, 03:02:30 AM »
What a missed opportunity.  Pretty sad.  When I clicked on the link, my hopes were way up.  But then they got quickly dashed.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 24, 2017, 07:04:32 PM »
Lots of places carry Eight O'Clock. Target, Walmart, both major local chains here, even some Walgreen's.

I try to avoid Target and Walgreen's because of the really heavy traffic in those areas.  But Walmart will be fine.  On a sad note, I was around some friends and relatives today who were drinking Maxwell House.  I politely had to join in.  Actually, it is better than no coffee at all--kind of. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:51:11 PM »
That's a good point about the Eight O'Clock coffee.  A&P may not be around anymore, but I think you can buy the coffee at Wal-Mart.  That's also where I got the Cafe Bustelo, although I really don't go to Wal-Mart much. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 23, 2017, 04:43:46 PM »
Maxvile Haus... :puke:

It's coffee's unfortunate equivalent to Budweiser beer. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 23, 2017, 04:28:10 PM »
I was being unjustly nasty.  :-[ The coffee of you guys has improved over time. And if I'm honest, I even got used to the taste of Maxwell House during my months in Brooklyn in the late 80ies. I wouldn't call it coffee in a strict sense, but it grew on you.  :)

I didn't start drinking coffee until late in life.  It's something I started doing very gradually.  So I'm not really a coffee connoisseur.  But when I got over to Europe and started drinking it, I was stunned how much flavor it had.  I really don't like Maxwell House at all.  I'd probably be able to recognize it in a blind taste test, too.  It's really bland.  For a while, I was beginning to experiment with some kind of coffee made by Cubans who had set up business in America.  But that was a lot of trouble looking for it and now I don't even remember the name.  It was pretty good, though, IMO. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 23, 2017, 11:57:24 AM »
Yup, with free refills too. They're giving it away. Given the quality of American coffee ...  :-X

Funny, but true. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Megadeth Coffee
« on: November 19, 2017, 02:35:20 AM »
It sounds like a good thing to be involved in.  I really like coffee. 

The Bass Zone / Re: 2014 Jack Bruce Interviews
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:10:14 PM »
Ginger looked like he was amused at Pete Brown's cameo. 

The Bass Zone / 2014 Jack Bruce Interviews
« on: November 14, 2017, 01:18:28 AM »
Two interviews with some similarities, but also some differences.  In one, for instance, he is asked which guitarist he liked playing with the most.  Jack dodges the question.  In the other, he seems to indicate he leaned toward Gary Moore (because of their Scottish-Irish bond.)

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