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The Outpost Cafe / Rock & Roll memorabilia....
« on: January 07, 2018, 12:30:47 PM »
Just found this in a folder for an old CD club I belonged to.  A signed publicity photo of Paul Revere and the Raiders as they appeared in Tahoe, 1998.  Paul's keyboard was built into the Mustang front end; it was about 3 feet deep, front to back.

They were a fun show, the music was well done. I had a great time!

Other Bass Brands / Anyone up for an EB-1 clone?
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:40:09 AM »

Other Bass Brands / For Guild bass fans with deep pockets
« on: November 17, 2017, 07:29:34 AM »
Just found this:

Not pristine condition, upon seeing the fingernail groove and finish cracks, but must be original finish.

The Outpost Cafe / First gig in a long while
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:42:16 PM »
This Sunday AM I have my first gig in a long time. My band went dormant nearly 2 years ago, but one of the guitarists called me in late June to see if I could sit in and sub on September 10 for the bass player with another, pretty low-key band he plays in.  Four guys, all retirees, and the band's name is "Life in the Past Lane."

I said yes but didn't get all the details.....

Turns out that it's a three-hour gig to play at the city Senior Center as part of an event they have which is part promo for the center, probably part fundraiser. Starts at 9 AM Sunday, meaning a very early setup.

I got a fairly encyclopedic music list from him in late June, about 40 titles.  That wasn't the set list for the gig, just a list of stuff they play.  The challenge for me is that about half of it is country, which I don't normally listen to, so I didn't have any familiarity with the tunes.  But about six weeks out he made sure that I got access to their Dropbox site with audio of them playing many of the numbers, and a set of chord charts from Chordpro.  VERY helpful, and having the chance to listen to them playing the stuff got me moving.

Still, three hours of music is a lot when you're rusty.  I've had three practices with them, and we have the set list in place.  Much of it will be root-fourth or root-fifth for me, with an occasional walk up or down, but for country that often is pretty close to the original bass line. There's a little CCR and John Fogerty in there, Merle Haggard, George Strait, and some classics like Kansas City, Blue Suede Shoes, Memphis and Pretty Woman.  I feel confident that I can hold up my end, although there won't be much fancy dressing on the salad.

I'll be playing my orange Gretsch 5123 bass, which fits the music and the ambience. So, around noon Sunday I'll probably have sore fingertips and be ready for a very tall craft beer.  I'm glad my Genz-Benz Shuttle and 12" cab are easy to move around.

I took this shot right after I got the Gretsch 5123, and before I removed the foam from under the bridge.  Oops.


Other Bass Brands / The 70's are back
« on: September 04, 2017, 12:58:06 PM »
I was in GC today and spotted this red Epi on the wall:

And although the action was extremely high (about 1/2" at the top fret, begging for a shim) I recognized the tailpiece and bridge in a flash.  They are an EXACT match to the ones on my 1970's Univox hollowbody.

Actually the tail piece is the deluxe model with rosewood insert. I had one of these but sold it to a list-member here (I'd buy it back along with the bridge if he still has it..)

Here's the bridge, complete with the same flip-lever mute from the 70's:

This is pure Matsumoku stuff, just like Epi used in the early 70's. Interesting to see it show up again.  The pickups are black pastic instead of chrome, but they're also a staple-design very much like the pickups on my Univox.

Bass Amps & Effects / A mere 50 years of misunderstanding
« on: July 01, 2017, 09:51:59 AM »
I've been surfing info about the Standby switch on my 1967 Fender Bassman and it appears that I've had its function backwards since I got it 50 years ago.

As a radio/TV guy, I always assumed that the proper sequence for turning on this kind of gear was first to turn on the Standby (assuming the meaning is literally "OK boss, I am awake and standing by for orders..."), then to turn the Power switch on when I was ready to make noise.

When taking a break, I have always turned Power off (down) and left the Standby switch in the Up position. In other words, I assumed that Standby On meant "Power is partly engaged, I'm standing by for action."

Now I gather from readings on a variety of websites that I've had it backwards.

It appears that I should have been flipping up the Standby switch first, then turning the Power switch on (upward position) when preparing to play.  When taking a break, it appears I should leave the Power switch on/up and flip the Standby switch off/down position for breaks.

There is much lack of clarity in the language and functional definition of Standby switches.  It is unclear whether leaving the switch in the Up position is "Standby On" or "standby Off." And given the lack of clarity around what Standby actually DOES, is "Off/down" the Standby engaged position, or is it Standby disengaged?

I figure that aside from the potential of prompting train/tunnel, airplane and tank jokes, I can get better info here than any place I know.  So kindly illuminate this poor Padawan, compadres.

  • What does the fabled "Standby" switch do?
  • Is On/up engaging the function of this switch, or does Down/off engage the function?
  • In what sequence should Standby and Power switches be used, (a) turning the amp on, and (b) when taking a break?

The Outpost Cafe / Not a KISS post...
« on: June 20, 2017, 10:45:23 AM »
Didn't want to intrude on the love-fest for KISS in the other thread (don't hit me, please...  :-X )

Tonight I'm headed for Denver to see the Moody Blues at Fiddler's Green with my daughter and her guy. MUCH good music coming tonight!! We'll be in the center section of seats near the back.

Other Bass Brands / Hamer Cruise 5-string?
« on: April 29, 2017, 09:52:37 PM »
Saw this on Ebay - price is low because of a crack along the headstock tuners. Should be an easy fix.

Other Bass Brands / Hofner Violin bass on sale today only
« on: April 29, 2017, 04:21:47 PM »

$249.99. This tempts me, as I like the violin basses and I have a soft spot for green.

The Outpost Cafe / Watching PBS specials again...
« on: April 19, 2017, 07:09:28 PM »
Sitting at home watching the Moody Blues at the Royal Albert Hall in 2000. I reaffirmed an existing opinion....

John Lodge is an absolute master as a bass player. In the pocket, driving the music, always in place and on time. In the last few numbers he has played otherwise identical sunburst Fender Jazz basses, one fretless and one fretted. There was also what looked like a black Tacoma acoustic on one number. His stuff is deceptively difficult, and always tasteful.

He is probably one of the most underrated bass players of the past 50 years. No one has written music quite like the Moody Blues, and at their concerts I see fans from 12 to 70.

In fact, I learned they will be in Denver June 20, and I'm in the process of buying tickets right now. I think it will be the sixth time I've seen them, dating back to about 1968.

The Outpost Cafe / Mommy, make it stop!
« on: April 03, 2017, 05:50:28 PM »
Did anyone else catch the band playing in the half-hour before the NCAA men's final?

I think the perpetrators may have been Aerosmith, but if not them, then I apologize for demeaning them.

A frickin' cacophony of sound. Guitar wanking, incoherent babbling and screaming, gratuitous rolling around on the stage. I'd much rather they had showed commercials for ED. At least I could look away from that.   :P

The second number showed that it was indeed Aerosmith. That was an improvement, in that I could understand the lyrics and follow the music. The wanking factor was somewhat less.

Disappointing, as I'm an Aerosmith fan, but I didn't like this performance.

The Outpost Cafe / I'm still very impressionable....
« on: February 17, 2017, 10:59:20 AM »
Evidently my young, impressionable mind has been warped by this forum. I just got this tech help ticket from one of our classrooms and immediately thought of Mark:

Johnson Hall 220, After fixing the podium from not working (It wasn't plugged in i already resolved that issue.) the teacher reported that in the past there has been loud vibrating sound coming from the podium. I could slightly hear it when I was in the room after I got the podium working.

Why do people leave their vibrators lying around?   ;D

The Outpost Cafe / Appliance music
« on: February 11, 2017, 09:47:11 AM »

The Outpost Cafe / Antique radios "Gotta have"
« on: February 10, 2017, 12:00:31 PM »
In a town nearby, a gent recently passed away who was a master collector of antique radios. The online auction was yesterday, and there were a couple hundred radios sold.  I ended up with three.

First, a 1937 Philco "Tombstone" style farm set (a farm set is battery only, as they pre-date rural electrification in the US):

Next, a 1937 Zenith Tombstone style:

And a 1947 Motorola radio/record player combination:

Going to pick them up this afternoon! 

Some of the ultra-collectible Zenith floor models went high....

This one went for $595:

This one for $665:

I KNOW I don't need them, but I've never been able to come up with two of the 30's Tombstone style radios before. There were some incredibly cool radios, a number of tube testers, and other stuff.

If you feel like spending a few minutes surfing the radios, try this link:

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