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by chromium
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Pondering a Rickenbacker...
Replies: 36
Views: 3395

Owning a Ric won't automatically make you sound like Chris Squire. It's all in the fingers. Chris on the Thunderbird (Tormato era) could've even fooled me into thinking it was the Ric. Same with Geddy on Moving Pictures ('72 Jazz Bass on Tom Sawyer, YYZ, etc). You can, however, sound like John Oate...
by chromium
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Pondering a Rickenbacker...
Replies: 36
Views: 3395

Not being able to play an instrument first can be really frustrating and nerve-wracking. True. Especially, if you've never played anything else from the brand. I know this is about a bass, but I played a Ric guitar (forget the model) not too long ago. Man, that neck was thin. Width and depth. I've ...
by chromium
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: New pups for a 'Genuine Law Suit' Semi?
Replies: 9
Views: 917

The guitar on the left (Hamer Artist Custom) is running a set of Filtertron-esque pickups (made by rumpelstiltskinpickups.com) in its stock "Gibson" rings. Great pickups if you like the Gretsch sound... http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k125/0chromium0/forums/hamer/1217161946.jpg The original pickup...
by chromium
Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Yea, I'm an old fart - some way cool old computers
Replies: 88
Views: 5515

I'm now waiting for a S-100 Bus backplane and CPU PCB to finally have the computer I wanted back in the '70's. I pretty much grew up in the back of my dad's Altair computer store. In the early days, I'd load up chess via paper tape and play it on an ASR33 teletype. Looked just like this... http://w...
by chromium
Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Bass guitar strings
Replies: 29
Views: 2780

I play on a variety of scale lengths, and at some point went to DAddario EXL-100s - since they are relatively low cost, I can get them in short, med, and longs scale, I like the lighter 100s gauge, and I prefer nickel over stainless. They've had good longevity too (I don't change strings very often).
by chromium
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Maestro W-2 "Sound System for Woodwinds" (w/Demo)
Replies: 12
Views: 5599

Hey Chromium - just wondering if you ever fixed the them on your maestro? I have one in similar condition, about to open up but it'd be great to have a head start if you know the best place to look first! You know what? Before I could even crack it open (too many projects), the trem started working...
by chromium
Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Stratocaster Buying Paralysis
Replies: 44
Views: 1637

One sleeper to keep an eye out for is the Hamer Daytona (their USA-made take on the traditional strat). Prices these days are roughly on par with MIJ strats. Awesome, extremely underrated, and consistently great guitars if you can find 'em. I've bought seven Hamers from abroad, ranging from '78 to 2...
by chromium
Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Polymoog, or JP8 or Oberheim...
Replies: 46
Views: 3487

MC beat me to it... Don't underestimate the repair factor if you go for something old. I've had and sold an OB8 (repaired numerous times, still sold with issues), and currently have a four voice that I've restored (10 month project on my schedule; module by module). I have the sidecar sequencer as w...
by chromium
Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: ARP2500
Replies: 21
Views: 1479

Now THATS a project!
Great start to the blog- thanks for sharing it. Bookmarked!
by chromium
Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Xtreme Space Echo'ing! (motor surgery)
Replies: 20
Views: 6688

Meatcliff is spot on. I had a hard time getting the top bearing out of one of the motors as well, and lacking any pointy/sharp implements... I resorted to rubbing a bit of blue 3M painters tape against the motor shaft just above the bearing- causing some of the adhesive to stick to it. I then pulled...
by chromium
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Korg SE300 vs. Roland RE-501
Replies: 18
Views: 3283

Some random Space Echo inputs: - The "remote" jack on the RE-301 works with an expression pedal, as opposed to CV. One with wiper on tip worked for me, and ring and sleeve on outer legs of 20k pot. This controls motor speed - The footswitch jacks on my RE-150 work with a v-trig to s-trig adapter cab...
by chromium
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Why does Moog new Sequencer cost $8500 help me understand ?
Replies: 92
Views: 7360

thesnow wrote:if you want to buy squier buy squier. if you want to buy fender buy fender. that's it. good night.
...and if you want a John Cruz masterbuilt custom shop '60 Strat relic, you can buy that and set it next to your nouveau-historic Moog sequencer compliment expansion cabinet.

:guinness:
by chromium
Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Why does Moog new Sequencer cost $8500 help me understand ?
Replies: 92
Views: 7360

Just my observation, but these are not "Moog for the people" modulars... these are no-holds-barred, painstaking recreations of vintage units using original panel graphics, pcb art, unobtainium NOS components (unbelievable how they even found some of that stuff), etc. These cater to a buyer who is de...
by chromium
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Walking stick Ribbon Controllers are back!
Replies: 41
Views: 3167

Bernie- glad to hear you are enjoying it. The opaque finished ones (especially black- shows everything) are a lot of work :deadbanana: In aggregate, each walnut unit takes me roughly three hours to build - from raw wood to completed product. Add another hour for the painted units. 3/4 of that time i...
by chromium
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Why does Moog new Sequencer cost $8500 help me understand ?
Replies: 92
Views: 7360

paults wrote:taking high-G turns and not having the wiper bounce like Kim Kardashian's ass.
If there was any redeeming takeaway from all of this... :hihi:

Thanks

:miley:
by chromium
Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Walking stick Ribbon Controllers are back!
Replies: 41
Views: 3167

Any remaining after the initial folks have been contacted will be posted as in-stock on the site - likely by June timeframe. At that point, I'll make the new site (the one linked to in the OP) live and take down the placeholder page that is currently sitting at http://psionicsoundworks.com (still ha...
by chromium
Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Walking stick Ribbon Controllers are back!
Replies: 41
Views: 3167

Really nice tracks, Ron and tongebirge! I love hearing what people have done with them. I still have a couple of marginal demos of previous units floating around... I'm not much of a recording artist or videographer... The new ones still basically work the same as their predecessors, though. Both of...
by chromium
Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Walking stick Ribbon Controllers are back!
Replies: 41
Views: 3167

It seems these devices should be together. That's no coincidence! :hihi: http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k125/0chromium0/forums/synth/ribbon/0421151540.jpg Actually, I had seen a photo of a larger ribbon that Roger might be working on? So there may be some other options coming in 5U land... I'm s...
by chromium
Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Walking stick Ribbon Controllers are back!
Replies: 41
Views: 3167

Tronman wrote:Any chance of a video demo in the near future?
Yes I do have plans to make a demo video available on the new site. I probably won't get to that until I'm finished with most of the assembly of this first batch, however (May timeframe at best).
by chromium
Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Walking stick Ribbon Controllers are back!
Replies: 41
Views: 3167

Thanks guys. That new site will go live once I actually have some completed units to sell. Still have a backlog of folks who've expressed interest over the years (Ron/henfield being one of the earliest - and a primary motivator for me to do this again). I plan to contact those folks soon and offer f...
by chromium
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Arrick's philosophy on half-height modules
Replies: 63
Views: 4412

I hopped over to the 'friends of...' Facebook group to see what it was that prompted the 'statement against' message. No explanation, just a public [self] service announcement I guess. It's not like he has to differentiate his wares from the other guys. For sure he's got a number of product 'lines'...
by chromium
Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Arrick's philosophy on half-height modules
Replies: 63
Views: 4412

Think that was a 955 "linear controller".

Reference to it here:
http://www.moogarchives.com/m956.htm

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...but I dig the voltage controlled hotplate concept.

:bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon:
by chromium
Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: something something about a new modular from Moog...
Replies: 40
Views: 3284

y no DIY kits for $75?
by chromium
Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: What is up with all these old threads back from the dead!?
Replies: 17
Views: 1459

Oh noooo I can't tell which threads are living and which are dead :zombie:

Zombie apocalypse!

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by chromium
Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Standard guitars with P90 pickups
Replies: 24
Views: 3549

You might check into used Hamers as well... They are not that common in Germany though. This is true.... but I know of several guys on the Hamer forum located in the EU. Many of the better deals happen there before the instruments ever hit Ebay/dealers. If you're interested, it might be worth signi...

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