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    I gotta make some comments, and come on, who is dithering here?

    What I'm seeing about the music night for seniors could be better.
    Why not book a DJ night, and play the music you want,
    and see if the audience gets into it, like a DJ at a rave.

    Not only can you have too much music, and play too many notes,
    and use too many effects, you can have too much of an influence,
    especially if you think you need to drop acid to be like that.

    Here in Ontario, LP's began their comeback over twenty years ago,
    and kept going, and yes, it's the depth of the groove that allows more dynamics.
    Krummhorn! Have you ever seen a laser disc movie, the size of a record album?
    That sounds and looks better too.

    For me, having too much music is not being able to play long enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Watt View Post
    . . . Krummhorn! Have you ever seen a laser disc movie, the size of a record album?
    Yes, I have ... years ago. Totally agree that the picture quality and sound was aces compared to the DVD formats we have today.

    I too have noticed that LP's on on their way back ... and yes, the deep grooves really do sound far better than the CD version, although I found it difficult to play my favorite LP's in the car without converting them to either CD or Tape cassette. Yes, I still have a cassette unit as part of my home A/V setup.

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    Krummhorn! You seem a little apologetic about having a cassette unit.
    I just bought two small Sony cassette-CD players, with radio, four years ago,
    getting a good deal on the second.

    Hey! You've worked in a store. You'll get into this.

    I was reading a review in the Toronto Star, and the photo looked like an electric clock.
    But the reviewer was saying, why did Sony put their best cassette device,
    and their best CD device, in such a small unit.
    He also commented on the fact that the cassette recorded off the CD and radio,
    but was direct, no knobs or e.q.'s, with an input at the front, and an output at the back.
    I was talking about this at the Source, and without me knowing it, they ordered eight,
    and when I heard about them, I bought the first one, over $80.
    A couple weeks later, back in the store, probably looking for Canon camera batteries,
    one of the salesman was saying I could buy a second one for $40.
    A customer brought one back in, complaining about having to push a button twice, sometimes.
    The salesman was complaining about the customer complaining about such a small thing.

    So I've got one in my music room, with a wonderful, powered Altec Lansing speaker system,
    and another in my bedroom, with some nice Sony headphones, that I seldom use.
    It's hard enough finding peace and quiet in this world, I'm not rocking mine out.

    When I was a teenager in high school, I'd pull an all-nighter every week,
    listening to albums with Koss light duty headphones, that I ordered in Hamilton,
    just what studio producers were saying in magazines that they were using.
    I always listened to Electric Ladyland, and it still only sounds as original on the album.
    Jimi used so many tape recording dubs, with so much sound effects as non-electric dubbing,
    as soon as you transfer it to any other kind of playback, you hear all the snaps and crackles of the dubs.

    Around here, getting an old Board of Education tape recorder with one inch tape,
    even just setting it up with the two mikes hanging from the ceiling, really sounds the best.
    I was carrying one around for a while, and I'd set it up when friends were rehearsing and jamming,
    and when I played it back everyone would be saying do we really sound like that.
    Oh yeah, even if they didn't like it.
    I can't not have a cassette player. So many of my friends and bands I was in are on them.
    When I need to play those, that machine better be ready to go.
    "In the heatwave of the longest night, when this, and our love, takes us out of sight..."
    yeah, I used to jam the lyrics too.
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    Altec Lansing, eh? Anything like their old A-7's?

    For recording I have a Zoom H-4 that I bought new in 2009. It serves my purposes rather well especially with the various microphone emulation settings. I used to record on using a ReVox G-36 with 10.5" reels and a Dynaco B&O Ribbon mic. Still have the ReVox though it needs a new motor (those have three motors, one for each take up spool and one for the capstan drive).

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    Oh! You're losing me with your recording talk, something I just don't do.
    What I'm saying about turning on a tape recorder or portable stereo,
    is as far as I ever took it.
    I turned down free four tracks when everyone got eight,
    which does surprise everyone, me growing up with Jimi Hendrix.

    I'm not sure about A-7's, knowing Altec, Lansing and JBL as band P.A. stuff.
    This powered Altec-Lansing system has a nice design.
    It was friends with BOSE stuff in the early seventies that taught me,
    if a speaker system is designed well, it sounds big even when it's small.
    This system is like that.
    The side speakers also plug into the computer, getting the most direct signal.
    They might look like upright little sticks,
    but the three inch speaker that is facing down to the surface it sits on,
    really works well, spreading the sound around, a soft, stereo effect, nice.
    Sade likes it. She keeps coming back, saying play me, play me John.

    ReVox was a huge company, and using "vox" in the name is still a surprise,
    for me, in the English language, considering it's Latin. There's so much "vox" out there.

    It almost hurts to see "microphone emulation settings"... ow... ow...
    I'd be afraid to set it for jazz, and then try to sing... ow... ow... meow...

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