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  1. It was terrifying, lol. Practicing with the pine was just zip-zip-zip without a care in the world; but it took multiple deep breaths and pauses before making the first cut in the maple. My hand was cramping before the end of the first board from gripping so hard. I did intentionally increase my cab dimensions a bit to leave room for a do-over in the event of a catastrophic error; but while there was certainly room for improvement, content enough with the outcome to not warrant such actions. It was the difference between going 2x10 or 1x12; it will remain a 2x10. Spent most of my free time today trimming, drilling holes, sanding, sanding, sanding, hit with the round over bit, internal support pieces cut and placed, sanding, sanding, and then more sanding. In between a few of those sanding coats I hit it with a water based dye. Final sanding tomorrow, then start in on the finish.
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  2. And she's done! I do wish I'd made her a little less wide... but my plan included using as much of the board as I could with minimal waste; plus it allowed room for a do-over in the event of a catastrophic error. This is something I'm correcting with the daughters cab; it's going to be much more of a tighter fit to the speaker. Speaking of using as much of the board as I could... everything except the upper panel in the back and the birch speaker baffle was made from the original board. Including the inner bracing/supports and the lower panel. Lastly... I had a pack of dress washers for the back panel screws, but had snagged the wrong size. It's a Sunday in northern Michigan, meaning it's about a 45-60 minute one-way drive to the nearest open hardware store, lol. So I'll circle back on those tomorrow. For now they are gently in place just to give the full buttoned up look. It's a 2x10 mixing a WGS Veteran and a Celestion G10; GZ34 rectifier, 2x 6P14ev power tubes, 2 12ax7's; simple volume/tone/master volume controls. Will record a sound demo sometime in the near future
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  3. A little 5F1 1x12; and going to hit it with some blue dye and see what happens.
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  4. Really nice work. Looks fantastic.
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  5. Never enough clamps when you need them...
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  6. I'm a long ways off from holding a candle to the work they do; but certainly trying my best to apply the lessons they've shared. Just put what I believe to the the final coat of finish on mine this morning; hopefully tomorrow can assemble and get it fired up. In parallel, my daughter twisted my arm and talked me into building her an amp too.
    2 points
  7. This thread drew me in. Also Josh asking about the metal zone in January troubled me deeply.
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  10. It seems like forever since I have made an entry in my blog about the story of my playing in a band, maybe all the lockdown had a lot to do with that. After Lockdown, we started trying to gig again but the market for bands had really slowed down and many of the social clubs we were playing were no longer booking bands. Bars and pubs were booking less also, as they were building their trade up after Lockdown. We were playing several gigs, but something was just not sitting right with me. We had lost our drummer to a serious stroke, although we had already decided to replace him as we were fed up of his forcing his political viewpoint on us all, in that there was no discussion and if he didn't like your opinion, he took offense. We got a fabulous new drummer after some long auditions, but that didn't work out personality wise. Eventually we settled on a guy in his late sixties who had a wife a fair bit younger than him, which has some relevance. The point being that wives were always welcome at gigs but any wife interfering in band business was considered very bad form and well out of order. It had caused extreme trouble previously. But back to the main plot. I had for some while feeling that I wasn't really doing what I wanted to be doing by being in the band, I had a vision for it that was successful when that vision was followed, but others were not sharing the vision that I had set the band up with along with my bass playing friend when we decided to give it a go. Because that vision was not being followed, it was getting harder. I'd taken on the role of lead vocals and I know the songs I can sing and can't sing - for example, I can really do well on singing Rolling Stones songs. And, because the vision was harder for me to fulfill, I was losing interest. On top of that, it was down to me to find gigs, no one else made any effort. Put all this together with the effort to rehearse, play gigs, lose weekends with my family because of gigs and all the effort involved, slowly buy surely, and with accelerating speed, I was losing all desire to be in the band, and just over a week ago, the day before a gig, I decided I'd come to the end of the road. I played the gig, wasn't happy in doing so, and then the new drummers wife told the rest of the band and their wives that she'd been told I was seen playing at venue during the week with another band - a total untruth. Shaun, our bass player, is not just a friend, he's my brother from a different mother and we have a deep brotherly love, we know each others extended family and we used to hang around as kids, stopping over at each others homes. The relationship is close. Anyway, Shaun's wife, Debbie, is a lovely woman who understands how things are, and she tactfully told me what had been said, which didn't make me angry, but just made me even more sure that I'd come to the wright decision. I didn't tell anyone that night because I didn't want to cause any upset, or have people try and tell me I was just being silly. And of course, I wanted one more night to sleep on it. When I woke up on Sunday morning, I knew the decision was right for me, and prior to going out to church, I sent an e mail to the guys in the band explaining how I felt and why I had come to my decision. The decision was made because my priorities have shifted. I'm now 62, have six grandchildren who live quite a distance from me and I want my weekends free to spend time with them. I want to spend Saturday nights with my wife Helen, we have busy days and after doing all the Saturday jobs round the house, I want to sit down with her and enjoy our time together. Going out for a day is also something we want to do and not worry about what time we need to be back for. The bottom line of why I've decided to put the band down can be condensed into one word, and that word is "family" Shaun, my partner in the band, has taken it really well, hes been very supportive and I hope they carry on with a new singer and guitar player, they are good musicians and the band has a good name. But for me, it's time to call it a day with bands. The highs have been great and the lows terrible, but that is life in a band for you. For now, I'm gig to sit back and enjoy others playing, and sitting at home enjoying my guitars and maybe, just maybe, I might get that PRS custom I've always wanted. Thanks for reading - Mark.
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  11. I hope it sounds as good as it looks. Nice work!
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  12. Bravo KBP810! Or, shall we call you Dr. TransTint? Something I wanted to experiment with but haven't an eye for the color wheel. I love the color you settled upon. Kudos for the conservative approach in design. A good woodworker pre-calculates dimensions based on materials rather than design. Impressive! The larger cab volume should augment the bass frequencies to tame the timbre of the 6P14p tubes; kudos!
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  14. Can't wait to see it when it's all wrapped up, and I hope you do a demo!!!
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  15. I'm really enjoying this 'spare parts build' thread!
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  16. Nice tint! Not only does it bring out the curl, it accentuates the end grain. Bravo!!!
    1 point
  17. Should have saved that photo for flame Friday so fine
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  18. Cabs are the #1 item in the amp's BOM cost. I can see you're going there in style. Mighty-fine finger joints. That was very brave of you to go with so many! It's a LOT of work and anxiety verifying everything is optimum before each cut; it just takes one aw$hit to destroy the entire project. You've made it this far, Kudos!
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  19. But from PUNK KITTY (Monica). She knows her stuff!!!
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  20. Still moving at a bit of a snails pace, as working on a couple other things, and trying to get a decent wood shop setup going again in the garage. …But, chassis is painted, and components mounted (sans for one misplaced input Jack). Just need to start wiring everything up. Primary focus this weekend is working on the cab; but should be able to find the time to melt some solder too.
    1 point
  21. I am quite partial to my Supro Black Magick Reverb with matching 2x12 cabinet. It's just a great all-around amp and is super touch responsive. I have yet to plug a guitar into it that doesn't sound good. I feel bad that my Orange pretty much collects dust now.
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  22. Thanks, I love Zemaitis guitars, and I love modding them to make them sound the way I want.. The disc-top was custom wired by pickup guru Tom Short, the two in the next picture have Tyson Precious and Grace Humbuckers, and Gabojo Mr2000 DeArmonds, the last one has custom Zemaitis/DiMarzio pickups and a rangemaster circuit built into it.
    1 point
  23. Excellent. I saved this and sent it to my other computers. Thank you. Some of those old Heritage guitars with the janky stamped numbers stamped on them are some of the best instruments to ever come out of 225 Parsons.
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  24. Rockin' The Fillmore just like Humble Pie,,
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  25. Heritage SN Chart.pdf Here you go.
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  26. I'm a lawyer...retired. This is a pretty complicated litigation but in my opinion this is what is happening based upon my review of Judge Jarbou's recent opinion; in 1991 H and G entered into a confidential settlement agreement. Between 2015-2020 G sent H some "cease and desist" letters claiming that H was in violation of the 1991 agreement. H and G apparently could not agree on the disposition of the issues raised in the letters so H filed a complaint in federal court (a declaratory judgment action) seeking the court's judgement on whether or not it violated the 1991 agreement. In 2021 the Court allowed H to file a second amended complaint adding four claims against G basically accusing G of trying to establish a monopoly. In response G filed a partial Motion to Dismiss the four additional claims in H's Second Amended Complaint. The Court's recent opinion is a decision on G's Motion To Dismiss. It is only an opinion on the Motion To Dismiss and not the whole case. The Judge is only deciding if H's complaint includes sufficient factual allegations to proceed. The Judge is not determining the truth of the allegations just if they are sufficient. The Judge agreed with H and denied G's Motion to dismiss H Second Amended Complaint. The Judge decided that H's factual allegations were sufficient. Not that they are true just that they are sufficient. Of note is that portions of the 1991 agreement are recited in the Court's opinion. I'm not sure that the terms of the agreement have every been public before. The Judge rejects G's arguments and interpretation of the 1991 settlement agreement and agrees that H's positions are possible. These are very technical legal analyses that bore most people. Bottom line the case is not over! In fact it is really just starting. H and G will be allowed to proceed with discovery (depositions and document requests etc.) and possibly a trial. Typically the parties will also explore settlement options.
    1 point
  27. Obviously Gibson knows that Heritage is taking a chunk of business away because of their quality products. Good for Heritage! There is no denying that Heritage guitars are based on the forerunning Gibsons. Heritage in many ways is more classic Gibson than Nashville. I would have been more sympathetic to Gibson if they were firm on this almost 40 years ago. Now there are a dozen companies making Les Pauls and 335s, each slightly different. Heritage is made in the sacred plant though and is competitively priced. Gibson thought in the 1980s that Heritage was a pipe dream. Against the odds Heritage did well. I'm waiting for my old H-150s and H-157s to be worth $100K. Maybe in 2023! As far as the legalities, I don't fault Gibson. They have a retained, if not full time, legal team that has to keep busy. Their days are likely filled with such suits, most of them not ever reaching trial.
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