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bobmeyrick

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  1. Since the Plethora is based around the Toneprint system, I'd answer yes to the first question, but bear in mind that you can use the Toneprint app to create your own. Then again, there are so many Toneprints already loaded into the Plethora you have plenty to choose from. Also the "Hot Knobz" facility is worth investigating, since it can give you real time control over whichever parameter you choose. I've set up one of the delays so that the middle three knobs control delay time, feedback and mix. Given that the Infinity Sustainer has only just been released, I'd expect it would take a while before it's available for the Plethora. However TC seem like a company that listens to user feedback - hence the ability to reverse the order of the pedals. I expect even now folks are emailing them with requests to add it!
  2. Yesterday - there was a post on Facebook with a video describing the update. This time I updated the firmware using a Windows 10 machine, again with no problems.
  3. Quick update. TC have released v1.3 fo the firmware, which adds the Alter Ego vintage echo pedal among other improvements and tweaks. They also responded to user feedback in adding the facility to reverse the order of the pedals. By default the pedals in the Plethora are arranged in order from left to right, while separate pedals go from right to left. Now you can arrange the Plethora's pedals as you would as if they were separate pedals.
  4. That reminds me of the harness that baritone sax players use... Also the Chapman Stick has a hook which fits into the player's belt.
  5. Yes, though I was only seeing if it worked, which it did. It's not instant, maybe takes half a second, I've also used a Rocktron Midimate to change boards, so I assume pretty much any midi pedal could be used. I wonder if the effect parameters cold be changed via midi - both the Midibuddy and the Midimate have an expression pedal input? I'm not sure if I would use it on a gig, as the band I play with (when we had gigs!) doesn't need much in the way of effects. As for the tuner, I found it easier to press the Toneprint button with my foot - stamping not required...
  6. Hmm... I updated the firmware using a 2019 Macbook Pro runnng Catalina with no problems unzipping the fle. As for changing boards, I tried using a Rolls MP128 Midi Buddy, which worked fine, and would give instant access to ten boards without changing banks. To be honest, I doubt whether I'd need to access ten boards in the course of a gig - when I've used the Nova System the three presets in one bank proved more than enough. I don't think TC could have toneprints for their overdrive/distortion pedals, as they are analog and my understanding is that toneprints only work for digital effects.
  7. I've had the Plethora X5 for a month. so here's a brief update. The 'board' I've settled on for most purposes has the Brainwaves Pitchshifter in slot 1, set to give a 4th below, Viscous Vibe with the 'Vintage Vibe' toneprint in slot 2, Corona Chorus with the 'Trichorus 2' toneprint in slot 3, Flashback delay with the '2290' setting in slot 4, and the Hall of Fame reverb set to 'Dark Hall'. An old Schaller volume pedal, modified with a stereo jack on the side, is connected to the Expression jack and used as a volume pedal placed between slot 3 (chorus) and slot 4 (delay). I've used the 'Hot Knobz' facility to give knob 2 control of delay time and knob 3 control of delay feedback, so I can mess with these parameteres in real time. The MASH switches are useful too. Pressing and holding the Viscous Vibe switch ramps up the vibe speed, while the Corona Chorus speed can be increased in the same way. Releasing the switch returns the speed to its original value. Pressing the switch on the delay holds the repeat, allowing me to noodle away over the top. As for connections, the signal from guitar/wah/OD pedals goes in to the Plethora's input. The Plethora's insert loop 'send' goes to the amp input, the amp's FX loop 'send' goes to the insert loop's 'return', and the Plethora's output goes to the FX loop return. For the 'board' described above, I have the insert loop set between slots 1 and 2, so any drive from the amp's preamp is before the modulation effects. Another fun setup I've played with has a delay > a reverse delay > reverb > looper. Frippertronics ahoy!
  8. Correct on both counts. I have an H150 in ASB and an H535 in ALSB. Almond sunburst has a reddish tint. Here they are with my Vintage Sunburst (VSB) H150.
  9. This video from Jon Gundry of ThroBak Electronics goes into some detail about adjusting pickup heights -
  10. I've seen Robben Ford a few times, both with and without the Dumble. I think when he's touring in the UK/Europe without the Dumble these days his amp of choice is a Super Reverb, with the Zendrive or similar for the lead tones. Given how valuable his Dumble is, it makes sense to keep it at home. Having said that, in 2013 he played the Holmfirth Picturedrome (a converted cinema in a little Yorkshire town in Mark555's part of the world) and after the gig a few of us gear nerds were hanging round the front of the stage taking photos of hs pedalboard, and his guitar tech was kind enough to bring the amp over for us to photograph. We were not worthy... 😁 His guitar for most of the time was the Epiphone Riviera. A few years ago I saw Larry Carlton at the Birmingham Glee Club, and he was using a Bludotone setup. I was able to speak to him afterwards and he said has one kept over here for when he's touring in Europe/UK. A very nice guy.
  11. While I have quite a few indiviual effects pedals, I have a soft spot for multi-fx units and often used a TC Electronics Nova system on gigs. A good sounding and versatile unit, and I also have a few of their individual pedals - Corona Chorus, Flashback Delay, Hall of Fame Reverb, Ditto Looper. So when they announced the Plethora X5 last year I was intrigued, but not enough to buy one, as it was retailing at around £350 - £400. However... Andertons were doing a great Black Friday deal, and at £249 my resolve weakened, and I ordered one. It arrived today and I've had a quick play with it, and I can see it will be a very useful tool. There are lots of videos demonstrating it, but briefly this is how it works. There are five slots into which any of the Toneprint pedals can be loaded, if you want five chorus pedals you can have them! In response to user feedback the latest firmware added the Helix Phaser, Viscous Vibe and a basic looper, plus various tweeks and improvements. I checked the firmware version and upgraded it, which was an easy process. It comes with a bunch of presets which are very easy to change. One nice touch is that when you've changed the the settings in edit mode, your changes are saved automatically when you switch back to play mode. There's an effect loop which can be inserted between any of the blocks and made switchable if needed. Stereo or mono in/out, input for an expression pedal, MIDI... a lot to take in, but a lot of potential. The footswitches are "Mash" enabled, which means you can use them to change effects parameters by pressing on them. For example, with the Viscous Vibe pressing on the footswitch ramps up the speed, releasing slows it back down. There's no overdrive/distortion, but the thinking behind this is that people will have their own favourite OD pedals, which would be analogue in any case, and the Plethora is a digital device. Ah, the possibilities... This chap has gone deep into it.
  12. Wise man! About 25 years ago I used a redundancy payment to pay off a loan and credit card, and ever since then I've paid the full balance on each statement. The "one in, one out" guitar buying policy is a good idea too, though I haven't always stuck to that...
  13. Re. choice of parts, in particular transformers, Cliff Brown just posted this pic on Facebook... "SIZE DOES MATTER On the left is a typical 5w single ended output transformer such as the one installed in a Fender Champ. On the right is the transformer fitted as standard in the Dragonfly* and Dragonfly RT*. This was chosen after extensive listening tests to determine how the it affected the way the amp responded when pushed hard into compression. Both transformers were rigged up to an instant switching system so they could be A/B’d on the fly in the same amp using a foot switch. The larger of the two has higher inductance and lower DC resistance which presents a different load to the output valves than the smaller one. This gives it feel of a bigger amp and an extended frequency response which matches better with the 10” speaker fitted to both models. It’s also made in the UK." *The Dragonfly is the 5W combo featured in the original video.
  14. Mark, you should check out 633 amps, built by Cliff Brown (the designer featured in the video I posted at the start of this thread). I'm biased as I own the first production Drive King, and Cliff has a few standard models but he can build pretty much anything. A good example would be the KF30 which he made for ace blues guitarist Kirk Fletcher. In this video Kirk takes a solo at 5 minutes...
  15. Ralph Towner is definitely one of my favourites. One of the first ECM records I bought was his solo LP Diary, and Icarus is on that album. In 2008 I saw Wolfgang Muthspiel in a duo with Tunisian singer/oud player Dhafer Yousef, a fascinating combination. This track is from around that time...
  16. Actually it is, just go to the Anderton's website. An Artisan Aged Custom Core H150 is £3,999, while a "Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue Ultra Light Aged in Washed Cherry Sunburst" is £4,799, while a "Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue Heavy Aged in Slow Iced Tea Fade (WEIGHT 9.0LBS)" is £7,899. Gibson prices span a much wider range, with different models. Comparing semi-holows, an H535 is £2.799 while a comparable ES335 is £2,999. Anderton's also stock a couple of H575s for £3,999 and a couple of Eagle Classics for £4,799. They don't have any Gibson archtops, and new Gibson archtops don't seem to be readily available in the UK. I did find some listed at Thomann (who are based in Germany) - an L5 CES will cost you £10,222. In fact Anderton's have the Captain and Danish Pete putting an H575 and an Eagle Classic through their paces...
  17. I don't think it was an Anderton's video as such - in the comments they post that they didn't realise he was filming his visit, so I get the impression that he's no longer part of the Anderton's family, just a distant relation. The Anderton's video where they compared top of the range Gibson, Heritage and PRS single cuts was pretty fair, with Danish Pete's comment that if you really want a Les Paul buy the Gibson, but if you want something as good for less money buy the Heritage.
  18. I have an idea where the prejudice against the Heritage headstock comes from. Forty or so years ago Japanese guitars were not particularly well regarded, apart from perhaps the high-end Yamahas as used by Carlos Santana (which had Gibson-like headstocks). One popular brand in the budget to mid-range was Westone, made by Matsumoku, and here's the headstock from a Thunder 1... A quick glance at a Heritage, and one might think it was related to Westone.
  19. I'm pretty sure the Captain and Danish Pete would reach a lot more people than a jazz guy (no offence to jazz guys), people who wouldn't otherwise get to know about Heritage jazz boxes. People who watch "jazz guy" videos already know about Heritage... 😉
  20. Is that the fingerboard from a Les Paul Artisan?
  21. The one I used is copper coated, but I can't remember if that was what was recommended or just what was available.
  22. An interesting alternative to the wet cloth or sponge I came across was to use a metal scouring pad which I put in a small glass ramekin (from a Gu pudding*). This has the advantage of cleaning the tip without cooling it. * If Gu puddings are not available in the USA you have my sympathy...
  23. You've joined a select band of British Heritage owners. Well done that man!
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