Showing posts with label equipment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label equipment. Show all posts

Saturday, February 10, 2018

New Fingerpick Day!

It's New Fingerpick Day! That after 15 years of usage, no filing and still perfectly fine! So today I tried a fingerpick from my new supply. They're narrower now which makes them difficult to mold in hot water. I re-mold them so that I am free to touch the strings directly for multiple harmonics, tapping, percussion, etc. And, yes, I wear them "wrong". I've done so for 35 years without regret :)

That said, several years ago I switched to using bare flesh. Initially, it took more effort to project notes and produce tone, but the benefits are truly astounding. Many fast, single note lines are easier and far more defined than when using a thumbpick. The increased exertion also greatly improves technique. And with virtually no risk of damaging the guitar top, you extend the life of your Golden Era '45 ;) It is a wonderfully liberating experience, and I have no intention of ever reverting!

Still, I just had to try these new fingerpicks for old times' sake ;)

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Uher Tapes

I am currently digitizing the audio tapes my dad recorded with his two 1961 Uher 4000 Report-L recorders, one of which is displayed in the photo below. Besides other Uher items I have his second 4000 and Uher Mix-5 mixer, also in perfect working order. I used this equipment many times myself while growing up, including on one of my dad's albums. In addition to a long family history this Uher also has incredible German engineering, that distinctly warm analog sound, and a built-in speaker second to none!

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Akai X-330

Here is a photo of the 1969 4-track Akai X-330 that was used by the infamous Cotacachi band, Rumba Habana (1949-1979), to produce their records. This recorder is now in one of two new rooms that were opened in their honor during an event which I had the privilege of attending today at the Cotacachi museum.

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