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VanKirk last won the day on May 5 2015

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  1. It’s been forever since I posted but I still come by the site and read up on how everyone is doing. Hello and have a good day, all!
  2. Gratz on the plans moving forward, Pros.
  3. That is 100% smoke on a cloudless, summer day. Before and after pics. I watched it roll in from very high up and then fall over everything.
  4. Doh! My Patreon donations stopped at some point and I didn’t notice. Gonna sign back up.
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    Well, good luck! I'm finally picking up production as well. I've started with a good dust extraction and filter system. Next, I'm adding a few outlets on a couple of the shop (garage) walls on their own circuit breakers. Now, I'm just trying to keep up with replacing my cheap tools as they break with good stuff. I've scoured the inet and found a few good places that sell StewMac quality (sometimes the same tool minus the StewMac logo) tools and I've slowly been checking things off my Amazon "Wood shop" list. I've done my best to really plan out all the processes and what I've learned that works best for me, what tools are needed, and design my shop around that workflow while being cognisant of safety. So, dust collection and extraction, safe fume extraction, respirators, goggles, hearing protection, etc. All while sticking to a realistic budget in the hopes that I can eventually turn a profit but not break the bank if I don't. Anyways, good luck and good to have you around again even if the Slam thread is now gone, lol (I think some of my best slams may have even been directed at you, haha (all in good fun, of course). Good times!
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    Ahh, now I remember. You had the Grimmace avatar. Welcome back!
  7. My 300 gallon Softub is expensive enough to fill even here in Seattle where it rains all the time. I can only imagine a pool.
  8. Another half marathon this morning. That was the toughest one yet. 35* in the wind and rain. I fingers went numb with cold and my muscles just wouldn't warm up. My ass is thoroughly kicked.
  9. I've thought about replacing my PlayStation 3 but I'd camp in front of it and not get anything done for weeks or more. Guitar is bad enough, heh. I have the same issue with all of my builds except for this one, Wes but not surprising considering I don't build enough to get very good at it. I finally have a new number one now, though. I got the neck shape and fret work exactly how I like it and I've been inspired to play more. I play through the G5 into headphones in the am so I don't wake the wife and kid but it isn't nearly as satisfying as going through the amp. I had to make 3 copies of my favorite patches and tweak them to sound right through an amp, headphones or direct recording and then rename them accordingly. I have really enjoyed tweaking guitar patches and, even more, synth plugins to get some useable tones for recording or jamming. I have hours and hours of work creating my own synth patches. I back them up but I'd freak out if I ever lost them. I got a better pic during this morning's coffee jam;
  10. This looks interesting but I hope it can be setup for at least a little bit of pull up. http://www.guitarworld.com/floyd-rose-releases-rail-tail-non-locking-tremolo/25998
  11. I've been playing the hell out of my rig lately. I had to take a quarter off from school to take care of pressing business but I still have time to crank the amp when the kid is in school. My latest build through a Zoom G5 and Fender Blues DeVille 2x12. The zoom is very good as an effects pedal and decent at amp/ cab simulation. Most of the presets were too far out there to sound musical to me but it's very easy to tweak how I want. I just turn off the cab simulator and use my external wah (it sounds much better than the zoom's wah setting). As far as the guitar goes, it plays beautifully but I want to refinish it. Maybe, honey or red burst but I do too many reds and sun bursts as it is. Poor phone camera pic in crap lighting but you get the idea. This isn't about strat tone so it's not you're do it all guitar but it does exactly what I wanted it to do. Dimarzio virtual PAFs from Brian, volume and push/ pull tone pot for coil splitting, Spertzel locking tuners, Hipshot Babygrand bridge, 3 way switch.
  12. Officially a half fanatic to be exact. Which gets me a good discount on running gear and apparel. My wife's firm was the main sponsor and they wanted a team to represent them. I went very slow for co-workers to keep up. No one whined and all seemed to enjoy it. I am eating a big bowl of Breyers thin mint ice cream without shame. I burned a lot of calories today. Probably more toy shopping with my kid than during the run.
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