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About mikhailgtrski

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    Bremerton WA USA - where the maple thieves dwell
  1. I was wondering if it was available premixed in a rattlecan ala ReRanch. But sure, I could mix my own if I had the formula. Forgot I have the StewMac book... I'll check to see if it has a recipe for Polar White.
  2. Anyone have a source for Polar White (or something close) nitro lacquer? Fender Olympic White is available, but I don't know if it's a close match. I might be refinishing an SG in white under a nitro clear coat... thanks for any tips!
  3. Actually, yes I am! Even if they're not breaking up, the tubes still contribute a certain roundness and warmth to the tone. I'll often use an attenuator (Ultimate Attenuator) to keep the volume down and still warm up those output tubes. Sometimes I'll use a clean boost/overdrive to push the front end instead, but it's not quite the same as winding up the master volume. I used to use a preamp - f/x - cabinet simulator rig. It sounded good to me at the time, but it doesn't hold a candle to a real old-school amp/cab rig. It's a bit of a load carrying two halfstacks, but that's why the
  4. Nice! But where are the power tubes? I had a G-System for a few months - great f/x. I did notice that plugging into the input thinned out the tone a little. Sounded better when I bypassed the A/D converter by plugging into one of the stompbox loops. I sold it to finance another HIWATT head... I did end up buying the TC Nova delay and modulation stompboxes to feed the ((stereo)) half stacks.
  5. Regular 16 - 14 ga. lamp/zip cord works fine, although I found a roll of Monster speaker cable (fancy zip cord ) at Home Depot that was fairly inexpensive and works well. As others mentioned, don't use guitar cable.
  6. I would be careful (experiment on scrap first) using black with amber - you can easily end up with a funky greenish tinge. Very dark tobacco brown might be a better choice.
  7. Same plot of ground, perhaps? Not so sure about it being same company. Would they have used the Mullard name if New Sensor hadn't beaten them to it? The innards of those new valves don't look anything like the holy grail Mullard Blackburn ECC8x. Looks like a new design. I guess we'll find out if they sound anything like them. And yes, I'm a valve geek.
  8. Meth addiction = taking stupid risks.
  9. More maple thieves here at home: Kitsap Sun full story
  10. Usually, but definitely not always! Be careful - it's best to check the caps with a voltmeter to make sure they have fully discharged before you start poking around, even if they have bleed resistors installed. I've watched mine drain on a voltmeter, and it takes more than a -few- seconds to get to zero volts.
  11. One of these: PAR 36 in one of these: Pinspot? The can probably has an integral transformer to use this low-voltage lamp. The transformer might be the source of the hum. Stage Lighting
  12. Is there a part number and voltage rating printed on the lamp itself? If it's a regular incandescent PAR lamp it shouldn't require any special equipment to operate. A dimmer would be needed only if you wanted to vary the light level.
  13. Metroamp Vintage Hiwatt Restorations WeberVST Torres Engineering Ceriatone Mojo Musical Supply
  14. If they're just like the Gotoh 0648 they aren't locking AFAIK. String them up just like "standard" tuners, except poke the end of the string down the hole and wind 'er up. About 3-4 wraps should be plenty, methinks.
  15. Like these? gotoh vintage locking tuners
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