June 2, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall
 



Yet another HCGPF from our favorite thread on Vintage Synth Explorer's forums. This nice little setup belongs to one Spookyman, of Jura, Switzerland. It obviously isn't as over-the-top as our normal entries, but he's got some fun shit I thought worth noting. In the picture above, obviously the blue Rhodes is the first thing to catch your eye. I don't know if that's actual blue tolex, or if it was painted (almost certainly the latter) but I like the looks of it. Good ol' Jupiter 6 and a Korg CX-3 round things out. I don't know what that Sisme Space Master amp thing is, but I want one.





Spookyman is very much a traditionalist with his synth collection. This leads me to believe that he is a keyboard player, as opposed to a keyboard collector. Everything he owns that I can see in the pictures is very playable. The odd bit is that, of the five pictures provided, except for little spoilers here and there, you'd not be able to peg the date of the pictures.


Right after Spookyman's pictures in the Thread That Never Ends are a couple from a guy (girl?) called elsongs that are also worth a gander.


As you've no doubt noticed, I've stopped running Google ads on this page. If you're curious, there is a reason behind that. If I didn't ask for clicks, I would do, on average, $2 to $3 a day. On HCGPF when I did ask for clicks, I'd get $40 to $100. So the three or four fridays together would add up to a couple hundred bucks a month, which is more than enough to pay for the box this site sits on, and leave some money left over for Rocket Chocolate and a pack of Hebrew Nationals. However, pretty much every time I'd ask for clicks, Google would write me saying that asking for clicks is a violation of their TOS. I didn't really give a fuck about their TOS, and told 'em so, and they turned off my ads to punish me. So I said "fine, go fuck yourselves."


So, now I will run paid advertisements and affiliate programs on the right side. Here's the deal, though. I don't particularly care for companies that rely on advertising for their bread and butter, but say "we're not responsible for the content of these ads." I think that, if you take payment, you're responsible. So the ads that appear on the right side will only be for products I use and support. If a company (and you better be boutique; otherwise don't bother writing) wants to advertise on this site, you need to send me the product you want to advertise, and if I like it, I'll run your ad, and the product will be your payment. If I don't like it, I'll send it back, and that'll be that. So then you, the readers, know that I'm not going to run any bullshit ads that are for stuff I don't stand behind.


Whether that's a wise course of action or not remains to be seen, but I've had it with this whole "monetize your site" thing, and I've really had it with Musician's Friend and Sweetwater ads for Behringer shit mixers and Edirol monitors.

 
 
 

8 comments:

 
 

 
Jun.03.2006 @ 5:52 PM
Aahzekiel
"I don't know what that Sisme Space Master amp thing is, but I want one."

Looks like a Leslie clone, rotary horn on top exposed.

 
 

 
Jun.03.2006 @ 10:39 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
google says that for legal reasons, they need to be careful these days and are defend the "value" of the click. They've been challeged on this, so i guess that's why the care. I'd put them up we know where to click. Amazon seems to pay well, why not ad a simple link to amazon, something like the Collins book would be justified and simple enough or Reed's or the Bob Katz book:
link [www.amazon.com]">link [www.amazon.com]
link [www.amazon.com]">link [www.amazon.com]
link [www.amazon.com]">link [www.amazon.com]
tape delay?
link [www.amazon.com]">link [www.amazon.com]
it's endless, but folks buy bug$ shit from amazon, like macbooks! and i always try and go through an affliate site when i buy from them, so even a link would be cool.

BTW: man, the new Revco album is a sad joke... wtf? it is horrid and pointless... well, i suppose the point is money. stay away!

 
 

 
Jun.04.2006 @ 9:55 AM
Downpressor
TheTwilo: Al Jourgensen is a sad joke, what can one expect from the man who claims to have taught Adrian Sherwood how to mix on the first Tackhead album? Sad sad junkie.

CR: google ads never had anything I actually wanted to buy, but I'd give em a pity click anyhow. Amazon might be better, we all buy shit from there anyhows.

 
 

 
Jun.04.2006 @ 8:09 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
yeah.. i should know better... i just love the early RevCo stuff, it still holds up well today, so I was just hoping... oh well...

It's amazing how much stuff from that time also came from Sherwood and LeBlanc, even so much KMFDM, like More & Faster, that beat is straight from LeBlanc's Major Malfunction album. That first tackhead album also still stands up well.

 
 

 
Jun.04.2006 @ 9:03 PM
Downpressor
TheTwilo: I am a Tackhead/On-U Sound junkie. Have you heard the "new" CD? link [www.tackhead.co...]">link [www.tackhead.co...] It has some stuff you may not have heard before. Fortunately it doesnt contain any Bernard Fowler vocals.
 
 

 
Jun.04.2006 @ 9:17 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
I like this you can see what gear they use.
gear:
Doug Wimbish walks on Ipath. footwear.

nice, i had no idea.
so, is it still a Jap only release, that's all i'm finding, with a quick search.. will keep looking, sounds great! Thanks!
any good US seller for it? like i said, i'm looking so maybe i'll answer my own question.

 
 

 
Jun.04.2006 @ 9:24 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
also, I think i dropped tackhead off my radar after friendly as a hand grenade, so have there been good things since? what about the power inc. discs? they look pricey, good or just ultra rare?
I have picked up some Gary Clail over the years, and maybe a couple other solo things from members.
thanks, again! looks great, if i can find a copy.
 
 

 
Jul.18.2006 @ 10:04 AM
spookyman
Hi !

I'm the owner of this oldschool setup.

You're right when you say that I'm a player...i make no collection, i have no GAS. All the gear that i have (in my bandroom or in my home studio) is used, every week. At home for ambient sound, and in our bandroom for playing funk.

The Sisme Space Master 300 is an old italian leslie clone. It sounds like a Dynacord, Elka or all these German and italian clones. Much better than a Leslie simulation (synth, plugins,...) but not at the same level than the real thing (122, 147, 760, etc.) But for the price i payed, it's ok !

The Fender Rhodes is a Mk 1 (1972) that was in very bad conditions. I bought it for 80 frs (50$) but had a lot to do on it. The tolex was ripped off, wood had big holes, 3 keys were missing, tines were broken...So i took the whole tolex away and gave a paint job. I know, for a Fender Rhodes Hardcore Freak it's a shame in these colours, but my goal was : I want a funky Fender Rhodes and, IMHO it looks quite funky...

The Fender Rhodes is played via an old Phase/Tone Pedal from Ibanez (1979) and a Jim Dunlop CryBaby direct into the Fender Bassman 100.

Next step will be to find a good old Twin Reverb and the top of the Fender Rhodes will have a new Paint-Job : gold sparkle.

The pics where all made in may 2006.

Thanks a lot for this site ! Very interesting threads here ;-)

 
 

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