September 1, 2006

Okay. Moog problem solved for now...

by Chris Randall

I'm really left with the nagging feeling that I should have got the analog delay, but I just sent someone a money order for the phaser pedal. The MURF just seems too fucking esoteric for my needs. This Analog Alteration Station in its entirety will be largely for my main instrument, which is the electric piano. Ergo, a phaser makes a certain amount of sense, where the MURF does not.

In any case, I still need to aquire a few things before the project is unveiled. What I'm looking for, if you're selling: a CP251, a Flying Cow (the 20-bit one is fine), and one of those flip-up 12-space SKB cases.

I also have one pedal that is now superfluous, a Russian-made Small Stone. If you have a need for this, drop me a line.



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Sep.01.2006 @ 7:48 PM
While the Moog analog delay is, of course, built really really well... there are other analog delays out there that are entirely comparible, and cost next to nothing. Heck, I know it is not exactly a Moog, but you can get the Arion SAD-3 Analog Stereo Delay for about $29.95 brand new if you want to take it to extremes of cheapness!

The only thing that the Moog analog delay has that most don't have is the external feedback loop (very cool, but maybe not $700 cool).


Sep.01.2006 @ 7:52 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, while it's nice and all, and I can certainly afford it, I think I'll get the HiWatt tape delay instead. I just can't get behind that much money for a half-second delay.



Sep.01.2006 @ 8:18 PM
My next delay will be the kit for $75. Of course, I'm especially handy at this sort of thing. But it seems like an external feedback loop (insert?) wouldn't be tough to do.


Sep.01.2006 @ 8:50 PM
I built the ad-3208 off of gen guitar gadgets a while ago. I thought, "I could save $20 if I do that on perf board" about 12 debugging sessions (over several months) later I got the tangle of wires working, but the clock freq bleeds into the output. A week later I picked up a tape echo off of craigslist, and haven't bothered to make the BBD any more usable. the morals of this story are: tape echos are _the_ shit, and don't build a delay on perf board.

Sep.02.2006 @ 2:02 AM
Random gear note here: while packing up outside the club after the gig tonight, two guys pulled up in a car and asked if we were musicians. Uh, no, we just like to load our cars full of shit in black flight cases... anyway, the dude wanted to know if I wanted to buy a PodXT. In the box. For $60. Said his wife was making him get rid of it.

Would you? Have you?

Did I?

Why yes, I did. Had the cash in my pocket cause the owner just coughed up. Sure as hell wasn't from the tip jar. Sigh. Anyway, it's a basically new PodXT, seemed to work fine when I plugged it in, it was on my list of utility boxes to have in the studio, and instead of spending $2-300 bucks on one, I got it for a laughably low price.

Question is, is some kind of shrivelled karmic gear-mummy gonna track me down and lay a curse on me? I don't know if this was stolen, but the dude and his friend were suuuure happy to get that $60. Maybe sitting in front of his computer, wailing away on guitar through it into some headphones didn't hold the appeal that a handful of rocks of crack does. I dunno. Maybe he really did just happen to have a piece of gear, in the trunk, that he wanted to get rid of. For, like, cheap. *shrug*

Anyone else had a similar experience?


Sep.02.2006 @ 11:44 AM

I would venture to bet that the probability that the item was stolen is pretty close to 100%.

I have not heard of music gear being sold outside of shows (good idea), but I have seen firsthand people selling stereo equipment that they "need to get rid of because they just had a baby" outside of Best Buy, and people selling a ring outside of a jewelry store.

The weirdest thing someone tried to sell me on the street was a side of beef. I told the guy I was a vegetarian, and he just thought I was being a smart-ass.


Sep.02.2006 @ 12:27 PM
Chris Randall
I've been offered stolen gear quite often in my years, and I've always turned it down. I have a hard enough time with my karma as it is. (Witness the Diamond Dave Debacle for proof of that.) In my early years in NYC, I was something of a thug, and have a bit of experience with the other side of that equation, and let me say that TANSTAAFL holds true in this as elsewhere.



Sep.02.2006 @ 1:51 PM
There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

Sep.02.2006 @ 8:16 PM
In the TANSTAAFL vein (mmmm, Heinlein) I wondered if it was a buddy of mine's POD. The bar he tends had been broken into a few nights before, and I'd already made up my mind to return it to him (and swallow the $60 loss as Karma Tax) if it was, in fact, his. It wasn't. He's got his, and now I guess I've got mine. His opinion was that I was a lucky bastard, since he has an older POD, and this one is the XT.

This is the second one of these kinda things I've witnessed since moving to Jacksonville, FL. The first was a fairly nice Yamaha acoustic, in a hard case (case alone = +$100) that some random dude sold another bartender friend for $40. I've played the guitar, and wouldn't mind owning it. Is someone out there missing their songwriting best friend? Or did some dude who ended up with a (fairly nice) starter guitar leave it at a party when he got so shitfaced he couldn't remember what door to go back into?

I'd really like to know the stories behind these pieces of gear.

I guess once is enough. I'm not into this as a preferred method of gear aquisition, and I do believe that karma will catch up with you eventually.


Sep.02.2006 @ 8:36 PM
Chris Randall
99% of the time, it's a junkie that was hanging out at a musician friend's house and pocketed something. Never, ever trust a junky.



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