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Music / On the iPod
«  firedome 05:45:55 AM »
Thanks! We're heading for the Lake today just for a few days to get some yardwork done and start on getting the boat ready: charging batteries, cleaning &c. Luckily kayaks and little 12' aluminum tender need nothing basically.
But there's a lot of truth to the old saw: a boat is a hole in the water into which you pour $.
The good thing is that generally aluminum boats & pontoons don't need much, that is until it's time to replace the wooden deck and furniture on the latter. I'm hoping that keeping it well covered as much as possible will delay that need!
Music / On the iPod
«  Bill May 11, 2021, 06:18:36 PM »
Be careful Chris, you might be out sailing and get caught in a snow storm.  ::) ;) :)  That was predicted for last night by me.  We just got a heavy frost instead.  I feel sorry for the fruit famers.  This will be the third frost since the blossoms came out.  We might not have much of a fruit crop this year.  Enjoy your boating you two!


Music / On the iPod
«  firedome May 11, 2021, 09:08:55 AM »
There's always lawn mowing! Great mindless work for music listening.

Our Vanguard 420 hasn't been in water in about 10 years. It badly needs gel coat repairs on the bow and new Awl-Grip bottom paint. Not as rewarding as re-doing the brightwork on our old lapstrake Thompson 16 runabout, long gone now. It was work but fun with lots of good smells, and there's nothing as pretty as newly applied spar varnish on freshly sanded and stained  mahogany.

My idea of boat prep work now is power washing the Princecraft pontoon, making sure the Evinrude's impeller is still pushing water, and stocking the beer cooler under the lounge seat. lol
But might look for a Sunfish, miss the one we had years ago.
Music / On the iPod
«  TC Chris May 10, 2021, 11:00:52 PM »
The last 5 or 6 weekends have been spent preparing a 60-year-old sailboat for another season on the Great Lakes.  There has been a lot of sanding and then much more staining, varnishing, and painting.  I drag out the iPod and plug in the earphones.  One great way to spend hours in a cold, dusty boat barn is to play music.  And this season I've been listening to a lot of Milton Brown.  He had an early Western Swing band in the 30s and its great stuff.  His guys were inclined to be jazzy, with good improvisation even on some of the sappy sentimental tunes.  He had a guitar player who was just exploring early electric guitar.   The tone is just godawful but the guy is so good that you don't care.  His piano player's solos are great too.

You can hear his version here at about 12:10:

Today the boat was launched.  She didn't sink and the outboard started, so all is right with the world.  But I'll miss having extended physical tasks to free up the brain for good listening.

Chris Campbell
Chat / Chevy update
«  TC Chris May 05, 2021, 05:41:56 PM »
I went to my 50th a few years back.  It was a really positive experience.  Also went to my 20th, another good one, and the 45th, a bust.  The 45th was bad because it was just old folks from the home town sitting with people they knew, not mixing at all, and faced inward so you couldn't see the name tags.  But the 20th & 50th both had mixing and greeting time. Lesson: ban tables!  Me, I'm not much of an extrovert, so the mixing part requires some determination, but it's rewarding to do it.

By the time you're going to a 20th, people's lives tend to be established and there's none of the competitive, zero-sum behavior from earlier years.   You can just be yourself.  It's a time to celebrate your fellow students' successes, whatever they may be, and to catch up on where their lives have gone.  Much of the fun was learning what people had accomplished and what they had done (especially by the 50th!).  I always encourage people to go to those events, even if it requires making yourself do it.

Chris Campbell
Chat / Chevy update
«  Bill May 05, 2021, 07:46:56 AM »
It's interesting, Chris, with your comment about the "IN" crowd when we were in school.  I went to my first class reunion two years ago, it was number 50. A long time friend who, I have known since second grade, said I had to go.  If I said no he and his wife were going to drag me.  So I said yes.  Besides it was being held where it was a 5 minute walk from my house at the golf course country club.  I had fun, mostly just looking at all my fellow classmates and seeing how they changed.  Please, no one take this in a wrong way, but the "IN" crowd, jocks, etc., all looked terrible. Most of those guys I did not recognize.  The other guys, the ones that were the boring ones like me, pretty much still looked the same.  And, most of the girls looked pretty good.  Some hardly changed at all and I had no trouble recognizing them.  The other funny thing, just about everyone recognized me.  Other than being gray, I have not changed much.  It's funny how you take care of yourself what 50 years can do to you.

Chat / Chevy update
«  TC Chris May 04, 2021, 07:18:54 PM »
You may have been young & boring, but I was young, boring, and stupid, at least when it came to rational driving habits.  Youth is a difficult time. We all want to be popular and successful and accomplished, and most of us fell short by all measures. Life gets much more pleasant when that insecure period is over and we can see that we have succeeded at some things, we have friends we value, and we have some knowledge.  The people who were most envied in high school have died or fizzled in various ways, while all those other boring people are the ones who has successful lives.  When you're young, nobody tells you how pleasurable maturity can be. Or maybe they do tell and young ears tune it out.  All I know is, being older is way better than being a kid.  At least I can look back and wonder how on earth I avoided killing myself via stupidity.

Chris Campbell
RCA / RCA Orthophonic Console SHF-5 need help
«  thermofin May 04, 2021, 01:04:37 PM »
Thanks for the response.
I reviewed the pin instructions and I am on the correct  pin #'s. Just to be sure of the procedure, I should have the dial set to "phono" and touch these pins with a screwdriver. How noticeable should the hum or clicking be? Pin 7 on V1 makes a very noticeable hum when touched but I  I don't seem to hear anything on the others. Should the volume be turned to high?
The RCA jacks are all 4 on one side of the amp. Phono and Tuner, Tape and Stereo. I'm fairly sure these are inputs. The manual shows connecting a stereo tape unit to both TAPE and STEREO to get the stereo output.
I'm not sure why I'm getting low sound with the dial setting on TUNER or PHONO when the changer is plugged into "TAPE".
I'm out of town but will be back on the 10th and will check pins again. If there is anything else you can think of that I can do to troubleshoot, please advise. If there are any potentially obvious components that need to be checked let me know.
Electronics / Transistors and substitutions
«  Bill May 04, 2021, 09:20:43 AM »
There was a Fisher console stereo that I spotted in an Estate sale website last week.  I went to the Fisher site and tried to find the cabinet that was pictured in the estate sale.  No luck!  It had the SS receiver look to it and the changer was either Miracord or Dual.  I have trouble telling those two apart in a poor photo.  The cabinet was beautiful, and by its looks I would say this was an upper end model.  I should have went but instead I worked on a few projects at home. 


RCA / 1961? RCA IVF205
«  Bill May 04, 2021, 09:06:16 AM »
Another job well done Trevor and it does sound good.  It's too bad the tuner is screwed up.  Good luck with your search for the lid support. 

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