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Here lately it has become obvious to me that Ellwood seems to have one of every g-damn thing you can think of.

 

Let's see: Mini Amp, Alum Strat, protable stage, vintage Radio Mic, Benny Goodman's corset, etc.

 

Just when I think Ellwood can't surprise me with some gadget, I'm wrong.

 

 

What's some of the Odd Gear you guys have laying around.

 

I have a Danlectro Black Coffee distortion pedal and an Ibanez Phasor that I haven't figured out what to do with yet. I've also got an old Pioneer 100 watt amp/reciever. I figure I can use it for mixing and mastering to get an old analog feel.

 

I have a Radio Shack microphone that works real good for recording, and it only cost me $29.

 

What kind of gear are you guys hiding in your closets?

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To say nothing of ellwood's moderne prototype. :D

 

I don't have anything really amazing. Overseas, I have a Yamaha FG something (and who doesn't?), a Korg MS-20 and a Roland SH-101. I also have a couple of saxes, a piccolo trumpet, a viola, a shawm, two or three different tambourines, and an electronic drumkit.

 

Oh, and I have a Washburn acoustic bass which was custom made for a shop and so has a model number which doesn't exist anywhere else. That's on top of an electric bass (an EB copy), an Epiphone resonator, a tele copy, a Chinese jazz box, the baritone, a cheap classical and a dano DC 3.

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Lessee... from the ridiculous to the sumblime in no particular order... I've got a Nady wireless guitar transmitter, tuneable to any hole in the FM band; I've got a Studer tape deck head amp I use for a mic pre. I've got 2 channels of Datamix mic pres from a Datamix console.... Datamix only made a handful of consoles, including the two original consoles in Hendrix's studio, Electric Ladyland. (So just maybe.....)

 

an original Firebird 12 string

a Silvertone guitar amp from the 40s

a 1952 Fender Champion 600 amp

a 1932 RCA ribbon mic

a 1940s RCA ribbon mic

3 mics like the Beatles used for vocals on the rooftop sessions.

 

Being in the business, I have a lot of old junk. I just gave my lady 2 unworn Rolling Stones crew TShirts and a Stones dressing room sign. I have 4 Beatles bobbleheads and the whole set of Beatle/Pepperland dolls that came out about five years ago.

 

Basically, my whole joint is one big pile of odd stuff.... posters from the 60s and 70s, backstage passes from as far back as 1968.... that is what happens when you can't get big, but you never get a straight life... you just hang around the business and pretty soon all that new stuff you pick up is old and some of it is cool.

 

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When I was a kid, a coworker of my stepfather's gave me a box of old Shure mics, the kind you would have seen on podiums in the '70s. I have no idea where they are now...

 

It's not exceptionally odd, but it's taking up room -- a non-functional Univox tape delay that I got off of the 'bay (It didn't have a fuse & it took me forever to find a correct one. I excitedly popped it in, full of anticipation, and lo and behold, the damn record head's buggered. :( )

 

Oh, there's also the Avante baritone acoustic:

http://www.musicyo.com/product_images/516_hero.jpg

It sounds just "okay", neat looking though :)

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I have this vintage oddity:

 

http://home.netcom.com/~billster/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/banjolin.jpg

 

That's a Banjolin. Strung like a mandolin, with a banjo style body. Experienced military service with my grandfather during the period just after WW I. Somehow survived with my aunt for a period of years, and ended up in my hands in 2003.

 

It won't hold a tuning; I need to go to a vintage fret shop and have the banjo head properly tensioned or replaced.

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Originally posted by Bill@Welcome Home Studios:

a 1932 RCA ribbon mic

a 1940s RCA ribbon mic

3 mics like the Beatles used for vocals on the rooftop sessions.

 

Bill

These sound interesting. Do the RCA's sound as good as I imagine they do? What kind of mics did the Beatles use for the rooftop sessions?

 

I don't have anything too interesting. A cobbled together Ibanez strat copy from the 70's is about the only thing that qualifies.

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I have one of those Fender mini twin amps, too. It's a great little amp. It's not really odd gear, though.

 

I have an Artograph 400 projector. I also have a black Fender Mini-Strat and an old Majestic tube radio in a tombstone wooden cabinet from the late 20s (it still works).

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Originally posted by UnderTheGroove:

....Do the RCA's sound as good as I imagine they do? What kind of mics did the Beatles use for the rooftop sessions?

 

There is a guy who used to work for RCA repairing ribbon mics, who runs a ribbon mic repair shop. When I got these mics I sent them immrdiately to him for refurbishing and to be brought back to factory spec. The PB 30 was in great shape wen I got it. It was the daddy to the famous 44, realeased a few months before. They simplified the design to make it cheaper to manufacture, and released it as the 44. The 77D had been beat up a bit and the mic stand adapter was missing. ENAK built a new one for me, refurbed and repainted the mic an returned it to me in original factory condition. They both sound really nice.

 

I also have a pair of STX Coles 4038s from the early 60s (serial numbers in the 800s) You see these in some pictures of the Beatles at Abbey Road.

 

The rooftop vocal mics are (as far as I have been able to determine) AKG C-28s.

 

 

http://www.prorec.com/prorec/articles.nsf/0/09ea6df67ad2839b86256a12001ee440?OpenDocument

 

http://www.prorec.com/prorec/articles.nsf/b97f38ca2751fda58625680900056bad/ed52078945651c4e86256a1d00594026?OpenDocument

 

 

http://www.prorec.com/prorec/articles.nsf/files/F21B63E8AC76E2F186256A7F00733F76

 

The VR30 extension tube is the long curvy thing. You take the capsule off of the mic, screw on the VR30, and put the capsule on the end of the VR 30. On the rooftop and on several other Beatles pictures, you can see that they have taped a little foam to act as a windscreen to the capsule. On some of the other pictures, you can see the same mic with the standard AKG windscreen. (WR-17? something like that. I have them.)

 

You'll also see Paul singing into one of these on the "Hey Jude" video. And there are also pictures of them using the same mic with the shorter VR29 extension tube.

 

I have three of the C-28 mics, but only one VR30. I alos have a couple of CK26 capsules, which were the omni capsule for that mic. I have a bunch of CK-1 capsules, which as far as I can tell, are the same as the CK-28 capsules that came on the C-28 mics. These were the stock cardioid capsule for the original AKG 451. The CK-5 was the vocal mic capsule for the 451, I have one but I don't use it much.

"I believe that entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot."

 

Steve Martin

 

Show business: we're all here because we're not all there.

 

 

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Originally posted by Billster:

I have this vintage oddity:

 

http://home.netcom.com/~billster/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/banjolin.jpg

 

That's a Banjolin. Strung like a mandolin, with a banjo style body. Experienced military service with my grandfather during the period just after WW I. Somehow survived with my aunt for a period of years, and ended up in my hands in 2003.

 

It won't hold a tuning; I need to go to a vintage fret shop and have the banjo head properly tensioned or replaced.

We ought to start another forum! ;)

 

I never, in a million years, would've expected someone else on this forum to post a banjolin before me. :freak: Here's my no-name, 1920's banjolin I bought from Gruhn for $125, almost 10 years ago. That ought to tell you what quality it is. :eek:

 

http://members.aol.com/neilbergmn/family/banjolin.jpg

 

I kinda like this shot of it:

 

http://members.aol.com/neilbergmn/family/cowgirl.jpg

 

Here's my dulcimer

 

http://members.aol.com/neilbergmn/basic/Dulcimer.jpg

 

And some of my capos. The top-left is a cut-down, Dunlop that capos at the second fret to an open A chord or, from the other side, an open Esus4, top-right is a garden variety Kyser, bottom-left is a roller capo that can be moved on the fly and bottom right is a Third Hand capo that uses rubber cams to allow capo'ing of any strings you choose.

 

http://members.aol.com/neilbergmn/basic/capos.jpg

 

I have some other oddball stuff, including a 20 year old Peavey Decade with 18v (dual 9v batteries) battery-power that clips to the back. (For those of us who remember when battery powered amps were little more than transistor radios with an instrument input rather than an AM/FM tuner.)

 

I also have a 20 year old Ebow, a 50 - 80 year old accordian my uncle inherited and sent along to me, as well as a really cool guitar display I just bought at Media Play's going-out-of-business sale that now holds 5 guitars (hanging) as well as various odds and ends.

 

There's more, but none of it as cool as Bill's RCA ribbon mics. So what are they, Bill? You hiding an RCA44 or a mint RCA77?

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Originally posted by ihategarybettman:

The oddest gear I have is an extra socket I use for a backup slide and a Danelectro wah pedal, the Dan-o-Wah. It's cheap and a little noisy, like most Dano pedals, but it was inexpensive and actually has quite a few cool features for such a cheapo pedal.

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Originally posted by DC Ross:

Originally posted by ellwood:

DC!! was it like this? this is mine it's a cassette version. http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b48/ellwood1/Univoxresized.jpg

Hey, Lee, that's the one all right. Kinda pisses me off that I wasn't able to check it out sooner to know that it wasn't working :mad:
Yea, but if you still have it, I think it might be worth trying to repair. I changed one of the record heads and it works great now!! :thu:
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