the harp unstrung
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Jun 17, 1955 (Age: 66)
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I am a Teacher.

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the harp unstrung

Humankind: be both., Male, 66, from On The Bus

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“’s the Irish in me.” Feb 17, 2021

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      “’s the Irish in me.”
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      The 4 most beautiful words in the English language: “Pitchers And Catchers Report”.
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    Jun 17, 1955 (Age: 66)
    On The Bus
    I am a Teacher.
    Current Setup:
    I play my Tacoma Acoustic bass guitar more than any of my others. I'm proud of the fact that I've never plugged it in. If I need more punch than it has, I have several choices, including my '73 Ric 4001, the one thing I own that I would run back into a burning building to retrieve. I bought it new, off the wall, at Terminal Music on 47th Street in New York City in the autumn of 1974. The sales guy described the color as 'Ox Blood', and told me I was getting an incredible deal because, apparently, nobody else liked the color. It was a pretty good deal! I paid $285.00: hardshell case, guitar stand, and all. I still have the receipt. I also own a wonderful Cort Curbow (the finish is called 'Orange Bowlingball'!) 5 string. It's got some sort of graphite neck that is the straightest, smoothest easiest-to-play 5 string neck I've ever held. I found a new generation Hofner (read made in China) Beatle Bass with that pretty sunburst finish in a pawn shop about a year ago. I don't play that as often as I should. I came across a really good deal on a like-new P Bass on EBay recently...MIM...plays like a dream. I'm still working on nailing down the tone that I expect. I'm working on scales on a Dean UEB...'nuff said.
    When I plug in, I plug into a five year old SWR LA15. I love it! It perfect for me.
    From the mid-90s until about 5 years ago I felt compelled to play through 10s. I loved the punch and the growl and the way they powered through the band. These days, I love the warmth of the 15 in my SWR.
    I still have a Peavey T-MAX with an extension cabinet...and I couldn't tell you the last time I even asked the 'solid state' side of the amp to contribute at all. Even under a full tilt electric blues band, the 30w tube pre-amp held the middle! I love it...
    I respect it...I keep it under a sheet in my son's nice warm, dry basement.
    I'm only months away from retirement!
    I've made a plan that includes the making of lots of music. I'm investigating how best to set up a recording space. Any suggestions regarding equipment would be greatly appreciated.
    I've also become fascinated by the idea of a solo bassist busking. I've been looking at several different battery powered amps...just loud enough to take out in public. I might try getting away with playing the Ric or the Hofner at one of our bluegrass jams as well!
    For all of the guitars I own, only one of them is really worth any money. Thankfully, my bride calls me the king of the $300.00 bass.
    Favorite Genres:
    Man! What a terrible question! Gershwin-inspired bluegrass?
    Ella Fitzgerald-influenced Jam Bands? Scat Thrash?
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    I haven't played in a working band in almost a decade, and I'm very happy with that.
    Previously Owned Gear:
    A 1970ish Traynor amp (50? watts) with the matching 2x15 cabinet. I traded it away as part of a deal for a Sunn Coliseum amp & cab in 1975.
    G.A.S. List:
    See above...
    Influences and Teachers:
    Influences: Phil Lesh...Tommy Michaels (of The Motherfathers)...Peter Tork...
    Willie Dixon...Rick Danko...Skip Batton...James Jamerson...Timmy Schmidt...John Paul Jones...Milton Garrett...David Pegg...Herman's Hermits ( I was happily amazed to see that you could wear glasses and be in a band)
    Barry Devlin...and, even though I didn't know it at the time, Paul McCartney
    Teachers: Every drummer I've ever been exposed to...
    Hobbies and Interests:
    I play with my grand daughters every chance I get...I watch a lot of a lot of history...I am always on the lookout for a new beer experience, and new music; preferably at the same time!
    Teaching Credentials:
    I am the poud holder of an Early Childhood Education degree from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA, circq 2000


    The four most beautiful words in the English language: "Pitchers and Catchers report".
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