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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: February 17, 2020, 04:34:27 AM »

Thats Rage Against Ticket Prices!

Always been a HUGE fan of Rage Against The Machine. That has changed in the last week or so. Now that they are touring with Zach and it is a nostalgia tour, apparently the "anti-Capitalistic" band is OK with charging outrageous prices for their concerts. Those who waited endlessly for initial relaease tickets got the priviledge of paying $125/ea. for nosebleed seats  :o If you try to get tickets NOW... you are looking at anywhere from $300/ea. for nosebleed to around $800/ea. for floor seats.

Floor seats at a RATM concert?  :o All the Rage shows I have been to had the floor being one seething steaming sweaty mass of moshing and circle pitting crazyness. That's probably why their shows only last 1,5 hours. Any longer and their fans would drop dead from exhaustion. To have the floor be seated would be like having a mosh pit at a classical concert.

I guess they are Killing in The Name of... Money  :-\

And please don't say "Well.. its the companies, production, etc. that is charging and why prices are so high." We all know the band can have a say.

I would have more respect for them if they refused to do the shows unless prices were respectable.

I think they could have done it. Not get TM to sell tickets at $50 a pop, but at least at your average concert ticket prices for a major band?

Granted I'm not going, but I can respect these guys getting a cash grab. They've more or less earned one.

You do realize that this band's whole identity has been anti-establishment, ant-Capitalism... right?

You respect them for doing something that goes against everything they have been preaching for 25+ years?

They've always been about grabbing cash for themselves. That's why they signed on a major label, played major shows, sold expensive merchs and did major tours in general with expensive tickets. As opposed to your average anti-capitalist punk bands, which have basically created their own alternative music scene which charges their fans basically peanuts.

There's always been that strange dissonance between Rage pursuing activist policies on the one hand and on the other effectively milking their fans for every cent that they are worth, just like any normal band does.

And if thousands of people want to see them everywhere the tour stops, their options are?

Just because you're anti-establishment doesn't mean you don't have bills to pay.


I think the punk scene pretty much shows you can be anti-establishment and be a touring band that lives off their music while not forcing your fans to take a 2nd mortgage to go to your concerts. Rage very early on chose to take part in the commercial caroussel of major band economics. And its not like they have that big a bills to pay. They're not living expensive lifestyles, they don't have ex-wives to pay off, they don't own expensive yachts. Even after decades of basically doing nothing I've read that Zach de la Rocha is still estimated to be worth 25m and Tom and the others even more because they've partaken in other successful bands like Audioslave and Prophets of Rage.

You forgot to mention much respect for the band and their music.

From what I have seen and read... there is a HUGE backlash going on regarding this tour. Oh well.. the wheels will still turn and multi-millions will still get made.

It does make me wonder what the audience will be comprised of. Yuppie lawyers? Corporate entities?

A lot of the Gen X'ers that were Rage fans in the 90's are doing well enough so they can afford to take a trip down memory lane and pretend that they are still not doing what the man is telling them. Doesn't make them yuppie lawyers though. Corporations will probably buy a significant portion of the tickets though so they can treat their best customers and relations to a nice concert. But they don't give a shit if its RATM or Celine Dion, just that their clients have a nice night out and think more highly of them afterwards. A practice which has been going on for decades though. 

They're just to trying to earn at their job as much as the guy that scooped up all the tickets at face value and is reselling them at a king's ransom.

As long as there's fools willing to shell out stupid amounts  money so they can say they saw such and such a concert tickets will only go up. There's a sucker born every minute no longer applies, they multiply much more quickly now and there're are far more ways to capitalize on the brain dead.

That is so true though. The Ticketmasters of the world see that people are willing to pay scalpers for tickets at scalper prices. So they have deduced that scalper prices are the prices that the market is willing to pay. So they have adjusted their prices accordingly. Don't want to pay scalper prices for tickets, then refuse to go see bands that charge those kinds of prices. It's for that reason that I have not seen U2 since 2005.

Shouldn't the anti-establishment be commended for getting the establishment to fork over ridiculous sums of money so they can take out token memberships in the anti-establishment tribe for an hour or two?

Since when are their fans the 'establishment'? Because its not the establishment that's forking over ridiculous sums of money. It's the establishment, as in Ticketmaster, which is laughing all the way to the bank.

Personally I am of the opinion that I couldn't care less of this tour, even before it was announced. I saw them do the reunion nostalgia tour thing in 2008/2009. Been there, done that, didn't cost as much back then either. Unless they first release a new album I'm not interested in them rehashing the same old tired material. They didn't want to do a new album back then, because the strain and infighting of creating an album was what lead to their first breakup. I doubt that things have changed in this regard so I figured when I first heard about this 2nd reunion it was about doing an Orange Man Bad tour. With the same old tired material. And while I like their music, and I can pretty much tune out their politics, I'd much rather would have had a 2nd Prophets of Rage album instead, because then at least I would have gotten some new material as well. Not everything was good on the 1st Prophets of Rage album, but songs like Unfuck the World are at least as good as any RATM classic

Open Discussion / Re: D9E Diodes
« on: February 17, 2020, 03:54:55 AM »
Too much fakes on eBay for my taste. I'd rather order stuff from a reliable vendor that actually works.

Open Discussion / Re: D9E Diodes
« on: February 16, 2020, 12:36:28 PM »

The klon diodes are just 1N34A. There's no speculation, Bill F told everyone on The Gear Page.

Please stop using up cheap Russian diodes with a .27 forward voltage telling people they're magic in some stupid overdrive pedal, they're more useful in designs that need the lower forward voltage.

p.s. I know something about this first hand. I once told people on this forum I liked how a diode sounded in a klone and the next thing I knew they were bought out from ebay and cost like $5 each, and those weren't even remotely close to a 1N34A (they were much higher fv).

I pretty much use D9E's for everything that requires a germanium diode because they are pretty much the cheapest germanium diode I can get. Can't remember when was the last time I saw an affordable 1N34A.

Open Discussion / Re: D9E Diodes
« on: February 13, 2020, 08:17:23 AM »
Are these the magic unicorn tears?

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I think it BYOC who measured the magic unicorn tears and declared that the D9E was as close as you could get.

Open Discussion / Re: Saw an interesting post on FB marketplace
« on: February 10, 2020, 07:57:47 AM »
(I deleted my Facebook account a while back so I can't log in any more I'm afraid.  :-\ )

You're not missing much to be honest. It's a silly place. That spies on you.

Open Discussion / Re: My first day playing electric guitar.
« on: February 10, 2020, 03:07:57 AM »
By the late 80's my hair had started to wave.

Wave goodbye...

I wish I still had my first amp.  Traynor Guitarmate reverb.  It got sold to buy a Yamaha G100 412 combo.  My back hurts thinking about it.  That gave way to a Hiwatt 100 custom (factory cascading gains) that I'd KILL to have back.  Even the cabinet was cool...a Traynor Cerwin-Vega 212 ported.

I still have my first amp. A Fender silverface Twin Reverb with orange JBL speakers. It sounds awesome and I plan to be buried in it, even though I haven't used it in like 10 years. It's funny how the sheer randomness of what your first gear will be can shape your musical tastes for the rest of your life. I had a clean amp, so I had to use pedals for dirt. So I used pedals for dirt for most of my musical life. It's only recently thanks to my Axe-FX that I've begun to explore hi-gain amps.

Open Discussion / Re: Saw an interesting post on FB marketplace
« on: February 10, 2020, 02:45:11 AM »
So that link just takes me to a generic "Musical instruments near you" facebook page.

What was the specific pedal you were linking to?

Were you logged into facebook? Otherwise you it does take you to the generic page.

And the pedal in question is a seemingly official looking Klon Centaur, with Bill Finnegan's autograph on the inside. But was being sold for $100 as a clone. And since the pcb is not covered in goop it had to be one.

Open Discussion / Re: My first day playing electric guitar.
« on: February 06, 2020, 06:19:53 AM »
In hindsight I should have taken better care of my father's old electric guitar. I think it was a 60's or 70's Hofner. I can't for the life of me remember what happened to it. I know that we tried to have it repaired but I just never bonded with it as a real guitar player. I was all about new stuff, new guitars. It being the 80's after all. Nobody gave a crap about old vintage things back then. If I still had it would probably still be a crap guitar in my eyes, but at least it would be a vintage crap guitar, and worth something. And it would also serve as a memorial to my late father.

Open Discussion / Re: My first day playing electric guitar.
« on: February 06, 2020, 06:07:20 AM »
I think I didn't know a single chord. I already had my "rock grimace" down.

I was good at that too. I played with my father's old guitar for years before ever learning to play the guitar. Which was kinda hard too because that thing had no strings if memory served me right.

And rockstar hair!

I think you're confusing rockstar hair with 80's hair.  :P

Open Discussion / Re: Dueling Herbies Drill template / guide
« on: February 05, 2020, 05:26:21 AM »
It's a double envelope filter with one filter always swinging up and the other swinging down both in autowah or LFO mode. The filter is a modified take on the Lovetone Meatball.

 :o :o :o

Dear God, and I thought the Meatball was a knob and switch infested nightmare. How can anyone dial anything useful with that much options?

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: February 03, 2020, 03:37:11 AM »
Incoming rant:

I hate how new games keep cutscening it up all the time. Tomb Raider 2013 was bad for this. (I'm using new for anything in the last decade... I must be getting old.) I started playing Middle Earth: Shadows of War and they should have included a warning that, before getting to play, you had to watch Monolith Production's attempt at a Lord of the Rings film, runtime and all.

Mmmm, ingame cutscenes. I remember the first game that had ingame cutscenes, Wingcommander III. What a sight it was to view Luke Skywalker and have him scour aboard the TCS Victory looking for conversations/cutscenes. And you basically won Wingcommander IV based on the choices you made in the final cutscene. What a revolution that was. And with real actors. In incredibly low resolution of course, but hey, it was the 90's. I do hate it that the first time you play a game you have to watch a lengthy intro film though that you can't escape by pressing a button. I imagine that that gets annoying real fast.

Open Discussion / Re: The Sounds of the Mudbunny
« on: January 28, 2020, 03:20:42 AM »
IMHO opinion descriptions are fairly useless, because what sounds good to one sounds crap to another. They're also quite subjective. I've had guitarists say a pedal sounded spongy and I was like WTF does that mean and double WTF does that even sound like?

Might as well post youtube vids of Muff demos. A vid says more then a thousands words ever could. So here's a view Skreddy Muff vids:

Cognitive Dissonance III:


Top Fuel:


Mayonaise III:

Mayonaise II, Mayo and Cognitive Dissonance II:

Personally I like the P19 best for leads while I liked the Mayonaise III more for rhythm. And all my Muff builds were with the Skreddy mids switch mod, which I think should be mandatory on any Muff build. Especially since its such an easy mod that makes such a MASSIVE difference in a band mix.

Open Discussion / Re: The Sounds of the Mudbunny
« on: January 27, 2020, 08:06:11 AM »
Welp, there goes every spendable dollar I'm going to make in 2020...

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I had that same problem upon discovering KitRae's website. ;D

Open Discussion / Re: Top Albums of the Decade
« on: January 18, 2020, 03:19:29 PM »
There hasn't been an album of the decade since the 90's, when Nirvana's Nevermind and Metallica's Black Album were game changers. You had to go to a deserted island to not hear Teen Spirit or Enter Sandman. Those albums had cross genre appeals and they sold to everybody. It made Nirvana from a small club act into a major stadium act and Metallica fashionable amongs non-Metal heads. There hasn't been any album since that which has managed to equal what those albums did. To say those and those albums that nobody has heard about outside their respective scenes are albums of the decade is like saying that the battle for Aachen in 1944 was like a battle of Stalingrad in the West. No it wasn't. And no album released since 1992 has ever managed to come even close to Nevermind or the Black Album. OK Computer by Radiohead came kinda close, but it was still arty niché and the band still hasn't made, or sought for that matter, the leap to the big audience. And its not like Nevermind and the Black Album are that special, because the previous decades had tons of them. Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Electric Ladyland, Dark Side of the Moon, Thriller, Purple Rain, the Joshua Tree, to name a few. There was no escaping those albums when they were released. Whereas almost all of the albums named so far fall into the never heard of them category for me. And reckon most people.

Let's face it, like rock, the concept of the album is dead. In a way we've moved back to the 50's, where artists didn't release albums, they released singles. All the major pop, EDM and rap artists release songs. It's all about dropping a new track every so often. The public has no patience anymore to wait and listen for a whole album.

Open Discussion / Re: Isolated Power Supplies
« on: January 16, 2020, 02:29:09 AM »
Well, this one does look a lot less basic then that PSU pic you posted in the other thread.

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