West Coast Blues Thread Version 18

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  1. RickyKing

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    From Randy C.
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    By Randy Chortkoff
    Good morning... I know that many of you are interested in knowing the condition of Richard "Lynwood Slim" Duran who suffered a stroke a few days ago. I can tell you that yesterday was a very emotional day indeed. I want to thank Gina for doing the driving and being there with me for moral support. Gina is our dear friend and tour manager for many blues artists nation wide. She also has known Slim and Finis Tasby for many years. Seeing Slim in the hospital again broke my heart. He has been through so much physically in the last few years. There is not much I can say at this point regarding his stroke and condition other than it could have been much worse. Even though he was sleeping and non-responsive most of our visit he could move his body and there did not seem to be paralysis. His speech is greatly affected at this time and it is difficult for him to talk or put words together. He did pull me close and tell me he loved me, he recognized Gina and was glad to see her. The good news is that he has taken a couple of swings at the nurses and even kicked Gina! I'm sure he had no idea he did this but to me it was a really good sign that the fighter in him is ready to go a few more rounds!! Slim is blessed to have Judy by his side who has been there for him 100%. Judy has Slim's cell phone and if you have the phone number you can call for up dates. I will let his friends know when would be an appropriate time to visit and or call to talk to him. I will also report more on his progress as the days go by. Our next stop was to visit Finis Tasby. I don't know if I could endure what Finis has been through for almost 2 years. Finis needs as much love, visits, prayers and financial help as possible. So many have helped and made it a point to visit and play music for him. His condition has gotten worse and after knowing and traveling with Finis for many years it just broke my heart to see the sadness and fear in his eyes. All and all it was a good visit for both Finis and myself. I feel we made a connection and it was good for us both. Finis is blessed to have Angie there who has been in his corner for a very long time now. Others who make it a point to visit as much as possible (you know who you are) should be proud. It is not easy to see Finis like that. I want to thank Linda and Dave "Kid" Ramos for inviting me to their home for a family BBQ while I was in the area. It's always uplifting to visit with the Ramos family and their friends and I am grateful to have Kid and Linda in my life. Kid is truly a miracle of survival. By the time we got home it had been a very long and emotional day. Then I found out that Leo Dombacki who is the keyboard player in Sugaray Rayfords band had a stroke just an hour before a festival they were about to play in Colorado. Leo is only in his early forties and one of the nicest and most talented guys around. Thank God for Pam Rayford who is a nurse and was on the road with her husband and the band. Please send out your prayers and healing thoughts to Leo... Thank you for indulging me with reading this LONG report. I needed to write. Having my own health issues that are pending and creating a lot of anxiety and fear I realize how fortunate I am to be breathing in and out and able to walk and talk. Be good to yourself and do what you can to help another. God bless
     
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    schultzvil In the Clean Channel Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, it makes you think about what you have when you do have your health.
    Lucky to be out there playing music at all…
    I'll try to bring something positive by sharing a very cool link here- I got the OK from the man behind the company, Michiel, in Holland. This past weekend was BLUES PEER, formerly Belgian Rhythm & Blues Festival. Unfortunately I had to get back to my family on Sunday and had to miss JLV and Billy Pittman (sorry to have missed you) and Seasick Steve (pretty cool I'd say, if not West Coast)
    But did manage to catch & chat with Elvis Costello (solo- Nico Duportal opening) and on Friday after we played (Dietra Farr, Raphael Wressnig) came The Paladins, Sonny Landreth & Los Lobos. Hung with all, Dave Gonzalez the coolest guy as ever; and he turned me on to an amp OF DOOM handmade in Holland.
    18 watts, he played ONLY through that and had the best tone of the entire day- a clear, bell-like, harmonic rich, clean but soulful tone that killed and cut through the mix incredibly. THIS http://elektra-amps.strikingly.com
    Had to share this thing with you all. I'll be playing one in person during the Piazza tour I'm doing in October in Benelux countries ;-) But check out the clips from Paul Pigat & Deke Dickerson and others- this thing is AMAZING.
    Gibson EH 185 inspired- the Charlie Christian type amp. This guy got it right.
    Later on Dave, Sonny Landreth and my hammond buddy Raphael all sat in w/ Lobos and they sounded AMAZING. But the tone Gonzalez got with his Guild through this amp was the tone of the day- and believe me I tried to get some tone, too ;-) Very very cool amp. Get well all those battling health, stay well.
     
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    Way cool Alex--I have a thing for the old Gibsons--spent the better part of the day with my tech yesterday voicing one of my '46 BR-1's. Looking forward to hearing you and Dave on one of these Elektras. Unfortunately it doesn't appear that the weakness of our dollar vs the Euro makes ownership of Euro made goods easy!
     
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    Oh wait--just found these--wonder if Dave is also playing through the Vox?
    Glad to see the Pals gigging again!







     
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    That's great!
     
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    Sorry to hear about Slim and co... my thoughts are with them..

    @Alex, checked out those Paul Pigat demos, what's the tune he plays at the start https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtZTx1gp6Qo#t=43 about a minute in, it's so damn familiar but can't put a finger on it
     
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    Carmour, not sure bout the tune, I'll check again, oh yeah he plays a Bop standard...
    I asked Dave about the AC30, he sounded so good I thought he had to be using them both- "it wasn't even on". 18 Watts!!!! Good PA ;-)
    He buried us all for tone...
     
  11. groove_king

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    Carmour - the tune is Idle Moments (Duke Pearson/Grant Green)
     
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    Oh heck, all of a sudden I need a new amp, that Elektra is too cool!
     
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    Aw man. Praying for slim.
     
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    Thank ya sir! Was sure I'd heard it before, I have that album heh.
     
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    oh man, my jazz creed just got flushed:worried
    should have been able to name that one immediately.
    And I call myself a Grant Green fan. For shame…

    Michiel wrote me late last night to say he'd revamped the site and added a bunch more clips including some Dave Gonzalez. I haven't checked it all, but man- Dave himself couldn't stop talking about this amp. And when I heard his Guild in the middle position through that thing, it sounded like a bell...
     
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    Amp sounds great, but 2500 Euros? That's $1000 more than a Clark tweed twin...
     
  17. Carmour

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    Hahahaha! Hey I didn't want to be the one to say it, but i for one was dissapointed ;)

    also as great as that amp might sound it's way out of my price range sadly :/ I know they have to make a coin but it seems a bit rich for a poor musician like me
     
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    Not to take away from the effort put into it, but also more than twice what you could get an actual vintage EH185 for.
     
  19. Stringmaster

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    Yes, I inquired and would be in the neighborhood ok 4K to get one to the states. Might come down later based on VAT taxes etc--but not a whole lot. I guess the dollar is too weak?
     
  20. S.W.Erdnase

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    European and UK guitar players get raped on import duties for gear (same in Oz). That;s why when I got my Martin acoustic, I had a pilot friend buy it in NY and bring it over. That way it's at least half the price they sell them for in stores in Oz or the UK.

    I've noticed that often when European guys build amps, the prices are way up there on the RRP. I'm not sure if that reflects import costs for parts, or that they are so accustomed to paying astronomical prices that they assume the price should match what they'd pay to get some boutique amp shipped to the continent.

    Also, if the builder is a hobbyist who has built it up as project and now wants to commercialise it, it's very likely he has unrealistic expectations about profit margins on these sorts of builds. I hope it gets a little more serious because the risk is that he can only move a handful, decides it's not worth it, and packs it in. That does happen from time to time with the small boutique guys. I'm not saying give it away - but selling it for a grand more than the most expensive Clark amp is kind of off the charts.
     
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