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Old 18th October 2007, 10:04 PM   #181
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Thanks for the tip on the Kate Bush video Eddie. I think I must have that. My slip must be showing cuz yeah I'm 46
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Old 19th October 2007, 02:52 PM   #182
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" ... My slip must be showing cuz yeah I'm 46 ..."

A Baby in the Woods !! Got ya by a decade and a half ..
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Old 19th October 2007, 09:35 PM   #183
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Test song...oh yeah back to that. My all time fav test track is from Thomas Dolby's The Flat Earth and the track is "I Scare Myself". This is the one song, of the many that I love...
Sorry, I was absent of this thread for a long time, and now i´m showing my delayed reactions...

That ¨Scare Myself¨ song is something to behold, Tom, really... That trumpet is round, raspy, so warm...absolutely mesmerizing in good equipment. And, with light out, very close to the real thing
And the percussion, with those tiny sounds barely perceptible -really in the verge of perception-... and the feeling of air surrounding the instruments and the voice

I have the domestic vinyl pressing, which -strangely- sounds a lot better than the american import... I have seen an english pressing in some ignote record shop of my town, among some Elvis Costello and other gems... Hope I´ll make them mine real soon

But, out of question, that Thomas Dolby album is de rigueur when fiddling around with mods in speakers, new preamps, etc. Is a killer album, a real gem.

I have seen that a good deal of the so called ¨prog¨, or ¨prog related¨ music is mentioned here too. Nice!. Is a very overlooked genre, full of innovation and surprise. A lot of friends who are much younger than I are becoming acquainted with that kind of music...Some Jethro, some Crimson... My younger friends (and my 13 years son, too) sometimes can´t believe the musicianship, the substance and the beauty of some progressive rock.

Particularly, Italian prog is beautiful, very melodic. The vinyl version of ¨Per un Amico¨ -¨For a Friend¨-, by the Premiata Forneria Marconi, is full of surprise and subtlety. The kind of music that really shines when played in the right equipment.

Lately, for testing I´ve been using some Porcupine Tree live record that takes my breath away: Warzawa , live in polish radio... I don´t know exactly, yet, which points in this cd are the more remarkable for testing equipment, but I recommend it very much: utterly powerful, with a superbly captured live feel...
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Old 19th October 2007, 10:01 PM   #184
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If using music to test an amp, I prefer clasical genre with string instruments or precussion. I also like to test with saxaphone music. MO
All the trouble I've ever been in started out as fun......
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Old 19th October 2007, 10:42 PM   #185
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I agree string instruments work those tweeters while reed instruments some times make me wonder if my speaker cone is gonna tear clean in two
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Old 20th October 2007, 07:10 AM   #186
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...while reed instruments some times make me wonder if my speaker cone is gonna tear clean in two
There is a French/Italian, ( I think!) reed instrument called a bombard. I remember mixing a loud folk dance band using a 20K PA for 2000 people, and the bombard was so blinkin' loud I turned it off in the mix and had to ask her to play not quite so loud...
Rick: Oh Cliff / Sometimes it must be difficult not to feel as if / You really are a cliff / when fascists keep trying to push you over it! / Are they the lemmings / Or are you, Cliff? / Or are you Cliff?
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Old 24th October 2007, 11:38 AM   #187
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Originally posted by FastEddy
I probably posted this elsewhere:

For comparisons between CD playback, DVD-A playback and high quality LP ... and testing for speaker response 'tween low levels and that fatter, bigger sound: Muddy Waters "Folk Singer" ... an old Muddy and a very young Buddy Guy doing blues duets.

DVD-A: ..."this true 24 / 96 and 24/192 transfer will bring the intimate and spooky studio production further into your listening room ..."

CD: ..."the surprisingly clean recording, made even cleaner by the digital remastering ..."

LP: ..."The most talked about "true audiophile" blues recordings ever. ..."

I got the MFSL version of the CD. It sounds great in spite of the fact that it was recorded in the 60's.
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Old 27th October 2007, 11:08 AM   #188
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Can I just say, twice now, I've repaired none playing disks with toothpaste. My sons DVD of the original Transformers Movie, the cartoon version from the 80's was scored. I tried to DeCrypt it in my PC drive too no avail. So I buffed the score mark with toothpaste on a bit of loo roll, put it in my drive and it played. I also repaired an album, can't remember which but remember getting good results. Don't throw your discs away when you've paid a lot for it in the first place. Give them a rub with toothpaste, see if it works. What ya got to loose?

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Old 27th October 2007, 01:24 PM   #189
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Any Pink Floyd, and Dream Theatre.

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Old 2nd November 2007, 03:28 AM   #190
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Am surprised no-one uses the 'cowboy junkies' trininity session recording. For dynamics- bass and treble- . The Dire straits/knopfler recordings are just as good, but I believe this has more highs...and lower lows.
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