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Guest 928 10-24-2018 02:53 PM

Good question. Now you have me wondering.

Captain Jim 10-24-2018 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by kramster (Post 5871554)
To not quit a day job do you actually have to have a day job to not quit? Just wonderin’.

As a trophy husband, I still have to earn my keep. Being "arm candy" isn't that much of a burden, but today I was pressed into service as a dryer repairman. I had no idea what happened inside a dryer once you close the door and press "start." The Blonde thinks I am "on call" for this kind of thing. Got as far as I could with it when discovering a messed up wire spring heating element that could have burned the place down. That part should be in on Friday.

Then, I had to pick where to go for a late lunch... BBQ is always a safe (and tasty) bet. It's a lot of pressure doing all this deciding. At least you people with "real jobs" get a day off now and then.

Don't worry about me, though... I played the X10 while the Blonde was making breakfast - seems that playing guitar gets me out of work, at least for a while.

Guest 928 10-24-2018 06:14 PM

Captain;

Lo Siento. When I retired from my official job, my wife had a two page list of do-stuff stuff. Like change the light bulb that had been out of 6 months--like I really need light to do my stuff in the morning. But she does, hence so do I, now. Just another houseboy.

The trick is not to do everything well. For example, I do a horrible job of cooking, and I am never asked to do so. I am also terrible at loading the dishwasher--never have to do that. But what I do, I do to the max and so far seem to be ahead in my many services (I'm terrible at dryer repair so we have a new one--eat your heart out).

Captain Jim 10-24-2018 08:34 PM

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Originally Posted by EvanB (Post 5871730)
Captain;

Lo Siento. When I retired from my official job, my wife had a two page list of do-stuff stuff. Like change the light bulb that had been out of 6 months--like I really need light to do my stuff in the morning. But she does, hence so do I, now. Just another houseboy.

The trick is not to do everything well. For example, I do a horrible job of cooking, and I am never asked to do so. I am also terrible at loading the dishwasher--never have to do that. But what I do, I do to the max and so far seem to be ahead in my many services (I'm terrible at dryer repair so we have a new one--eat your heart out).

No worries, my friend. There has never been a two page honey-do list for me... oh, there may be "one task per day"... seems there is always something that needs to be done.

When our daughter was younger, I enjoyed going shopping with those two. These days, I don't even enjoy shopping in most music stores (there are exceptions), and the two things I really try to avoid: shopping for furniture or appliances. I would much rather try my hand at the fast-paced non-paying world of dryer repair than have to schlep around looking at appliances. Tankless water heater, garbage disposal at the house, the a/c on the motorhome, and on our last cruising boat... well, the definition of cruising is: fixing your boat in exotic locations. ;)

I guess I figure: if something is already broken, odds are pretty good I can't break it more. Joan likes to cook and clean; I like to eat and not clean... I keep the vehicles (and vessels) maintained... she route plans, I drive. I play music, she is an appreciative audience. We're a good team. :)

The weather here has been lousy the last two weeks - I haven't seen this duration of gray skies, wind and rain, since we've lived here. That is supposed to break overnight. Joan just asked, "Are you going to take me for a boat ride tomorrow?"

I'm in.

Captain Jim 10-28-2018 06:05 PM

I played all three Emeralds (unplugged) for Joan today... she and I agree: the X20 has the biggest sound, then the X10, then the X7. When I asked her which she preferred to listen to, she said, "The X10 - plugged in." :)

For closure: the dryer repair is complete and it is as good as new. I have taken the Blonde out on the boat several times, because the weather is back to gorgeous again. Alas, the boat engine is having some fuel delivery issues - we pulled it out today and will take it to the dealer in the morning. Could I change out a fuel pump (assumption that is the issue)? Yep, but it is under warranty and they won't just give you the part to replace yourself.

kramster 10-29-2018 03:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Captain Jim (Post 5875161)
I played all three Emeralds (unplugged) for Joan today... she and I agree: the X20 has the biggest sound, then the X10, then the X7. When I asked her which she preferred to listen to, she said, "The X10 - plugged in." :)

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+1... I agree ..X10 into the Bose T1 then Compact.

Captain Jim 11-11-2018 07:01 PM

A chilly, wet, windy weekend - time to try another video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r58B...ature=youtu.be

Guest 928 11-12-2018 12:55 PM

Captain;

It seems that your collection is lacking. Having a 7, 10, and 20 is not the same as having all of those AND a 30. Best get busy.

Captain Jim 11-12-2018 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by EvanB (Post 5888222)
Captain;

It seems that your collection is lacking. Having a 7, 10, and 20 is not the same as having all of those AND a 30. Best get busy.

Well, I have learned to never say never, friend Evan, but the X20, to me, is as big as I'd like. Of course, that opinion could change with the opportunity to play (and hold) an X30. Something similar happened last February, when the gathering at Kramster's presented the opportunity to play his "vintage" X10 and a bunch of other guitars.

I played the X20 today; such a great sound. After a bunch of time with the X10, the X20 is noticeably larger. Not uncomfortably so, but at the end of my comfort range. I have no doubt that Alistair can work magic with a design... it would be interesting to hear from Kramster, Byudzai, and others who have spent some time with both to get a "feels" impression. I have no doubt the X30 has great tone. Even Irish mojo can't change physics.

I don't have to tell you that from a comfort standpoint, bigger isn't always better, especially as we ... um... mature. So, for now, I'm at a very good place with my guitar options. Thanks for thinking of me. though. :)

jdinco 11-12-2018 03:28 PM

Sounds good Jim, let us know when you get one. LOL :)

Seriously, there's just too darn many GREAT guitars out there right now. We can't have them all. I was trying to hold at 3, but somehow the collection has increased to 6. Or maybe it's 7. I'd love to try an X30 though, I do know that much.

Guest 928 11-12-2018 07:45 PM

I was trying to get it down to one. But I can't stay away from my X10, slot-head, nylon string guitar. I suspect that it's my acoustic keeper.

In the meantime I have the X10 nylon string, thin-bodied electric in the build process. I had thought that this would be my one guitar. But I don't see how a thin body can compete with a full one.

Although, my X7 nylon strung, thin-bodied guitar projects beyond its size. So maybe the 10 electric will get me to one guitar. Maybe not. It's a cliff hanger.

Captain Jim 11-12-2018 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by EvanB (Post 5888507)
I was trying to get it down to one. But I can't stay away from my X10, slot-head, nylon string guitar. I suspect that it's my acoustic keeper.

In the meantime I have the X10 nylon string, thin-bodied electric in the build process. I had thought that this would be my one guitar. But I don't see how a thin body can compete with a full one.

Although, my X7 nylon strung, thin-bodied guitar projects beyond its size. So maybe the 10 electric will get me to one guitar. Maybe not. It's a cliff hanger.

Or, maybe you need an X30? Hahahahahahahaha! :D:D:D

kramster 11-12-2018 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by jdinco (Post 5888339)

We can't have them all.


Wait what now?

byudzai 11-12-2018 11:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EvanB (Post 5888507)
I was trying to get it down to one. But I can't stay away from my X10, slot-head, nylon string guitar. I suspect that it's my acoustic keeper.

In the meantime I have the X10 nylon string, thin-bodied electric in the build process. I had thought that this would be my one guitar. But I don't see how a thin body can compete with a full one.

Although, my X7 nylon strung, thin-bodied guitar projects beyond its size. So maybe the 10 electric will get me to one guitar. Maybe not. It's a cliff hanger.

You neeeeeed an X30! Fits the body like a glove and sounds like a grand piano!

ac 11-13-2018 03:08 AM

X30 Nylon string?? Has it been done?

Love to hear what that would sound like!

kramster 11-13-2018 04:28 AM

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Originally Posted by ac (Post 5888683)
X30 Nylon string?? Has it been done?

Love to hear what that would sound like!

Yikes.... don't get Unc Evy all wound up... prolly be great though... well ... if you actually like that sorta thing.

Guest 928 11-13-2018 10:58 AM

Nylon string 30? Here I was, minding my own business, and AC rings the bell and Mr.K cranks up the volume. But no, the X10 is my size and I'm sticking with it, thank you.

Captain Jim 11-13-2018 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by EvanB (Post 5888955)
Nylon string 30? Here I was, minding my own business, and AC rings the bell and Mr.K cranks up the volume. But no, the X10 is my size and I'm sticking with it, thank you.

It is good to plan ahead... you know, so there is room for the X30 as you're "getting down to one." ;)

Guest 928 11-13-2018 07:10 PM

I am also getting really old, not at my expiration date, but thinking about it. The 10 has been a remarkable fit for me. I think all the Emerald sizes are sweet, designed for a variety of human users. The 20 was too big for me, the 30 would way too big for my play--but probably perfect for many people.

Captain Jim 11-14-2018 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by EvanB (Post 5889487)
I am also getting really old, not at my expiration date, but thinking about it. The 10 has been a remarkable fit for me. I think all the Emerald sizes are sweet, designed for a variety of human users. The 20 was too big for me, the 30 would way too big for my play--but probably perfect for many people.

Catching up to you, Evan. I had mentioned that my X20 was as big as I'd like... the X10 feels even more comfortable to me. Nice to have some great options. :)

ac 11-17-2018 05:00 AM

Tip for the next order placed . . .

https://snag.gy/WGBPM1.jpg

kramster 11-17-2018 06:26 AM

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Originally Posted by ac (Post 5892510)
Tip for the next order placed . . .

https://snag.gy/WGBPM1.jpg

Perfect!... Genius idea.

Captain Jim 11-17-2018 07:53 AM

Hey, look - I got the mug I ordered! It came all the way from Ireland. WOW! Look at this: there's a guitar in the box, too!

kramster 11-17-2018 05:56 PM

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4896/3...567980af_c.jpg

Captain Jim 11-18-2018 12:08 PM

It has been a while, so... Rufus:

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a318_sOJ_...s400/Rufus.jpg

The one who brings great joy to our household, not the one that graces the headstock of my Emeralds; although that one brings joy, too. ;)

jdinco 11-18-2018 02:24 PM

If there was a "Like" button, I think Rufus would get hundreds....

Captain Jim 11-24-2018 09:17 AM

Lots of activity on this carbon fiber forum right now - fun to read!

I came across something interesting yesterday that some of you are probably aware of. I'm kinda new at this whole guitar thing, only 54 years now, so I'm still picking up new techniques.

Decades ago, I was told, "If you want to hear how your guitar sounds to those in front of it, play it while facing close to a wall. And, I have done that.

I was playing the X7 in the living room yesterday morning. It's the older version, with the offset sound hole, but not like the newer ones that also open up towards the player.

Joan asked me to look at something on our deck. I stood up while still playing, walked over to the window to look out - the sound reflecting off the glass of the window came back at me with surprising power! My little X7 sounded like a much bigger guitar.

Yeah, I get it: the solid, hard surface of the glass vs the softer painted wall board... but, what a difference!

I tried it with the X10 (upturned sound hole) and the results were similar, but not as dramatic. Which of course brought the question from the Blonde, "What are you doing? Stop that - you're going to scare the neighbors!"

What was I wearing? Well, I hadn't gotten fully dressed for the day. "But, listen to this sound!"

;)

tbeltrans 11-24-2018 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Captain Jim (Post 5899140)
Lots of activity on this carbon fiber forum right now - fun to read!

I came across something interesting yesterday that some of you are probably aware of. I'm kinda new at this whole guitar thing, only 54 years now, so I'm still picking up new techniques.

Decades ago, I was told, "If you want to hear how your guitar sounds to those in front of it, play it while facing close to a wall. And, I have done that.

I was playing the X7 in the living room yesterday morning. It's the older version, with the offset sound hole, but not like the newer ones that also open up towards the player.

Joan asked me to look at something on our deck. I stood up while still playing, walked over to the window to look out - the sound reflecting off the glass of the window came back at me with surprising power! My little X7 sounded like a much bigger guitar.

Yeah, I get it: the solid, hard surface of the glass vs the softer painted wall board... but, what a difference!

I tried it with the X10 (upturned sound hole) and the results were similar, but not as dramatic. Which of course brought the question from the Blonde, "What are you doing? Stop that - you're going to scare the neighbors!"

What was I wearing? Well, I hadn't gotten fully dressed for the day. "But, listen to this sound!"


;)


I think a dose of that mind cleaning bleach wouldn't hurt here...

Tony

tbeltrans 11-24-2018 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by ac (Post 5892510)
Tip for the next order placed . . .

https://snag.gy/WGBPM1.jpg

A real life solution...

A number of years ago, a friend of mine had GAS for high end stereo equipment. When he would buy a new piece of gear, he would keep it at my place until he built up the courage to bring it home, at which point he could honestly say that he had owned for a few weeks already. The same could be done with guitars. :)

Tony

Gitaman 11-24-2018 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by ac (Post 5892510)
Tip for the next order placed . . .

https://snag.gy/WGBPM1.jpg

Ac,
That is a home run (by XX)!!
Git

Ps. I just emailed and changed my X7 packaging instructions. Thanks a bunch, Ac!


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