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Guitar straps and end pin jacks
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Anyone else have problems fitting the guitar strap over the electric end pin jack on acoustic/electric guitars? I've asked music stores and strap manufacturers and neither seem to think it's a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonsdad May 17, 2012.

Guitar cases
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Does anyone know if there is a hard shell case available for dreadnoughts with a large pouch on the outside of the case to carry charts and possibly a folding music stand pouch also? I have found…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Downtown Freddy Brown Jan 4, 2010.

Bose L1 PA systems
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Anyone on here use one of these? I own a Bose L1 Classic PA system and now I plan to buy a Bose L1 Compact system for smaller gigs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike McCall Jan 6, 2010.


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Paul Stoddard commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Terry I feel fortunate that nothing broke.  I had a second mic with me and I could have gone direct into the Bose without the tonematch, but yes it was a relief when everything worked.  As the mic stand was falling I could hear the cash…"
10 hours ago
Terry Angelli commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Wow Paul you were very lucky that nothing broke! Could have been a real nightmare since you were at a gig."
11 hours ago
Paul Stoddard commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"This afternoon I was setting up at a gig when my mic stand came crashing down, taking a Peavey PVM 535N mic with it, also my Bose Tonematch mixer and support backet, on to a ceramic tile floor....and nothing broke!  A small knob came off the…"
12 hours ago
Robert commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Anyone have any experience with Alto Trouper speakers or the Alto brand in general? I've played and sung thru the Trouper a couple of times and the sound is pretty good to my ear.  Not quite on a par with the Fishman SA220 Soloamp, but…"
Sep 1
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PA Reinforcement

What kind of PA set-up do you own/use for performing? Have you ever tried the Bose L1 systems?
Sep 1
Robert Williamson commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"Well, I don't have a banjo. I do have a Martin double-capoed to emulate a 5 string banjo I modified the banjo emulation capoing from picture above. I moved Flexi-Capo to 14th fret, highest it can go on the Martin and added a capo at 4th…"
May 18
Downtown Freddy Brown replied to Downtown Freddy Brown's discussion Guitar straps and end pin jacks in the group Taylor Owners
"I made about 20 of my Fit-Rite strap adjusters and sold most of them quickly but I never received a single response on line so I am assuming that most of you would rather (instead of spending $10 for my adapter) take a chance with a cheap strap on…"
Apr 15
Ken Rogers replied to Downtown Freddy Brown's discussion Guitar straps and end pin jacks in the group Taylor Owners
"Having read through this last year - apparently now quite thoroughly enough - I ordered a Taylor strap for my new 614 CE. Sure enough, the strap doesn't fit around the end pin. I figured - incorrectly, sadly enough - that a strap from the…"
Apr 15
Terry Angelli commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"We played our first paying gig Friday night in a small venue (150) with the Bose. The setting was less than ideal in that there is no stage and there was a brick wall to our backs which limited where we could place the tower. A corner where the wall…"
Mar 8
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PA Reinforcement

What kind of PA set-up do you own/use for performing? Have you ever tried the Bose L1 systems?
Mar 7
Mark Chalupsky replied to Downtown Freddy Brown's discussion Guitar straps and end pin jacks in the group Taylor Owners
"Taylor's top line straps have a larger hole cut for this purpose.  I have two of them."
Sep 17, 2014
Downtown Freddy Brown replied to Jud Hair's discussion If you could only own ONE acoustic for the rest of your life ...
"That's NOT a question for gigging musicians....there is no one guitar that can satisfy my needs for all the styles I play. I may be able to get by with one acoustic six string, one acoustic 12 string, one archtop electric, one solid body…"
Aug 1, 2014
Downtown Freddy Brown replied to Kris Hancock's discussion Framus Falcon 12 Questions
"Yup...looks like you have $20 worth of a guitar there. If you spend a couple of hundred dollars to replace the missing parts and get it up to playing condition it would probably be worth more than $100..."
Aug 1, 2014
Terry Angelli commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Paul, There is a wide divide over cables with respect to sonic qualities. You probably already know that you can spend a little or a lot of money for cables. The top of the line (Monster comes to mind) claims to improve the signal path delivering a…"
Jul 16, 2014
Paul Stoddard commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Hello everyone I need to get some new mic cables and guitar cables.  Does anybody have a favourite brand?  Why do you like it?  Or are they all pretty much the same? Thanks"
Jul 16, 2014
Edward Sparks commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Of course small spec will ring out quicker. I also find it helpful not to be directly in front if the speaker pole, just a little off axis to the right or left is good. When we are a trio we put them between the gaps between us...when duo, in the…"
Jun 13, 2014

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Music teacher
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Archtop guitar, Electric guitar, Mandolin, Lap-style slide guitar, Banjo, Resonator guitar, Bass guitar, Ukulele
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
El Degas MT19R dreadnought, Washburn Jumbo, Yamaha 12 string, Epiphone Joe Pass arch top, Framus 5 string banjo, Epiphone A style mandolin, home made pedal steel, Bundy Bb trumpet, Lero uke, Godin LG solid body electric, Vantage 700 series Bass guitar, Kawai K1 synth, Yorkville K100 amp, Yorkville B100 amp, Fender Champ 30 amp, Yorkville B50 amp, Fender amp can, Bose L1 PA system, numerous pedals, mics, recorders, etc., etc.
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
Blues, Jazz, R&R, Folk, Filk, Country old & new, originals
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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New Online Store

I'm very excited to announce I finally have an online store. I have been making music theme jewelry for almost a year now and also import music watches and accessories. Then I started importing a few custom made ukulele and also commissioned a friend here in Canada that makes banjos to try his hand at banjo ukes so....they are all now available on my new online store PLease check it out and let me know what you… Continue

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 3:33pm

Downtown Freddy Brown on Youtube

Better late than never I have finally launched a few vids on Youtube. I'm not much of a techie so they are the basic "sitting in front of the webcam" type with little imagination - just songs but as I learn more I hope to improve. Please feel free to watch and comment. I appreciate your encouragement.

Posted on May 1, 2010 at 9:21am

PA Systems

I've had a few different PA set-ups in my day. The last radical change was from the usual 2 speaker style to the Bose L1 line array speaker system with a single totem pole type stand which acts as mains and monitors all in one simple set-up. The only problem for me was the weight of the base which houses the 2 amps and mixer. It does take up less room than a conventional set-up and is quicker to set up but that one piece is too heavy for me so....Bose now has the L1Compact. A lighter version… Continue

Posted on October 18, 2009 at 2:27pm — 3 Comments

Didn't know I had a blog....

I don't know if I will find time to use this feature or not but we'll get it started anyway. I'm 57 and live in Brampton, ON, Canada. I have been playing guitar since I was 12. Guitar was not my first (or my last) instrument I learned to play. I started palying trumpet when I was 8. I now play trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, French Horn, guitar, bass, 5 string banjo, mandolin, uke, pedal steel, recorder, harmonicas, dulcimer, canjo...I think that's it. Now I want to try sitar and tabla. I play… Continue

Posted on October 15, 2009 at 7:25am

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At 2:58pm on September 12, 2010, Michael D Krampitz said…
No rush Freddy both my wife and I are both disabled, and I got lucky enough to find a three bedroom apartment.I need my own room for all my stuff,I had to keep things at my fathers house and my P.A. is still there and a monitor.
At 12:10pm on November 5, 2009, Lisa McCormick : Guitar Teacher said…
Wow - that's quite a story! I hear you about the computer word processing programs. They can put a man on the moon, but....
At 3:49pm on October 22, 2009, Walt Pilcher said…
Welcome to the Newb group. It's always good to have experienced players in the group, and we learn a lot from each other.
At 12:09pm on October 18, 2009, Paul Stoddard said…
Hi Freddy
You are right, although the US registation system can be used by Canadians, and it is cheaper, but I would think the people who really have to worry about people stealling their songs are people who write hits, like the recent Paul Anka/MJ story.
At 2:11am on October 17, 2009, Paul Stoddard said…
Hi Freddy
Thanks for taking the time to respond. The reason I asked is I have written some songs, and I perform them live when the situation permits. Most of my gigs are in retirement homes and senior residences, so I am mostly covering Frank Sinatra and Hank Williams and that stuff. I have a self-recorded CD, but I have only heard one of my songs covered by someone else once, I don't know if anyone else plays my stuff. I have not registered my songs with Socan, maybe I will in the future.
Thanks again
At 2:38pm on October 16, 2009, Paul Stoddard said…
You look a bit like Collin Linden with the hat and beard. I would like to ask you a couple of questions, I hope that is okay. You said you have over 100 songs listed with SOCAN. Do other people perform/record your songs, or just you? Are any royalties coming to you from these songs? Did you also register your copyrights, in Ottawa or in Washington, or did you decide that was not needed? I hope you don't mind these questions, and I hope you have time to respond.
At 9:57am on October 15, 2009, Wayne Barnes said…
Downtown Freddy ... good to have you as a friend. I will try to stay in touch with you, Ron, and other friends and stay on top of what you are all doing in the world of strummin' and pickin'. Cheers
At 12:01pm on October 14, 2009, Ron Nagle said…
Hey my buddy, looking good.

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