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Downtown Freddy Brown
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  • Brampton, ON
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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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Robert Williamson commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"RIP Remo D Belli http://remo.com/remobelli/"
May 5
Kurt Chandler commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"I have D tuners on my Scruggs but haven't yet learned any tunes using them. I play more guitar, tenor banjo and mandola than 5 string"
Jan 28
Jim Yates commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"Raymond Faichild's Home Sweet Home & Reuben's Train Any users of D-tuners here?Anyone wish you were, but can't afford them? Have a look at what Raymond Fairchild does."
Jan 28
Kurt Chandler commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"On 5 string I only play 3 fingered Scruggs style with metal picks. I stick to just 3 tunings to keep myself from getting confused. I use open G on 5 string banjo and 10 string citterrn and slack key guitar. I use CGDA on tenor banjo, tenor guitar,…"
Jan 23
Jim Yates commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"Kurt, I use open G (gDGBD), Double C (gCGCD), drop C (gCGBD), G minor (gDGBbD) and sometimes sawmill tuning (gDGCD) for 5-string.  Since my arthritis got bad, I don't play bluegrass style on banjo."
Jan 22
Jim Yates commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"I used to play a lot of Irish Trad on the tenor.  I tuned it DAEB, a full tone higher than standard.  Very few fiddle tunes utilise the low G string, so I could play them on the 3rd, 4th and 5th strings and the high B got rid of some…"
Jan 22
Kurt Chandler commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"The Irish are famous for their tenor banjo playing but they tune it differently than I tune mine CGDA. I think they tune GDAE like a mandolin or fiddle. I play more tenor banjo than I do 5 string. I mostly play folk tunes and also play mandola and…"
Jan 22
Jim Yates commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"I believe it's a left handed tenor, but I like the combination even though it looks like the punch line to a joke."
Jan 22
Michael S. Jackson commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"Well... the banjo sounds good..."
Jan 22
Robert Williamson commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
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Jan 22
Greg Ballantyne replied to Downtown Freddy Brown's discussion Guitar straps and end pin jacks in the group Taylor Owners
"I've noticed this before also - I just use my pocket knife to freehand the strap hole a little larger so that it fits. I keep a sharp knife however, no dull blades in my pocket. Just did this yesterday - for a 418e I picked up in town. Second…"
Jan 17
Robert Williamson commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"Nice ... I have 5 of these tuners, on instrument that don'tn have built-in ones. But although tiny, they are still noticeable on the headstocks. THIS is the most unobtrusive mount of all on the edge of the banjo resonator by the…"
Dec 29, 2015
Robert Williamson commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"Michael.  Staedler make world famous technical drawing, art, design, etc supplies and equipment. Here's my Mute, I use Duck Brand HVAC Aluminum Foil Repair Tape to add a bit of weight to it. I may actualy redo the covering so it is…"
Dec 27, 2015
Robert Williamson commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"The FB-54 tailpiece is pretty minimalist. but at least you can use ball ends with it :)  (above pic from another forum.) It is impossible to get a cradle strap under the Fender tail piece. Various cradle strap installation articles say , -…"
Dec 24, 2015
Robert Williamson commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"Michael I have no plans to tighten it, as I have no idea if it needs to be tightened. And at this point i'm not taking off the bridge to test the resonant frequency or the coin bounce height. Perhaps next time I change strings, i expect hat to…"
Dec 24, 2015
Michael S. Jackson commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group Real (5 string) banjo players
"Robert - Adjusting the head is easy. Merely tighten it in a clock-wise pattern until it breaks then remember what that feels like, buy a new Remo Weather King, and do it again but without breaking it! Seriously, a lot of manuals tell you to use a…"
Dec 23, 2015

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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?
http://www.dtfbmusic.com
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 Musicandjewelry.com. 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.
http://www.youtube.com/DTFBMusic

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…
Freddy,
Welcome to the Newb group. It's always good to have experienced players in the group, and we learn a lot from each other.
Walt
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.
Paul
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
Paul
At 2:38pm on October 16, 2009, Paul Stoddard said…
Hello
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.
Thanks
Paul
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.
WELCOME to AGC.
Ron.
 
 
 

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