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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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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."
Thursday
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
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
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
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
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
Terry Angelli commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Edward, thanks for the tips! I'm going to try your peaking suggestion in the rehearsal space first chance I get."
Jun 13
Edward Sparks commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"Terry, I think you will be amazed at the sound in the bigger venue area, plus it is so nice to actually hear what they are hearing since the system is behind you!  Also, I would suggest "peaking" the room, which is getting everything…"
Jun 13
Terry Angelli commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"I got my system Saturday evening (my wife went to the store when FedEx arrived) and the set up was quick and easy. I powered it up, plugged in my Taylor T5 in the acoustic mode and played with the ToneMatch for a bit. Then I couldn't get back…"
Jun 13
Kurt Chandler joined Downtown Freddy Brown's group
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Real (5 string) banjo players

A group to promote and discuss the use of the 5 string banjo and it's different tunings
Jun 9
PaDuff joined Downtown Freddy Brown's group
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Battery operated amps/systems

Busking and playing in areas where it is not convenient to plug in require a system or amp that runs on a battery. There are several on the market now. Which one do you use?See More
Jun 9
Edward Sparks commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"3 bricks and terry, I know you are gonna love those BOSE! Let us know here how it went! We just used ours for an outdoor arts fest gig this past Sunday and it sounded so great!"
Jun 3
Terry Angelli commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"After much research, debate and consternation I took the plunge and purchased the Bose L1, Model 2 with the Tonematch and B2 bass module. I was so tired of hauling two mains, two monitors, stands, cables and road case with the brains I really wanted…"
Jun 3
Tom the Guitar Guy joined Downtown Freddy Brown's group
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Porchboard Floor Bass

Ever wish you could have a little rhythm while you're playing solo but don't like the mechanical beat boxes that you have to turn knobs or push buttons to get a noise that you have to follow?
Apr 24
3 Bricks Shy commented on Downtown Freddy Brown's group PA Reinforcement
"We just used our Bose L1 Model 1S for the first time last Thursday! We use it with a Mackie ProFX12 and so far so good! Since it was our first time with it we will have to see how it goes, but everyone thought the sound was great! I like that fact…"
Mar 17
3 Bricks Shy joined Downtown Freddy Brown's group
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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 17

Profile Information

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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