Hi ya'all... I stumbled across this site following a review MikeP had done on a VE2000GG Gordon Giltrap signiture. This forum/site looks very interesting so thought I would come and save you all
I was playin in bands in the late sixties early seventies, mostly services bases round the south coast and occasionally in London (Whiskey a Go Go, Wardour St), also did the American service bases in Germany... a favourte tour for bands back then, We had a ten piece soul band including two sax and a trombone with my ex as a Go Go girl (older members will know what that means
. I was actually playing keyboards in that band (and van driver)... although I started on guitar; but we needed a KB player and I was the only one who could afford one... so, I was it! We did Geno Washington/Mike Cotton clone gigs... and I have to say I thought we were pretty good back in the day. We had over an hour of numbers linked with musical segways and key changes... hell, it longer to work out the segways than it did the toons LOL As with a lot of bands we never made any money and basically lived out of the back of the van and service station junk food and the enevitable Mars bars (when Marion and Mick could spare a few
, but when your younger you don't give a damb eh!
Anyhow, I have not played out since the band split in the seventies... just dabbled with guitars and KB's since. Although being electricly minded I got into refurbishing old guitar valve amps. I have also repaired a few for local muso's... but am retired now so not interested in doing it for a living, but will look at an amp if anyone local is stuck. I can also check valves for locals on an Avo valve tester I use if required. As stated I have a a few valve amps I have refurbished (intending to sell them, but then could not part with them LOL). Also have several guitars I have collected over the years, some genuine American, some JHS Vuntage (most are are excellent after a setup). The Vintage VE2000GG is soon to be mine I hope as I could do with a resonable quality acoustic... well MikeP review speaks highly of it.
OK, I ramble, sorry about that...
Regards, Dave (Hampshire, deep south UK))