Is this a dead forum I see before me ???


Do we need a roll call of those still alive ?


  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,223Member

    To wake you all up. You must listen to the second half to get what I mean. Great use of dynamics.
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Posts: 974Member
    I admit to being alive, but don't tell the taxman!

    It's hard to talk about guitars and shizzel when there are no gigs etc. I have updated my blog post about recent activity. But since I don't have a digital home recording setup (or currently a personal computer) because my day gig is desk bound driving the damn things.
    Breaking News: I shall take early retirement at the end of the year and will after a short break from tapping keys I shall indulge myself in a recording setup and craze the a#se of folks here with my inane tripe.

    For those what ave got facebroke this was us a couple of summers ago at a Dog show!

    Oh, hello everyone.
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,712Member, Moderator
    The only playing I am doing these days is in church, where I am the drummer. Here in Slovakia we had the virus right down to almost zero new cases for 2 months but it is now rising far worse than before so I expect indoor meetings to be banned again.

    At home I am not even practicing as I am preparing a new music room. We rented but last year we had the opportunity to buy a 56 sq.m. commercial space in the same building as our flat, so I am busy which is a blessing.

    My wife is a piano teacher and has had to move to distance teaching. We experimented with all sorts of audio and video possibilities but as all but one of her students has WhatsApp on their 'phones that has proved to be the simplest and preferred method.

    Keep safe and, as Vera Lynn sang, "We'll meet again, don't know how, don't know when, but someday."
  • Derek_RDerek_R Posts: 1,717Member
    Yep, still alive and kicking for the moment. Actually did a gig yesterday - a socially distanced duo gig in a pub garden. It was great fun and I'd forgotten how much fun it is playing a few songs to a few people. But it was bloody cold, and the social distancing regulations meant that the audience was spread out and limited so it was a bit weird. But that was the only gig since March and probably the only one until next March (or beyond).

    I think the rock'n'roll band won't survive the lockdown - the drummer has all his kit for sale because (he says) six months break, plus another six months has done for him. I get it. I'm wondering if I shouldn't start to sell some kit, too (although I suspect it's not a good time, price-wise).

    We've spent the summer doing these gypsy jazz videos, all with people I've never met.

  • martinsmith99martinsmith99 Posts: 380Member
    I'm here occasionally.

    I think Facebook and other social media is killing off forums in general. It's a trend I've been seeing for a while.

    There were a number of forums for my varied interests that I used to frequent and all seem to be going the same way. I do still prefer forums as it seems to attract genuinely interested people, rather than smart-mouthed twits.
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 1,005Member
    no, it’s sleeping. Or pining for the fjords....

    Nice to see others are keeping busy in one way or another.

    I discovered that soldering is great for mental health, keeping me in the moment, and meditating. So to help me through the beginning of lockdown I bought a bunch of kits from FuzzDog I made a mistake on the first one, but they sent me some parts I needed to complete the kit. I’ve now made an analog delay, bit crusher, yellow pearl overdrive, big muff (2 - one for a friend), slow gear, treble booster and a buffer that I put inside an Ernie ball volume pedal. I also built an overdrive and a preamp from instructions I found elsewhere on the web. All really satisfying if not a little frustrating when they didn’t work, but that only goes for the ones I didn’t make from kits. The FuzzDog kits are fantastic. If you can solder and you’re patient, you can do it.

    Lots of fun!

    To cut a long story short, I also decided to upgrade my guitar building skills by taking a course with a luthier in the Peak District. Essentially I built a guitar in a week, from scratch, and I now feel more confident about doing frets.
    So I setup a website ( and a Facebook page, talked to the local music shop (they know me anyway) and got my first client yesterday! Well, I got my first interested party but I’m yet to see the colour of his money hahah

    Lockdown and the pandemic made me think about what is important in life and how much I value working with my hands rather than sitting in front of a computer, so if all goes well, this part time guitar building job will go full time. Fingers crossed!

    That’s the good news from this year. I’ll focus on that.
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Posts: 974Member

    that is quite the story, you've had a good summer if I may say so.

    I hope you have a fan/ventilation when soldering to take away the fumes?

    Good for you recognising what is important in life, I think a few of us have managed similar and I certainly know what you mean about driving a computer for a living.

    Good luck with your venture and I hope you get to go full time when it suits you.

  • DaveBassDaveBass Posts: 3,321Member
    Still alive! And my life isn't really much different from before the virus, as I'm basically an introvert and I don't really miss the lack of contact with people. Having said that, I've been walking a lot with friends recently, 20 miles or so a week, and that's kept me from going crazy.

    Unfortunately my 10-year-old music computer finally gave up the ghost last week, having scrambled my current music project twice. Fortunately I'm a great believer in multiple backups, so hopefully I haven't lost much. The problem seems to be a motherboard fault. Well, I've bought a new PC and a new audio interface and I'm hoping I can reinstall my existing music software on Windows 10. I'm going to try the free version of Cakewalk (formerly Sonar) as it seems very similar to what I've been using for years (Sonar 8.5). I don't want to spend a lot of time learning a new system when I could be making music.


  • LesterLester Posts: 1,712Member, Moderator
    That was a close call, DaveBass, and top marks for being so disciplined with your backups.
  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,223Member
    It's lovely to hear from you all (sorry I didn't respond sooner.) Isn't Derek's music GREAT !

    Nick - Brilliant stuff... all of you, in fact.

    Puts me to shame.

    We've just got shot of the boys after them being here for lockdown. One's got a job in his chosen career and the other is back at uni doing an unusually long degree (with intercalation. 6 years !!!)

    We stayed in most of the summer (well, I was working throughout it) and I bought a snooker table and we all got quite good at that.

    Our holiday was disrupted but we managed to shift the cottage rental to a couple of weeks back and had a great time (Egton Bridge, Nth Yorks.)

  • MarkbluesMarkblues Posts: 131Member
    I'm here, keeping an eye out from time to time. Lots to do to keep the ship afloat these days.
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 1,005Member
    Lovely to hear from you all! Thanks Kevin(s). It’s just about all I can do to keep my head above water.
    While I have been busy, it hasn’t been an easy summer due to mental health, and that’s really why I’m making this career change (hopefully). It does help me through the day while I’m at work, struggling through. Blimey, hope my boss doesn’t hunt me down and find me commenting on how crap I find my job!

    Talking to my brother and a friend the other day, it seems what really helps is having something to look forward to. It doesn’t matter what it is. Make plans. Make more plans. And keep looking forward.
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,712Member, Moderator
    My brother has a similar story, Nick. For 33 years he worked his way up to a senior management position with a well-known High Street shop chain. Along comes a new chap who just seemed to always be having a go at my brother and claiming credit for things my brother had done. Earlier this year my brother discovered he would be old enough to take early retirement. He did and now he can get a full night's sleep every night, spend his days doing DIY around the house and garden, riding his bike, doing charity work in the toen he lives in, and altogether is appreciating the phenomenal drop in pressure, expectations and competitiveness.
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