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    I presume you started off living in NSW/Sydney.Did you live at one of those awful places for immigrants with the Tin huts?There was one near where i grew up in Melb. Most of the people there were from England and the Kids attended the same high school i went to. We thought they were really cool because they had British accents like all our music heroes of the time[Mid 60's].
    When did you move to melbourne? Have you ever spent much time " on the other side of the river"over on the eastern side of town?

    Yeah, we went to a place called 'East Hills' on the outskirts of Sydney when we arrived in 1971 and stayed briefly in a 'hostel', which were those round tin huts, exactly as you describe. Then we were transferred down south of Sydney to a place called Wollongong, and went to the tin-hut hostel just north of there in a little suburb called 'Fairy Meadow' (yeah, i know, i know...!!!) I was 15. At that time, the Free/Deep Purple/ Mannfred Mann tour came down here but i was unaware and missed it !!!

    I went to school for a year at Dapto High School, a southern suburb of Wollongong. Wollongong was a huge industrial town based around the steelworks at Port Kembla. Dapto is well-known for it's racing track, esp. for greyhound racing and the trotters.

    Ya know it's funny you mention the thing about the accent....i was very self-conscious and got mocked a few times for using English words rather than the local equivalents, and for my different pronounciation of words, so i worked very hard to drop any 'English-isms' that would draw attention to me. Funny, nowdays it's very cool to talk that way. I also got called 'Suntan' as i was very white compared to the Aussie kids....I didn't enjoy school here in Oz very much at all, and got out as soon as i could and got a job at the Post Office as a Telegram Boy....hehe.....

    I loved that job, out and about on a pushbike all day (all weather, too!) delivering telegrams, and the Post Office had these weird regulations....you could grow your hair as long as you liked, but you could only grow a beard during your holidays, not on the job. So of course i grew my hair down to my bum. telegrams are long obsolete now, but back then they were THE way to get a message delivered fast, other than the telephone of course. There was a music shop just a few doors along from the Post Office, so it wasn't long before i bought a locally made amp, a Diason, and then not too much longer, i got them to get me a 100 watt Marshall....the full stack. They weren't available here so it had to come out from England, took a year to get here, but people used to visit me just to sit in my room and cower in the shadow of it !! Hahaha! The music shop sold about another 4 simply because of me showing mine to people. It wasn't long before it was doing active duty on stages up and down the NSW south coast.

    My folks moved to Melbourne in the late 70's but i stayed in NSW, then started to travel widely, including up and down the QLD coastal areas working in circuit bands. I came down here occasionally with bands and would go visit my folks. Eventually i moved down here in 1991, and have been here ever since. Best place in the world. I have always lived over on the east side, which i love, but the last time i had to move (2002) things were getting tighter and the only place i could find that i could afford (I rent) was this place here in Yarraville, in the inner west. Yarraville is now a very upmarket area, but as usual, i am on 'the wrong side of the tracks' in an industrial area, noisy and dirty.....but then again....it may be just like me, hahaha!
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    Keep those questions coming....sarcasm, abuse, money....everything accepted here...... ; )
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    What exactly is a "Crusty Philtrum"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucid_Lunatic View Post
    What exactly is a "Crusty Philtrum"?

    Hehehe..OK....I'll hafta quote myself from Reggie's earlier question......


    "My user name here at SDUGF? Hehe....ok.....the 'philtrum' is that little channel under a person's nose, where the 2 little ridges run from the bottom of the nose down to the top of the top lip. The 'crusty' is like when a little kid runs around with a runny nose and it dries up....on the philtrum. It's a kind of more polite version of a name i used to use somewhere on line once..."Snotboy'....in fact, i think i have noticed a member here known as 'Snottyboy' or something similar, so it was probably lucky that i went with Crusty, hehehe."

    cheers, neiL.


    ....I likes the way it crackles when I smile....Hahahaaa
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    Tell us about your amp builds???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will S-T View Post
    Tell us about your amp builds???

    Amps? Well....I was always interested in electronics since the age of 10. As a young guitar player, I dreamt of being able to service my own amps and maybe even modify them. I satisfied some of my curiosities in the late 70's/ early 80's by doing mixing for friends' bands and building bits and pieces for PA systems and the occasional guitar pedal (I'd been making 1-transistor boosters to go in front of non-master volume amps ever since i was about 16). I could build impressive gear, but i didn't have any theory at all, so if something didn't work, my troubleshooting skills were extremely limited.

    In 1991, I got a copy of 'The Tube Amp Book' by Aspen Pittman of Groove Tubes fame. That led to me going to TAFE (Technical And Further Education), a kind of college for the trades-orientated skills. I simply did the first year and then went away and compared what i'd learnt about transistors to the valve (tube) circuits in old textbooks i'd been accumulating. There was no internet at that time (1994-5)...well, not for me, anyway.

    About that time, i built my first tube guitar amp. A Marshall 18 watter, 2 x EL84's. It was built into an old locally-made combo using transformers scavenged from an old tube PA amp. I had no dummy load back then, so basically after endlessly re-checking my work, i simply switched it on. It worked, and sounded great ! Even the tremolo circuit that I'd grafted in from an old Gibson circuit worked ! That amp was built for the guy who did the serious work on the headless guitar pictured here on page 1, part of an exchange deal we had....i build him an amp, he did the hard work on my guitar. He was doing guitar repairs in a shop, and several well-known players heard this amp and loved it.

    It continued...more 18 watt builds, and i started making little 4 watters as well, based on the Vox AC4 circuit from the '60's. Then variations on Fender circuits and all sorts of beasties. Some were built into pre-exisiting amp cabs and chasis. For some of them, i attempted to make cabinets, but i was limited in the area of cosmetics, mainly control panels. I never made the same thing twice, every project was like a prototype in some way. I've since been able to make some improvements, but i figure they are handmade amps, one-offs, and so i should celebrate the fact that i can't quite get that 'factory perfect' look. I don't even have a workshop, cabinet work is done in the kitchen with mostly hand tools. I knew early on that i'd be able to make amps that worked, but i wanted to be able to make amps that sounded even better that commercially-built ones. Between all the construction, i get various service and repair jobs.

    I've spread myself a bit wider and have built tube mic pre-amps and hi-fi stereo amps. Nowdays, I only work on tube gear, i've never built a kit, and i've never built a guitar amp with a master volume. And i've done so much of it, i'm just about burnt out. There are about 30 amps scattered around Victoria and New South Wales. mostly with friends of mine, who all have more than one. There are about 5 mic-pre's, the best one being here with me. There are also tube-driven spring reverb units and other custom things with some of those guys, too.

    I looked at going further with all this, but decided it is only a secondary thing to playing, so i have backed off a bit. I have plenty of my own projects on the go, usually held up by jobs for other people.

    Ok...pics....some of these have been posted before, but this is an appropriate place i guess. Keep in mind the limitations i have to be able to build the cabinetry, and i can tell you they all sound great, as i'd never be happy for them to leave home unless they did. (yeah, they're kinda like my kids......)

    bless their little hearts, hehe
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    First, the 30 watt stack, Fender-based sound with trem. Each cabinet has 2 x 10" Jensens. Belongs to a mate of mine in Sydney. Six weeks of working day and night, but it probably the best pub-rock (pub = bar) amp i've ever heard, and i wished it was mine, hehe.

    The little head is an AC4, which has an EF86 preamp into an EL84 power tube. Originally a part of a combo i built, the chasis was sent back to me for some tweaks, so i decided to build a head cabinet for it before i sent it back.

    The mini half-stack is another AC4, i have yet to wire it up, but it will have a tube rectifier (EZ81) and tremolo. The cabinet holds a low-power Celestion 10. It was originally built for a friend of mine but he passed away some years ago so i rebuilt it as a tribute...the 'PP' on the front of the head are his initials. Of course this one will stay with me.

    The last one was another AC4 combo that lives in Sydney.
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    My Matchless/ Vox 30 watt head....it now has all cream knobs and a fabric-covered front panel with white piping in the cabinet. I've played it out a couple of times, and it's an impressive amp, although i am still tweaking it and have yet to build the circuitry for the all-tube effects loop.

    Pics 3 & 4 are my microphone preamps (2 channel) with it's separate power supply.
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    FFaaaaaaarrrrrrrkkkkkk! I'm in love.......with your AMPS!!!!

    Now, I'm an organ donor, but what will a lung or a kidney get me?
    Children and wives are also collatoral, as are "Dirty Deeds, done dirt Cheap"
    I really need someone to build me MY amp!

    Does Golden Vulture have one of your rigs?
    Do I need to cut off his pinky finger (Resevoir Dogs) to get one?
    Give me names and addresses!!!!!!!!

    Oh, BTW, Linda Rondstant told me a little secret to stop the "Nose Drizzles"

    and subsequent Crustiness!

    Will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will S-T View Post
    FFaaaaaaarrrrrrrkkkkkk! I'm in love.......with your AMPS!!!!

    Now, I'm an organ donor, but what will a lung or a kidney get me?
    Children and wives are also collatoral, as are "Dirty Deeds, done dirt Cheap"
    I really need someone to build me MY amp!

    Does Golden Vulture have one of your rigs?
    Do I need to cut off his pinky finger (Resevoir Dogs) to get one?
    Give me names and addresses!!!!!!!!

    Oh, BTW, Linda Rondstant told me a little secret to stop the "Nose Drizzles"

    and subsequent Crustiness!

    Will.

    Hehehe....well, being a smoker, having some spare lungs might be handy....hehe.....

    None of the amps are with forum members as far as i know, although one did get traded to someone i've never met, down in Geelong i believe. (That was the only amp i've built that the original owner has parted with....and that guy is now very much regretting having parted with it).

    I remember the Linda Ronstadt thing....would i then have to be called 'Tin Philtrum'? Metal Philtrum? (and after a few years, it may have turned into 'Rusty Philtrum'? Or maybe even Coke-free Philtrum?

    If you have any ideas on what kind of amp you want, Will, you can always PM some ideas to me so i could give it some thought. All these things are usually at least 50% planning before a hole has been drilled or a soldering iron switched on.
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    For your entertainment, here's a pic of me doing a gig in Wimbledon back around 1960. You can clearly see where people like Liberace, Elton John and Peter Allen later stole their images from. However the pressure of running a 27-piece big band and writing hits for many artists of the day became just toooo much and i dropped off the radar for a few years (also, i had to break my crayon-eating habit and learn how to use the grown-ups toilet)....
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    I re-emerged from my self-imposed exile in 1971, aged 15, as a prototype rock god south of Sydney, Australia. This pic was taken while i was still at school. I am still wearing the same sneakers today....Rory Gallagher offered to swap them for his famous Stratocaster, but surgeons were unable to remove the sneakers from my feet. The black 'amp head' on the left speaker cabinet housed a WEM Dominator amp. During this period, i was known as Fluffy Filtrum.
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    Hi there all,
    long time no post.
    I'd like to ask about your ideas on dissimilar coils in a humbucking pickup ,or do you think the coils should be matched?
    Thanks

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    Cool Well!
    Man the last pic is funny especcialy the big goofy smile LOL!

    What are you listening to these days?

    What is your Fave modern amp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xergey Zenandzen View Post
    Hi there all,
    long time no post.
    I'd like to ask about your ideas on dissimilar coils in a humbucking pickup ,or do you think the coils should be matched?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by daemon barbeque View Post
    Cool Well!
    Man the last pic is funny especcialy the big goofy smile LOL!

    What are you listening to these days?

    What is your Fave modern amp?


    It's funny, stuff i listen to nowdays is mostly not guitar music. I guess after 35 years or more of being in the guitar world, it's been good to hear other music. So...in recent times, the newer music i've been into has been Bjork, Sigur Ros, Mum and Emiliana Torrini, all Icelandic acts. Not only do i listen to these acts but i've seen them all live down here within the last 12 months, which has been a real thrill for me. Bjork out the front of the Sydney Opera House was absolutely stunning, memories for life.

    At the same time though I still listen to my old favourites, who still mean as much to me now as they did in their day....Free, Hendrix, Cream/ Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Midnight Oil, The Divinyls ( 2 great Aussie bands), Ry Cooder, Johnny Winter, Deep Purple, Zeppelin, Duster Bennett, and the incredible Captain Beefheart. Also J S Bach, bits of Paganini and Stravinski, Sun-Sessions Elvis,....

    Sometimes i feel a bit strange that i'm not very up-to-speed with new bands, but there's so much guitar music now and some of it is great, but i actually like being more away from that nowdays so that when i play, it feels fresher and i feel more enthusiastic about it. I don't hear many great vocalists in newer bands now, so that probably plays into it too.

    I'm 52. Ageing is an interesting process. You see and hear a lot through life. Some is good to revisit, some things you never want to know again. You start to see things re-cycle....fashions, trends, music etc. Some things are generational, you grow through them. Other things stay strong all along the journey. The mind can start to harden like concrete. I accept that i won't hear or like much of the music happening right now, but i think that's natural but what is important is to stay aware of what the young guys are doing with music and sound.

    One of my favourite sounds is.....silence. It's actually hard to find, and it makes me very careful about what sounds i let in to break the silence.


    Re. Amps.....I don't pay too much attention to amps now, but I liked Matchless and I'm sure BadCat are great. I never liked Mesa Boogies much but the Blue Angel that Bungalow Bill has been posting about sounds like it's a nice amp. I really don't like high-gain amps or any amp with a master volume, so i'm a difficult one to please i guess, hehehe. I'm a dinosaur, but i'm a firm believer that all good tones stem from good clean sounds, master volume controls detract from good sound and amps should have simple signal paths with the minimum number of solder joints. I guess that means that if i had to buy a new amp now, I'd be looking at the small boutique manufacturers. Maybe Komet , i like what i've read about them. If the current Vox AC30's are any good, i'd vote for them, I had a couple of AC30's, probably my favourite sounding amp of all time.
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    Two years after that last pic, i was evolving into 'Furry Philtrum' and had obtained a driver's licence. I hadn't eaten crayons for a few years and i was almost fully house-trained. I still had a penchant for entering my parent's house by climbing in the window, and one of several stray dogs that my parent's had adopted was called Kossoff. Life was simple, it was good. I was working as a telegram boy, i would get up at 3 a.m. and shut myself in the garage for 4 hours to practice, then go to work. I would go to bed at 7 p.m. Basically i avioded everything, i just went to work and practiced, I had a great teacher, a jazz player who taught me great theory. Soon Furry Philtrum would decide that traditional 'work' was taking up too much time, and retire.
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    What model bike is that?
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    Dig the Hamer, sold one in the States not too long ago which looked similar, and had a similar pup set up, except mine was a 92.

    The GF came from England also, when she was 15 (she's 47 now). Dad moved the family after retiring from the RN. She said it was awful the first few yrs, and finally found her feet when she went off to Uni.

    Myself, just got off the phone w/the Immigration folks. They are very helpful, but it is stilll stressful. Visa stuff. It's an education!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    What model bike is that?

    Wow, that's a difficult one....the bike wasn't mine. My car was just out of the shot when that pic was taken....4 of us were out in the country on some adventure...I was driving my car with a mate travelling with me, and 2 other mates were riding their bikes.

    I am dragging my mind back 35 years. I can see the numbers '50' between my legs in the pic, so i am pretty sure the bike is a 250 c.c.

    I seem to remember one of the 2 guys on the bikes had a 250 Kawasaki, so i reckon that's what it is. A Kawasaki.

    Do i win a prize if i've got that right?
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