Matt Hayden

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  • in reply to: “Essential Business” #4037
    Matt Hayden
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    Working from home means I know when it’s 5 o’clock.  However, it’s been a bit raw and damp, and so the odd tiny dram in a hot toddy to warm up a body is not awful.

    As I work, I’m helping Beth learn to solder – she needs to learn because of the maker space projects she does at work.   It makes for a nice break from normal work.    And today I reorganized my home office so as to have power strips hooked up in a way that will not incinerate us.

    I also had a conference with the cat, who sat on my keyboard and talked (I think) about my performance. He seems to think that our attendance has improved markedly but the volume of snacks and attention is insufficient, and that we need to work on it.  Since he was clearly attempting to give me boss-style instruction, I put on his collar that has a tie on it; this has given him additional agency, to the point where his newfound sartorial splendor entitles him to walk anywhere and lick any plate.

    And it’s only the second week of shelter-in-place.

     

    in reply to: Alternate tunings with the 00 Skye #4036
    Matt Hayden
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    I have a 00-29, same scale length and size as the Skye, and it’s fine a half step down. I use the SCGC lights and they’re fine – they do not get floppy at Eb.    Do the same thing with my OM – it’s pretty common, actually. Stevie Ray Vaughn tuned his strat to Eb for many years.

    Enjoy your Skye – those are amazing instruments.

    /mh

     

    in reply to: Extra tools in the time of social isolation…. #4031
    Matt Hayden
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    The universe apparently has a sense of humor.

    Yesterday’s ride found a bent, backwards, slightly squished 10mm on the side of the road.  Go figure. The universe is telling me to adjust my truss rods.

    I also have no idea how to use this – I’ve never seen a 1/4” to 1/4” female coupler, though they must exist, otherwise this would be useless.

    If this keeps up, I won’t need Christmas this year.

    in reply to: Extra tools in the time of social isolation…. #4028
    Matt Hayden
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    I’m going to play on the front patio when the weather improves.

    Daniel, we can still ride on the creek trail, but with distance.  It’s my saving grace and I stay away from other people.

    i can’t wait for this to be over – missing playing with people fiercely.

     

     

    in reply to: Extra tools in the time of social isolation…. #4017
    Matt Hayden
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    Never heard of Art Bell but I’m digging deep now.

    The universe is out there….

    in reply to: Super(market) Gig! #4007
    Matt Hayden
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    Did some things at new wineries in Healdsburg/Dry Creek.  Gorgeous places, amazing rooms. I’m hoping they weather tho storm; I would like to play them again.

    in reply to: Reliable, small, stereo volume pedal? #4006
    Matt Hayden
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    That might – I will check it out. Thank you! 😀

    in reply to: Inspiration #4005
    Matt Hayden
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    They have many of them. Some are available in no cost PDF and several can be downloaded from academic libraries.

    if you can’t find any, LMK and I’ll send you copies as long as you promise to ship them back when you’re done 🙂

    in reply to: “Essential Business” #4004
    Matt Hayden
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    Completely.  As Kathy Wingert noted on Facebook a couple of days ago it may be time to drink.

    If Beth weren’t asthmatic, I might indulge otherwise as well, but smoke makes her cough….

    Stay well, everyone.

     

    Historical note: O’Carolan, greatest of the Irish harpists, once was feeling low and was told by one doctor he could not drink, and so he took to his bed and prepared for the end.  However, another doctor, Dr. John Safford – of Planxty Safford song fame – gave Carolan a receipt, what we’d now call a prescription, for whisky, which got Carolan out of bed and composing a tune for Safford in no time.  So we all need a blanket receipt for whisky, I think!

    ….Though a dark and stormy is hard to beat in Florida 🙂

    in reply to: “Essential Business” #4000
    Matt Hayden
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    They’re considered so bc of the medical marijuana function.   Dispensaries not under that rubric aren’t considered essential.

    in reply to: Happy Bday Daniel! #3999
    Matt Hayden
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    We should have a long-distance conversation at some point.  It’d be good to see you again….

    Stay in place in CA is weird, but we’re getting by.

    in reply to: Could We ? #3998
    Matt Hayden
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    You’ll be amazed – test the different positions and I’ll bet 3 is the one you like most,  Sounds amazing and packs up small for travel.

    in reply to: Electrics for the acoustic player – #3984
    Matt Hayden
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    > With modern low-wattage, low-power amps you can get tones that 20 years ago were only possible at anti-social volumes.

    This is true. These days I’m using a 1965 Deluxe Reverb for a lot of stuff and using the preamp switching tools and TAD/TAC power tube adapters to use 6AK6 tubes in place of 6V6s (Daniel, these will also work on the Ampeg). It’s about 1 watt but that’s still plenty loud – 102 dB using the JBL D120 and about 101 dB using a C12N speaker.  It’s all the tone in a package that isn’t out-of-control loud at all.

    And it’ll handle an acoustic with a good pickup as well as a telecaster…..

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    in reply to: Woodpile find: Lucky Strike redwood top #3983
    Matt Hayden
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    I was thinking dalbergia melanoxylon but anything hard and ringy would do.

    in reply to: AROMA GRANDE #3982
    Matt Hayden
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    Gorgeous!

     

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