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    RIP Dick Dale King Of Surf Guitar Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'" earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81. His former bassist Sam Bolle says Dick Dale passed away Saturday night. No other details were available. Dale liked to say it was he and not the Beach Boys who invented surf music — and some critics have said he was right. An avid surfer, Dale started building a devoted Los Angeles fan base in the late 1950s with repeated appearances at Newport Beach's old Rendezvous Ballroom. He played "Miserlou," ''The Wedge," ''Night Rider" and other compositions at wall-rattling volume on a custom-made Fender Stratocaster guitar. "Miserlou," which would become his signature song, had been adapted from a Middle Eastern folk tune Dale heard as a child and later transformed into a thundering surf-rock instrumental. His fingering style was so frenetic that he shredded guitar picks during songs, a technique that forced him to stash spares on his guitar's body. "Better shred than dead," he liked to joke, an expression that eventually became the title of a 1997 anthology released by Rhino Records. Dale said he developed his musical style when he sought to merge the sounds of the crashing ocean waves he heard while surfing with melodies inspired by the rockabilly music he loved. He pounded rather than plucked the strings of his guitar in a style he said he borrowed from an early musical hero, the great jazz drummer Gene Krupa. "Dale pioneered a musical genre that Beach Boy Brian Wilson and others would later bring to fruition," Rolling Stone magazine said in its "Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll" adding "Let's Go Trippin'" was released in 1961, two months ahead of the Beach Boys' first hit, "Surfin.'" The magazine called Dale's song "the harbinger of the '60s surf music craze." Although popular around Southern California, Dale might have remained just a cult figure if surfing had not exploded in worldwide popularity during his peak creative years. When the first of a series of "Beach Party" movies made to cash in on the phenomenon was released in 1963, it included Dick Dale and the Del-Tones performing "Secret Surfing Spot" as teen heartthrob Annette Funicello danced on the beach. Dale had released his first album, "Surfer's Choice," a year earlier. He followed it with four more over the next two years while appearing in several "Beach Party" sequels and other surfer movies. Other popular Dale songs included "Jungle Fever," ''Shake-N-Stomp" and "Swingin' and Surfin'." His star dimmed after the Beatles led music's British invasion onto the pop charts in 1964 and his record label dropped him. His career also was sidelined by a battle with cancer in the 1960s and a serious foot infection in the 1970s that was the result of a surfing injury. His musical influence was profound and included guitar virtuosos Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and movie director Quentin Tarantino, who selected Dale's "Miserlou," as the theme song of his 1994 film "Pulp Fiction." That helped pull the guitarist back into the pop-culture spotlight. Dale himself had begun to launch a comeback with the 1987 film "Back to the Beach," which reunited Funicello and her co-star Frankie Avalon as a middle-aged couple returning to their old surfing haunts. He teamed up with Vaughan to record the classic surf instrumental "Pipeline" for that film, earning the pair a Grammy nomination. In 1993 he released "Tribal Thunder," his first album of all new material in nearly 30 years. He followed it with "Unknown Territory" the following year. Dale continued to tour into his 80s, in part he said to pay the medical bills that advancing age was saddling him with. Having beaten cancer in the 1960s, he suffered a serious recurrence in 2015. Born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston on May 4, 1937, Dale moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1954, where he immediately fell in love with surfing and the electric guitar. As a child, he listened to Lebanese and Polish folk tunes played by his parents. Eventually he graduated to big band, swing, country and rockabilly. Self-taught on guitar, the left-handed Dale couldn't afford a custom-made model, so early on he played a standard right-hand guitar upside down and backward. That ended after a meeting with legendary guitar builder Leo Fender, who offered to make Dale his own left-handed model if he'd test a line of guitars and amplifiers Fender was developing. "I became Leo's personal guinea pig," Dale told The Associated Press in 1997. "Anything that came out of the Fender company, I played." He played so loudly that he blew up one amplifier after another until a frustrated Fender built him a "Dick Dale Dual Showman" doubled-sized amp. It was a model that would become popular with aspiring Los Angeles guitarists. As he began to become well known, he began calling himself Dick Dale, explaining years later that a radio disc jockey had suggested it was a better name for a rock star than Richard Monsour. His surfer buddies had already nicknamed him King of the Surf Guitar, a title he said he initially resisted, fearing it would limit his audience. When the spirit of surfing caught on everywhere, however, he came to embrace the crown. Dale is survived by his wife, Lana, and a son, James, a drummer who sometimes toured with his father.
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    My first purchase of any real stereo gear...VOTTs. Bought them in '72 even before I had an amp, receiver or anything...Hot Stuff!!!
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    +1 on Buffalo Trace. In a world of overpriced bourbons, I think Buffalo Trace is a great bang for your buck.
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    Next month we have a new pair of Crimson 350 mono blocks going to the Axpona Audio Show in Chicago. This pair is the same color as the Crimson 275s. Once or twice per year we have a demo pair like these. They will have 3 days of run time during the show. They will ship out on April 16th 2019 after the show. The retail price is $9500. This pair includes the full new warranty of 15 years on tubes and amps. $7200 save $2300. You can reserve these with a small deposit. Crimson 350s in the darker color shown in the 275 picture. Can be seen and heard at Axpona in the Bob Carver - Jim Clark Stereo room 1215. Call Jim - 815 323 0898
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    My first stereo was a hand me down solid state console from around 1970 that my grandparents had bought. It made it's way into my bedroom when I was maybe 10 or 11. I remember their best friends bought me a pair of Koss HV1A's for Christmas that year. (I was a jammer already) Next was a Zenith Allegro all in one unit that was quite fancy for its time. I think my grandparents bought that one for me but can't recall. Now the first stereo I bought for myself was a Technics SU-8055 integrated amp, Realistic Lab-420 turntable, and a pair of Sansui SU-57 speakers. Nothing too crazy. This was maybe 1980-ish? Found a picture of the Zenith. It was pretty cool for it's time. Right at the end of the era of silver faced equipment.
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    Sad news indeed. Sorry to see this. Thanks for all the notes Dick............
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    A Voice Of Music stereo was my birthday present in 1963: and what introduced me to Bob Dylan! it's been OCD /OCCD since then...
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    Dynaco Pat4 pre amp and a Dynaco 400st kit. And home built speakers, and a Dual 1229Q turntable.
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    My first stereo system that I had in my bedroom was the following: A Kenwood 60BU Receiver: With a Garrard SP25 TT: And a Tapesonic 70-T Reel to Reel tape recorder exactly like the one pictured below: And this was all played through some awesome Trio/Kenwood SC400 speakers similar to these below: My SC400's were an Oak color, unlike the one's above, almost exactly the same color as the floor they are sitting on. All of these goodies were installed into a custom designed cherry entertainment center where the speakers sat on the ends. I really enjoyed this 1960's vintage stereo equipment bigtime. Mom had Dad install it into my bedroom since I listened to it so much while he was away in Vietnam, I was elated when he told me he wanted to put it in my bedroom. When he returned home from Vietnam, in 73, he brought home a complete state of the art Panasonic-Technics Separates system and speakers with a much nicer rack for it all. But boy did I enjoy rocking out to Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Aerosmith and all of the late 60's to early 70's bands on this system! I had a crap ton of reels full of tapes Dad made too. Mostly Everly Brothers, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Bing Crosby, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. I sat right there with Dad, in the early to mid 60's, when he made all those tapes and when I played them back it reminded me of him and kept him with me and my Mom those 3 years he was away from us in Vietnam. I also collected a bunch of 8-Track tapes through a Columbia House mail order deal my Mom & Dad were into. I got to pick out a bunch of tapes from it too. I think I had it pretty good... Turbo
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    Got one of these in 1973... with my first DSOTM. I still own one, rather two, one in blue and one in white. Sound is awful, but the memories are great!
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    I made a mistake with the previous screen grab; you need to pitch transpose A4 to A4 and 440Hz to 430.54 (i took a screen grab of the wrong settings) Has anyone tried this? I did, with the same two tracks I used for the MP3 challenge a few years back (only two people were able to distinguish the original from the best MP3 btw, one of whom was BillD) Silver Springs: a good example of a modern recording, with average amounts of dynamic compression, busy intervals and quiet intervals. I also have the dvd, but must have missed the part where Stevie put on a glowing headband (a la Mark Knopfler), because the halo of air around her lips was incredible! Brown Rice: a good example of a well recorded jazz ensemble with little to no dynamics compression. You can not only tell when Nevitt changes from Jildjian to Paiste, but the now audible lag (from Greenburg being sick at the time and recorded his parts at a separate location) is entirely frustrating; it's like the band is there in front of me, but Chuck is on the phone in another city YMMV
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    The Ramones Teenage Lobotomy
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    Talking Heads Wild Wild Life (HQ)
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    Yes! He's packaged it up and is having it shipped tomorrow! Now fingers crossed it doesn't arrive in pieces! Can't wait to set it up! I have a little Carver jar in my safe that I throw a few $$ in from gig proceeds whenever I play (the wife actually lets me keep 10% of the money I make LOL). Was saving up to buy a minidsp 4x10 but couldn't pass up the M-500t which I hear is one of the best sounding Carver amps! Empty Jar but big smile! This will be me soon! Audiophile-worthy stack and speakers? Check! https://www.wired.com/2014/11/ferris-bueller-movie-gadgets/
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    Crown and 7 tall glass, with a double shot of Crown to chase it. ray
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    From the album: PDRs System

    Slate plinth and mock up with TT
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