MK undoubtly plays the familiar boogie style rhythm parts on Solid Rock, Expresso Love, Skateaway etc, I suspect Sid McGinnis played say the acoustic rhythm in Romeo and Juliet, really just backing whereas Knopfler's rhythm parts are more often distinctive on a strat in that era.
Great to hear that the reissued vinyls sound so good. Something I've always thought, but never knew for sure whether it was just my ears, is that the CD of Brothers seems to be mastered at a lower volume than it seems like it should be, in relation to other albums...thoughts please?
Also with regards to Making Movies, I only found out in recent years that Mark played rhythm guitar in the studio, as David Knopfler had left the band just before recording was due to start. Thats why tracks like Tunnel of Love and Expresso Love have such awesome rhythm sections. IMHO
Sid McGinnis also played rhythm parts on Making Movies. He was a session player in New York at the time. Sid was in the David Letterman Late Show band when Knopfler performed Expresso Love on that show in 1985.
Hi Kingway and welcome.
Speaker wise the Rogers' sound like keepers but perhaps you could look in to new crossovers with new better components? Always a nice way to refurb old speakers.
If you're sticking with an integrated amp approach I would put most of budget in to that. DAC's are improving and radically dropping in price year on year. A grand or less will get you 90% performance of anything above it, DSD perhaps aside but even under 1G you can taste DSD.
IMO your better off backing up your CD's and getting into computer playback, with a USB converter and DAC or a DAC with good USB conversion. Depending how much vinyl you have, digitising that would be worthwhile too if it's in good nick.
Good luck and you'll no doubt get ample advice on SNA whichever direction you take.
PS Paul Spencer is an SNA member who designs, builds and refurbs speakers/crossovers, he could possibly give you some advice on returning those Rogers speakers. The crossovers he made for my Vifas are brilliant.
Valvelover, as someone who in the past twelve months got back into regularly playing guitar i can tell you it's awfully rewarding.
Something obviously draws you to the instrument, so why not stick at it? YouTube and online tabs are fantastic, but one on one tutoring is invaluable, particularly when you're getting some chords under your belt. So why not keep on playing, find someone to sit with once a week to analyse your progress and you'll find in time you'll be playing songs you know and coming up with ideas of your own.
I am afraid that if you forego the right to vote then you must meekly accept whatever your political masters deign to serve up.
This is the most common retort to someone saying they don't vote, yet have legitimate complaints to make against the country's politicians. Forcing me to choose the least worst choice is not good enough. I've only been able to vote since October 1995, but this current period of federal politics is the most appalling display by our 'elected' representatives.
I am all for voluntary voting, because as has been mentioned earlier in this thread, having to actually produce policies and earn votes from those who will choose to vote, convincing those otherwise disgusted that their party has real answers and actual leadership, is the kind of direction I would want to have in my country.
I've traditionally voted Labor. I simply could not today, yet I would rather be forced to listen to One Direction via 128k MP3 on a 90's Bose system till the end of my days, than consciously vote for the swine that is Tony Abbot.
So why am I forced to make a choice? Well I'm not, I just have to have my named crossed off a list on polling day. But I'd much rather vote for a party and a leader that will perform the task of their namesake. Lead.
HFR sucks arse. I wanted to leave within the first two minutes. Wished I'd realised beforehand I was up for 3 hours of torture. Really, it's so off putting. Would be brilliant for watching cricket, tennis, swimming, documentaries etc but not feature films. It totally takes away the escapism of a film, that look that we so closely attach to another world that should take us away for a while. HFR really does make you feel like you're behind the scenes. Really.
I found it hard to get past Martin Freeman. He's a lovely guy, but he brings too much Martin Freeman to every role. Elijah separated himself from Frodo enough. The other cast members of The Hobbit were ok, the 3D is distracting at times, Gandalf looks older while Galadriel and Elrond appear younger. Hard to make old McKellan younger though I guess. Gollum looked amazing I have to say, but I'm not rushing back to see it and if I do it will be in 2D.
I believe the third film will deal with the 70 year gap between The Hobbit's return to Hobbiton and the beginning of Fellowship of The Ring, a period in which Sauron gathers power and Gandalf learns more about the Ring. It will draw upon the Appendecies of LOTR.
Don't know if they have a long way to go but the best amp I have ever heard is my Arion HS-500 once I put in Duelund coupling capacitors and everyone who has heard it agrees: http://www.arionaudio.com/HS_500.pdf
It easily bested Mac 501's, Naquadria Aeon, NAKSA 100 (sorry Hugh - love ya mate and still think your amp is fantastic but this thing is easily better) and a Trafomatic Experience 2 - and its not even burnt in yet - its supposed to improve considerably with burn in. I have some Earl Weston KT120 monoblocks on order and we will see how that goes when it arrives.
If anyone has any doubts simply bring their contender down my way and we will see.
Hmmmm. "easily bested", "best I've ever heard" and "everyone who has heard it agrees" are becoming very boring and somewhat suspicious Bill...