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  1. Ian McP

    Monday nights at the Newmarket

    Newmarket Hotel's promoter had to change the name from Hummingbird to Fyrefly, ridiculous..... really! https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/bird-s-just-a-word-but-if-you-own-a-jazz-bar-it-can-land-you-in-strife-20180517-p4zfxo.html < A legal stoush between two Melbourne jazz clubs and their connections with a fabled New York night spot could kill two birds with one stone. Melbourne club Bird's Basement last week sent a threatening legal letter to St Kilda's Newmarket Hotel, which had recently launched a live music space called The Hummingbird. A lawyer for Bird's Basement, which energetically promotes itself as a sister club of New York's world-renowned jazz club Birdland, ordered the new venue to stop using the name The Hummingbird or any name containing the word ‘‘bird’’. ‘‘Bird’s Basement is a sister venue of Manhattan’s Birdland,’’ according to the letter, seen by Fairfax Media, which also states that since opening in 2016, Bird’s Basement has ‘‘heavily promoted its connection to Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and New York’s Birdland’’. Parker, who died in 1955, was a saxophonist and regular headliner at the original New York City Birdland, which opened on Broadway in1949. The club closed in 1965 but was reborn on the Upper West Side in 1986. It relocated to Midtown in the mid ‘90s, where it still operates as a thriving jazz venue. Along with Parker, the original Birdland hosted jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Bird's Basement's legal letter threatened to pursue the profits of the new club if the name was not changed by May 9 and any advertising under The Hummingbird name cancelled. The letter from Bird’s Basement legal representative states it is the only jazz venue in Australia that can claim an association with Birdland in New York and which can claim rights to use the word ‘‘bird’’ in Australia ‘‘in relation to the operation of a venue for the performance of jazz music’’ and for related entertainment. Suitably spooked, Hummingbird co-owner Heather Para immediately changed her venue's name to The Fyrefly. ‘‘Creating this venue is a labour of love ... and we won’t be thrown off course,’’ Ms Para said, just days after The Hummingbird was launched with Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, in attendance. ‘‘We are not in fact a jazz venue, but rather an entertainment venue of varied genres. ‘‘We don’t wish to be distracted ... so we are making the changes immediately and humbly apologise to anyone who may have been confused by our name.’’ So that's one bird down. But the brouhaha has also left the legal aggressor exposed. Melbourne property developer and jazz enthusiast Albert Dadon opened Bird’s Basement and recently bought the name and assets of defunct Sydney venue The Basement, which closed in April. He told Fairfax Media last month he’s searching for locations in Sydney to re-open, but doubts it would be at The Basement’s previous Macquarie Place premises. A spokesman for New York's Birdland told Fairfax Media this week that in order to ‘‘set the record straight’’ the famous Manhatan jazz hot spot ‘‘is not affiliated with any other venue’’ in New York or Australia. A response was sought from Mr Dadon – but he was unavailable to comment. His representatives referred Fairfax Media back to the legal letter, empasising the lines: "Bird's Basement has a strategic partnership with Birdland and it has registered the name Birdland Jazz Club back in 2015" and that use of the name The Hummingbird is ''likely to mislead or deceive'' consumers. As to the question of whether two birds will be killed with one stone, only time will tell. > regards Ian
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    Currently Spinning

    Ghost Writer: Garland Jeffries, a classic album!
  3. Ian McP

    Compression Drivers

    Great Hornytoads! Azura philes! https://www.google.com/search?q=azurahorn+ah340&amp;client=firefox-b&amp;source=lnms&amp;tbm=isch&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjCmpXem5jbAhXIXbwKHW9VASUQ_AUICygC&amp;biw=1440&amp;bih=721
  4. a good read! Tonearm Geometry and Setup by Martin D Kessler and B V Pisha, Audio Jan 1980 https://pearl-hifi.com/06_Lit_Archive/07_Misc_Downloads/Tonearm_Setup_Audio.pdf
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    Compression Drivers

    www.azurahorn.com < Azurahorn, based in Perth, Western Australia, offers a range of Le Cleac’h horns, made to order in fibreglass, adaptable to a variety of cone or compression drivers. Horns presently available are based on three flare rates: 160Hz, 204Hz and 340Hz. Throat sizes from 1” to 8” or larger can be made. The Le Cleac’h expansion creates natural sounding music, with deep involving sound stage. This is the commonly reported finding by users across the horn range, and across different driver types. Bass horns and ‘push-pull’ horns (front/rear loaded) are also available – plywood bass horn sections can be homebuilt to plans provided. I would like to thank Jean-Michel Le Cleac’h for his beautiful curve, given freely to all. Also the people that gave me encouragement, orders and commissions. You know who you are. I am grateful for your support. Martin Seddon. 30th Sept 2006 Perth, Western Australia. > Martin can tell you all you need to know, BTW compression drivers sound fabulous on his horns!
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    Grace GS-10 Step Up Transformer

  7. Ian McP

    The Song Game Mk III

    late again..... well..... git yo groove on
  8. Ian McP

    The Song Game Mk III

    yep, it's the usual loooooooonnnng track from the Necks! https://www.spin.com/2013/10/the-necks-ambient-jazz-triumph-open-northern-spy/
  9. free! https://www.vinylengine.com/cartridge-alignment-protractors.shtml scales? as in setting tracking weight? Cheap jeweller's digital scales on ebay
  10. Ian McP

    The Song Game Mk III

    some tasty afrobeat from Fela!
  11. Ian McP

    The Song Game Mk III

    great album The Red and The Black: Jerry Harrison https://www.discogs.com/Jerry-Harrison-The-Red-And-The-Black/master/105659 :