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"A lot of people think the blues is depressing" she told The Los Angeles Times in 1992, "but that's not the blues I'm singing. When I'm singing blues, I'm singing life. People that can't stand to listen to the blues, they've got to be phonies" - Etta James

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Super Electrical Recordings! / Re: HOW Are You Listening?
« Last post by eric on Yesterday at 11:40:17 AM »
Thanks, Rivers.  My set up is a good one, but a relic of my LP and 78 days.  Do you use music library on your Mac, and if so what import settings do you use?  I don't use video because there is no reliable broadband where we live.
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Down the Dirt Road / Yasmin Williams
« Last post by eric on Yesterday at 09:52:50 AM »
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Jimmie Gordon Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 09:48:11 AM »
Hi Harry,
Thanks for transcribing this song. There's something wrong with the end of the tagline on the next-to-last verse, because what you have can't be right. Unfortunately, I don't have anything to offer yet, but I'll keep listening.
EDITED TO ADD: I'm hearing something that sounds closer to me, something like:

   * Because the way you treat me, mama, GON' TO FIRE you in the FACE I BE

I"m not satisfied with the very end of the line, but I'm pretty sure "gon' to" is correct.
All best,
Johnm
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Super Electrical Recordings! / Re: HOW Are You Listening?
« Last post by Rivers on Yesterday at 08:02:20 AM »
dj: Cool! Bluetooth is one of the technologies that has improved exponentially in that time period in connectivity, reliability and especially audio quality.

Eric: What drove my changes were areas of improvement in the tech available. These include HDMI connectivity (audio as well as visual). I found HDMI practically unusable 10 years ago unless you wanted to spend hours of time troubleshooting it. These days it's mostly plug and play. I stopped using PCs+sound cards and switched to Macs in 2012. I now connect the Mac audio-out via HDMI to a Pioneer 1019 hifi receiver. A Sirius/XM satellite radio boombox plugs in to the receiver from the boombox's headphone-out to an analog-in on the receiver, I just turn the input selector knob to switch. Plenty of free inputs left on the back of the receiver. Plus the onboard FM radio is just another click away.

The receiver, since it's also a power amp, drives the passive speakers, NHT towers, old school monoliths and really nice. I also received a pair of wireless Sony bluetooth noise cancelling headphones for my birthday. They are startlingly good compared to the BT headphones of 10 years ago. The only improvement I'd want to make is upgrading the receiver to one with Bluetooth I/O and 4K video output; the receiver I have is older than this thread, but its HDMI ins & outs have always worked.

I'm still using the same Dell U3011 monitor using DisplayPort at both ends, works fine. Mac is plugged in direct to the monitor. I'd send a photo of my desk but it's even more untidy than it was 10 years ago...
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Super Electrical Recordings! / Re: HOW Are You Listening?
« Last post by eric on Yesterday at 07:40:46 AM »
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My setup is now completely different, simpler, and a lot better quality for straight listening from multiple sources.


Rivers, could you share some details about your setup?
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Super Electrical Recordings! / Re: HOW Are You Listening?
« Last post by dj on Yesterday at 06:31:06 AM »
Yep.  My listening setup has changed a lot, too.  Probably half my listening is done streaming from my phone directly to my hearing aids - sorry, my steam-powered mechanical ears - via bluetooth.  Like most people my age, my hearing is worst at the high end, with another dip in the range of the human speaking voice, so those ranges are emphasized, and there's very little low bass.  Not perfect, but very convenient.  It actually works very well for most country blues.   
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Tips for tips
« Last post by Rivers on January 24, 2021, 06:23:59 PM »
I recall you mentioning you were working on banjo playing a while back. If you're still playing banjo, and it has steel strings on it, try switching to Nylgut strings. I reckon they sound better, and are much kinder on the fingertips doing all those clawhammer slides in sawmill tuning.
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Site Announcements, Tips & Trouble Reports / Re: Tag Index offline?
« Last post by Rivers on January 24, 2021, 01:50:00 PM »
Anytime guys, my pleasure, I learned a lot while substantially rewriting it.

I've also been doing some spring cleaning of the tags, merging duplicates with minor spelling differences, etc
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Super Electrical Recordings! / Re: HOW Are You Listening?
« Last post by Rivers on January 24, 2021, 12:59:10 PM »
Interesting reading through this thread almost exactly 10 years later. It made me realize how much has happened since in the A/V- and computing fields. My setup is now completely different, simpler, and a lot better quality for straight listening from multiple sources.
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Site Announcements, Tips & Trouble Reports / Re: Tag Index offline?
« Last post by Johnm on January 24, 2021, 12:48:58 PM »
Yes, thanks so much, Rivers! Having the site operating in good working order is necessary before anything else worthwhile can happen here. I really appreciate your expertise and taking on that site maintenance!
All best,
Johnm
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