Back in August, I wrote about the non-recall recall that Taurus has on a few models of pistols they sell. These are the PT-111, PT-132, PT-138, PT-140, PT-145 and PT-745 Millennium models (all of these are Millenium models), the PT-609, PT-640, and PT-24/7. I returned my PT-145 in August, received confirmation it was there, and sat back for the 6 to 8 week turnaround. Around the end of October, the 8 weeks were up and I checked online to see the status. They said it had been repaired, but had not been shipped. This was a Sunday night (probably 11/1) so I figured I'd have it soon. After another couple of weeks, I checked the status and it said the same thing, so I used the online chat feature to ask about it.
I was told they're going to replace my PT-145 with a new pistol of my choice, out of a few models they offered me. Of course, this has to go to an FFL and I need to set up a few things, but they offered me a choice between the PT845 or 24/7 45 g2/or 24/7 45 Compact. Since my original was most like the 24/7 Compact, I'll probably get one of these. They're saying "4-6 months" which I'm assuming means I'll get the replacement next August - 9 months from now and a full year from sending the gun away.
Fender called the Mustang 1. What's a modeling amplifier? In the world of guitar players, an amp is not an amp is not an amp by any stretch of imagination. What a modeling amplifier does is model the sound of a number of "classic" amplifiers sought out for their unique tones. In modern music the amplifier is played like another instrument, and the guitarist usually has a pedal board (example) with some number of different effects that can be chosen by switching them in and out. The modeling amplifier allows me to choose 24 different sets of effects, emulating the sound of 24 different classic amplifiers. It also allows me to download more settings from a user community (FUSE) that other users have designed, or post those settings I've come up with.
Cool, right? Not to a very large number of users who say unless it's the exact right vacuum tube-based amplifier with the exact right effects pedals, it's Just Not Good Enough. I mean, seriously, there are guys who agonize over the difference between identical part (industry part numbers) made by different companies, and make demo recordings of them. That's a couple of minutes of a guy comparing operational amplifiers that are sold as identical to each other by their manufacturers. Even worse in my mind (as a soon-to-be-retiring, grizzled, old engineer) is that they're agonizing over parts that I consider jelly bean parts; parts used in non-critical places, where anybody's part would be good enough.
A lot of folks have tried to get to the bottom of the complexity of the tube vs. solid state amplifier clash and a web site I've recently come across called Tone Lizard tries to break down the legend and lore of this sort of stuff. I've only just started wading through it, but I like his approach. In a case like the op amp tests just referred to, he'd try to do objective tests with sensitive instruments to see what the differences really are.
While I am not the most gifted engineer, I still have enough horse sense to figure out that whether my cabinets are made of pine or poplar would have little bearing towards the tone of my amplifier. For some players though, because they read an article in a guitar magazine or on the Internet stating it does affect the tone, it must be true. Therefore, how could any guitar player shell out $$$ for my amplifier, when I refuse to house it in a pine cabinet? My thoughts raced towards a common question or two; ‘Is this true? Why didn’t I know about this?’ So, I’ve decided to investigate these stories for myself. I have discovered that since these guitar players seemed to be neurotic and gullible, it was very easy to spread all sorts of rumors in today’s information age.After emphasizing the point that the "Leo" he's referring to in this piece is not intended to be Leo Fender, he writes:
- Leo was not in business to make amplifiers; he was in business to make money.
- Leo made money by mass-producing ‘affordable’ musical equipment.
- Regardless of what you may hear or read, Leo had to make his chassis with standard sheet metal procedures. No ‘cutting-edge’ technology here, such as using copper, or billeting the chassis from a single piece of aluminum. Leo was an old radio man, and his chassis reflected that.
- Regardless of what you may hear or read, Leo had to make his cabinet with basic woodworking philosophies, and common woods. I haven’t seen nor heard of a tweed Bassman made from Wenge, Parawood, or Eucalyptus.
- Regardless of what you may hear or read, Leo had to use ‘standard’ parts. No manufacturer I spoke with mentioned ‘auditioning’ tube sockets or wire. They bought what they could locally, and in quantities. Leo did not ‘invent’ speakers to use with his amplifiers; he bought common speakers available to him at that time. Importing Celestion speakers was simply out of the question.
- Regardless of what you may hear or read, Leo was just as swayed by advertising as everyone else. If he could read about a new speaker line, and the price looked good, he’d try it. Can you honestly say Leo ‘auditioned’ Oxford speakers, and said…. “Hey! These are way better than those flimsy Jensen speakers we’ve been using; let’s switch right away, Freddie!”? If you answered ‘Yes!’, you need professional help, and this web site cannot offer that kind of salvation.