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    Quote Originally Posted by John A.
    OK, now that we've determined that Jim will be frozen solid and have mushrooms growing out of his face due Halifax hovering between -5 and +5 degrees C and either raining or snowing 365 days per year, except for 30 seconds of slightly of drier and warmer gloom on the summer solstice, perhaps we can also recommend him an amp that will sound terrible, weigh a ton, and maybe explode ...
    Or to celebrate the return to Canada, perhaps a Traynor.
    Lookng for a Canadian amp that will sound terrible, weigh a ton, and maybe explode?
    Definitely not a Traynor. Or a Garnet. A Tagus!

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    There's no winter in Victoria. I'm lucky we bought in several decades ago. What we paid wouldn't buy a decent chicken coupe here these days.

    Jim: thanks for the Swopper. Still on it every day, and since The Bug landed I'm working from home and spending a lot more than guitar time on my ass. All the best to you and yours on the East Side!

    BTW: I think Max's advice is really good for you. He sounds so great, and how much more portable can it get? The 'amp' may be little more than nostalgia.

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    Halifax is on the same altitude as the south of France. We just spent two weeks there because of the weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    Ampless in Canada? Could be worse...

    Anybody know the original location of the phrase "eyeless in Gaza?" Milton's poem "Samson Agonistes" referring to the story of Samson in the Bible.

    You're welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    Right now we're just focused on whether we can make a life for ourselves here in Canada and we'll see if my wife, who spent the first 48 years of her life in California can make it through a Canadian winter in one piece.
    Please tell your wife that I am attempting to cancel winter across Canada for 2020-2021. Ski resorts and all other winter related recreational facilities will be exempt
    (I do have a heart). Small private snow removal companies are being advised to buy more landscaping and lawn care equipment.

    On a serious note (pun is intended), I'm looking forward to hearing about your new amp (whenever you manage to get one).

    Cheers

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky
    I like the tone Hideo Date gets out of his Milkman The Amp 50w and Raezer's Edge 6 cabinet.

    Fwiw, I love my Milkman The Amp 50w. It's exceeded my expectations.

    A Canadian amp that might be of interest to some here is Templo Devices. I've heard really good things about it. Lightweight, rechargeable, portable, affordable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAJackson
    Fwiw, I love my Milkman The Amp 50w. It's exceeded my expectations.

    A Canadian amp that might be of interest to some here is Templo Devices. I've heard really good things about it. Lightweight, rechargeable, portable, affordable.
    I must say that the tone in the video is exquisite. And thanks for the link to Templo. That's really interesting and at the price it has an attraction regardless of what else I do.
    Last edited by Jim Soloway; 08-02-2020 at 12:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccroft
    There's no winter in Victoria. I'm lucky we bought in several decades ago. What we paid wouldn't buy a decent chicken coupe here these days.

    Jim: thanks for the Swopper. Still on it every day, and since The Bug landed I'm working from home and spending a lot more than guitar time on my ass. All the best to you and yours on the East Side!

    BTW: I think Max's advice is really good for you. He sounds so great, and how much more portable can it get? The 'amp' may be little more than nostalgia.
    Glad you're enjoying the Swopper. It served me really well at a time of need.

    I've been researching the modeling scene and it's really interesting. So much has happened since I was using my POD HD. Lots of attractive options at every price point.
    Last edited by Jim Soloway; 08-03-2020 at 05:28 PM.

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    Halifax is near zero altitude. It is near the same latitude as southern France, but latitude is not the only factor influencing weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    Halifax is near zero altitude. It is near the same latitude as southern France, but latitude is not the only factor influencing weather.
    ah, my mistake. I googled for a translation of the Dutch word for it. Latitude!

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    0 degrees lat is the equator isn’t it?

    Halifax is not equatorial. It is sea level so, yes, 0’ altitude. The weather is moderated by the Gulf Stream. It can get windy as the occasional hurricane/tropical storm blows itself out.

    I’m interested in the GT001 and similar, but not too expensive alternatives to amps.

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    I think Joe gives great advice.

    I'm somewhat oldschool and feign pedals and other technogadets where the guitar is concerned, but I decided to give it a go. I wish it would make me play as well as he does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    Here's something you should try. Click on the link below. It will show you all of the homes available in Victoria today that are selling for $325,000 or less. Have a look at the listings and tell me how many of them are houses? How many of them have more than 1 bedroom? How many of them have more than 1 bathroom? How many of them have more than 800 square feet?

    https://www.realtor.ca/map#ZoomLevel...0&Currency=CAD
    Yes, house prices are sky high in Victoria. My wife used to want to end up in Vancouver! You can't find an empty lot for less than a million there!

    So maybe not inside Victoria city limits but somewhere in southern Vancouver island. I've been afraid to look and burst my dream bubble

    OTOH, as much as I love Maritime Canada (last August (note morth!)) we holidayed in Newfoundland, winters are unacceptable to us.

    And before the Okanagan, we lived in Ottawa (and my wife grew up in northern Saskatchewan). We are not leaving BC to live!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bach5G


    I’m interested in the GT001 and similar, but not too expensive alternatives to amps.
    The cheapest alternative: amplitube with an IRig (if going out to an amp), yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    Yes, house prices are sky high in Victoria. My wife used to want to end up in Vancouver! You can't find an empty lot for less than a million there!

    So maybe not inside Victoria city limits but somewhere in southern Vancouver island. I've been afraid to look and burst my dream bubble

    OTOH, as much as I love Maritime Canada (last August (note morth!)) we holidayed in Newfoundland, winters are unacceptable to us.

    And before the Okanagan, we lived in Ottawa (and my wife grew up in northern Saskatchewan). We are not leaving BC to live!
    I don't think anywhere in BC that is worth living is in our budget. We have an offer in on a nice house here right now for $275k. It's a nice house in a good location in a good neighborhood and we could make it fabulous for about another $25k. The market here is very hot so there's no guarantee that we'll get it but it's a good example of what can still be done here. We're just going to have to embrace winter.

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    2 words:

    ”ice storm”

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    Jim, I miss the real winters even south of Finland used to have. Thanks to the climate change, the dark side of the Earth, (i.e. our latitudes in November-January) now deserves the name of Slushia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bach5G
    2 words:

    ”ice storm”
    I grew up in 40 below and had to go to school every day. Ice storm here? Fine. I'm retired. I'll stay home, play guitar and work out in the gym we plan on building in our basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    Yes, house prices are sky high in Victoria. My wife used to want to end up in Vancouver! You can't find an empty lot for less than a million there!

    So maybe not inside Victoria city limits but somewhere in southern Vancouver island. I've been afraid to look and burst my dream bubble

    OTOH, as much as I love Maritime Canada (last August (note morth!)) we holidayed in Newfoundland, winters are unacceptable to us.

    And before the Okanagan, we lived in Ottawa (and my wife grew up in northern Saskatchewan). We are not leaving BC to live!
    But if you're near Kewlona, BC isn't it pretty nice there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    But if you're near Kewlona, BC isn't it pretty nice there?
    My wife wants a change of scenery. We also want to live near a bigger city.

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    Anyone else have experience with iRig and amplitude? I’ve got one and used it twice. I don’t think I can work with it. I’d rather get a microcube, at least there’s a doable Roland JC in there I believe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eck
    Anyone else have experience with iRig and amplitude? I’ve got one and used it twice. I don’t think I can work with it. I’d rather get a microcube, at least there’s a doable Roland JC in there I believe.


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    I have one and tried it for about a month and gave up. Nothing sounded right.
    I have the Boss gt 001 that they are talking about here and it is really nice. Easy to use, and easy to dial up a good sound. The details are there too if you want to fine tune things. Lots of options for output including to amps, frfr speakers or just headphones.
    Good luck with the Cube, I went through that too. My opinion is that it just sounds small, sorry. ymmv as they say.
    Bill

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    Ah! YouTube clips don’t seem to convey that fatal flaw in the microboss. Imho I did well getting the THR10c, although the 10 may have more jazz sounds. It’s multiplied my playing time but it looks most of the dudes here don’t need multiplying of playing time!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eck
    Ah! YouTube clips don’t seem to convey that fatal flaw in the microboss. Imho I did well getting the THR10c, although the 10 may have more jazz sounds. It’s multiplied my playing time but it looks most of the dudes here don’t need multiplying of playing time!


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    yes the Thr amps are great and they get a lot of love around here. I use one with my Boss gt by running stereo into the AUX input which skips the preamp so I just hear the Boss modeler. Very versatile

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    I lived in Halifax for three years while pursing a second degree. Great city and if I didn't have certain commitments here in Vancouver I would have moved back to Halifax a few years ago. The winters are not too bad...the weather tends to change quite rapidly as opposed to setting in for weeks at a time. Nice people, very walkable. It's a good choice. Citadel Hill is lovely in the summer (um, but probably best to avoid at night).

    Jim, if you're checking out gigs, keep an eye out for Gerald Beaton. He's the guy responsible for getting me into jazz. He's an awesome blues player too. And if you can catch Garrett Mason (he moved out of Hali but probably still attends for gigs at Bearley's from time to time), I highly recommend it...a great blues player and singer.

    My Halifax pet peeves are that there is too much drunk driving, so be careful of that, and the airport is a royal pain to get to/from.

    Edit: looks like they still do weekly Monday jazz at the Economy Shoe Shop (an eatery): The Economy Shoe Shop Cafe & Bar | Downtown Halifax ..check it out! the playing level was very high when I was last there in 2016 or so. Not really a jam but I think cats can sit in if they discuss with the band. If you dare...like I said, the level can be very high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    My wife wants a change of scenery. We also want to live near a bigger city.
    What are you a 100 miles from Vancouver? More people is nothing but a headache too. She’d not like being stuck in traffic I guarantee you that.

    We often feel the grass is greener. I drive to Seattle for Chinese food and live jazz. When it was safe to do so. That’s it. I’m living in my small hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    What are you a 100 miles from Vancouver?
    400km. Over mountain passes that I don't drive in the winter.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    More people is nothing but a headache too. She’d not like being stuck in traffic I guarantee you that.

    We often feel the grass is greener. I drive to Seattle for Chinese food and live jazz. When it was safe to do so. That’s it. I’m living in my small hole.
    I hear you. There's a dollop of the-grass-is-always-greener in my thoughts.

    I'm not dissing where I live in the Okanagan, It's a tourist.destination.

    This is my local dog park.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    400km. Over mountain passes that I don't drive in the winter.



    I hear you. There's a dollop of the-grass-is-always-greener in my thoughts.

    I'm not dissing where I live in the Okanagan, It's a tourist.destination.

    This is my local dog park.

    Looks really nice. A dog park with a view. Who’d have imagined that!

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    Now I suspect some of you are really going to think we've gone insane ... We're finding the feeding frenzy in the real estate market here in Halifax to be more trouble than we think it's worth so we're now considering Moncton New Brunswick where the weather is considerably more "Canadian".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    Now I suspect some of you are really going to think we've gone insane ... We're finding the feeding frenzy in the real estate market here in Halifax to be more trouble than we think it's worth so we're now considering Moncton New Brunswick where the weather is considerably more "Canadian".
    In terms of amenities, especially music, you’d be far better off in Montreal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcjazz
    In terms of amenities, especially music, you’d be far better off in Montreal.
    Yeah but it's all about priorities at this point in our lives. Check this out.

    For sale: 71 Gibson, Moncton, New Brunswick E1E2K4 - M130032 | REALTOR.ca

    And realistically, the amenities that mean the most to us at this point are walking trails, affordability, nice housing and a strong twelve step community (preferably in English).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    Yeah but it's all about priorities at this point in our lives. Check this out.

    For sale: 71 Gibson, Moncton, New Brunswick E1E2K4 - M130032 | REALTOR.ca

    And realistically, the amenities that mean the most to us at this point are walking trails, affordability, nice housing and a strong twelve step community (preferably in English).
    I spent a lot of time in NB about 10 years ago, researching a book. At that time, at least, Moncton had less to offer than Fredericton from a quality of life perspective. I think house prices are roughly comparable. I would also consider St John if I was casting the net wider. Good luck in your search!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcjazz
    I spent a lot of time in NB about 10 years ago, researching a book. At that time, at least, Moncton had less to offer than Fredericton from a quality of life perspective. I think house prices are roughly comparable. I would also consider St John if I was casting the net wider. Good luck in your search!
    Thanks. We're hoping to take one more run at a house here tonight. We'll see how that goes.

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    [Ooh, that's a nice house!]

    Happy hunting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy
    [Ooh, that's a nice house!]

    Happy hunting!
    Thanks. It's an absolutely insane seller's market here in Halifax. Just incredibly frustrating. Apparently Moncton's not much better but the prices are a lot lower.
    Last edited by Jim Soloway; 08-05-2020 at 07:30 PM.

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    Getting back to the amp part of the discussion ... ever since Joe suggested going back to the modeling route I've been researching the options and it's remarkable how deep the field has become. There are quality modelers now at every price point from under $200 all the way to over $2000 but I think given my very limited pallet that the Strymon Iridium really appeals to me. And out of left field the Milkman "The Amp", while very expensive is also worth a serious look both as a head and as a combo. I even came into a little extra money this week, so I'm feeling a bit more willing to spend than usual.
    Last edited by Jim Soloway; 08-06-2020 at 07:27 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bach5G
    And 30 minutes to both the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
    Last edited by Jim Soloway; 08-06-2020 at 07:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bach5G
    Stay away! It will screw with yer pickups!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    Yeah but it's all about priorities at this point in our lives. Check this out.

    For sale: 71 Gibson, Moncton, New Brunswick E1E2K4 - M130032 | REALTOR.ca

    And realistically, the amenities that mean the most to us at this point are walking trails, affordability, nice housing and a strong twelve step community (preferably in English).
    That’s very impressive, and huge for $240k!

    How far from the nearest city? Not that one has to be near one, just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    That’s very impressive, and huge for $240k!

    How far from the nearest city? Not that one has to be near one, just curious.
    About 2.5 hours to Halifax. 7.5 hours to Quebec City. And Moncton is about 150,000 so it's not really rural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    About 2.5 hours to Halifax. 7.5 hours to Quebec City. And Moncton is about 150,000 so it's not really rural.
    Doesn’t matter if you can adjust to living outside a city. I really like that house. But you’d have to buy several amps to fill it up!

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    it's got the right address too

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon
    it's got the right address too
    Nice wood too. We made a very generous offer on it this afternoon so we'll know by tomorrow if that's going to be home.

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    who cares about amps, it looks great Jim, best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    Nice wood too. We made a very generous offer on it this afternoon so we'll know by tomorrow if that's going to be home.
    Crossing fingers for you. I’ve heard a few Strymon pedals and they sound a class above the rest. I’d expect the amp to do that too.


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    Wow Jim! A 3br/4ba built in our lifetimes on half an acre? You can get that in Santa Monica, just add another zero to the right of the asking price.

    Plus the added perks like steps to the beach, wild fires, earthquakes, and COVID like the Plague. But there is hockey. I love hockey.

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    Jim, I'm not sure if it would work for you but have you looked at the Spark Amp from Positive Grid? The folks that have reviewed them on YouTube all have really liked them. I ordered one on Saturday but don't yet have a ship date for it. That brings up one of the two issues, that I'm aware of. First, you asked for output to a cab. The Spark is a practice amp and has no output for a cab. The second issue is that of shipping. Early adopters complained of it taking months to receive their amps. As I said, I have no ship date yet but am hopeful I will receive it in a few weeks. We'll see. Meanwhile, here is a link to Darrell Braun's YouTube review.

    Good luck in your search.

    Cary


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    Quote Originally Posted by Copablitz
    Jim, I'm not sure if it would work for you but have you looked at the Spark Amp from Positive Grid? The folks that have reviewed them on YouTube all have really liked them.
    That thing looks fun !

    Play it some chords and it makes up a backing for you !

    Let us know how that works out , will you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Soloway
    Yeah but it's all about priorities at this point in our lives. Check this out.

    For sale: 71 Gibson, Moncton, New Brunswick E1E2K4 - M130032 | REALTOR.ca

    And realistically, the amenities that mean the most to us at this point are walking trails, affordability, nice housing and a strong twelve step community (preferably in English).
    Wait, you're going to live in a 71 Gibson? A guess a Super 400 might work.

    John