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stratman323
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, pics. I didn't take as many as I thought I had this year, but let's start off with the obligatory group pic.



Left to right- back:
adidos - Tony
AlanN
DaveWW
Rich from Richtone
JohnA
bluejeannot - Gabe (aka Mr. Fandango )

Left to right- front:
stratman323 - Mike
Diodibuh - Srecko
mirrorboy - Tom
Andre's wife
Ez_rider - Andre

If I have any names wrong, please let me know & I'll correct this post.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AlanN wrote:
Awesome, happy NGD!

I'll be looking to pick up a transatlantic this side of xmas too I think...!


Yes, that little thing rocked!! I didn't even realise it was a two channel amp prior to Saturday, and it was so loud for a 2xEL84 amp
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up buying a Blues Junior last week... Let me know when you inevitably sell the DRRI again...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few guitar pics. The auto exposure on my camera doesn't seem well suited to guitars & they are all a bit over-exposed, which is a shame. But it was too cold outside to spend ages messing around with it!



L to R -
2007 Tokai LS85S GT (non-UK headstock)
Bacchus BLS95 P90 GT - late '90s?
new Tokai LS160S GT - available for purchase from Richtone.



This pic is for jacco
1984 (?) Tokai Goldstar ST60 natural
1982 Tokai Springy ST55 natural



early 80s (?) Tokai Breezy TE120 (Fender decal) - modified!
Bacchus Vintage Series Tele BTE 67 BG - late '90s?

It's hardly worth posting this next one due to overexposure, but it does show the difference between the usual Tokai rosewood cap board & the slab board that (for some reason I can't work out) Tokai fitted to the Goldie ST80s.



Goldie ST80
Goldie ST50


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exposure's not that awful. Thanks for showing me some of the goodies I missed. I didn't realise I wanted a gold top until now
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sound clips from the last convention proved to be popular, so we repeated it this year. There were only a handful of guitars there that didn't get a workout on video. Tom filmed them all, & will no doubt load them onto YouTube when he's sorted them out - there are quite a few! New member Andre volunteered to play them all for us, & he played for around a minute on each guitar, trying to demonstrate each pickup setting in turn. He played similar stuff (very nice too ) each time, so hopefully the videos will be a useful demonstration of how similar guitars with different pickups actually sound.

Tom's Silverface Fender Pro Reverb (is this for sale Tom?) was used for all the tests (except for the 335 types), & I believe that Andre kept the amp settings the same each time.





For some reasons, none of the Strats or Teles needed to be tuned, but all of the Les Pauls did! Here's John supervising the tuning.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Final batch of pics from me:



Gabe & Alan discuss various Gibson-y type things.



Rich from Richtone and the gear he brought with him, including the amp which has already been discussed. It was good to meet Rich, but he does seem rather young for a Wishbone Ash fan, doesn't he?



All 4 guitars & the amp are available for purchase from Richtone.



Alan & Dave cause Rich to wonder what sort of bunch of lunatics he's spending his Saturday afternoon with!



Foreground - a selection of mine & John's guitars, + Gabe's pint.
Behind them, on left, Alan's mate Adrian chatting to small boy belonging to the venue. On the right, Tony & Dave chat (facing us), while Gabe & Alan chat behind them.

That's your lot from me folks.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AlanN wrote:
Bob from Tokai Europe thinks he should be able to attend. Huzzah!


So what happened to Tokai UK? That's two in a row they've missed, & they're only in Sheffield! This year we had people travelling all the way from Norwich, London & Slovenia!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure Mike - I've mailed him a question about a fakai so he might mention it in his reply.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't take many pictures either....just a few duplicates of Mikes plus these assorted indoor pic's.







Johns very nice sounding & looking home built 18 watter.



plus a slightly better pic of Rich's Tokais, much coveted Mesa Boogie Transatlantic & Johns pedalboard.

Guitars from left LS370, LS370, LS145S, LS150

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all, it really was a great day. Many thanks to Andre/EZRider for demoing most of the guitars. I've got the first video up on youtube just to try a different upload format. I'm way out of my depth with all the different codecs, mpegs and formats and it's taking nearly 20 mins to upload. I'll have the other Teles, Lesters and Strats posted by the end of the week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrKrjCzDRn0
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to see the faces and guitars 'old' and new! Sorry I wasn't able to make it.

Roll on next year!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a better version of Dave's Tele
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtKBNxlabHs

and here's Mike's Breezy TE120
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8uv3cnodpc

should have more up tomorrow folks
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

P90 videos are up. Links below or search for airesound
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86CUqSIKafo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey0gGTOuYbA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvZ2ZQQ3HyI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg4DH2QIq3g
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finally back in Slovenia
thanks all guys for great time, specially John who pickups up at the airport and was our cab driver to hotel. I really spent great time in UK and if there will be no Tokai convention I wouldn't be there. So thanks again
BTW - Leeds is great city, definitelly worth of spending couple of days there.
I was most impressed with Mesa Transatlantic and LS370, man, I really need to put this on my Christmas wishlist Santa, can you hear me?
I also liked A LOT Alan's 339, fantastic guitar. Gibson still knows how to make a good piece. John's LS sounds great and I forgot to try Navigator... Definitelly too many guitars
I took couple of pictures but nothing really special, you guys allready shows everything.
BTW - Leeds at night after Tokai show was really great, I didn't drink as much beer in a year! Thanks againg guys for great show and great company.
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