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solder-fiends, I need your help RE: Talk boxes etc.

I hope this isn't too off-topic, but one of my beloved, tres-useful 
musical tools is in trouble, and I hope one of you has the techno-smarts 
to help me fix it:
it's a late-80s Ibanez so-called "Sixties Fuzz," one of the Soundtank 
series...excellent Jefferson Airplane/Fever Tree sound, but cheap hardware.
I had it re-housed in a proper Hammond box and had the cheap, wobbly, very 
strange pots replaced. 
When I got it back, the great sound was intact, but volume-wise, it had 
been neutered. 
It went from being super f***ing loud to BARELY UNITY-GAIN, even with 
everything cranked. 
No circuitry was changed. As for values on the new pots, the tech found 
(after much looking) pots that matched the oddball impedance of the 
originals (87K)...the new box was too samll for a battery, so he 
configured to be external-power-only. He has no idea what could have 
caused the giant drop in output...could it be the deletion of the battery? 
Could it be one of these wacky circuits that needs a battery connected to 
it even when using external power? 
I'm using a 300-milliamp wallwart, so there's plenty of juice...I'm all 
out of ideas, and the guy who's supposed to be an expert has no idea 
I'd be VERY GRATEFUL for any ideas.

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Hamlin <brian.hamlin@blueyonder.co.uk>
Sent: Oct 22, 2004 1:29 AM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: RE: Talk boxes etc.

Pretty sure that would have been the EMS vocoder (2000?) they played
with all over that album. You can also spot the doggy Lord's Prayer and
my favourite, the way the end of the vocal lines in Sheep morph into a
Very creative and not at all obvious use of vocoding.

-----Original Message-----
From: L. Angulo [mailto:labalou2000@yahoo.com] 
Sent: 21 October 2004 20:41
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: Talk boxes etc.

Talking about breathing instruments, is anybody using
talk boxes in their loop shows? i just recently got
one(the s.talker) although i am still having a bit of
problems with feedback.I would like to know how David
Gilmour got those wicked talk box sounds on the
Animals album sounds like a combination of wah wah and
talk box together...

--- Per Boysen <per@boysen.se> wrote:

> Just  a reflection on this instrument: I recently
> bought a Jew's Harp
> and found out that you can also play it while
> "beatboxing" by using 
> your tongue to "spit" or "suck" "air shots" into
> they the harp (while 
> it's vibrating the usual way). I also tried the reed
> player trick to 
> "groaw" the sound by singing and it kind of works
> with a jew's harp 
> (but not in the same way as bamboo reed
> instruments).
> If you have a jew's harp around, try to keep the
> basic rhythm with your
> right hand, striking it on 8th notes, and then add
> syncoped "drum 
> solos" by tongue shots. This is very inspiring for
> looping! Myself I 
> have to practice it a little more before
> incorporating it in my live 
> looping. Just my 2 cents.... ;-)
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> ---
> http://www.looproom.com (international)
> http://www.boysen.se (Swedish site)


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