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Beard Squareneck Vintage R

Beard Squareneck Vintage R

Yesterday I was in my favorite guitar shop, Saitensprung in Schaffhausen, because I might have some neck problems with my Goldtone (a Beard license production) and I wanted to check it out with my dealer. I’m not there often, because of the distance.

Beard Squareneck Vintage R

So there I was, and some squarenecks were too (this is always bad!). A National (with no bass), a Beard Mike Auldridge Signature (nice, sadly all in black and expensive), an other expensive Beard, the Beard Vintage R (very warm tone, a bit less expensive), two cheaper Goldtones.

Look at this beautiful Beard Squareneck Vintage R. And I think you guess it – I left my old one for repair, left some more € 1’900.– and went home with some kilos of nice glued woods and chromed metal packed in a case.

After two years playing kind of a low cost instrument I’m very happy to have a good middle class squareneck now. Generally I’m not very vintage oriented, in the sense of „it must be good and worthy because it’s named vintage“. But as for this Beard and for the D42 with its vintage-style bracings: It’s the sound that really convinced me.

The downside from all this squarenecking is, my D42 was lurking around in its case the last two years – blame me, I know! It’s a shame! But time literally slides through my hands…

Hmm, now that I think of it: If you got me € 4’800.–, you can have it. Surely it will be happy to be released from its case and played again. Be the knight in shiny armor! (Imagine a fanfare here…)

Zoom H2 – a real handy recorder

Zoom H2 – a real handy recorder

Zoom H2

Hell, what a blogger I am, posting in three month – nothing. But this I feel like sharing with you: 7 weeks ago I got me this nice little gadget. And I don’t regret it. Even if you have a Videocam in your rehearsal room, this is a must have!

You’ll get four built-in micros to record wave and mp3 on a SD-Card. You can have an angle of 90°, 120° or 360° (!). Afterwards you download the files via USB to your Computer. You can even record the four mics to two stereo files and process it with additional software (not included) to Dolby 5.1.

On the other hand, it is for purists. There is no multitrack recording nor any effects besides splitting of files. Just record what you hear. There is a chromatic tuner and a metronome built in.

Listen what it sounds like. It was just on a chair between us while playing, the mp3-file is 160 bps (I know, but I have to watch my webspace…):

 

Best you check out its official page on the Zoom-site for all its features:
http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h2/index.php

Here you get a neat 3d-view!

There are many excellent reviews in the net, just google. For my part, it’s worth the € 170.– and the 6 weeks of delivery time (it was out of stock short after release, oh no). Maybe it’s more expensive now, the list price was said to be about € 230.–. But believe me: If you work with Minidisc, Tape or nothing at all and don’t have a PC-Operator and a Laptop in your rehearsal room – you’ll never want to go back! Definitely six out of five stars…

Habib Koité

Habib Koité

Habib Koité - AfrikiToday I was at a gig from Habib Koité. I don’t know what exactly to write her, I’m still swept away! If you don’t know Habib, I encourage you to listen to his new album on amazon (click on Fimani and buy it at a dealer near you). He plays unspectacular, but very beautiful music full of magic and depth. I bought his new Album on the spot! Although this studio work lacks some of this magic, it’s an excellent piece of work he published after a six years break.

Vital Mamahadou Koné on Talking Drum is just amazing, it’s such a pleasure to watch him. He’s got them some women dancing on stage out of the audience while he played solos. Most musically gifted is Kétigul Diabaté, who plays Balafon and Violin. He did the best solos. Souleyman Ann on Drums plays an incredible volume: I didn’t know it’s possible to play Drums so gently. Confused

The mood was pleasing too. The Bamadas aren’t a party band. If you look for a place to wear your ear muffs or to do two hours of power dancing, you’re definitely wrong. But if you’d like to get your soul touched, then go for Habib Koité and the Bamadas!

Baul Melody

Baul Melody

Take a listen from this mp3-file (Baul Melody in 8 beats, 8/4):

To not stop playback surf in another tab/window!

Though it’s Indian Light Classical, it’s a master piece. This indian folk melody from the bengali Baul tradition is sweetly interpreted by Nikhil Banerjee (sitar) and Anindio Chatterjee (tabla) and I listened to it a minimum of 125 thousand times. Both are masters on their instruments and I especially suggest to listen to the little enrichments Nikhil gives to each note and the flow of the melody. He is just amazing!

Nikhil Banerjee - Lyrical SitarIf you never heard Indian Classical Music, this may open a new world for you. Indian Music is basically modal and based on one scale. Here is the seventh, the minor seventh and even the minor second in the scale at one point – so your listening habit may get stressed a bit. But belive me: You will love this! This is sugar.

If you like some more information about Classical Indian Music, you may start on Wikipedia.

 

Here’s another version in 6 beats, 6/8:

 

(Updated Sept. 2013)