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  1. Thread: Sibelius

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    To this day, I feel it's a crying shame he burned...

    To this day, I feel it's a crying shame he burned his Symphony No. 8. I, along with the entire nation of Finland would love to have heard it.
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    According to the instructions for the Disc Washer...

    According to the instructions for the Disc Washer I bought in the 80s, when playing a dirty record, the stylus can actually embed the dirt into the grooves. I can kind of see what they were talking...
  3. Lord Sutch carried his antics right into the...

    Lord Sutch carried his antics right into the actual British House of Lords, up until the day he died in '99. He even formed a political party which was more party than political.
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    I'd go with a Taylor. Martins don't play all...

    I'd go with a Taylor. Martins don't play all that well, and Ovations sound plastic to me.
  5. Thread: Sibelius

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    Finlandia is one of those pieces one recognizes...

    Finlandia is one of those pieces one recognizes simply by hearing the opening chord.
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    Picked it up for the first time on vinyl a month...

    Picked it up for the first time on vinyl a month or two ago...enjoyed every minute of it.
  7. Thread: Birders

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    When I was a teenager, a cat adopted us. When...

    When I was a teenager, a cat adopted us. When she kept chasing off the birds and our trees became infested with cicadas, we ended up taking her to the pound. BTW: unlike the eastern part of the...
  8. Thread: Sibelius

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    I enjoy comparing the original 4 movement, and...

    I enjoy comparing the original 4 movement, and revised 3 movement versions of Symphony No. 5.
  9. Thread: Birders

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    Feral love bird in my parents' backyard.... ...

    Feral love bird in my parents' backyard....

    http://www.symphondipity.com/images/lovebird.jpg
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    Steve Nash, one of the best players ever for the...

    Steve Nash, one of the best players ever for the Suns and Mavericks is from Vancouver BC.
  11. Thread: CD Rot

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    I've had many CFLs fail. Just sayin'.

    I've had many CFLs fail. Just sayin'.
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    It's about time someone else won for a change. ...

    It's about time someone else won for a change. Now if only a lesser team can bring down the Patriots.
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    Another problem with vinyl cleaning machines is...

    Another problem with vinyl cleaning machines is if I use one at 11:00pm or midnight, my neighbor who works the early morning shift will be thoroughly pissed.



    I'm currently in the process of...
  14. Thread: CD Rot

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    On a more serious note, Compact Florescent Light...

    On a more serious note, Compact Florescent Light Bulbs were also touted as having a long lifespan. How many of those do we see on the store shelves now? Theoretical lifespans often prove to be...
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    The $40-$50 method I mentioned 2 days ago gets...

    The $40-$50 method I mentioned 2 days ago gets very similar results. Not just that, it transformed my used copy of Kansas s/t from a steady crackle to brand new sounding.
  16. Thread: Whitesnake

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    Whitesnake tunes are now ending up in TV...

    Whitesnake tunes are now ending up in TV commercials. Here I Go Again has been used for a while, but a couple of days ago, I saw one for some kind of drink using Is This Love.
  17. Thread: CD Rot

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    I had a problem with a '95 issue of Genesis Lamb....

    I had a problem with a '95 issue of Genesis Lamb. A few other CDs from the same time frame are known for having the same problem.
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    Vacs only work on loose dirt and lint. Dirt...

    Vacs only work on loose dirt and lint. Dirt stuck to the grooves only responds to liquid cleaning.
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    I came up with a cleaning regimen which works...

    I came up with a cleaning regimen which works astoundingly well. It's a 2 stage process using the Spin-Clean fluid, but not the actual S-C machine. For the second rinse stage, I use distilled water...
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    ^^ All that would be required is a simple...

    ^^ All that would be required is a simple software patch to convert existing players into all region players. Just about any BD player made within the past decade or so can update themselves via the...
  21. Thread: Alcatrazz

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    Just last week, I found a vinyl copy of No Parole...

    Just last week, I found a vinyl copy of No Parole for Rock'n'Roll. To this day, it amazes me how much Graham Bonnet carried on the Rainbow legacy in Alcatrazz, not just stylistically, but...
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    If you ask me, region codes have long outlived...

    If you ask me, region codes have long outlived their usefulness. They made sense when a movie was released in the US, then a few months later in Europe, and a few months after that in Asia. The...
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    If you get a Fire Stick, be sure it's the newest...

    If you get a Fire Stick, be sure it's the newest 4K model. It allows audio pass-through for higher quality sound playback.
  24. Before crashing my car a year ago, I would copy...

    Before crashing my car a year ago, I would copy dozens of albums to my Fiio X1 player, plug it into the car stereo via 1/8" stereo cable, then simply allow the X1 to play one album after another,...
  25. Not to mention, it isn't exactly safe fumbling...

    Not to mention, it isn't exactly safe fumbling around changing CDs, while driving 75MPH down the highway.
  26. Thread: Windows 10

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    If the battery in my Bluetooth headphones dies,...

    If the battery in my Bluetooth headphones dies, I'm up s*** creek for the rest of the train/bus ride home. Passive headphones for me, thank you very much.
  27. My favorite Le Orme was after Michele Bon joined,...

    My favorite Le Orme was after Michele Bon joined, but before Aldo left.
  28. It'll be interesting to hear Steve Morse's...

    It'll be interesting to hear Steve Morse's contribution, since he transitioned out of necessity from fiery to more thoughtful and expressive.
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    What I said, just using more straightforward...

    What I said, just using more straightforward terminology. Bottom line: the more effective the cooling, the less prone the system will be to crash, when the processor is pushed beyond its design...
  30. Thread: SNAKES

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    Last summer, a local family went out to their...

    Last summer, a local family went out to their pool, only to find a rattler in one of their pool noodles.
  31. Thread: Windows 10

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    iTunes was considerably better when Steve Jobs...

    iTunes was considerably better when Steve Jobs was still alive. Not long after his death, it became clunkier, more cryptic, and less elegant.
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    If it's a matter of convenience, my entire CD...

    If it's a matter of convenience, my entire CD collection ripped to FLAC, then stored on a 128GB Micro SD card is extremely convenient. As is my vinyl collection recorded in 24/96 digital, then...
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    ^^ Possibly because Sony owns the SACD format.

    ^^ Possibly because Sony owns the SACD format.
  34. Since I crashed my car a little more than a year...

    Since I crashed my car a little more than a year ago, and opted not to replace it, I've had far more time to listen to music on public transportation. And since I don't have to pay attention to the...
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    Water cooling can theoretically improve system...

    Water cooling can theoretically improve system performance. More effective cooling can allow more stable overclocking. But as they say, individual results may vary.
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    Not only were the first VHS machines expensive,...

    Not only were the first VHS machines expensive, they were huge and clunky as well.
  37. Thread: Windows 10

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    The real kicker is the original MS-DOS licensed...

    The real kicker is the original MS-DOS licensed to IBM was essentially CP/M, with a few modifications.
  38. Thread: Whitesnake

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    He could've worn a wig, like Blackmore currently...

    He could've worn a wig, like Blackmore currently does.
  39. I too have both on the original vinyl. As far as...

    I too have both on the original vinyl. As far as I'm concerned, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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    In '78, absolutely. A single 5 1/4" floppy disc...

    In '78, absolutely. A single 5 1/4" floppy disc was around $25 or $30, and a microwave oven cost close to a thousand.
  41. Thread: Windows 10

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    They have a long history of lack of vision. Bill...

    They have a long history of lack of vision. Bill Gates never saw a PC as being anything more than an autonomous box sitting on desktops. DOS and Windows were therefore built from the ground up as...
  42. Thread: Windows 10

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    Yes, you still have all your files locally on...

    Yes, you still have all your files locally on your hard drive. One drive "copies" a backup to the cloud, it doesn't "move" them.
  43. Thread: Whitesnake

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    Quite a few otherwise respectable bands ruined...

    Quite a few otherwise respectable bands ruined themselves during the Hair Metal era...no help needed from Phil Collins. Others off the top of my head would include Kiss and Alice Cooper.
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    When DVDs were fairly new and I started renting...

    When DVDs were fairly new and I started renting them, I'd ask the Blockbuster clerk if there was a fee for not rewinding the DVD(s).

    On a serious note, my concert VHS digitization is even more...
  45. Thread: Whitesnake

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    Come to think of it: if you watch the video of...

    Come to think of it: if you watch the video of Difficult to Cure live in Tokyo with full string orchestra, Richie majorly screws up twice. It was recorded just a few months before the DP reunion. ...
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    Another thing I think is a total rip-off are...

    Another thing I think is a total rip-off are Hi-Res certified headphones. That's from a dyed in the wool Hi-Res enthusiast. These headphones are "certified" because they're capable of reproducing...
  47. Thread: Whitesnake

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    ^^ 80s music hasn't aged well due to timbre as...

    ^^ 80s music hasn't aged well due to timbre as much as actual style. The excessive reverb and cheesy synth sounds alone make it sound dated.
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    The type of pickups to get depends on whether you...

    The type of pickups to get depends on whether you primarily play overdriven or clean. Single coil pups, including both strat/tele type and P-90s, will sound better clean. Ibanez guitars, except the...
  49. Thread: Whitesnake

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    In 80s DP, Jon was still able to spread his wings...

    In 80s DP, Jon was still able to spread his wings playing live. On the Perfect Strangers tour, he was arguably the highlight of the show.
  50. Thread: Whitesnake

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    Ironically, not long after the Purple reunion in...

    And he's got a few solos on the studio albums, too. OK me he wasn't as up front center as he was in Deep Purple (so far I don't hear anything like the intros to Lazy or Perfect Strangers itself), but...
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    In order to make RCA analog outputs worthwhile,...

    In order to make RCA analog outputs worthwhile, the player would need a high quality DAC. So in a word, no, they aren't going to be cheap.
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    Hi-Res on the studio side has been used long...

    Hi-Res on the studio side has been used long before it became popular on the consumer side. Even at the dawn of digital recording, there were 20 bit, 96KHz recorders, but they were bleeding edge. ...
  53. Don't be alarmed now.

    Don't be alarmed now.
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    The quality of CGI depends on the size of the...

    The quality of CGI depends on the size of the super-computer rendering it. The lower the budget, the smaller the computer will be. The smaller the computer, the more the animation must be dumbed...
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    Betty White and Ed Asner of MTM fame are still...

    Betty White and Ed Asner of MTM fame are still kicking.
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    Heard this for the first time last night. It...

    Heard this for the first time last night. It takes the majesty of baroque brass, which I adore, and puts a more interesting modern spin on it:

    ...
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    The root of the problem is when Guitar Center...

    The root of the problem is when Guitar Center fails to setup the truss rod while tuning it to pitch. This unnaturally warps the neck, making it quite difficult to correct the problem. Don't send it...
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    This must be listened to in 5.1 surround. In the...

    This must be listened to in 5.1 surround. In the final I pini della via Appia section, there are extra brass players up in the audience balconies, behind the conductor. Hearing this extra bass in...
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    My vinyl copy was just shipped. As is typical in...

    My vinyl copy was just shipped. As is typical in El Nino years, we're having a late spring. It's not yet too hot to have vinyl shipped.
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    Kay sera sera...with all due respect.

    Kay sera sera...with all due respect.
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