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    I am not surprised. Any weighted keyboard would...

    I am not surprised. Any weighted keyboard would need something heavy like the one you linked. I want a few too!
  2. I thought I was the only one that found them to...

    I thought I was the only one that found them to be pandering and disingenuous. And yes, all are almost identical.

    The only thing worse than a pandemic are people and businesses attempting to...
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    Ah! Key weights! The first time I was in the...

    Ah! Key weights! The first time I was in the presence of synths my pal used them to hold down a note on the ARP 2600 keyboard so he could tune and fiddle.

    He used a chromed steel cylinder I have...
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    Is there any Synth with more bang for the buck...

    Is there any Synth with more bang for the buck than the Streichfett? It is truly amazing.
  5. John! So THAT was the secret! This is wonderful...

    John!
    So THAT was the secret! This is wonderful news. I am 100% crazy-interested.
    I want one of the first copies!!!
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    Very cool. I will check it out, John. Thanks! ...

    Very cool. I will check it out, John.
    Thanks!

    Congrats on the new Modal job! (I AM JOKING!!!!)
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    Yeppers! I was at that show (my third Genesis...

    Yeppers!
    I was at that show (my third Genesis show). 9th row.

    Phenomenal show...the mirrors were stunning. (Ripples was one of the best with regards to the mirrors because they slowly angled back...
  8. I had a juggler as a warm-up when I saw one of...

    I had a juggler as a warm-up when I saw one of their last tours in Tucson.
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    Very relaxing, James.

    Very relaxing, James.
  10. Well, I really liked you because of your Hackett...

    Well, I really liked you because of your Hackett and Howe covers, but you have now gone above and beyond with this wonderful Ant tune.
    Well done!!
    Thank you!
  11. Very cool! I want to hear/see it!

    Very cool! I want to hear/see it!
  12. Indeed. I always enjoy your reviews and posts,...

    Indeed.
    I always enjoy your reviews and posts, my friend.

    You are one of the real assets on PE.
  13. A great review! Thank you! I of course have...

    A great review! Thank you!

    I of course have the original CD and was trying to not spend the ducats on this re-release but your emphasis on the extra tracks and better sound convinced me (well, it...
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    Dude, you are my kinda guy. Wouldn't it be...

    Dude, you are my kinda guy.
    Wouldn't it be great to sit down with RW and his tech and really get a feel for his gear?
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    How about: What has he done during the virus...

    How about:
    What has he done during the virus shutdown? Was it an overall negative experience or was it positive?

    and

    Does he enjoy playing for people as much as he seems to?
  16. And thanks for letting me see the score too! I...

    And thanks for letting me see the score too! I very much appreciate it.

    What new piece are you tackling now by the way?
  17. I suggest Circa because of the players involved....

    I suggest Circa because of the players involved. But all of his albums are--to me--worthwhile.

    But brace yourself for the inevitable haters singing the chorus of how terrible everything is. :)
  18. I finished it last night. It is very much worth...

    I finished it last night. It is very much worth the effort but I was a bit let down by the chapter on "The Lamb." It is almost like the author got a bit tired by that point and instead of writing the...
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    My copy showed up yesterday. It is the usual...

    My copy showed up yesterday. It is the usual high-standard packaging from Magenta.

    I listened to "Bela" on the way to work. Having heard the track about 10 times so far on-line, I was really...
  20. Thanks so much for the overview! Blagodarya ti!

    Thanks so much for the overview!
    Blagodarya ti!
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    Yup, that was quite the error.

    Yup, that was quite the error.
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    How about a very direct question...has the band...

    How about a very direct question...has the band and Chris' widow ever ironed out the differences that seemed to make things so awkward after Squire died?
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    Yup...Steve keeps Nad busy. Which is good for all...

    Yup...Steve keeps Nad busy. Which is good for all of us. (I think Nad is the secret sauce for Steve's Genesis Revisited tours.)
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    Todd has a history of covering other songs. I...

    Todd has a history of covering other songs. I enjoy that side of him (as well as the other 347 sides).
    LOL
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    Yes, that was a great track from the...

    Yes, that was a great track from the Sherwood-produced Chris Squire tribute CD.
    It is most worthwhile.

    My favorite track of the entire thing is the last track which is a Squire cover of...
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    Thanks for bringing up Unifaun; it was the push I...

    Thanks for bringing up Unifaun; it was the push I needed to get it. :)
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    Very cool! It sounds lovely all-around. And how...

    Very cool!
    It sounds lovely all-around. And how wonderful that you can share music with your daughter.
  28. How difficult was it to learn? Did you do it by...

    How difficult was it to learn?
    Did you do it by ear?
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    Nice post. I think you are right about needing...

    Nice post.
    I think you are right about needing more promotion to non-fans. I think that is why it took a while for me to figure out that they were wonderful.

    I envy you for having seen them...
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    Love it! I think Magenta has some substantial...

    Love it!

    I think Magenta has some substantial Genesis influence.
    In any case, I highly recommend them to the OP.
  31. Wonderful! Your Steve Howe cover was great. And...

    Wonderful!
    Your Steve Howe cover was great. And so is this!
    Just like with the Howe cover, you capture the feel very well, not just the notes. Well done!!

    Thank you very much! Please keep them...
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    Hey thanks for this! And to the other folks...

    Hey thanks for this! And to the other folks commenting as well.
    I can see the criticism to a degree but the music and the lyrics are so good that I cannot help but get sucked in.

    I think the...
  33. That's right; I remember that element. Once I...

    That's right; I remember that element.

    Once I read Steve's autobio I will go back to the Hewitt book for a comparo.
  34. Very nice! He really is a Gentleman. (And...

    Very nice!

    He really is a Gentleman.

    (And yes, there was something about the Hewitt book that seemed off; I am not sure I can put my finger on it.)
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    That is funny you posted this... I listened on...

    That is funny you posted this...
    I listened on the way home last night and thought, "I know the sound quality was bad before but it is really bad now!

    It doesn't make me want to start a 'script...
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    One of my first 45s was American Pie. One half of...

    One of my first 45s was American Pie. One half of it was on Side A, the second half was on Side B. But that was over 8 minutes if I recall.
  37. Did you read the Alan Hewitt book on Hackett? If...

    Did you read the Alan Hewitt book on Hackett? If so, did you notice any inconsistencies or interesting comparisons?

    (I find that comparing biographies with autobiographies is often enlightening.)
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    You are welcome! I found Magenta relatively...

    You are welcome!

    I found Magenta relatively late in life (LOL) so I still am catching up with some of the older work. I always end up wondering why various progressive bands aren't more popular;...
  39. Good point; there was a lot of "Dad" in Mike's...

    Good point; there was a lot of "Dad" in Mike's book.
    (But it did help me understand some of the complexity and quirkiness that Mike shows. As well, his "dislike" of many of the band's pieces stems...
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    More Jazz Fusion than Progressive Rock: I still...

    More Jazz Fusion than Progressive Rock:
    I still have an old Tee from the 1977 Jean-Luc Ponty tour. (Yes, it fits. :) )

    But most of my great Progressive rock Tees were tossed out by my...
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    When you can, please do let us know, John!!

    When you can, please do let us know, John!!
  42. Very nice! I look forward to my copy (and...

    Very nice! I look forward to my copy (and comparing it to the bio written about him a few years back).
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    Thank you to all!

    Thank you to all!
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    Very enjoyable. I like all the texture to the...

    Very enjoyable. I like all the texture to the sounds...the layers are very effective.
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    ...back when XM had The Music Lab channel, they...

    ...back when XM had The Music Lab channel, they played the band a fair bit. But nothing by them ever really stuck to me. How do you folks...categorize or describe the band?

    What do you all think...
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    That was a great preview. I am really looking...

    That was a great preview. I am really looking forward to getting the CD.
    Steve mentioned to me that he and his brother were big fans of the genre when they were kids. And if I recall correctly,...
  47. Yes, I don't Phil worried at all about Chester....

    Yes, I don't Phil worried at all about Chester. He was so consistent and...perfect.
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    A decent list. But room for quibbling. I was...

    A decent list. But room for quibbling.

    I was pleased to see my JD-800 on the list though. :)
  49. Magenta's "Masters of Illusion" CD July 1...

    Magenta's "Masters of Illusion" CD

    July 1 release date

    The first single:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6USrkjBCCM
  50. That sounds like a surreal moment! When I caught...

    That sounds like a surreal moment!
    When I caught the tour at The Beacon Theater "back in New York City" Billy B was just marvelous all around.
  51. Yes, good point. A band needs a front man. Most...

    Yes, good point. A band needs a front man. Most bands, at least...
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    Oh what a shame. He really had an extraordinary...

    Oh what a shame.
    He really had an extraordinary career.

    RIP
  53. You'd have to ask Phil for the complete answer. ...

    You'd have to ask Phil for the complete answer.

    But as a drummer, I can tell you that playing drums and singing isn't crazy difficult when doing Levon Helm impressions. Doing Henley impressions is...
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    So you mean that someone else is pretending to be...

    So you mean that someone else is pretending to be Kansas other than the band that is pretending to be Kansas?

    Sorry! I just couldn't resist a bit of fun!
  55. Very nice! You not only play the notes, you also...

    Very nice!
    You not only play the notes, you also feel it and relay that.

    i am very impressed! Thank you!!
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    New Magenta! "Masters of Illusion"

    I have been wanting to say something about the upcoming Magenta album for some time now but I was sworn to secrecy by Steve. The album is "Masters of Illusion" and is about all the great horror film...
  57. I saw the band twice and was knocked out by the...

    I saw the band twice and was knocked out by the performances. Paul and Simon are insanely good.
  58. Even though this back and forthing between two...

    Even though this back and forthing between two notes is technically a glissando, THIS is what I think of as a "real" gliss:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2PLZp8aujg
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    Thanks so much for this, John. What you (so...

    Thanks so much for this, John.

    What you (so eloquently) stated was my hunch based on listening to your music and reading your posts. And my personal bias is towards your way of doing things so I...
  60. What a cool technique.

    What a cool technique.
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