Nothing better

I was playing with our son last night and wandering out behind our house in the backyard.  He was investigating everything and noticed my brother’s old 1974 Polaris Colt.  The first thing he said was “space ship!”  That just made my day.

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Brick Church Concerts – Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips will be playing on April 19th at 7pm as part of the 2014 Brick Church concert series.  Tickets are $10 at the door, children under 5 are free.  All are welcome.  Proceeds benefit the Church general fund.

** All Brick Church concerts are performed at 21 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon Congregational Church UCC in New Sharon, Maine.

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More K-20X mods!

I finally added a “kick stand” to the little guy. I used a brass rod, a cable clamp and two screws. All stuff I had laying around. The bar is from our bed’s headboard, our Son dismantled it when he was about a year old lol.

K-20X w/new brass rod - back view

K-20X w/new brass rod – back view

K-20X w/new brass rod - side view

K-20X w/new brass rod – side view

K-20X w/new brass rod - front view

K-20X w/new brass rod – front view

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My Mission

To help those around me.  To show love, peace, and kindness to those filled with hatred, anger, and pain.  To educate the less fortunate in hopes of being a catalyst in their forward progression in this modern world.  To show my Son how to be a man.  To love my wife to my fullest capacity.

These things aren’t always easy, but most things worth doing aren’t.

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Brick Church Concerts – The Mt. Blue Voices

The Mt. Blue Voices will be playing on March 29th at 7pm as part of the 2014 Brick Church concert series.  Tickets are $10 at the door, children under 5 are free.  All are welcome.  Proceeds will be split between the Church general fund and the Mt. Blue Voices.

** All Brick Church concerts are performed at 21 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon Congregational Church UCC in New Sharon, Maine.

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Project Tele complete

The new (to me) Telecaster I bought came with a few issues, primarily that it wasn’t properly set up and the volume and tone potentiometers were completely worn out.  I have replaced the volume and tone potentiometers with proper US Fender spec A250K units (originally spec’d with B500K for the Affinity series), rewired the improperly wired CRL replacement 3 way switch someone had put in, moved all grounds to a ground strip instead of the “back of the pot” method, replaced saddle intonation screws (had been cut by previous owner), adjusted action, adjusted intonation, adjusted pickup height and tighted up the tuners to get rid of an obnoxious buzz.  Now it falls completely within Fender’s American Telecaster spec and it plays great!

It could use a good thorough cleaning and I will do that next time it needs strings.  Overall I’m very happy with the guitar and only have $162 into it including the blow mold SKB case.

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Got a new guitar!

So I picked up a sweet deal of a tele.  It is a late 2000′s model Squire Affinity Series Telecaster.  It’s been stripped and poly’d so it has a natural finish.  I already have plans for this guitar including new tuners, electronics and pick guard.

K-20X with my new telecaster

K-20X with my new telecaster

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I finally did it – IEC jack mod

I’ve been considering removing the attached power cord from my Dean Markley K-20X amplifier and putting in its place an IEC jack with fuse.  I finally did it last weekend.  Not only does this allow for quick cord replacement, but also easier storage, the use of a 90 degree cord so you can put the amp closer to other devices, and it puts the fuse in an easily accessible area (back panel).  The old fuse location being on the PCB was not only inconvient, but arguably unsafe (putting mains current and voltage to the PCB).  The mains wiring now bypasses the PCB completely making the amp safer and easier to service.

As a side effect, I needed to relocate the power transformer to have room for the back side of the IEC jack.  It is now directly under where it use to be, same mounting holes and all.  This puts the transformer outside of the metal enclosure.  This potentially removes some noise (though so far I haven’t noticed a difference), but as a negative, it does put the transformer in an area where it could potentially be damaged.  I will be attaching a shield of some sort over it so that it cannot be damaged so easily.

**Edit 2/27/14**
I have added a shield to the transformer and some wooden brackets to the back of the amp that allow me to store a guitar cable without it falling out.  Picture below.

K-20X w/modifications by Joseph Raymond

This is the back side of my K-20X. I have added a line out jack, speaker jack and IEC power jack w/fuse. The power transformer has been relocated from inside the amp chassis as well (below the IEC jack).

Final product of my modifications on my Dean Markley K-20X

Final product of my modifications on my Dean Markley K-20X

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What will they think of next?

A cardboard printer, that’s what.  Now…they say it is more “green”, which I suppose the plastic displaced by the cardboard is.  But what about all the printing machinery inside?  PCBs, plastic gears, trays, etc all come to mind.  It’s interesting none the less.

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I didn’t know you could recycle those…neat!

Earth911.com has a great article about things you can recycle that most people didn’t realize.  But the thing that surprised me the most was crayons.  Evidently there is a company that specializes in recycling old/broken crayons into new ones.  Cool!

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