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17 hours ago, Haz said:

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The "Arnie" He wore it in Commando 1985 and the black version in Predator 1987. Can you believe it?

How much was that, my Rolex (I know, look at me etc.) isn’t working as I’ve probably not worn it for a year, last time I serviced it it cost 700 quid. Might just sell the fucker. I’ve had several Citizen watches so might get myself another one. I like a nice watch kind. 

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19 hours ago, HTT II said:

How much was that, my Rolex (I know, look at me etc.) isn’t working as I’ve probably not worn it for a year, last time I serviced it it cost 700 quid. Might just sell the fucker. I’ve had several Citizen watches so might get myself another one. I like a nice watch kind. 

It cost around the £300 mark. I know what you mean about Rolex's though. Mine cost £700 also for a service which is more than my Dad paid for it 20 odd years ago. Im also a sucker for watches I'm afraid but the Seikos are relatively cheaper and very good as well.

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5 minutes ago, Haz said:

It cost around the £300 mark. I know what you mean about Rolex's though. Mine cost £700 also for a service which is more than my Dad paid for it 20 odd years ago. Im also a sucker for watches I'm afraid but the Seikos are relatively cheaper and very good as well.

That’s a great price for a stunning watch and I love my Citizen watches. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Papavasiliou said:

Wait, people don't just use their phone to tell the time?

It wouldn’t matter if they didn’t tell the time to be honest. They are pieces of art/jewellery/status symbols and probably lastly tools for specialist shit like diving. 
 

I’ve  spent hours watching this fella strip down and repair old watches:

 

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2 hours ago, RS said:

It wouldn’t matter if they didn’t tell the time to be honest. They are pieces of art/jewellery/status symbols and probably lastly tools for specialist shit like diving. 
 

I’ve  spent hours watching this fella strip down and repair old watches:

 

Yes people have Rolex’s serviced. If you measure the cost of one against the years of service you get (which can be years in 3 figures) it’s then worthwhile having it serviced. They hand strip the components down to individual parts. They replace any part that shows signs of wear. Immerse them all in watchmakers oil (after sonically cleaning them) then reassemble. The watch will be made as good as new. Lightly polished including the strap then regulated to keep perfect time. 

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And they are kind of like an investment, mine is worth today easily a few K more than I paid for it a few years back (a  self pat on the back birthday present purchase for myself actually :lol:)

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One of these for fucking around with. It's a fidget spinner for musicians really, but I love owt like this and it's pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, OpenC said:

One of these for fucking around with. It's a fidget spinner for musicians really, but I love owt like this and it's pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things

 

 

 

 

 

That looks - and sounds - really interesting.

Even if the inventor does look like Paul Whicker the Tall Vicar.

Only £79 from Gear4Music, not bad at all.

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Aye.  I've got a few nights in Inverness next week and it's looking potentially pretty rainy so I did a search for little electronic instruments that I can just throw in the camera bag.  Saw the video for that, thought it looked class and expected it to be like £500 when I looked it up, like those Tenori On things.  Was pleasantly surprised at how cheap they are.

 

I don't doubt they'll be massively frustrating and limiting - looks to be tied to major and/or pentatonic scales and just the standard I ii iii IV V vi VII (?) chords available.  I thought initially, "well, you can get around the major scale thing by just going modal and starting on notes other than C" but then of course it'll only have one octave easily available so maybe not so easy to build melodies without octave notes available.

 

Still looks worth a go for the money, though.  You can do plenty with major scales and pentatonics.  Love the way it looks to control.

 

 

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On 17/10/2021 at 08:48, OpenC said:

One of these for fucking around with. It's a fidget spinner for musicians really, but I love owt like this and it's pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is fucking great by the way. Every bit as restrictive as I expected (bass limited to major and minor scales, chords are generally just the standard set of 3rd, 5th, 8ve chords built from those scales, leads are mostly just pentatonic versions, can only get notes lower than your starting point by fucking with the octave control) and the library of sounds you get in conjunction with the app isn't huge but it's a great little fuckaboutery toy for musicians (not sure how much non-musical people would get out of it despite the marketing) and after day one I had it playing a recognisable version of Actium by Aphex Twin :aww: will hoy a video up in Home Music Recording when I get my timing a bit better.

 

Interested to see how it works as a midi controller plugged into the computer; the motion controls and sensitive surface work great.

 

 

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On 17/10/2021 at 08:48, OpenC said:

One of these for fucking around with. It's a fidget spinner for musicians really, but I love owt like this and it's pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like the look of this mate, did you get one? Fun? Looks like you can use it as a midi controller so I'd use it for coming up with ideas then getting them into a DAW later on. 

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Aye, I've got it now. Definitely fun but it's much as I thought it would be, limited in scope. The advertising I saw was careful to market it as two things - something which would allow beginners to make music easily through its simplified interface and carefully designed scales, and an idea pad for more serious musicians as you've said. They were also careful to market it as anything other than a fiddle spinner for musicians. In reality I'm not sure it works on either of the levels they were going for - I think an absolute beginner would be confounded by the reality of getting the timing down when looping an unquantised collection of notes, and the lack of keyboard or piano roll means that the interface is SO different it doesn't really work as an idea pad either. You can't save your creations further than the eight bars it records, and I wouldn't have thought you could export what you've done to a DAW later - the best you'd get is directly recording audio.  It absolutely IS a fiddle spinner for musicians and on that level it succeeds admirably, I happily fucked on with mine for hours yesterday and in conjunction with headphones I can see it being an unqualified success for long journeys and the like.

 

It's more interesting to me as an actual midi controller, and I'll give that a go when I get back from Scotland. The touch and gesture interface is limited but good - if it's recording to a DAW then the one octave span is much easier to work around than fucking on with looping and octave switches on the device itself.  I could also see it working with a multitrack recorder and I might give that a go too. DAW or multitrack would be the only way you could get results like the video I posted, you couldn't do anything like that on the fly with just the device itself.

 

For what I paid for it, I'm happy just to have it around :) I don't doubt we'll see them amplified on Northumberland Street before too much longer.

 

 

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