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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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played a drummerless daddy long legs gig in stokie last night with j-lord. it went surprisingly well actually with us swapping bass, acoustic and tele round. i broke out the trusty champ and unleashed all 6 watts of pure valve terror on the unsuspecting punters.

one of the most interesting dressing rooms we've had a while too. check out the sunbed!

it's a SAROLIUM!
26th Apr 2007, 09:13  

seaneeboy says:

I'm fairly sure I own a kettle with more power than that ;)

26th Apr 2007, 10:12

dookerdoo says:

ye of little faith!

three knobs, six watts... ALL THAT IS MAN!

seriously though. champs kick ASS. it's all valve, single ended class A six watts remember.

here's champ love list for you:

neil young records all his guitar parts though one and even uses them mic'd up on massive stages. jimmy page used one (and a tiny supro champ clone) in the studio for the early zep stuff. bane of the 80s guitar shop no-no "layla" was recorded on a champ. that whole album was actually. keith richards has used champs in the studio for years, joe perry of aerosmith and billy gibbons of zz top record with them and dookerdoo favourites jeff tweedy and nels cline of wilco made their last two records playing though champs.

a champ on ten is a glorious raggedy spitting skronk machine!

26th Apr 2007, 11:17

seaneeboy says:

Oooh, I take it all back :D

Actually may well be getting a new wee amp in the near future, I'll be sure to give a champ a bash in the shop!

26th Apr 2007, 11:35

dookerdoo says:

me too.

all the above is true except that "raggedy spitting skronk" is actually the last thing you want at an acoustic gig! hehe. ah well.

they're really great for home and recording though. mines a 1970 silverface with a replacement weber speaker and some sweet old RCA valves. you can pick them up for about £250 second hand and the good thing about these old handwired fenders is that they'll probably out live you and continue to appreciate in value while they do so.

good luck with the amp shopping!

26th Apr 2007, 11:37

seaneeboy says:

Heh, I'd definately like a valve based thing I can practice and gig with - thanks, I shall of course blog the results of my spree, if I ever get to the point where I can afford it!

26th Apr 2007, 11:55

dookerdoo says:

doo eet!

i'm such an old fender geek it's not true. if you want to know anything related to any of this stuff have a looky here: www.tdpri.com the forums are very helpful and friendly. they have one on amps there. i've found it incredibly helpful.

al.

26th Apr 2007, 12:50

seaneeboy says:

Ooh ta. A nice 'merican Tele to go with it would suit me down to the ground :D

26th Apr 2007, 13:36

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