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Steve goes back to the ‘60’s Well, he certainly did this month! There’s an event called Rock The Boat which is held every year on a Cruise Ship. This year it was on Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas. An old tired boat which is about to be sold but that’s neither here nor there as all on board (myself and the lovely Noelene included) were in attendance for the music. The bands included The Searchers, The Fortunes, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Troggs, Chubby Checker (?) and a heap of really good Australian cover bands, the best being UK Blitz, an amazing Adelaide based band. The music was played in six different venues, started at 11.00am and went until 1.30am. There was a drinks package offered for around $67 a day. That allowed the purchaser to have as many drinks (with a price of $14 or less) as they could fit down their fat craw each day. The organisers probably thought no one could exceed the $67 drinks amount in 24 hours. Boy, were they wrong. All in all, one of the best seven days I can remember (actually, there were significant periods I couldn’t remember). It would be well worth checking out next year’s offing if you love live music. All the bands sounded great and after much listening and deliberation I’ve figured that If you like that “live” sound then, regardless of the specifications of your speakers, you’ll need a good musical subwoofer as one of the defining things about live sound is the thump in the guts that the kick drum offers. There is no passive HiFi speaker I’ve ever heard that can offer that “feeling” (Definitive Technologies BP-9000 series does but they incorporate active subs in each speaker). Admittedly, to reproduce the exact experience, it’s going to be a tough sell to get a couple of ElectroVoice 18” subs in your lounge room driven by multiples of of dedicated Crown 2000 Watt amplifiers but if you have a dedicated Man Cave……. Another major difference with the “live” speakers is the use of compression drivers for the tweeters. These give superb projection but need space to work and are not suitable for normal sized lounge rooms.  Pity. The Claw Bulks Up! So, while we were gallivanting around the South Pacific, getting pissed and having a good time, the Claw(s) (both V1.0 and V2.0) were sitting in a small cage, getting no exercise and putting on weight. You can get a measure of their displeasure by the look on Gwen’s face. For the next trip, we’ll be booking them into a deluxe suite. Incidentally, the winner of last month’s Claw competition is Murray Ellison (That’d be right, Uncle Steve finally gets two pussies in his bedroom and all they want to do is jump out the window.) Good one Murray, better get your postal address to me so I can get your prize delivered before The Claws get to you. Anthropological anomalies Occasionally, when entering a Zen like state (usually after way too much Bourbon) I start thinking. A novel concept for me indeed but sometimes I just can’t help myself. One recurring theme is a desire to write my memoirs, specifically from my childhood until I got relatively boring in my late 20’s. During this time, I had a friend (let’s call him Xavier for the want of a better name) who was genetically engineered to procreate at the expense of all other life experiences, desires, wants, needs, in fact even breathing and eating were secondary to his concupiscence regarding the female form (albeit within lawful and aesthetic boundaries). I mention this as I pondered, just the other night, upon the possibility of resurrecting this desire but then realised that A) it would be unlikely anyone would believe some of the antics, and B) the only person who could verify any of the stories now lives overseas and I would be looked upon as a charlatan. The rational for this narrative is, as the anecdotal title mentions, is the anomaly between male and female perception in regards to sexual interludes.  In the male perspective (and this is only in my experience), a guy such as Xavier, who lost count of his sexual encounters at 310 plus (these are unique individuals, coitional repeats not admissible), would be somewhat hero worshipped and looked up to by other males as an aspirational character. For some strange reason however, if a female has experienced the same amount of partners then she is looked upon in, shall we say, a more disparaging light by these same males. I can’t offer a female perspective on this however as I am both physically and mentally incapable. Unfair I say! Sorry about the digression but as one ages, one’s mind wanders and as Ayaan Hirsi once articulated, there are some things which must be said. Specials? I know I wasn’t going to mention specials in the newsletter anymore as we now have a separate Specials Newsletter which I send out independently (click Here if you haven’t already signed up) but I found out we had even more of a bargain than I originally thought with our Half Price or less sale on the Yamaha speakers when listening to the NS-B651DB bookshelf speakers. I thought they looked and sounded familiar and indeed they are the new versions of the Yamaha Soavo 2 which I used as my reference Studio Speaker a few years ago. One of the most accurate bookshelf speakers I’ve tested and at $1399 pair (RRP $2999) would be the best value “audiophile” speaker available. So, I’m keeping one pair for Chez Neil now that The Rickster (number 1 son) is newly married and will be fleeing the nest shortly, that leaves me with a new studio room. Talking of Weddings…. The venue for Ricky’s nuptials was excellent in most regards but they wanted around $450 for the use of the House Sound System. Being the tightarse that I am, I looked at supplying my own system and my friends at Yamaha Music suggested I use a system called a StagePas 400i I purchased one from Yamaha based purely on the reviews I read on Google and bugger me if this small, lightweight PA System didn’t fill a hall full of revellers. It consists of two 8” two way speakers and a 120 Watt (RMS) per channel “D” class four channel mixing amp which weighs less than 2.5kgs. OK, so it cost me around $1000 but if I can get my daughter married off (that didn’t quite come out right but you know what I mean) I’ll be saving money and end up with a set up I can use at home in my new Studio (assuming Noelene doesn’t acquire it prior and turn it into a sewing/craft room). Pro Gear. Since moving out to countrified Dural, we’re getting more requests for outdoor speakers and systems to drive them. Being more of a rural area, we’re talking speakers which need to cover areas of 10 X 40 metres or more. There are very few (if any) domestic systems that can cover that sort of area with clean sound so we rely on our friends at Bosch (importers of ElectroVoice Professional Sound Equipment) to help us design and supply the appropriate speaker systems. We’ve worked with EV for over 30 years now and although our days of supplying and installing commercial sound systems for Churches, halls and Schools have now passed, we still have the smarts to offer great outdoor set ups (and it’s not as expensive as you may imagine). Mike does all our in-house design work so just contact him ( mike @eastwoodhifi.com.au ) if you need to Rock the Paddock. Funny……………………….? A visually impaired man came into the store the other day with his seeing eye dog. As he stood in the middle of the shop, he grabbed the dog by the tail and started to swing it around and around. I went up to him and asked if there was anything I could help him with. He replied “no thanks, I’m just looking”. The Claw was stupid enough to drink some petrol yesterday. She spent two hours racing through the house, then just flopped on her back and was totally still. Horrified, Noelene asked if she was dead. I told her it was OK, she just ran out of gas. It’s a sunny morning in the Big Forest and the Bear family is just waking up. Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in his small chair at the table. He looks into his small bowl. It is empty! "Who's been eating my porridge?" he squeaks. Father Bear arrives at the table and sits in his big chair. He looks into his big bowl. It is also empty! "Who's been eating my porridge?" he roars.  Mother Bear sticks her head out the kitchen door and yells, "For Pete's sake, how many times do we have to go through this? It was Mother Bear who got up first. It was Mother Bear who woke everybody else in the house up. It was Mother Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night and put everything away. It was Mother Bear who went out into the cold early morning air to fetch the newspaper. It was Mother Bear who set the table. It was Mother Bear who put the cat out, cleaned the litter box and filled the cat's water and food dish. And now that you've decided to come down stairs and grace me with your presence, listen good because I'm only going to say this one more time:  I haven't made the fucking porridge yet!" - Steve To Unsubscribe, please click HERE and put “unsubscribe” in the subject line.
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November 2016 Steve goes back to the ‘60’s Well, he certainly did this month! There’s an event called Rock The Boat which is held every year on a Cruise Ship. This year it was on Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas. An old tired boat which is about to be sold but that’s neither here nor there as all on board (myself and the lovely Noelene included) were in attendance for the music. The bands included The Searchers, The Fortunes, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Troggs, Chubby Checker (?) and a heap of really good Australian cover bands, the best being UK Blitz, an amazing Adelaide based band. The music was played in six different venues, started at 11.00am and went until 1.30am. There was a drinks package offered for around $67 a day. That allowed the purchaser to have as many drinks (with a price of $14 or less) as they could fit down their fat craw each day. The organisers probably thought no one could exceed the $67 drinks amount in 24 hours. Boy, were they wrong. All in all, one of the best seven days I can remember (actually, there were significant periods I couldn’t remember). It would be well worth checking out next year’s offing if you love live music. All the bands sounded great and after much listening and deliberation I’ve figured that If you like that “live” sound then, regardless of the specifications of your speakers, you’ll need a good musical subwoofer as one of the defining things about live sound is the thump in the guts that the kick drum offers. There is no passive HiFi speaker I’ve ever heard that can offer that “feeling” (Definitive Technologies BP-9000 series does but they incorporate active subs in each speaker). Admittedly, to reproduce the exact experience, it’s going to be a tough sell to get a couple of ElectroVoice 18” subs in your lounge room driven by multiples of of dedicated Crown 2000 Watt amplifiers but if you have a dedicated Man Cave……. Another major difference with the “live” speakers is the use of compression drivers for the tweeters. These give superb projection but need space to work and are not suitable for normal sized lounge rooms.  Pity. The Claw Bulks Up! So, while we were gallivanting around the South Pacific, getting pissed and having a good time, the Claw(s) (both V1.0 and V2.0) were sitting in a small cage, getting no exercise and putting on weight. You can get a measure of their displeasure by the look on Gwen’s face. For the next trip, we’ll be booking them into a deluxe suite. Incidentally, the winner of last month’s Claw competition is Murray Ellison (That’d be right, Uncle Steve finally gets two pussies in his bedroom and all they want to do is jump out the window.) Good one Murray, better get your postal address to me so I can get your prize delivered before The Claws get to you. Anthropological anomalies Occasionally, when entering a Zen like state (usually after way too much Bourbon) I start thinking. A novel concept for me indeed but sometimes I just can’t help myself. One recurring theme is a desire to write my memoirs, specifically from my childhood until I got relatively boring in my late 20’s. During this time, I had a friend (let’s call him Xavier for the want of a better name) who was genetically engineered to procreate at the expense of all other life experiences, desires, wants, needs, in fact even breathing and eating were secondary to his concupiscence regarding the female form (albeit within lawful and aesthetic boundaries). I mention this as I pondered, just the other night, upon the possibility of resurrecting this desire but then realised that A) it would be unlikely anyone would believe some of the antics, and B) the only person who could verify any of the stories now lives overseas and I would be looked upon as a charlatan. The rational for this narrative is, as the anecdotal title mentions, is the anomaly between male and female perception in regards to sexual interludes.  In the male perspective (and this is only in my experience), a guy such as Xavier, who lost count of his sexual encounters at 310 plus (these are unique individuals, coitional repeats not admissible), would be somewhat hero worshipped and looked up to by other males as an aspirational character. For some strange reason however, if a female has experienced the same amount of partners then she is looked upon in, shall we say, a more disparaging light by these same males. I can’t offer a female perspective on this however as I am both physically and mentally incapable. Unfair I say! Sorry about the digression but as one ages, one’s mind wanders and as Ayaan Hirsi once articulated, there are some things which must be said. Specials? I know I wasn’t going to mention specials in the newsletter anymore as we now have a separate Specials Newsletter which I send out independently (click Here if you haven’t already signed up) but I found out we had even more of a bargain than I originally thought with our Half Price or less sale on the Yamaha speakers when listening to the NS-B651DB bookshelf speakers. I thought they looked and sounded familiar and indeed they are the new versions of the Yamaha Soavo 2 which I used as my reference Studio Speaker a few years ago. One of the most accurate bookshelf speakers I’ve tested and at $1399 pair (RRP $2999) would be the best value “audiophile” speaker available. So, I’m keeping one pair for Chez Neil now that The Rickster (number 1 son) is newly married and will be fleeing the nest shortly, that leaves me with a new studio room. Talking of Weddings…. The venue for Ricky’s nuptials was excellent in most regards but they wanted around $450 for the use of the House Sound System. Being the tightarse that I am, I looked at supplying my own system and my friends at Yamaha Music suggested I use a system called a StagePas 400i I purchased one from Yamaha based purely on the reviews I read on Google and bugger me if this small, lightweight PA System didn’t fill a hall full of revellers. It consists of two 8” two way speakers and a 120 Watt (RMS) per channel “D” class four channel mixing amp which weighs less than 2.5kgs. OK, so it cost me around $1000 but if I can get my daughter married off (that didn’t quite come out right but you know what I mean) I’ll be saving money and end up with a set up I can use at home in my new Studio (assuming Noelene doesn’t acquire it prior and turn it into a sewing/craft room). Pro Gear. Since moving out to countrified Dural, we’re getting more requests for outdoor speakers and systems to drive them. Being more of a rural area, we’re talking speakers which need to cover areas of 10 X 40 metres or more. There are very few (if any) domestic systems that can cover that sort of area with clean sound so we rely on our friends at Bosch (importers of ElectroVoice Professional Sound Equipment) to help us design and supply the appropriate speaker systems. We’ve worked with EV for over 30 years now and although our days of supplying and installing commercial sound systems for Churches, halls and Schools have now passed, we still have the smarts to offer great outdoor set ups (and it’s not as expensive as you may imagine). Mike does all our in-house design work so just contact him ( mike @eastwoodhifi.com.au ) if you need to Rock the Paddock. Funny……………………….? A visually impaired man came into the store the other day with his seeing eye dog. As he stood in the middle of the shop, he grabbed the dog by the tail and started to swing it around and around. I went up to him and asked if there was anything I could help him with. He replied “no thanks, I’m just looking”. The Claw was stupid enough to drink some petrol yesterday. She spent two hours racing through the house, then just flopped on her back and was totally still. Horrified, Noelene asked if she was dead. I told her it was OK, she just ran out of gas. It’s a sunny morning in the Big Forest and the Bear family is just waking up. Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in his small chair at the table. He looks into his small bowl. It is empty! "Who's been eating my porridge?" he squeaks. Father Bear arrives at the table and sits in his big chair. He looks into his big bowl. It is also empty! "Who's been eating my porridge?" he roars.  Mother Bear sticks her head out the kitchen door and yells, "For Pete's sake, how many times do we have to go through this? It was Mother Bear who got up first. It was Mother Bear who woke everybody else in the house up. It was Mother Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night and put everything away. It was Mother Bear who went out into the cold early morning air to fetch the newspaper. It was Mother Bear who set the table. It was Mother Bear who put the cat out, cleaned the litter box and filled the cat's water and food dish. And now that you've decided to come down stairs and grace me with your presence, listen good because I'm only going to say this one more time:  I haven't made the fucking porridge yet!" - Steve To Unsubscribe, please click HERE and put “unsubscribe” in the subject line.

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November 2016 Steve goes back to the ‘60’s Well, he certainly did this month! There’s an event called Rock The Boat which is held every year on a Cruise Ship. This year it was on Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas. An old tired boat which is about to be sold but that’s neither here nor there as all on board (myself and the lovely Noelene included) were in attendance for the music. The bands included The Searchers, The Fortunes, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Troggs, Chubby Checker (?) and a heap of really good Australian cover bands, the best being UK Blitz, an amazing Adelaide based band. The music was played in six different venues, started at 11.00am and went until 1.30am. There was a drinks package offered for around $67 a day. That allowed the purchaser to have as many drinks (with a price of $14 or less) as they could fit down their fat craw each day. The organisers probably thought no one could exceed the $67 drinks amount in 24 hours. Boy, were they wrong. All in all, one of the best seven days I can remember (actually, there were significant periods I couldn’t remember). It would be well worth checking out next year’s offing if you love live music. All the bands sounded great and after much listening and deliberation I’ve figured that If you like that “live” sound then, regardless of the specifications of your speakers, you’ll need a good musical subwoofer as one of the defining things about live sound is the thump in the guts that the kick drum offers. There is no passive HiFi speaker I’ve ever heard that can offer that “feeling” (Definitive Technologies BP-9000 series does but they incorporate active subs in each speaker). Admittedly, to reproduce the exact experience, it’s going to be a tough sell to get a couple of ElectroVoice 18” subs in your lounge room driven by multiples of of dedicated Crown 2000 Watt amplifiers but if you have a dedicated Man Cave……. Another major difference with the “live” speakers is the use of compression drivers for the tweeters. These give superb projection but need space to work and are not suitable for normal sized lounge rooms.  Pity. The Claw Bulks Up! So, while we were gallivanting around the South Pacific, getting pissed and having a good time, the Claw(s) (both V1.0 and V2.0) were sitting in a small cage, getting no exercise and putting on weight. You can get a measure of their displeasure by the look on Gwen’s face. For the next trip, we’ll be booking them into a deluxe suite. Incidentally, the winner of last month’s Claw competition is Murray Ellison (That’d be right, Uncle Steve finally gets two pussies in his bedroom and all they want to do is jump out the window.) Good one Murray, better get your postal address to me so I can get your prize delivered before The Claws get to you. Anthropological anomalies Occasionally, when entering a Zen like state (usually after way too much Bourbon) I start thinking. A novel concept for me indeed but sometimes I just can’t help myself. One recurring theme is a desire to write my memoirs, specifically from my childhood until I got relatively boring in my late 20’s. During this time, I had a friend (let’s call him Xavier for the want of a better name) who was genetically engineered to procreate at the expense of all other life experiences, desires, wants, needs, in fact even breathing and eating were secondary to his concupiscence regarding the female form (albeit within lawful and aesthetic boundaries). I mention this as I pondered, just the other night, upon the possibility of resurrecting this desire but then realised that A) it would be unlikely anyone would believe some of the antics, and B) the only person who could verify any of the stories now lives overseas and I would be looked upon as a charlatan. The rational for this narrative is, as the anecdotal title mentions, is the anomaly between male and female perception in regards to sexual interludes.  In the male perspective (and this is only in my experience), a guy such as Xavier, who lost count of his sexual encounters at 310 plus (these are unique individuals, coitional repeats not admissible), would be somewhat hero worshipped and looked up to by other males as an aspirational character. For some strange reason however, if a female has experienced the same amount of partners then she is looked upon in, shall we say, a more disparaging light by these same males. I can’t offer a female perspective on this however as I am both physically and mentally incapable. Unfair I say! Sorry about the digression but as one ages, one’s mind wanders and as Ayaan Hirsi once articulated, there are some things which must be said. Specials? I know I wasn’t going to mention specials in the newsletter anymore as we now have a separate Specials Newsletter which I send out independently (click Here if you haven’t already signed up) but I found out we had even more of a bargain than I originally thought with our Half Price or less sale on the Yamaha speakers when listening to the NS-B651DB bookshelf speakers. I thought they looked and sounded familiar and indeed they are the new versions of the Yamaha Soavo 2 which I used as my reference Studio Speaker a few years ago. One of the most accurate bookshelf speakers I’ve tested and at $1399 pair (RRP $2999) would be the best value “audiophile” speaker available. So, I’m keeping one pair for Chez Neil now that The Rickster (number 1 son) is newly married and will be fleeing the nest shortly, that leaves me with a new studio room. Talking of Weddings…. The venue for Ricky’s nuptials was excellent in most regards but they wanted around $450 for the use of the House Sound System. Being the tightarse that I am, I looked at supplying my own system and my friends at Yamaha Music suggested I use a system called a StagePas 400i I purchased one from Yamaha based purely on the reviews I read on Google and bugger me if this small, lightweight PA System didn’t fill a hall full of revellers. It consists of two 8” two way speakers and a 120 Watt (RMS) per channel “D” class four channel mixing amp which weighs less than 2.5kgs. OK, so it cost me around $1000 but if I can get my daughter married off (that didn’t quite come out right but you know what I mean) I’ll be saving money and end up with a set up I can use at home in my new Studio (assuming Noelene doesn’t acquire it prior and turn it into a sewing/craft room). Pro Gear. Since moving out to countrified Dural, we’re getting more requests for outdoor speakers and systems to drive them. Being more of a rural area, we’re talking speakers which need to cover areas of 10 X 40 metres or more. There are very few (if any) domestic systems that can cover that sort of area with clean sound so we rely on our friends at Bosch (importers of ElectroVoice Professional Sound Equipment) to help us design and supply the appropriate speaker systems. We’ve worked with EV for over 30 years now and although our days of supplying and installing commercial sound systems for Churches, halls and Schools have now passed, we still have the smarts to offer great outdoor set ups (and it’s not as expensive as you may imagine). Mike does all our in-house design work so just contact him ( mike @eastwoodhifi.com.au ) if you need to Rock the Paddock. Funny……………………….? A visually impaired man came into the store the other day with his seeing eye dog. As he stood in the middle of the shop, he grabbed the dog by the tail and started to swing it around and around. I went up to him and asked if there was anything I could help him with. He replied “no thanks, I’m just looking”. The Claw was stupid enough to drink some petrol yesterday. She spent two hours racing through the house, then just flopped on her back and was totally still. Horrified, Noelene asked if she was dead. I told her it was OK, she just ran out of gas. It’s a sunny morning in the Big Forest and the Bear family is just waking up. Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in his small chair at the table. He looks into his small bowl. It is empty! "Who's been eating my porridge?" he squeaks. Father Bear arrives at the table and sits in his big chair. He looks into his big bowl. It is also empty! "Who's been eating my porridge?" he roars.  Mother Bear sticks her head out the kitchen door and yells, "For Pete's sake, how many times do we have to go through this? It was Mother Bear who got up first. It was Mother Bear who woke everybody else in the house up. It was Mother Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night and put everything away. It was Mother Bear who went out into the cold early morning air to fetch the newspaper. It was Mother Bear who set the table. It was Mother Bear who put the cat out, cleaned the litter box and filled the cat's water and food dish. And now that you've decided to come down stairs and grace me with your presence, listen good because I'm only going to say this one more time:  I haven't made the fucking porridge yet!" - Steve To Unsubscribe, please click HERE and put “unsubscribe” in the subject line.