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Messages - mcloud10

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My friend lost his guitar in the Joplin tornado.  After the insurance co. settled, he was determined to upgrade from the entry level Fender he lost.  We mainly looked at Martins and Taylors.  He could not afford anything very high-end, but left his options open, wanting at least a solid wood guitar if he could swing it.  We tried many, but kept coming back to a Martin DC-1E.  This guitar had all the punch and tone of any we played and more, including many Taylors that cost above the Martin.  It is one of Martin's lowest priced solid wood models, but it does not lack, that's for sure.  He played it in the Christmas program this year, and even my wife told me she noticed the great sound his guitar made.  Previously, she wouldn't believe me that there was that much difference between an all solid-wood guitar, and a solid top only guitar.  It made a believer out of her.  I'm impressed more every time I hear it.

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That's too bad.  When I bought mine, I purchased on online, but it was a "B" stock.  That was a big mistake, as the guitar had many issues including a neck so dehydrated that the frets stuck horribly out.  I could literally cut myself when playing.  I notified the seller, and drove (1-1/2 hours) to their store, returned the guitar, and ended up buying a new one.  This time I tried several out in person so I could choose for myself what to buy.   Has been a great guitar so far.  I hope you get it sorted out.

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: Washie Headcount!
« on: January 07, 2012, 05:18:45 PM »
I had four, but sold my C10N to my nephew (who finally persuaded me to sell it).  :)  Now I just have my W240. my C104SCE, and my D10SCE.

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That's not my experience.  I have never had finger troubles with nylon strings.  If I play steel too long, then I get sore.  I've used normal and hard tension on my classical and no problems.  I use light gauge only on steel, never mediums.

Mark

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Happy Holidays
« on: December 24, 2011, 11:47:41 AM »
Same to you, bud!  Thanks!

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Composition software
« on: December 13, 2011, 11:30:26 AM »
Yeah...if it works.  It's your cash. :)

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Composition software
« on: December 12, 2011, 05:04:30 PM »
Also, one of the programs I tried was Solo Explorer 1.0.

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Composition software
« on: December 12, 2011, 03:07:08 PM »
BTW, I use Noteworthy Composer 2.0 for most of my midi compositions.  I also use Cakewalk Studio 2 (an older version, yes) for some stuff.  Works for me, but I grew up in marching band so music notation is second nature to me.  Piano roll sequencing on the other hand...not so much.

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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
Behringer ACX450

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Composition software
« on: December 12, 2011, 03:03:58 PM »
The free stuff that I've tried doesn't work very well unless you use single notes - polyphony (multiple notes at the same time) is a no go.  The transcription sounds like Schoenberg and his 12 tone compositions. ;)  Of course this makes it pretty useless for guitar transcription.  If you're interested in composition, my advise would be to bite the bullet and learn at least the basics of piano and music notation.  It's really not that hard to get started and the skills you will gain will greatly help your ability to compose.  To do any manipulation in a score/midi/print capacity you'll have to at least have some of this knowledge anyway.

Maybe someone else has tried something more advanced?

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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
Behringer ACX450

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / C104SCE nut width
« on: December 02, 2011, 08:50:39 AM »
Here is a link to my progress:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.279261712105931.69416.100000663132766&type=1&l=14cdd27375

I add pics as I make progress.

Mark

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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
Behringer ACX450

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / C104SCE nut width
« on: December 02, 2011, 08:28:43 AM »
Pike, it's going pretty good.  This is a Red Label Nippon Gakki model.  I've got the body mostly sanded - much easier due to the thin layer of real lacquer instead of thick layers of poly coatings.  The pickguard is the real challenge.  It is a red one with engraved flower designs.  No one makes one, so I'll have to do all of the engraving myself.  This guitar was in the Joplin Tornado (May 22) and made it without serious damage even though it was in the mostly obliterated front room of my Pastor's home.  I figured the old girl deserved a second chance at life!  

I've also had to perform some internal structural repairs, but nothing serious - a few loose braces and replacement of the bridge plate.  Frets are also being replaced.  Strangely, it didn't need a neck reset.

Mark

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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
Behringer ACX450

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / C104SCE nut width
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:28:56 PM »
I have one.  I just measured the nut; it is about 52.5mm.  

How do I like it?  Very much.  I changed the saddle for a Tusq universal (carved my own, compensated), and added a B-Band AST 1470 under top between the sound hole and bridge - bass side of the centerline.  Works great, and doesn't have the characteristic finger buzz that the UST has when you are playing fingerstyle.  That drove me crazy.  The AST delivers a much truer sound of the guitar.

The natural sound of the guitar is predominantly rich in the mid and high range, but the bass is balanced, too.  Not too heavy.  I've compared it with several other classical guitars I had and noticed that on those the bass seemed more predominant.  The two I compared it to had slightly deeper bodies and did not have the heavy finish of the C104SCE.  I've toyed with the idea of sanding it down, but stop myself every time.  It is what it is.  The bass on the others also sounds muddier than I like.  The C104SCE has a crisper tone.  Probably more percussive (due to the cedar top, I've heard).  I also like to use D'Addario EJ51 recording strings to limit string zik from my fingers.  Savarez lightly polished sound good, too.

Mark

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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
Behringer ACX450

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Well...it was in 2010.

As to your inquiry, I also like the D46 series very much.  Since they are discontinued, you may have to look a bit harder.  Start with requests for information from the online Washburn dealers (listed elsewhere in this site).  Try a shopping search.  You may be surprised at the hits you get.  Also, try Ebay - although you know you must be careful there.  Lastly, try a more grass-roots approach such as Craiglist.  Don't forget to search in multiple cities/areas.  I'm sure you can locate one somewhere.

Mark

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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
Behringer ACX450

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / vocal harmonizer
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:34:54 PM »
We have a Yamaha Clavinova at church, which has a vocal harmonizer in it.  It will harmonize, but it will also duplicate the nuances of your voice in harmony.  When we were experimenting it sounded a bit creepy, IMO.  Most people that hear their voice for the first time don't like what they hear.  Just think what triplicate will do!

But, I suppose the best way would be to experiment with one and see if it works for you.  If it does, go for it.

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'73 Washburn W240 (Finished!)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
Behringer ACX450

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / WD7SCEACS
« on: August 31, 2011, 01:03:19 PM »
Yep.  My friend at church has one.  Fit and finish is nice.  Plays and sounds comparable to the D10.  Perhaps feels a bit lighter weight wise.  Great value for the price.  We had a few buzz issues that we corrected with a taller saddle, but no issues other than that.

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'73 Washburn W240 (Finished!)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
Behringer ACX450

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