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Offline sandyACS

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Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« on: June 17, 2021, 07:59:21 AM »
Hi everyone,

Some of you will already know me from the old forum, for better or worse... :o  :evil ...lol

For those that don't, I am a retired model engine and boiler manufacturer and have one or two of my designs already on the forum downloads, assuming they were carried over from the old forum.

My main interests are designing and making model steam engines and model boat building.

I look forward to many happy discussions on this new forum.

Thanks for allowing me to join you.

Sandy.

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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2021, 08:41:43 AM »
Welcome back Sandy, it's great to see you online again, you've been missed!!

Regards
Eddy
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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2021, 08:56:45 AM »
Hi Eddy,
Long time no chat eh!!

The past few years have not all been good for me health wise but have tried to keep doing as much as I am able to.

I tried to contact you a while back by email but it came back with an unknown email address, so I guess you must have changed yours.
I had the same problem with Derek Warner so I must get his new email address as well.

I was forced to change mine about 5 years ago when my original provider left the market, so I had to find a new one... ho hum!

It is good to be back with you and the gang and I hope I can be of some use to some folks.

I have spent a couple of hours or so tonight finding my way round the new forum and I think I have found all the necessary bits, but time will tell.

I hope you and yours have managed to keep clear of this nasty Covid stuff. Kate and I have both had our two vaccine doses and feel a little easier about venturing out now... I was diagnosed with COPD (8years ago) after collapsing in Tesco's car park in Oban, followed by a week in Hospital with a hole in one lung (Pneumothorax) caused by a bacterial infection, and have had to stay well shielded for the past 14 months... but hey, I'm still here and kicking...lol... Just have to pace myself a lot more now.

Keep Happy.

Sandy.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2021, 07:25:48 AM by sandyACS »

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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2021, 09:39:42 AM »
Goodmorning young Sandy......

I was aware that Bogstandard was not in good health, but so is life
A little disturbed with your lot.......I hope you didn't obstruct vehicular traffic in the TESCO car park when you decided you needed a rest :whistle

I haven't changed my e-mail address....just left click on the name to the left <<<<<<<<
I have grown older, not necessarily wiser, Doctors prescription medication keeps me broke, however just enough for the odd  :coffee

I have grown a walking stick as I am booked in for a new hip in 12 months time

As always my best regards
Derek :beer
« Last Edit: June 18, 2021, 09:42:09 AM by derekwarner_decoy »
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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2021, 08:19:07 AM »
Hi Derek,

But of course I caused mayhem in Tesco... I deliberately crashed out in the middle of the out lane and created a massive tailback, which got even worse when the ambulance arrived to pick me up... did you expect anything else ;D ::) :evil.

Fortunately the Oban Hospital is just the other side of the Tesco complex so the ambulance arrived with a couple of minutes but spent about 15 minutes or so treating me where I lay (traffic tailback still growing longer)... they had to jab a huge needle through my side to release the trapped air which was causing unbelievable pain and then got me on oxygen and did further checks on me before getting me onboard the ambulance.
Once at the hospital they gave me an Xray and a CAT scan and that's when they found the hole in my left lung.
Further tests provided the cause as being a bacterial infection in the lung and I was given strong antibiotics via a drip feed in my arm.
They then wired me up with all sorts of other gizmo's and I spent the next week (actually 8 days) getting put back together.
The first 3 days were the worst as I was bed ridden and had so many wires and tubes attached I could not move, or even sleep, very much.
On day 4 they took some of the fixed monitoring gear away and fitted me with a small portable unit, which at least allowed me to get up a walk around a bit and also get some much needed sleep.

Kate was beside herself with all these goings on and thought I was not going to make it, but she was reassured by the doctors that she was not going to lose me... yet.
She did have to do a 90 mile round trip every day to visit me though which she found somewhat stressful, cos 90 miles on Scottish mountain roads is no fun, especially when your stressed out, as she was... bless her.

Not something I would want to go through again I can tell you.

Now what's all this about you growing a walking stick?, :porkies
you could have just used that old Fender telecaster to hold you up  :yeahbaby :08

Seriously though, I do hope you manage to get that hip sorted asap. :goodluck

Sadly all these things are part of our both growing older, but hopefully such occurrences don't get any more sever and that we have many more years left in us yet.

Take good care.

Best regards as always.
 :beer
Sandy.







« Last Edit: June 19, 2021, 08:29:05 AM by sandyACS »

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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2021, 09:50:14 AM »
Welcome back Sandy. 

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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2021, 07:07:34 PM »
Glad your back  and still sounding your old piebroch self!! looking forward to hearing of any new builds up in gods country. Regards, walter
Blessed are the "cracked" -for they let in the light for the rest of us.

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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2021, 09:53:06 PM »
Oh dear...how about we get things in priority here  :shoot

1. I now have 9 grandchildren [yes nine] ...and all the apple of Pa's eyes  :sunglasses  but 3   I suspect have eyes for Pa's 1970 Sunburst Telecater & not me
2. Thank goodness your beloved Kate  :kiss1 was your bedside Nurse...God bless her [I am a believer of sorts  so it is not blasphemy]

......I am up to my 113th donation at the Bloodbank & have no aversion to needles
...but cannot take talking about any medi-type work as it makes my Nuts Tighten with pain

For all of my working life I held Private Heath insurance @ the highest level.........qualified for a few pairs or reading specks & a few teeth........retired as fit as a fiddle.... dumped my PHI, then 6 years later the body commenced the fall from grace or, fell to pieces ....

I do hope one day to finish this beautiful steam plant [however @ 6 kg for the plant]....I am having issues even lifting it out of the hull..........but that is another challange

How about I sign off here tonight & continue all on another ...[day that is  :whistle]

Take care my friend.........

Derek  :beer
« Last Edit: June 19, 2021, 11:44:37 PM by derekwarner_decoy »
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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2021, 12:12:06 AM »
Oh shucks... you mean I can't go in to all the gory details of how they fixed the hole in me lung for fear of our Derek getting tight nuts...never mind I will just carry on with everything else  :evil

Now Mr D Warner, about that old 1970's vintage bit of wood... well my 1970's vintage bit of wood wins, cos its got more knobs, switches and pickups than yours :tongue1... can you guess what it is?

However, it is also suffering the same controversy as yours, with my 2 of my 3  sons and 3 grandchildren all laying claim to it when I go.

Now Derek, you must make a Stirling effort to get that steam plant finished and into a boat cos if you leave it too much longer the boiler and engine will revert back to base materials... Chalcopyrite, Bornite, Silver, Zinc and a smidgen of Cadmium due to half life degeneration... :c002 :16  :sobbing .

As for Private Health insurance... yes it's typical is it not... you pay in all your working life and never need it, then when you retire and can't afford the premiums, and give it up, the old body starts giving out... ho hum!!!
The one saving grace over here is our fabulous NHS where the majority of procedures are provided free and I can safely say, I owe my life to them.

Walter and DamienG,
Thanks for the welcome back message, it's good to be back and whilst I may not be able to breath quite as well as before, I still have my sense of humour, thankfully.

I will give an update on some of my goings on in a separate thread.

Stay happy and healthy everyone.

Sandy.

« Last Edit: June 21, 2021, 12:34:13 AM by sandyACS »

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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2021, 09:14:44 AM »
OK Sandy....you got me   :squareone

1. My 100 year old copy of the Periodic Table does not list Chalcopryite..[so looked for it in Google]

2. Your instrument appears to be a special or Limited Edition of something I have never seen [since say 1960]........
3. an arm, laminated with an exotic Brazilian Rosewood [which is now a protected specie] also 2 more frets than my  Tele
4. a beautiful American Curly Cherry Blossom [Botanical Prunus Serotina] mirror cut & veneered top with a  single top bound body
5. only a guess here, but accurately stained with CuFeS2 into a Sunburst style with a glint of  tetragonal shimmer  :hehe
6. I do not recognise the complicated bridge/tremelo, nor the double reversed out of phase Humbucker bridge pickup?
7. Clearly you were never supplied with a Bridge cover [as Fender Teles had] which doubled as an  Ashtray .. .....[most Tele players were smokers in those days ]  :shoot

I am sure she would have sounded marvelous with that German Klemp ekkolette tape unit...before all of this electronic FUZZ rubbish :c002 was introduced
 
An aside here is the instrument case you display bears the tell tale signs of 50 + year old rusty latch & handle supports

[The case supplied with my Tele 35 ishy ears ago [to me] was not an original Fender....the Blue velvet lining was rusty, yes rusty, as were the latches and handle supports unusable & seized, the leather handle was cracked & near plastic like?! so I replaced the case 10 or so years ago]

In conclusion,  :picknose I do not know, however would love to know the Brand & specie of your instrument ...[I can then ask Mr Google for the rest]

Derek

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« Last Edit: June 21, 2021, 04:14:54 PM by derekwarner_decoy »
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Re: Oldie returning from west Coast of Scotland.
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2021, 08:28:57 AM »
Well now folks, our Derek has learned all about funny shaped crystal structures and what his boiler is made of, so he should now also think about what happens when those Tetragonal beasties come loose, due to atomic decay, and get stuck in his safety valve, or block his steam pipes.  :o :'( ;D :evil

The instrument is a 'Heritage Stat' made by ex luthiers of the 'Gibson' factory based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

When 'Gibson' closed their Kalamazoo factory in 1984 and moved the business to Nashville, these staff were left out of work... so between them they bought a part of the old 'Gibson' factory and started up 'Heritage Guitars' in late 1985 making handcrafted guitars of their own.

Mine is actually a little younger than your telecaster as it was one of the first batch made by 'Heritage' in 1986. (mine is no 3) so one of the first.
They continued this model until early 1991, so quite a short run and since they were all individually handbuilt they are considered a limited edition model.

You were pretty close about the construction of it though, the only small error being that the front is made from Flame Maple, rather than Curly Cherry, it is also quite thick at around 3/32"-1/8" so not exactly a veneer.
The finish is Cherry sunburst, without the Tetragonal crystals..LOL.

The pickups are all 'DiMarzio'  and the Humbucker at the bridge end can be switched to in phase, or out of phase by one of the small switches.

The tremolo roller bridge is a 'Kahler' and is a superb piece of engineering, far better than the 'Fender' one on the 'Stratocaster', however, it does not come with the ashtray extra... :P

It has a fast playing action, much faster then either of the 'Fender Stratocasters' I have had in the past.

I purchased it brand new in 1986, including the carry case, from a guitar emporium in 'Philadelphia' during one of my many business trips to the States.

I never got a chance to play it through the 'Klemt Echolette', which was the type we used in the band I was in for the vocals and was owned by our singer... tape loop life was a real pain with it though.
I did get to play it through my own 'Binson Echorec' before that went duff on me back in the 90's and it was, as you say, marvelous and I wish I still had the 'Binson'.

They don't make em like that nowadays...sadly.

Yes the carry case is showing definite signs of age and could certainly do with some new hardware being sought out, but the inner lining is still in pristine condition so will last me out and more.

'Heritage 'are still in business building hand made guitars from the same factory.

The lack of a pick guard is not a problem for me, since I don't use one very much.
I play finger style, much the same as 'Mark Knopfler' most of the time.

OK then, I think that about covers everything for now and I would suggest that we move any further discussions on musical instruments etc to another board... such as 'Other interests/hobbies' or some such as this board is really meant for new member introductions and we don't want to overdo things and upset our hosts or mods.

Keep safe and healthy down there in upside down land.

All the best.
 :beer
Sandy

 

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