Sadly, the closure of Maplins has left me somewhat sad, however, I did visit the Sheffield Central branch just before it closed and procure a load of ex display and reduced stuff.
This little rehearsal PA will be great for smaller pub gigs as well – it’s only 140 watts but actually sounds pretty good even when cranked to a decent volume. It’s a shame that, even though it looks it, it’s not actually stereo – speakers A and B are just the same blended mono channel. It’s also got absolutely no monitoring facility or auxilliary, but it does have a rather decent reverb engine built in which doesn’t sound too “pubby”. It even takes an MP3 USB stick and comes with a remote.
The other thing I got was a UHF radio mike system. Again, same make, so not exactly Shure SM58 quality, but decent enough for the folk band to use should we need to.
Frankie and Bennys breakfast this morning.
I think someone needs to explain to their chef that this is NOT an acceptable way to serve eggs. Rock hard, rubbery, solid yolks.
What amazed me was that they then though it was OK to send these on to a customer this way!
At least they had the good grace to refund me a couple of pounds, but really, I’m still quite disappointed that the system failed. I might add the hash browns weren’t exactly award winners either… I think The Meadows will get my next Gig Day breakfast.
Google reminded me that I was on tour with Manning doing two gigs over in the Netherlands and Belgium.
So many good memories, although just after this amazing tour was the beginning of the end for me. Manning started to fall apart after this tour. Chris and Kev left; Steve the flute player quit to concentrate on his own band Molly Bloom, and a new old guitarist came in who I didn’t get on with; then my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few months later.