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hg30904
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Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 5:30 pm:   Edit Post

Okay...everyone else gets to...

There are a lot of people from the Northeast, PA, NY and NJ that play the brand.

Anybody else want to?

How many people can we get?

Where (state) should we do it?

Program outline?

Can we get a ton of players?

Now seriously folks, I have talked to a few of you that are in the area and know that there are even more in "driving" distance. Do we want to do this?

Chime in...
bkbass
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Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post

I'm there.Just say the word. As far as where I think Jersey would offer a more central point for those traveling in from PA,Conn.and Maryland. Also parking/security would most likely be better.
byoung
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Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 5:42 pm:   Edit Post

Depending on when, I might.

Do it in Jersey City, or somewhere on the PATH line, I say.
lbpesq
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Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 5:59 pm:   Edit Post

I usually get back to N.Y. at least a couple of times a year. If the timing was right I just might show up. Bradley, maybe you and I could show these east coasters a thing or two! lol

Bill, tgo
hg30904
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Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 7:28 pm:   Edit Post

Approaching critical mass?

Even have a guitar player!

Where are the other Northeasterners and New Englanders?

Does June or July sound good? Are we at least agreed on a Saturday?

Shall we plan on meeting at a house? Club? Denny's restaurant?
2400wattman
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Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 9:46 pm:   Edit Post

A Denny's? Surely you must be kidding, what with all those killer Greek owned diners up there. I'd love to do it if my schedule permits(probably won't) and meet some new cats. I have some old friends in the Philly area so I'd have more than one reason to go.
hg30904
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Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 6:37 am:   Edit Post

Of course I was (hopefully) kidding...

...and don't call me Shirley
glocke
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Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post

Im in...sounds like NJ would be the most central point///
hg30904
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Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 2:03 pm:   Edit Post

Didn't we use to have a Mainer?

A moose lover in VT?

Somebody in NH?

A couple of people from MA?

Where are you guys at? (going for a ton of players)
marco555
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Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009 - 6:34 am:   Edit Post

Greetings Y'all,
How is my New York accent? Please count me in anytime. I'm a Queens NY resident (that's in NYC).

Thanks,
Marc
jseitang
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Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009 - 10:05 am:   Edit Post

if we do it in nyc, ill come out and say hi
hieronymous
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Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009 - 10:34 am:   Edit Post

My Telembic lives in Massachusetts, but I live in California so unfortunately I don't think I can make it out there unless it's the last week of August in Mass. somewhere (planning a visit then).

Hope it comes together though!
hg30904
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Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009 - 12:52 pm:   Edit Post

Jimmy, consensus is growing around NJ. You STILL have to come out and say Hi!

Harry, we understand the travel issues. Just send the guitar.

Consensus coming up with June or July?

A Saturday afternoon or a Sunday afternoon?
chalie_holmes
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Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post

I live in Williamsport Pa. 3.5 hrs from my old hometown Philly (my mom is still there)so I would loooooooooove to get an Alembic Low-frequency-athon there/NJ. Freeformedfunkafiedgroove baby!
Chalie Holmes
Galactic low end traveler (long live Coltrane!)
willie
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Posted on Saturday, April 04, 2009 - 3:30 am:   Edit Post

I live in Philly and travel to Williamsport to the W Branch of the Susquehanna to fish for Muskies. If this happens in NJ or N.E PA I'd be interested. If not on my next trip to Williamsport maybe Chalie and can set something up up there
jet_powers
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Posted on Saturday, April 04, 2009 - 9:43 am:   Edit Post

Coming from Mass I would be interested if it's held in NE NJ, Westchester or So. CT.....
lbpesq
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Posted on Saturday, April 04, 2009 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post

If you guys do this in Westchester County, I just might have to attend as my mom still lives in Bronxville.

Bill, tgo
s_wood
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Posted on Saturday, April 04, 2009 - 1:15 pm:   Edit Post

Hey: I'm in! I live in Delaware, just south of Philly, so NJ would work for me!
hg30904
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Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009 - 8:14 am:   Edit Post

Critical Mass Reached?

We need to decide on...

Northern NJ? (seems to be most central point, or point where most people can comfortably reach us)

Saturday or Sunday afternoon? Saturday works best for some, but working musos might have commitments...

June or July? I vote for July, as better weather

Host and location? S/He who drives the least must make the arrangements.

We got interest, so now we need planning/logistics support. S/He who drives the least...

We got WHO (of course we can always have room for another friend...)

Now we need When/Where/etc...(rolling...)

(Message edited by hg30904 on April 05, 2009)
bkbass
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Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 12:20 pm:   Edit Post

All in favor of a microbrewery/restraunt backroom say aye.....aye!!!
tubeperson
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Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 12:53 pm:   Edit Post

Let me offer my office in Stamford, CT as a pit stop for any member that is travelling through the area and needs a bathroom, a cup of coffee, or a phone. Any state in the area works for me. We have a micro brwrery in town, and other gathering places as well.
tubeperson
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Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 12:55 pm:   Edit Post

Stamford CT has several places expecially a micro brewery. For any club member passing through, you are welcome at any time to visit my office and use bathrooms, grab a snack or phone or view some of the fun Alembic toys hiding from the Mrs. (she knows there here believe me)!
hg30904
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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 1:14 pm:   Edit Post

Okay, where are we at?

Early September; Sat/Sun afternoon; special guest Mica Wickersham

Northern New Jersey is winning...

Do we have a preference for day/date/location from the Mothership?
matthew90046
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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 9:07 pm:   Edit Post

I live in Jersey City, NJ. Can I tag along?
kungfusheriff
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Posted on Friday, April 24, 2009 - 10:40 am:   Edit Post

"special guest Mica Wickersham"

Really? I might just have to drive to Jersey...
keurosix
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Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 6:10 pm:   Edit Post

If we can do a Sat or a Sunday, I would love to come and meet Mica, and also bring my Europa 6 and my Epic 5 fretless. Keep me posted right here!
Kris
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 7:54 pm:   Edit Post

I'm leaning toward September 12 or 19 right now.
xray1960
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Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 9:49 pm:   Edit Post

I vote for North NJ too. I suggest the Morristown area. Easy to get there. Also very pretty. Lots of corporate meeting areas and hotels. Morristown has a lot of good restaurants.
marco555
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Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 12:08 pm:   Edit Post

How is the subject of other musicians and/or equipment usually handled? We should pool resources and other players to round out the sound--not that Alembics can't stand alone!

(Message edited by davehouck on May 14, 2009)
s_wood
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Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post

Morristown, NJ works for me. Easily accessible via I287 or I80, and less than an hour from Newark Airport.
kilowatt
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Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 11:12 am:   Edit Post

Count me in. Should be a lot of fun.

Pete
bkbass
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Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 5:33 am:   Edit Post

I offer for the group's consideration, Secaucus NJ. It is right outside the Lincoln Tunnel and has a convention center/hotel plenty of restaurants and ample parking. Another point for consideration is,once we decide on when and where we have to decide on who will go to that place and plunk down money for the facility/festivities. How do we reimburse the Lad/Lass and who's amp(s)are how many people going to be playing through them at any given time? Since Mica has made a commitment barring any unforeseen events. We should start firming up the aforementioned.Yes??
xray1960
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Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 8:35 am:   Edit Post

Hi everbody,

I have made inquiries into the Hyatt in Morristown, NJ. The rates are reasonable on a weekend ($400 for a smaller conference room for 10 to 20 people). They can also handle the catering. Lots of good restaurants nearby, in walking distance in a nice town. Ample parking under the hotel. Easy to get to from major interstates (287, 80, 78).

I will personally coordinate this affair if we select this fine location, and we get 10 people to help defray costs. You don't have to stay at the Hyatt, since there are other hotels nearby.

I was thinking of the second half of August, on a weekend.

Michael Kozaczek
hg30904
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Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 9:32 am:   Edit Post

I am as excited as anyone, maybe more than a few. It seems like the Chicago gathering has raised interest and our get-together should be an exciting time.

We all want this to be as accomodating as possible, but I think that we should wait to see if Mica has any input on location. She has already said that early September is preferable for Alembic, so let's give her a couple of days to recover and see what she has to say about when/where?
lbpesq
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Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post

I'd double check with the Hyatt people that it's o.k. to have a full blown LOUD jam going for several hours. I suspect a hotel would probably not be too appreciative of the volume. You might try looking into a music store, studio, or music equipment manufacturer (with a warehouse, like BagEnd) sponsoring the event. They get lots of players who have been known to spend big bucks, and you get a sympathetic host and a place to kick out the jams. Symbiotic. Likely for no charge.

Bill, tgo
jalevinemd
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Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 3:47 pm:   Edit Post

Bill's right. The rafters were shaking a bit at Bag End. Last thing you want during a jam is someone knocking at the door saying, "would you mind toning it down just a smidge?"

I possibly could do September.
jalevinemd
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Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 3:50 pm:   Edit Post

Anyone an alumnus of any local college that might have some sort of space we could use?
xray1960
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Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 9:10 pm:   Edit Post

I have checked with the Hyatt people. They have weddings, bar-mitzahs, and the like with lots of noise. These spaces are away from the guest areas, and are well insulated for sound. They seemed fine, and were more concerned that WE were not interrupted. There is also a Hilton nearby in Parsipanny, were rock bands play to past midnight at Horror and fantasy conventions. No complaints there either. No need to go cheap here. You get what you pay for as far as amenities.

Failing that I'll look into the local Guitar Center, and Sam Ash stores. What we need most of all is a commitment to a specific date. The sooner the better. Time is a luxury we do not really have. Let's have a show of hands, please. We need to agree on a date first and foremost. Labor Day weekend comes to mind.
mica
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Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 9:49 pm:   Edit Post

I'm still hoping to make it myself, perhaps a Sept 19 or 26 will work for me. I'm not 100% sure I can come yet, so don't hold up getting together on my account. Though major holidays are tempting, it's likely that most people have family or professional music plans then.

Also, if we go the dealer route, I think that an Alembic dealer would be better than a non-Alembic dealer like GC or SA.

Let me settle in a week or so and see what I can drum up for locations. I will report back here.
s_wood
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Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post

I can scare up a couple of drummers who wouldn't embarrass me and can play pretty much anything that might get thrown at them musically.
xray1960
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Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 6:06 pm:   Edit Post

Sam Ash in Springfield, NJ looks promising. The underboss there is positive to the idea. The boss will be in Friday. The local GC has a lot less space. The closest Alembic dealer is in CT (not a good location). We need parameters, such as the number of people and when to meet (to avoid scheduling conflicts). The rest will be fairly easy. Maybe we can get Sam Ash or GC to pick up the Alembic line, if we do this there.

A hotel means expense, but if split up among us, will be little out of pocket. Consider the convenience of having this in a walk to town.

Let's vote!
charles_holmes
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Posted on Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 10:45 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! Sounds good to me! I'm in on any date since I'm like 4 hrs away by vehicle.
keavin
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Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 5:40 am:   Edit Post

keavin
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Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 5:43 am:   Edit Post

do it!!!
keurosix
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Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 5:44 am:   Edit Post

G-Guitars New Haven CT is the Alembic dealer. They may be receptable to this idea, and they have a few Alembic guitars in stock too. They have a big showroom floor and an amp room to rock out in, too. Maybe a drive for some, but I don't like the idea of renting a room in a Hotel. Maybe a van pool can be arranged? I could bring an amp if needed. (SWR head, SF2, El Whappo cab)
Kris
jet_powers
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Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 3:06 pm:   Edit Post

Coming from Mass, New Haven sounds good to me! But just about anywhere might do...
xray1960
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Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 5:05 pm:   Edit Post

The location (wherever that may be) will involve a hotel stay for at least some of people attending. Certainly, where we have this will depend on where most people are coming from.

NOTHING is going to happen unless someone puts a stake in the ground, so I will do it.

Morristown, NJ, August 8. Let's vote.
matthew90046
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Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 7:52 pm:   Edit Post

I am down for Morristown if you know of a place to host the gathering.

Not to stir things up too much, but.... I have an idea of a place in Jersey City/Hoboken, NJ that may work out well, but I need more information before I would contact them. What time would the gathering begin and end? How many people can we expect to gather? If you all think Jersey City is a good location for the gathering I would be happy to look into it and try to provide as much info as possible.
hg30904
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Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 4:50 pm:   Edit Post

Not an offering or an endorsement, but an idea if we don't find something larger

http://metromusic.org/

There are probably others (okay, undoubtedly others)
xray1960
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Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 7:51 pm:   Edit Post

Hal's suggestion of a recording studio is a good one. The alternative is a hotel conference room (Hyatt). The cost may be about the same. We need a show of hands, please.
gyonnii
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Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 7:23 pm:   Edit Post

Hey I might be interested in this one, I got a sister I can stay at in New York, so Jersey or CT or New York would work for me and I can use her car if someone is in need of a ride. Greg
hg30904
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Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 4:19 pm:   Edit Post

Okay, shall we take a weeklong online poll to see how many are interested in coming to upper NJ for August 8th?

After 7 days, should we then start to make the formal arrangements? That should give flyers time to get the best fares...

Why don't we all respond online here with a YEA or NAY? If NAY, then offer the alternative that works best for you.

If anyone up here needs transportation, don't let that stop you because we can probably arrange carpools. I would imagine that pickup at Newark International early in the morning would work out for those of us driving in and willing to help transport fellow Alembicians.

If we go the rehearsal studio route, we probably want to get one as large and as well-equipped (amps, drums, etc.) as possible so that we can bring as little as possible. Also, we can probably negotiate a decent rate for the entire day. (At least 11A - 6P)

Mike? MIKE? MikE? (There must be at least 3 in NE/NY)

Greg? Greg? (Yonni, Locke)

Danny (dannobasso)?

Adam (Mendez4)?

Dino?

Bueller...Bueller...

(hmmph! A ton of basses, a ton of players?)

Alright, let's see how this puppy flies!
dannobasso
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Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 4:21 pm:   Edit Post

I can make it.
xray1960
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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:24 am:   Edit Post

I will come. If we pick Morristown, I'll handle the logistics.
matthew90046
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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:17 am:   Edit Post

YEA
keurosix
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Posted on Friday, June 19, 2009 - 8:54 pm:   Edit Post

I'll be there, wherever "there" turns out!
xray1960
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 12:57 pm:   Edit Post

If we go the Hyatt Morristown, NJ route we will need to tell them what our power requirements will be. Chime in, please.
marco555
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post

I'll be there
xray1960
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Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post

OK Folks the week for voting has passed. Looks like we have 5 for sure. Now we need to vote on the location, and hours. I say noon to 6 PM, Saturday August 8th. The recording studio route sounds good, as it will minimize having to haul amps, and drum kits. The hotel will have conveniences such as secure parking, and walk to places to eat.
hg30904
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Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 1:17 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Mike,

Let's look for the largest rehearsal studio that we can find. Even perhaps one that can combine rooms. That means that they will have amps, PA, drums, parking, and electricity. If we rent it for the entire day, we should be able to get a better rate. Also, hopefully one without stairs/steps.

Let's look at what kind of basic recording we can make, if any (no, I really meant that note to be there, I was trying something new).

Don't know about food accessibility, but we can always order pizza delivered (they tell me every muso eats pizza, American Chop Suey, and Fried Chicken...preferably dripping in grease). Rehearsal studio should have a lounge or we can set apart space for eating.
xray1960
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Posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post

Hey Hal,

Two possibilities:
1) theblackbirdstudio.com (Parsippany, NJ). This looks like a nice new place for $34/hr with no engineer. $65/hr with. The prices are all inclusive with amps, etc. The location is less convenient for flyers, as this is 25 miles west of NYC (but off of route 80), and about 30-45 min from the airport. Spacious area too.

2) musicstudio22.com in Union. This is more of a bare bones affair at 23/hr. 20 x 20 foot room. No recording, only rehearsal space. Does not sound like a full drum kit is available. Have to rent cymbals. Only snare drum. 15 min from airport.

Both will allow food to be ordered in. We can also bring whatever we like as far as equipment at both.

I have not visited either place personally.

I am open to any other proposed locations. But remember: If you propose it - coordination is on you.
hg30904
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Posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - 7:31 am:   Edit Post

Mike (xray1960) has completed the first leg of background work, and now we have an announcement that we can plan around.

It is a new thread and perhaps the moderators can put in a link and close this one down?

Harold

[moderator's edit: Link to new thread]

(Message edited by davehouck on July 01, 2009)
toddharris
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Posted on Thursday, July 09, 2009 - 10:45 am:   Edit Post

Count me in - bass in hand and vocals for anything top 40!

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