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ttwatts
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Username: ttwatts

Post Number: 7
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 9:04 am:   Edit Post

I found this interview very interesting.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/interview/stanleyclarke/index.cfm

Check it out.
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1596
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post

Thanks. Not bad at all...it wasn't just a straight commercial advert. for GC.
bigredbass
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 548
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 5:16 pm:   Edit Post

More proof that there's VERY little attention paid to web content:

How in the hell could somebody interviewing one of the world's great bassists, working for the largest instrument retailer in the world, not KNOW (or proofread!!!) that a specialist, Swedish manufacturer of bass equipment is E-B-S, not E-V-S?

No wonder they've become the WalMart of music stores.

J o e y
hb3
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Username: hb3

Post Number: 63
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 5:47 pm:   Edit Post

you don't think they did that on purpose? too much credit? I mean, I don't think you can buy those at GC....
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 2967
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 5:47 pm:   Edit Post

The part about how he sets his bass controls was pretty interesting. Thanks!
byoung
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 171
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 9:11 pm:   Edit Post

I love the parting question: they ask him if he's ever shopped at Guitar Center, and he never quite says yes.

Just struck me as funny.
keavin
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Username: keavin

Post Number: 604
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2006 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post

going with the bassicshttp://www.innerviews.org/inner/clarke.html
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 2974
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2006 - 2:55 pm:   Edit Post

Nice interview Keavin; thanks for the link! I especially liked the part about Return To Forever.
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 22
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 6:43 am:   Edit Post

Nice interview, when I visited the Alembic factory in 2000 Stan's bass was almost finished, I have some non digital pics of me holding it(very cafefully I might add and under the eye of Mica)in the set up room. It is a lovely bass, figured rosewood, the one he uses all the time now.
Terry C
terryc
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Post Number: 23
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

Is EBS related to the brake pad manufacturers EBC in Sweden or am I wrong??
Second hobby..sports motorcycles
bigredbass
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 556
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 7:08 pm:   Edit Post

Not as far as I know, Terry. If they were part of OHLINS, the maker of fabulous motorcycle supension bits, I'd buy some!! SERIOUS unobtanium, seen on big-buck Ducs, and the new special edition R1 Yamaha, among others.

SC's insights about RTF reforming only reinforces something I realized a few years ago: In MOST cases, the best bands exist at a certain stretch of time both to the audience and the players themselves. 10, 15 years later, ya can't get the Genie to come out of the bottle again. It's the rare group of people in ANY business that can live and grow together for 20 or 30 years, and in show business, you just may reform to an utterly different time and audience that has just moved on. Not to mention re-uniting with people who are now strangers to you, or stepping right back into problems that were never settled the first time 'round.

J o e y
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 26
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 6:23 am:   Edit Post

I have Ohlins rear shocker, hydraulic spring rate, rebound/compression damping hi & low speed damping too on my CBR600 FSport..yes very expensive - 500 sterling at the time..
Front end was re valved and uprated spring. Holds like a dream...oops this is a BASS forum isn't it..sorry

See RTF in the mid 70's when they were in UK..awesome then..awesome now..Lenny White still has it..listen to Vertu..and can you believe Ritchie Koetzen???..rock licks in so many different styles
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1623
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 6:54 am:   Edit Post

I don't think EBC or SBS are affiliated with Ohlins Sweden, but I could be wrong. I personally use SBS (they are the OEM PAD for PM brakes...I have the six-pot calipers on my H-D) and they work great and wear like iron (45k miles on the origanal pads and plenty left to go!!!).

Yeah, that works-style Ohlins front end that Duc and Yami use is about $3500USD MSRP. A works-style fully adjustable sport bike damper can be around $1200USD. They even have dual dampers for Harleys like my Road King! I'm considering them as replacements for my well-worn stock Showa-made air shocks. I never adjust them and the ride is quite jarring...I've been mulling over replacing them for years.

Oh yeah, this is a bass thread, LOL! Sorry.
j_gary
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Username: j_gary

Post Number: 173
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 7:04 am:   Edit Post

bigredbass, a Honda man perhaps? The name might suggest so.

Matching chromosomes? Anyone know if Mr. Clarke rides?
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 32
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 5:56 am:   Edit Post

to Kmh364..can you get White Power or Hagon in the states..they are a good compromise to Ohlins,,the Ten Kate British Superbike team use White Power on their FireBlades so they must be okay.
There is a website(a USA one) which can re build Showa shocks and there is even a web page showing you how to rebuild them.
I suppose this is a bass forum but everyone is here to help in all walks of life..that is the Alembic Way basso-san.
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 314
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 6:14 am:   Edit Post

Just need to complete the circle. Beer!
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1629
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 7:12 am:   Edit Post

We have White Power (Dutch?) suspension here...not sure about Hagon, though. H-D suspension is rather "unique", shall we say. Most of the "race" suspension manufacturers don't make suspension bits for them. Having said that, there are a lot of aftermarket manufacturers who make suspension for H-D, but separating the wheat from the chaff is difficult.

H-D uses Showa (Honda-owned subsidiary) for OEM suspension as they are the world's largest motorcycle suspension suppliers. While Showa does have trick stuff, H-D doesn't see fit to equip $20k-plus bikes with them...they use mid-range stuff at best. While I have a LOT of chrome and billet on my bike, and I'd like my new dampers to refelect that, I'd also like an improvement over the stock units (i.e., better ride, handling, etc.). Finding replacements that look good AND perform is very difficult. Ohlins are pricy, but they are alloy bodied, rebuildable and can be custom-valved...important for a 1000# bike and a 225# rider (not to mention frequent female pillions of undisclosed weight, LOL!).
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1630
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 7:14 am:   Edit Post

Make mine Guiness Stout, LOL!
bigredbass
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 568
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 7:06 pm:   Edit Post

JGary

Not that I would mind being a Honda guy, but I actually own a big red bass, Alembic, of course. KMH knows I'd hope to be a KLR guy one day soon, but I really, REALLY want to be an FJR1300 guy down the road one day. Like an R-1 for two with travel trunks, and a riding position that DOESN'T replicate a prostate exam.

Ooopps, it's a bass thread . . .

J o e y



J o e y
j_gary
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Username: j_gary

Post Number: 178
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 8:32 pm:   Edit Post

Joey, great bike, hear some riders c/o excess engine heat. Be good this time of year.
bigredbass
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 572
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 10:06 pm:   Edit Post

JG

All the motomag writers (and no doubt owner feedback) informed them of this (remember the FJR was developed in Europe, cooler), and, voila, this year they've redesigned the fairing and vents to alleviate this. I'm amazed they did it so quickly, wonder if they had overheat warranty claims on some of the greasy bits because of it.

Sometime, check out Yamaha's European website and check into their Design Cafe, which is full of interviews and insights into some of Yamaha's more interesting pieces. A little different outlook on that side of the pond.

J o e y
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 34
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 2:30 am:   Edit Post

I wonder if there is a big difference in USA & UK riders(I am from UK to remind everyone again) The H-D's I suppose are the classic long haul road bikes, as you know we don't have many straight roads on this tiny island but lots of twisty ones..I am lucky enough to have what is called the "North Yorkshire TT Road" right on my doorstep. It is about 15-20 miles of turns and hills, supposedly the best road in the UK. every Sunday in the summer it is packed with bikers who want to scare themselves on it and the end of the road finished in a small village called Hemsley where the square is packed with bikers.
Suspension is very critical along with tyres on this road as there have been a few fatalities.
I think I would like to do the H-D vacation over there as I have been to the states a few times(New York, San Francisco, Reno, Orlando)

terry c
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1634
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 4:29 am:   Edit Post

There most certainly is a difference. While H-D does have a presence in the UK, nakeds and sportbikes rule the land there.

I used to be a regular reader of the British "Superbike" rag...they refer to what is a "proper" motorbike, and H-D doesn't appear to be it, LOL!

Even though I'm a H-D rider, I like all bikes. In my 20yrs in the saddle, I've ridden a good cross-section of everything out there...and I learned on, rode and owned Japanese for most of those years. After lusting for a Ducati (first 851/888, then 906/996/998 and now 999S/R) for years, I simply got too old for them and their hypersports ilk. I'd love one (999R or Yami R-1LE especially), but I'd get maybe two hours usage a month with my bad back, knee, wrists (carpal tunnel and cubital syndromes), etc. My Hog is big and roomy, allows me to sit straight up and has stretched-out man-sized controls for many, many miles of comfortable riding (not to mention luggage space). 500-600 miles per day in relative comfort (and style!) makes me a happy camper.

In 'ole Blighty, a dearth of open motorway and an abundance of twisty's mean even old codgers like me ride "proper" sportbikes. Nutter b*st*rds all you lot! LOL! J/K.

Cheers,

Kevin

BTW, Try the H-D Fly and Ride Program...you can arrange a lease Hog in just about every State and some will even give you a free ride to the Dealer from the airport to pick-up your bike. I do it all the time...it works even down-under in the Land Of Oz (Aus). If you fly into SF, you can get the H-D of your choice from Dud Perkins H-D and ride the scenic hour or so up to Alembicland...detouring through Napa/Sonoma, of course (No drinky and ridey at the same time, though), LOL!
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 60
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 6:57 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for info Kevin..I must do the 'American' thing on a Harley..your country is built for a bike like that and I have no predjudice over them at all, I actually love that big engineering that is attractive about them.
They say over here that once you turn 50 years old you should be getting one..sorry not this guy I like to scare myself on those roads I mentioned..there is one guy..Jonesy..has a Repsol FireBlade, matching leathers, Aria Cosair helmet and rides like a GP demon on public roads..age...63 for gods sakes!!!
The trouble is it rains here..a lot but having been to California and visited the Alembic factory I really want to do the same thing again but on a soft tail HD before I meet my maker
george_wright
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Username: george_wright

Post Number: 63
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post

Since this thread has totally degenerated---or, to be less judgmental---evolved into a bike thread, and since since Terry mentioned in another thread that advancing age brings cheaper bike insurance....

I confess that I sold my bike in 1969. I needed the money, because I was getting married. And certain other physical shortcomings made me a less-than-optimal operator. It was a BMW R-69-S, last of the Earles fork models. Remember those? No nose-dive under front-braking, but looked rather cumbersome.

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