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So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Dave B » Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:44 pm

I'm sure it's something to do with having absorbed so much useless knowledge about synths over the years, but I nearly wasted money on something ridiculously simple that just slipped my mind :

I have a KX5 (*) and didn't power it up for many years. Tried a couple of years ago and it stubbornly refused to play ball. Did the usual (changed batteries, checked power connections, quick strip and clean) - nothing. So I leave it for a while. This week I decide I should really ask hereabout where the nearest Yammy authorised service bod is and, literally as I am typing the post, a vague memory pops up about it needing to be plugged into a midi device as a safety precaution (stops batteries wearing down). Surely I tried that ..... come this weekend, one quick check later and I'm looking at the little red power light and feeling particularly stoopid..



Could be worse ... I could have remembered _after_ sending it off ....

(*) Yes - I know that they are cheesier than the whole of southern France, but hey - I grew up in the 80s when 'cool' was a very distorted thing...
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:54 pm

Well done for being so honest Dave - not everyone would admit to being such a plonker, so good on you mate.

You won't be able to hold up your head in public for several months, but the warm feeling you get inside from being so honest will obviously make up for this.

I applaud you (as well as having a crafty snigger on the side )

Well done!


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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Magic Matt » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:03 pm

Well if we're staring an "I'm a plonker" thread... does this count?

I spent 10 minutes getting annoyed and upset at two of my mics that seemed to have died a death from being left in a drawer for a year. I just couldn't get them to do anything, they were completely dead. I changed leads, tried different sockets on the desk... nothing.

...Phantom Power was off. They're condenser mics.
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:27 am

Doh!!!!


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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Dave B » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:07 am

Yeah .. happened to me in a studio that was left set up for me to record acoustic guitars in. Engineer forgot to leave phantom power on and I also forgot it - so I changed to a '57 and found that it gave a nice grungier tone to the double tracking we were doing.

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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Folderol » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:35 am

I'll see your phantom power and raise you crossed leads

Two identical jack leads around the back of a temporary stage in a village hall. Only somehow I'd got them swapped and folded back about half way so the amp LH input was connected to the RH input, and mixer LH output connected to RH output. It took me the best part of a very panicky hour to work out what the problem was.
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby desmond » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:19 pm

Dave B wrote:(*) Yes - I know that they are cheesier than the whole of southern France, but hey - I grew up in the 80s when 'cool' was a very distorted thing...

You omitted a very important pice of information, that's crucial in providing any kind of support (technical, moral, or emotional).

What colour is the KX5..?
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Dave B » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:44 pm

Black ... obviously .....

I wouldn't be so tacky as to have the silver one ....
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Dan Bo » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:13 am

Ahh the KX5 or should we refer to it as a synth on a stick.

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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby desmond » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:43 am

Dave B wrote:Black ... obviously .....

Phew! I was worried there for a minute...

As you were...
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:16 am

Indeed - calm down everyone

Anyway, silver is the new black isn't it?


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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Stephen Bennett » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:07 pm

Dave B wrote:Black ... obviously .....

I wouldn't be so tacky as to have the silver one ....

Oi! Don't diss the silvers......



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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Dave B » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:57 pm

There's always some wierdo who thought that just cos Jonesy ran round with a silver one that it makes it all ok ...

Remember - Jonesy also thought it was cool to were silver lame suits and baseball boots - or even an orange boiler suit with no shoes or socks - so we can't use him as a style guru...

Remember kids - black is the new black!
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby desmond » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:29 am

Dave B wrote:There's always some wierdo who thought that just cos Jonesy ran round with a silver one that it makes it all ok ...

Remember - Jonesy also thought it was cool to were silver lame suits and baseball boots - or even an orange boiler suit with no shoes or socks - so we can't use him as a style guru...

Yeah, but once you've made a record cover with nothing but you and a Jupiter 8 you can get away with a lot...
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Folderol » Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:38 pm

desmond wrote:
Dave B wrote:There's always some wierdo who thought that just cos Jonesy ran round with a silver one that it makes it all ok ...

Remember - Jonesy also thought it was cool to were silver lame suits and baseball boots - or even an orange boiler suit with no shoes or socks - so we can't use him as a style guru...

Yeah, but once you've made a record cover with nothing but you and a Jupiter 8 you can get away with a lot...
Could have been worse. Could have been that multi-coloured JMJ thing. I think the current Packrat is rather appropriate here
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby Magic Matt » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:28 pm

I had a laptop stand that made it look like the laptop had wooden end caps.

It can't have been that bad... somebody stole it.
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby mick.n » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:35 pm

One more plonker instance. Purchased a new telly for the spare room recently. Eagerly unpacked & set up\tuned in etc ready to enjoy the delights of LED technology & USB stick recording (Probably of fly on the wall progs that hopefully exclude the dreaded omnipresent "Pizzicato), only to find it refused to power on.

After much faffing & cursing\ testing fuses with multimeter, i was about to ring the shop when i found a sly looking switch tucked away underneath with the words "Power) boldly written next to it.
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby DGL. » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:51 pm

mick.n wrote:One more plonker instance. Purchased a new telly for the spare room recently. Eagerly unpacked & set up\tuned in etc ready to enjoy the delights of LED technology & USB stick recording (Probably of fly on the wall progs that hopefully exclude the dreaded omnipresent "Pizzicato), only to find it refused to power on.

After much faffing & cursing\ testing fuses with multimeter, i was about to ring the shop when i found a sly looking switch tucked away underneath with the words "Power) boldly written next to it.

We have exactly that problem at work. Some of the tv's can be turned off compleatly with the remote (actually disconnected form the mains, no standby) and the only way to resurrect it is via a green switch on the back. The amopunt of people who don't realise the switch is there and say there TV is broken and you go and check you just press a button and everything works
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Re: So much knowledge, I'm a numpty ...

Postby mick.n » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:20 pm

This reminds me of a friend of mine who has a computer repair business.
He reinstalled windows for a customer who was a consultant surgeon & delivered it to him.....next day he got a call from the surgeon saying that it wouldn't work. He called round & had a look at it & found that even though the pc would boot, there was no display. Reached around the rear of the monitor & pressed the power switch & all was well.

Mind boggling.
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