Hmmm…… Our Founders, particularly George Washington warned about foreign entanglements.
CITES is an acronym for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. At a conference held in late 2016, this body ruled that all rosewood species of the genus Dalbergia, and also three species of bubinga, are to be protected. Since Brazilian Rosewood is already under CITES protection, this means that now all rosewood is protected.
Is CITES a treaty that I’ve never heard of? Did the Senate advise and consent? Somehow, I doubt it*.
Rosewood and ebony are used in most if not all types of stringed instruments for the fret-boards, not for only guitars. The fret-board (or key-board, if you prefer) affects the resonance and sound quality of the instrument. While I’ve seen maple on an electric guitar, I’ve never seen maple on a violin fret-board. I admit I’m not an expert, there may in fact be maple necks on violins, I just haven’t heard or seen of any.
This seems on first blush like the eco-nazi stuff that Gibson experienced back in 2012 or thereabouts.
I was checking out Audacity for ripping LPs to iTunes. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions for doing this?
Okay, I’ll bite!
My major computer hobby for the last three years has been importing and correcting analog audio. I’ve just about ran out of stuff to import. I’ve found that importing cassettes is far easier than records, either it works or it doesn’t. The major defect with older cassettes is that the tape head pressure pad likes to fall off, the glue fails. They are easy enough to glue back on. Superglue would likely work, although I’ve just been dabbing it with silicon caulk and letting it cure for a while. I only need one good go around anyway. The other major issue is tape drag, this often manifests after a few minutes or so, due to cheap cartridges from the plant. Double play tapes seem more susceptible to this issue too. I’m not sure if there is a fix for that, I’ve just been pitching them after a couple of failed attempts.
A few words about equipment,
it doesn’t have to be expensive, although it helps if it once wasn’t cheap.
Fifty years ago today, I was 7 1/2 years old, I didn’t give the Beatles invasion much thought. I wasn’t really into music much at all, but I remember liking the Tokens cover of The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Neal Sedaka’s Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.
This was cutting edge rock and roll at the time. Gramps had fun making fun of the Beatle’s haircuts, and the lyrical stylings of “yeah, yeah, yeah”
I didn’t pay much attention to all of the Beatle-mania surrounding us until years letter when I heard “Paperback Writer” and didn’t know who did it.
It was fifty years ago today
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
They’ve been going in and out of style
But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The act you’ve known for all these years
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Fifty years ago today, the Beatles landed in New York and launched the British Invasion.
We needed invading. A little background:
Elvis was drafted for service in the armed forces in 1958. In 1959,rock&roll died.
In 1964, rock and roll was nearly dead. The pop scene featured some doo-wop and girl-groups, but mostly a lot of “folk”, since the music industry decided that’s what the kids liked, and they pushed tunes like “Puff, the Magic Dragon” images of the Opium Wars be damned.
The Beatles held five out of the top five spots in Billboard’s Hot 100.
The first rock and roll song is widely attributed to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, which was actually Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm. It was recorded in Memphis by Sam Phillips in March 1951 and was released (strangely?) by Chess Records. (perhaps Phillips hadn’t started Sun Records yet)
About three months later, Rocket 88 was covered by Bill Haley and the Saddlemen. Both versions have been cited as the first rock and roll recording.
Here is Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats: Rocket 88