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General Discussion / Re: what are you listening to ...
Last post by Moonglum - Today at 08:48:22 PM
Here's the aforementioned "Glorious Om Riff" note the many time signature changes!

https://youtu.be/k9ZfQUVNsqo?si=BRNY3CuAlp6Ti3ff

Cheers,

Tim
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General Discussion / Re: what are you listening to ...
Last post by Moonglum - Today at 08:34:58 PM
Well chaps, in a few posts we have gone from Andrew Cushin (not quite sure how to describe him but not unpleasant pop with a bit of power - @port perran approves), to some more power pop by Pink, to a RAF brass band playing possibly "In the Mood". So, I afraid I am going to take you back to 1974, with this prog rock band famous for flying tea pots. Here is Gong playing "Master Builder" from their album You...

https://youtu.be/CKfTKNp_yUI?si=78eHX3y8SVkjttzX

Steve Hillage revisited this tune with his "Glorious Om Riff" on his album Green.

Cheers,

Tim 
#3
General Discussion / Re: what are you listening to ...
Last post by Dorsetmike - Today at 07:59:17 PM
The RAF Squadronaires, playing Glen Miller.
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General Discussion / Re: what are you listening to ...
Last post by Paul B - Today at 05:54:40 PM
At this precise moment - P!nk and 'Don't let me get me'!  :claphappy:
#5
On Christmas Day morning, the Great Hall of Trevelver Castle was alive with anticipation as guests eagerly awaited the early morning concert by Enka Lou-Lou, the celebrated teenage singer-songwriter known as the 'Queen of Hearts'. Despite the chill in the atmosphere, the warmth emanating from the massive central hearth of the Great Hall beckoned like a beacon, drawing all who were present to its inviting embrace. With each stride, the anticipation of the impending performance grew, infusing the night air with an electric energy that seemed to crackle with excitement. As they approached the entrance to the Great Hall, Enka's heart beat with a mixture of nerves and excitement; her mind focused on the performance about to commence. With Sylvie and Eli by her side, she stepped into the warmth and light of the castle's main building, ready to share her music with the eager audience gathered within. Entering the cloakroom, the three friends discarded their overcoats, scarves and boots and shook the snowflakes from their hair. Susan was waiting with Enka's Spanish acoustic guitar, already tuned and ready.

"How are you, Enka? Everything has been double-checked and is ready."

"Thank you, Susan. I'm fine. Where is Sofi?"

"Here I am, Enka!" exclaimed a breathless Sofi, rushing to embrace the teenage singer.

"Well, ladies. Time to take the stage!"

As Enka Lou-Lou, Susan, and Sofi made their grand entrance into the Great Hall, the anticipation among the guests reached its peak, rising like a crescendo with each passing moment. With synchronized grace, Sylvie and Eli ascended the stage, standing before the eager audience. In unison, they announced, "Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives everyone at Trevelver Castle the greatest pleasure to introduce our very own Queen of Hearts, Miss Enka Lou-Lou, accompanied by Miss Sofia de La Vega, hailing all the way from Sant Cristofol in the Principality of Izaro, and our technical and instrumental genius, Miss Susan Foreman."

Stepping onto the stage as Sylvie and Eli gracefully exited on the opposite side, the trio entered into a warm and inviting atmosphere, enveloped by the soft glow of light that dispelled the winter chill. With their presence, the already charged atmosphere was infused with an extra spark of excitement, setting the stage for a truly mesmerising concert that promised to captivate all who were present.

Enka led the way, ascending the stage with an aura of quiet confidence that instantly captured the attention of the assembled guests. With her striking presence, Enka stood tall, her long, wavy blonde hair cascading around her as she prepared to captivate the audience with her mesmerising voice. Her calm brown eyes reflected anticipation as she gracefully bowed, preparing to showcase her extraordinary talent. As thunderous applause echoed through the hall, it eventually subsided into a hushed silence, signalling the beginning of the trio's performance.

The stage was meticulously arranged, with Enka positioned on her beloved metal-legged stool, her features partially obscured by a cascade of blonde hair. Draped in a flowing cream dress intricately embroidered with delicate patterns, she radiated a captivating energy that spoke of creativity and uniqueness. Bathed in the gentle radiance of three spotlights, Enka, Sofi, and Susan occupied their respective metal stools atop a small circular platform. Enka, seated at the focal point on the tallest stool, cradled her cherished Spanish acoustic guitar in her lap. To her right, Susan grasped what appeared to be a large translucent flute adorned with an intricate array of luminous buttons, while Sofi occupied the stool to Enka's left, holding a guitar reminiscent of Enka's own instrument.

As Enka Lou-Lou began to strum her guitar, a wave of anticipation swept through the room, captivating all in attendance. Bathed in the warm glow of candlelight and flickering hearth flames, she commenced her performance, her voice weaving a mesmerizing tapestry of sound that held every listener spellbound.

Despite the late hour, the energy in the Great Hall remained palpable, infused with the enchantment of the season and the promise of music that transcended time and space. As Enka's melodic introduction filled the air, it seemed as though the very walls of Trevelver Castle resonated with joy, welcoming the arrival of Christmas Day with open arms.
#6
N Gauge Discussion / Re: A British domestic train f...
Last post by njee20 - Today at 01:12:42 PM
I have two SX controllers on my son's layout and I agree they're very good controllers actually. The 800 is definitely geared for top speed over slow speed acceleration.

To be clear, I have no specific issue with the 800, I've gone one, but I don't want the industry as a whole to push towards a "lower detail, lower cost" angle.
#7
N Gauge Discussion / Re: A British domestic train f...
Last post by Chris Morris - Today at 12:56:58 PM
I reckon for £350 total outlay this sight is a bargain.
#8
N Gauge Discussion / Re: A British domestic train f...
Last post by ntpntpntp - Today at 12:53:59 PM
Quote from: Chris Morris on Today at 12:38:05 PM... neither of my 800s are the best at really really smooth stops and starts. They are perfectly acceptable but I do have a number of Farish and Dapol that are just a little bit better.

Have you tried them on a Kato SX controller?  My 800 came with one, and I have to say it does match Kato mechanisms very well, in fact it gives great results with just about everything old and new that I've tried so far.   

I am tempted to investigate converting a couple of SXs to handheld units for exhibition use, taking over from my old KPC controllers which whilst great do cause one or two of the modern far east mechanisms in my collection to jerk a bit.
#9
N Gauge Discussion / Re: A British domestic train f...
Last post by Chris Morris - Today at 12:38:05 PM
Quote from: njee20 on January 12, 2024, 12:24:31 PMNo, I agree, the prices will of course continue rising, but I'm ok with where the prices are (and where they're heading). If you don't want super detailed stuff there are older models around, with a buoyant second hand market. I don't want Kato's "lower cost, lower detail" approach to be the norm. YMMV. Reminds me, I wonder if I can get a replacement windscreen for my 800 on this production run, as one fell out of mine, not clip together enough!  :worried:

I'm very happy with Kato's lower cost, lower detail approach. To my mind the older Farish models are not great and I wouldn't want to own most of them, In fact I haven't bought any, except for a couple of very cheap 158s. On the other hand I rate the Kato 800 as a wonderful model. How do I justify that? Well firstly it just looks right running along; it captures the look of the real thing very well indeed. The detail is good enough for when it is in motion. Yes the connectors between coaches are non existent and the connector boxes are very poor.  I painted my connector boxes black which I think makes for a worthwhile improvement. The worst part about the Kato 800 is the bright white roof and corridor ends. I have toned these down with a bit of weathering and I think that is enough to reduce it's toy like look and make it more of a convincing model. I do the same with pretty much every other piece of stock. I like to get the whole look right and to me a slightly weathered roof is more important than the nth degree of detail. The Kato 800 is a good, lively runner and stays on the track extremely well which is another strong point in its favour. On the other hand neither of my 800s are the best at really really smooth stops and starts. They are perfectly acceptable but I do have a number of Farish and Dapol that are just a little bit better. I would prefer lower gearing on the 800 but I can see why giving it a high top speed is a good thing for such a model. I also love the way two can be joined together to make a 5+5 unit.
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N Gauge Discussion / Re: A British domestic train f...
Last post by njee20 - Today at 10:30:27 AM
Kato have form on the inside bearings - their Amfleet coaches roll very well. Their approach has been rather different to Farish (on the Voyager)/Revolution in that they use a 'clamshell' type design, which retains the axle, rather than having the wheelset clip in to a moulded part of the bogie.



Kato -> Farish -> Dapol.

Given it's only 4 bogies on a 9-car train I'm sure they'll be great.
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