2nd to Last Practice Before the Next Gig

The next Lizardfish show is October 21st.  We have one more Sunday practice between now and then.  We missed yesterday’s scheduled rehearsal so three of us got together for a quick dust off tonight.  Just an hour or so to run through the newer songs.

There were a couple of items of note.  First, I am so loving my pedal board setup right now.  I switched from an Ibanez Tube Screamer boosting into either a Fulltone OCD or an Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker and then volume boosting with an Electro Harmonix Soul Food to using a Keeley D&M Drive for the initial boost and the overdrive, or the Keeley boosting a Wren and Cuff Tri Pi ’70 with a TC Electronic Spark Mini for the volume boost.  It sounds so good it’s just silly.  On a scale of 1-10 the Spark and the Tri Pi are maybe 8-8.5 while the D&M is a straight up 10.  That thing is so good sitting between my Les Paul and my Fender Deluxe Reverb.  Damn, does it sound good.

One  a more downer note, my occasional is-it-tendenitits-or-is-it-maybe-arthritis pain in my left hand was a steady companion for the whole mini-practice.  After our long break following the last gig, and our lack of opportunities to rehearse over the last few weeks, I am so far out of playing shape that it’s crazy.  I need to practice at home a lot over the next couple of weeks.

On the practicing at home front, I have finally made an attempt at finalizing my stay at home gear.  I bought another pedal train board.  It’s going to be delivered tomorrow (along with a very inexpensive analog delay pedal).  The new board will be the four dirt pedals that just came off the main board, a tuner, the cheap-o delay, the cheap-o phaser that’s a clone of the one I have on the main board, and the cheap-o uni-vibe that’s might be a clone of the one on the main board.  I’ll power it with the little daisy chain system I bought when I first started messing with the idea of having a stay at home setup.  Now I just need to get a new super loud combo amp to use with the band so that I can keep my Fender Deluxe Reverb at home.  That 40-something watt Fender Bassbreaker that costs about $1000 perhaps?  Watch as I hold my breath…

Lastly I ended a tradition that has been with me since maybe 2002 or so.  I pulled the “Vasectomy Prevents Abortion” bumper sticker off my Les Paul case.  It just stopped being funny to me.  Oh well.  More room for stickers from pedal companies!  Which boutique company should I buy from next!  WHEEEEEEEE

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