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  1. LORANTZ CELESTION GREENBACK CLONE SPEAKERS THE STORY:

    LORANTZ CELESTION GREENBACK CLONE SPEAKERS  THE STORY:

    LORANTZ CELESTION GREENBACK CLONE SPEAKERS, 
    THE STORY:


    If you're looking for a speaker that replicates that true Vintage sound, then this is THE ONE!

    Take a deep breath.............This is an interesting (and long!) story that originally came about several years ago when I took an old Vintage Celestion Greenback out of an early Marshall 12" Quad cabinet and took it to Victorian loudspeaker manufacturers, Lorantz, the company who took over the old Plessey plant.
    Plessey was the company who in turn took over the ROLA plant. (Rola-Celestion is the original manufacturer of the Greenback and other vintage speakers which were also tied in with JENSEN speakers in the USA)

    Why I have mentioned all this is that now Lorantz is owned and operated by the original speaker designer and head engineer at the old Plessey plant, and all the original eq

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  2. Guitar Search Saturdays Episode #24 - Melbourne Music Centre

     Guitar Search Saturdays Episode #24 - Melbourne Music Centre

    Guitar Search Saturdays Episode #24 - Melbourne Music Centre

    A big thank you to Shane for putting together this excellent video tour of our store as part of his Guitar Search Saturday series on You Tube.
    A nice overview of our store and some tasty playing from Shane on an Essex Tele. Make yourself a brew, put the feet up and enjoy the trip.

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  3. HOW TO SET UP A VIOLIN/FIDDLE

    HOW TO SET UP A VIOLIN/FIDDLE

    SETTING UP YOUR NEW VIOLIN

    All new stringed instruments must undergo some degree of further adjustment and preparation to ready them for optimum playability. Most classically inclined instruments, for example violins, cellos and double basses, require a proper set up in order to avoid future complications such as intonation issues and tuning instability. It is a fairly simple process to go about, but if done incorrectly will prevent your instrument from playing at it's best and in some cases can be detremential to both it's sound and materials. Following a few short steps, here is how to go about preparing your new violin for play:

    1. Position the Bridge

    The bridge, a small, thin piece of light coloured wood, often comes wrapped in paper and tucked under the tailpiece. This is used to seat the strings in place at a suitable height above the fingerboard. Placing it with the taller side underneath the thickest string (G) a

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  4. SHOP TOUR XMAS 2017

    SHOP TOUR XMAS 2017

    Surf's up, time to hang ten with the MMC crew.
    We are all stocked up with XMAS goodies.
    Find the pefect gift for that special someone, even if it's yourself.
    Suscribe to our newsletter and get 10% Off your next purchase.

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  5. KALIMBA, KARIMBA & MBIRA (THUMB PIANO)

    KALIMBA, KARIMBA & MBIRA (THUMB PIANO)

    LAMELLOPHONES - KALIMBA, KARIMBA & MBIRA

    "Lamella" means plate, or tongue. "Lamellophone" is an ethnomusicological term describing any instrument that makes its sound by plucking, striking, or otherwise exciting vibrations of lamellae.

    Kalimba was originally one of the names of the traditional African lamellophones. People in northern Zimbabwe referred to their instruments as kalimbas, while people in the rest of Zimbabwe referred to them as karimbas. Kalimba is a generic name for any thumb piano, used today to describe any non-traditional lamellophone.

    The term Karimba comprises a family of closely related instruments:

    • 17-note mbira dzavadzimu
    • 15-note mbira nyunga nyunga
    • 8- or 9-note 'original' karimba
    Each of these instruments is a specific tradit
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  6. THE MARSHALL AMP JTM45

     THE MARSHALL AMP JTM45

    THE MARSHALL AMP JTM45

    This model was named the JTM45, (only 1/2 as good as a 90).
    One of the earliest production models, this head's main claim to fame was its left-justified control panel and indeed, completely offset chassis.
    This was from the days when the central placement of the handle was absolutely the most important cosmetic feature!

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  7. MAESTRO FUZZ TONE

    MAESTRO FUZZ TONE

    MAESTRO FUZZ TONE

    No, not a 60's 45 record player, but actually one of the earliest fuzzboxes available.
    Designed by synth guru Tom Oberheim, these very simple fuzz tone pedals are now extremely rare.

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  8. Yamaha G10 Midi Guitar Synth & Controller

    Yamaha G10 Midi Guitar Synth & Controller

    Yamaha G10 Midi Guitar Synth & Controller

    Hot on the heels of their DX7 success, Yamaha came out with this.
    Looking more like a modern day rifle grenade, this axe utilized ultrasonic fretboard tracking and required both a midi converter unit and sound module to operate.
    The G10's lack of commercial success goes to prove that not everything that looks like a DX7 will sell like a DX7.

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  9. KRUNDAAL BIKINI GUITAR

    KRUNDAAL BIKINI GUITAR

    KRUNDAAL BIKINI GUITAR

    Nicknamed "THE BUGGERLUGG" because of its resemblance to a human ear, this extremely handsome self-contained unit was brought to us by Davoli. .
    Similar in style to other Italian instruments of the early 1960's, the egg shaped pod suspended underneath the guitar body is actually the guitar's built in amplifier.
    Ideal Bourke St. Mall busker's axe.

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  10. THE VOX GUITAR ORGAN

      THE VOX GUITAR ORGAN

    THE VOX GUITAR ORGAN

    Designed by Vox engineer Dick Denny in the very early 60's and based on the Phantom Guitar, this was actually a genuine Vox Continental Organ within a guitar body.
    The fretboard had a whole passle of thin wires running through it to each fret and by using a hard wired metal plectrum to complete the circuitry .
    It was possible to play organ sounds, guitar sounds, or a combination of both. 
    "Incredibly rare"!!!

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