Yeah man, saw them several times, one of the absolute best nites of my life began at a J Geils concert, it was my first time ever having a date with a black girl, "Jungle Fever" kicked in so to speak.
Other than the harmonica classic "Whammer Jammer", I like "Homework", very cool harp and guitar riff on that one, used to play it in a band I was in waaaaay back in the last century sometime, the '80s were good to me.
Another great tune from their first album is their cover of Hooker's "Serves You Right To Suffer". And while Peter Wolf was a dynamic hipster jive frontman, along with Majic Dick's genius level harmonica playing, J Geils was no slouch when it came to a scorching guitar solo, he could hold his own with anyone.
If you saw them in Detroit it was at the Cinderella Ballroom, they recorded their first live album "Full House" there. At a time when live albums where often a toss off offered by the record company, and of dubious quality when compared to a studio LP,
J Geils Bands' "Full House" is considered a masterpiece for its time.
They called Boston home. J Geils died in Groton, a bit northwest of the city.
Another legend gone, John Warren Geils of the J Geils Band was found unresponsive in his home 4pm Tuesday.
Groton police said in a press release that he died of natural causes, he was 71.
It weren't so much the heat, it only reached 83, but a combo of sun, zero humidity, and wind.
Trying to stay hydrated was a feat in itself, we literally ran out of water at one point. By "burn" my
lip, I am referring to that point where you have worn away the callous and sort of blister burned your lip,
because you have dried out. But everything got REALLY hot, I literally was pouring water on my metal
bodied harps so I could slide them. The wood and plastic combs didn't hold the heat like the metals, but
brass, German silver, and aluminum bodies would dry my lips as soon as I tried to play them without H2O.
A little *Chapstick after the gig, and I'm good for today.
I am truly happy for you. I suppose your gig was in the shade, or maybe inside in the AC, nice.
Try three hours in the sun, I don't know your location, don't care, I have no reason to lie.
You asked how it went, I burned my frickin lip, other than what amounts to a minor distraction, it went well.
I am an old man, a couple years back a young lady told me she could give me Super Sex!!!
I said, "at my age, I'll take the soup".
On a serious note my harmonicas got so hot in the sun, that my Dannecker burned my lip.
I know six weeks seems like a looooong time, but it'll pass before ya know it.
Wishing you the best palomine.
Hey all the Boogalizers with Peter Burnett (Reed Smith) on harmonicas and vocals headline
the Dixieland Art Festival, Dixieland, Lakeland, Florida. The Festival is from 9a-4p, the Boogalizers
play from 12-3.
Sarge, Spydr, Suavacito, I have you guys on the guest list, arrive early and receive a free continental
And here I been thinking I had it bad with my predilection for harmonicas.
Maybe we'll get to see John Broecker on a future episode of "Hoarders"
Regards, Reed (MeauxJeaux)
Suzuki and Seydel whipped Hohner's ass in the early part of this century, offering tight tolerances and
better responses because of it. Hohner meanwhile noticed the loss in sales (imagine that) and re-tooled in
04. The result is better instruments across their range, Hohner even now seals the flagship 1896 Marine Band
The supreme customizer and harmonica wizard Joe Filisko claims to play MBs straight outta the box now no work done.
I love the Rocket harmonica, I do re-profile the reeds and flat sand the bottom comb, if I emboss I do just the tip of the
reed slot to make the reed "pop". For the most part a Special 20 and a Rocket are the same harmonica, the reed plates
are the same, the difference is in the comb and mouth covers. If you work on your own instruments, you have no doubt
trained your ear to hear where air is being lost. If your hearing it and feeling it when you play, then yes, a gasket will help.
Any time you make an adjustment to your harmonica, try to make an A-B comparison, before and after. Ask yourself, incrementally how is my work effecting the playability/responsiveness of my harmonica.
What a double reed plate does is gives the reed a longer throw in the slot, very responsive, luscious bends. The draw back
is because of the deeper slot, you can wear reeds out faster, especially if you pull bends to the floor, 'cause the floor is father away.
I'll give you a rule of thumb to go by when gapping, the gap should be as wide as the tip of the reed in that hole. If you notice the weighted reeds 1-3 are gapped about as thick as the tip.
The reed should enter the slot along its length, like a door closing.
If the reed tip or any part along the reed is entering first correct this. It is okay if a bit of the heel enters first but only there.
I flat sand the bottom reed plate to take out the "dimple" left after the rivets are punched thru. The dimple didn't allow the reed plate to seat as well as it should for air tightness. There is no need for this process on welded reed plates.
I hope this takes some of the mystery out of enhancing your harmonicas playability.
When you work on your instruments you get a much deeper understanding of how it all comes together.
Gaskets are super easy to make. I use Curad latexfree* tape, it is 1" wide so it doesn't need trimming.
Simply cut a piece to length, apply it to the comb, and using an exacto knife, trim between the tines.
Re-assemble the harmonica, gasketed.
I used to cut my own gaskets from Micro-pore surgical tape. I put 'em on Sp20s to make for a tighter seal,
I gave a gasketed Sp20 in A to Gerald (Suave) a couple years ago. Since Hohner Re-tooled in 04 I see no need.
If you are referring to the gaskets *Turbo Harp offers, I don't really know any more than what info is at the site.
I will tell you from experience that a double reed plate harmonica plays like a ton. Tom Halchak @ Blue Moon Harmonicas
has kits, and completely assembled harmonicas. I bought a kit, and did it myself.
The Lucky13* is a 10 hole diatonic, with a low octave added in hole 1-3.
I think your style of playing would translate fine to the harp, but may take time.
Did you get the six harp set?
After gettin' to know you Jim, I grant you exclusive permission to use the phrase, "Naw he's always been that way".
Me and my brother in law got 6 largemouth yesterday before gettin' blowed off the lake.
Jimmy Mac, I know you have my back. But know this, I developed my eccentricities early in life, so now days when I meet someone and they remark, "man, Pete's an A-hole" those that have known me any length of time say "naw he's always been that way".
I think any convention should start with all the lights off, everyone enters in the dark, once all are inside, throw the lights on and watch people cringe. The jig is up at this point, all ass kissers and potential ass kissers would be revealed.
Yeah, I know Win, the feelings I have for Oklahoma go back nearly forty years. I am sure that the
state is a bit more progressive thinking now days, but I still have bad feelings, as I'm sure OK does too.
I want to do a SPAH if I live long enuff, but I'll pass on this years.
I gave serious consideration to going last year to SPAH, but San Antonio in Aug. is sweltering. Not that Fl. isn't too, but why should I travel 1200 miles to sweat?
I really hoped this years SPAH would have been held in Virginia Beach, 'cause I don't go to Oklafrickin'homa for free, I expect to be paid if I must go, not even close to my favorite place at all.
So if you guys go, and you run into somebody that doesn't like me, tell 'em I said to kiss my @ss.
I wasn't going to weigh in on this. Why are you attacking the reed slot tolerance?
Suzuki laser cuts their reed plates, lasers don't dull, the tolerances are perhaps
the tightest in the industry. The reeds are welded to the plate robotically, it is rare
that you'll find a reed misaligned on a Suzuki reed plate.
Embossing was a needed to make for an air tight instrument years ago. After Hohner
(number one in sales) re-tooled in 2004 and generally greatly improved their entire line
the other major manufacturers followed suit, (Hering hasn't and is enjoying the same fate
as Bends) now because of the improvements heavy embossing once used to even out
the reed tolerances is (thankfully) rarely needed.
Hole three draw is one of the hardest holes to control on a harmonica, because of the
notes available you'll need to create 4 different resonant chambers within your mouth to
accurately sound each note, especially the bends.
Regards, Reed Smith