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Made some fairly large steps to figuring out my financial future for the rest of the year (more or less).  I'm not entirely out of the woods yet, but I'm in much better shape than I was a week ago.  I don't often mention this on HC (or anywhere else), but I haven't had a real day job since February of 2001(!)  That means (A) I haven't had a real boss in over 18 years and (B) the only person responsible for making sure my dumb ass is fed, clothed and housed is me.  It ain't always easy, but I have grown to enjoy being my own fuck up.

What has changed in the last nearly two decades is that the cost of living has gone up hugely.  Under two terms of one gibbering, war mongering Republican fuckwit, two terms of a centrist, corporatist DINO who could speak in complete sentences and now half a term of deranged, sunsetting, Russian-backed shitgibbon covered in Cheeto dust, the cost of living for non billionaires marches on like a rally of disgruntled citizens down Pennsylvania Avenue.

This has made the paradigm of one man living alone in a 1967 five bedroom house increasingly unsustainable.  In the next year, I'm leaving scenic western MA.  After 40+ decades here, I don't think I'll miss it.  Of course where I'm moving to is like a foot above sea level so I'm fucked when the ocean rises, but aren't we all?

Also, I am really REALLY in need of a new mic preamp.  My current one is 16 years old and has a host of issue.  The company (Symetrix) discontinued the model I use (528E) which has been the industry standard in radio for decades.  I found a company called Revive Audio that repair and upgrade 528Es for a reasonable price.  Being a small company, they don't answer their phone.  I've just finished an email to them, but I imagine the turnaround is measured in weeks if not months.  In the interim, I need SOMETHING so I'm idly looking at $100 Behringer mic preamps.  Wait, how did this turn into a Jacob's Mindless etc etc post?

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^ socio-politico-economic vents aside,
What does this mean for TestTone?

Asking for a friend.

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I just signed up for an AMZN credit card.  I am continually amazed how the richest man in the world is so good at providing services that I can't live without.  I have a Behringer preamp that has a 12AX7 tube soldered into it on the way to me now.  It's a $100 model, and I got it for $31 shipped.  It won't be here for tonight, so uh...   here's me plugging an Electro Voice RE20 straight into the mic input on my 2005 vintage Pioneer DJ mixer (in Head Case speak, that's like plugging Sony Qualias into an Aiwa MP3 player.)

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I got one of the Amazon Chase cards a while back and I've been super happy with all the perks.

BTW, if you need a pretty nice Mac interface/preamp, you can borrow my spare Metric Halo ULN-2 + dsp (2D card). 

I only use it for field work these days so I wouldn't miss it for a couple of months.

Just ask.

Duh,..

Just remembered that the ULN-2 is a firewire device. One of these days I'll upgrade it to 3D (usb-c and ethernet) for now, I use it with my 2012 MBP.

But, if you can use it ask.

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18 hours ago, Knuckledragger said:

...where I'm moving to is like a foot above sea level so I'm fucked when the ocean rises, but aren't we all?

So...Florida?  And: yes.  Although a foot above sea level might be fucked sooner than the mountains of West Virginia, if you can believe that. 

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Well my house is 1,000 feet above sea level so if I am screwed you all are probably drownded.

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Started off the day by putting my big clumsy foot through the hose of Miele vacuum and breaking it but good.  A replacement is $155 minimum because mine's got the wiring for a power nozzle.  Luckily, I can get the replacement part for the non powered version and (I think) pilfer the bits I need, doing a repair myself.

I realize I'm preaching to the choir here, but there is so much to be said for buying items of quality.  This Miele was $400 for the base unit, 20 years ago.  The power nozzle and turbo nozzle were like $250 more.  The machine is still going strong (my own clumsiness notwithstanding).  Similarly, my 2006 Echo weed whacker was like $500 and the spinning blade of doom attachment was another $150 with the "don't cut your stupid self" bar.  I can get it serviced every year for under $100 and it still deals with the kudzu like growth on my property.  

Now if anyone needs me, I'm seeking to get my precious 2003 mic preamp repaired and upgraded.

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