Jim Alfredson

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  1. 21 hours ago, GA Russell said:

    When I use the Donate Button, PayPal wants to deduct money as if you are a business.

    It's probably due to that plugin. If you want to go direct, you can PayPal b3groover@hotmail.com. Thanks!


  2. Hey Tom,

    Thanks for the kind words. I'm doing fine. The family is good. The kids are getting much bigger (my eldest, Zora, turns 17 in April) and they are pretty much sick of online school but it is what it is. I haven't played even a local gig in months. I do weekly livestreams over on FB and my YouTube channel. Every Tuesday at 7pm EST (though not this Tuesday as I'm using my gear to livestream for the West Michigan Jazz Society). Sometimes on Sundays.

    My wife took up real estate two years ago and is basically keeping us afloat since my income is nil. 

    That's about it. Hope you're doing well.


  3. The XK5 is the king of digital Hammond emulations right now. And the price reflects that. It's very expensive. But it sounds like the real deal and is 1/5th the weight. It can be purchased as a single manual or double manual like the B3. The 25 note pedal board and expression pedal are separate items. You can also get a Leslie but the internal digital Leslie sounds very good.

    Another option is the double manual Hammond SKX which is smaller, lighter, and made more for the stage with other, non-organ sounds like piano, electric piano, strings, etc. The new SK Pro was just announced (I have a bunch of videos about it on my YouTube channel) but so far they only have single manual versions available. I'm sure they'll do a double manual sometime in the future but I don't know when that will be.

    Other manufacturers make Hammond clones, like Viscount (called the Legend), Crumar (the Mojo), Nord (the C2), and MAG. Everyone has a different opinion on how closely they emulate the real thing. I prefer the Hammond stuff, like the XK5. 

    The nice thing about the XK5 is that it is modular, so you could start with the single manual, add the second manual later, then the bass pedals, then the Leslie, etc.


  4. On 1/8/2020 at 0:23 PM, duaneiac said:

    I mailed in a check last month, but it was returned to me as  not deliverable in yesterday's mail.  Is the P.O. Box address given still correct?

    No. PM me for the address.


  5. Hi friends,

    I am running a Kickstarter campaign for Bill Heid's latest release, It's A Living. I produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered this album and it's a goodun'. Bill is an absolute master and he's joined by two other grand masters; Randy Gelispie on drums and Perry Hughes on guitar. You may recognize this trio from Bill's other albums like Bop Rascal (a stone classic... if you don't have it, go get it).

    We're a bit behind so hopefully some of you can help out.

    Thanks!

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/billheid/bill-heid-its-a-living-hammond-b3-soul-jazz


  6. 25 minutes ago, Chuck Nessa said:

    My wife Ann recently had an old root canal break, had the roots removed, a bone graft and a pin installed for $4000. In 90 days she gets a crown for another couple grand. Sigh.

    Yep. That's pretty much what I'm looking at. It sounds vain, but as a performer I don't think I can have a gap in my smile.


  7. Thank you everyone. It was a stressful last two weeks.

    Long story short, my dear departed father had a serious hang-up when it came to doctors and dentists and as such I never went to the dentist until I was 28 years old. I had a root canal done, which wasn't so bad considering I'd never been in my life. My teeth were pretty good. But then the dentist decided he wouldn't take our insurance anymore and never put a crown on it. Then we lost our insurance before I found another dentist. That was over 12 years ago. The tooth now needs to come out; it's half gone anyway. Pieces have been breaking off for years. It's going to be $600 to pull it. On Wednesday they treated me for gum disease, which thankfully isn't too advanced but that was $1800 out of pocket. We have insurance now through Medicaid but it covers the very bare minimum and my teeth need more than the basics. Once the tooth is pulled I have to decide whether to live with a big hole in my smile or get an implant. The implant will be between $3k and $4k depending on the work they need to do. YAY!

    So yeah... I've been stressing about the board funds. You guys took a weight off my shoulders. Thank you.


  8. On 5/14/2019 at 1:59 PM, Jim Alfredson said:

    Still have not found anyone to help me do it. I can't afford to pay anyone. We're not even getting enough donations to support the forum per month. I just paid $224 out of my own pocket for May.

    A small one, yes. But the server increased to $224 this year (from $209) and I did spend some money on renewing the domain, SSL, etc. 


  9. On 4/14/2019 at 2:05 PM, mjzee said:

    Speaking of... What’s the status of migrating to updated forum software?

    Still have not found anyone to help me do it. I can't afford to pay anyone. We're not even getting enough donations to support the forum per month. I just paid $224 out of my own pocket for May.


  10. Paul sent me a PM weeks ago saying he was leaving. In the 16 years that this board has been in existence, people have come and go. I never like to see long-standing members leave, but I'm not going to take time out of my busy life to try and convince them to stay. That's a dead-end. I found that out the hard way with a certain member who is now passed.

    I reviewed the thread in question after Paul messaged me and I honestly did not see how one could possibly construe what Jim wrote as a threat, unless English isn't one's first language. Paul even admitted in his PM to me that he didn't think Jim was going to travel to NY and hunt him down. So I really don't understand what the hubbub is about. I figured I'd just let things take their course rather than intervene. Perhaps I should've sent Jim a message, but are we not all adults here? If you have an issue with something that someone says, then say so, perhaps best in a private message. When they tell you that you are misinterpreting their intention, then take them at their word. Seems pretty easy to me. Nobody here is new to the internet. Sometimes the things we type are misconstrued. Sometimes we get offended by something someone states and often times they don't mean to be offensive. People think different. Such is life.

    I am rather disappointed in the personal attacks towards Jim in this thread. I don't think that is deserved at all and they certainly went far beyond what Jim is accused of towards Paul. 


  11. I have this new server which I upgraded to last year in order to support the latest version of Invision Power Board, the software this forum uses. However, I cannot do the upgrade myself (I simply don't know enough about it) and unfortunately my hosting company, which used to be super cool and help me with this stuff, was recently sold and no longer offers any assistance in these matters.

    Does anyone here understand this stuff? PHP, MySQL, CPanel, etc? Essentially we need to backup the site then upgrade the forum software and database per the Invision instructions. We have to do it manually as the automatic update feature doesn't work (I'm too many versions behind). 

    Thanks!