nick dartmoor

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About nick dartmoor

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    Devon, UK

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    Technics 1210mkii
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    ADC XLM mkiii
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Lynwood Equalizer
  • Digital Source 1
    Sugden SDT1
  • Digital Source 2
    Synology NAS
  • DAC
    Jolida Glass FXII
  • Integrated Amp
    Sugden A21a
  • Power Amp/s
    Sugden A21ap
  • My Speakers
    SD Acoustics SD1/OBS
  • Headphones
    AKG K550

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  1. Oh wow! Lovely! If I had cash lying around, I'd bite your hand off for that. I'd love a decent mandolin. I'll keep an eye on this, see if it hangs around. Can't afford right now, but things change.. Good luck with the sale :-)
  2. I grew up with Bagpuss, and it has always held a very special place for me. When I was really little, I used to get really freaked out when he yawned, so although I loved the program, I used to hide behind the sofa or outside the room until my Mum or Dad told me he'd yawned, and then I was safe to come out and watch the rest of it! Hey-ho.. Funnily enough, in adult life I've become pretty good friends with Peter's grand-daughter, who is similarly talented. I didn't know for years that she was his relative, but I knew her as a creative person, so it was interesting when I found out, to see the connection there in her work. Now whenever I am around her, I somehow place her slightly in that strange Bagpus world, which definitely suits her somewhat!
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    Skiing

    That's what I'm going to try this season as well. Fed up with carrying two lenses around with me.
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    Wammers Album Club Tues 17th October - Lamb - Lamb.

    They closed with Gabriel as encore, on Monday. It was a stunning closing track. One of my favourites too.
  5. I was going to list Lamb's most recent album, 'Backspace Unwind'. I had the topic all prepared, and went to post it, and my browser just sat there, frozen, as they do sometimes, neither still on the last screen, nor arrived at the next.. blue line in the address bar, halfway across. I swore at the computer for some time, to no avail, so I left it there, to stew in it's own juices. Half an hour later, still no change, so I shut down the browser. Then Hifiwigwam itself did the same thing. Nothing would load. An hour later, here I am again, and have decided to take my failure as a sign that I was going to post the wrong album. So instead, I will travel back 21 years to Lamb's eponymous debut. For those who don't know, Lamb are, at their core, Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes. They formed in Manchester, and released their first album in 1996. It contains, among others, what is probably their best-known song, 'Gorecki', with which they often end their shows. They are currently undertaking a tour commemorating the 21 years since the release of this album, and are in fact performing the album live in its entirety, which they have never done before. I just saw them on Monday night, in Manchester Cathedral, and it was an excellent night. If you like this, I strongly advise checking out their catalogue generally, and catching them on the current tour if you can. https://open.spotify.com/album/6Aj5G15ET1w6vIP2FyUEYS
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    Wammer's Album Club Tues 26th Sept - Anna Ternheim - The Night Visitor

    Hmm.. had a bit of a listen, and I quite like what I've heard so far. Nice voice.. I'll come back to it for a proper listen later, as this is mis-matched with my current headspace, so I don't want to form a wrong impression of it.
  7. I really like it. I think I'll probably grab the vinyl. Nice songs, lovely production. Really nice atmosphere to it. Thanks!
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    Ott & The All-Seeing I, Exeter, Sept 2nd.

    Unfortunate! Of course the gig would be a very good place for someone celebrating a birthday! Justsayin..
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    Ott & The All-Seeing I, Exeter, Sept 2nd.

    Same! We will be playing stuff from Skylon.
  10. Ott's band (in which I play guitar, sing and bits of synth and stuff) are playing Exeter Phoenix on September 2nd. We have Merv (Eat Static) supporting. Should be a great night! They have a new system in there, so the sound will be top-notch. Hope some Wammers can make it! http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/ott-the-all-seeing-i/
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    Positive experiences with Subwoofers

    What he said.
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    Recommend me an espresso/coffee machine

    Yeah I've wondered about that too. Looks like a very appealing way of doing things.
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    Pentax question.

    I have heard it said often: "What's the best camera? - the one you have in your pocket." This is what got me thinking. I was just in the States last weekend, and as usual, I was pushing the limits of what is feasible to carry. So as usual the DSLR was left behind but the iPhone automatically came along, and that's what I used.
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    Pentax question.

    Ok thanks guys, you've kind of told me what I wanted to hear, I think. I'll try and re-commit to it.
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    Pentax question.

    Hi all. I love photography, though I am not really what you'd call a photographer. I think I have a pretty good eye, and when I have a camera on me, I tend to get some fairly decent shots. Mostly these days that tends to just be with my iPhone. A few years back, however, I decided to get a DSLR. I got a Pentax K10d. I also got hold of a couple of old Pentax lenses, on top of the stock lens that came with the camera. So I have a zoom and a 28mm as well. I used to use SLRs back in school, and developed my own black and white prints, so my intention was to really get back into it. However, life being busy, I have not massively engaged with the camera, and have kind of remained at the level of just using it on auto, occasionally, and hence never getting particularly amazing results. I can half remember the technical details of how a camera works, and when I bought the Pentax, I also got some books to remind myself, which again owing to time I haven't got around to reading. Anyway, as time has moved on, I've become more and more enthusiastic about photography generally, and I really want to get my head around a camera properly, and carry it with me, and start getting some decent shots. I seem to be capturing good images with my iPhone, and the results I'm getting make me want to be armed with something more decent. So my question is this: should I just knuckle down and learn how to use the K10d properly, or is it too dated to bother with at this point? I could just sell it, and get something newer, not that it's worth an enormous amount. I had a girlfriend last year, for a bit, who was a very good photographer, and she immediately was getting very good shots with the Pentax, which showed me it obviously is a respectable camera, but equally I know its fairly old, so I wonder how far have things moved on? I do wonder whether I would be better off with something smaller and more portable, and I get the impression that there are extremely good small cameras out there these days. I have no designs on becoming a 'pro-photographer', but I do travel a lot, and am often in situations that lend themselves to being captured visually, so it would be good if I could get beyond iPhone shots, and kind of rise to the challenge of the life I inhabit, as it were. What d'ya reckon?