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Original MP-1 / Fixing Richards 240v MP-1
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So I bought this MP-1 a while ago and also got a US MP-1 in the deal.  The US one works fine.  The 240v MP-1 worked ok for 15 mins or so then stopped responding to program changes and now won't boot up completely.  So when you power it on it goes through some checks, display 1.38 (EPROM version) the displays ADA and goes no further.

I have given it to my tech Tim to fix and also created an account for him on here (username Tim) So he can hopefully post about the repair and also ask questions etc if/as needed.  Obviously any ideas anyone has will be greatly appreciated.

So far he thinks its power related (IIRC MJMP said that to ages ago when I first fired it up).  So first he said he'd check the caps around the power supply.

Discussions / Happy New Year
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Hey everyone, happy new year  :banana-trip: .  And a big thank you to all here who contribute to keep this site the great place it is  :wave:

Cheers R  :metal: :headbanger:

Discussions / RIP George Young
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Apart from the Easy Beats, there wouldn't have been an AC/DC without George Young (  He did more for the sound of Australian rock than anyone  >:D . And, as Angry Anderson from Rose Tattoo said "no one attacks a guitar like an Australian" (Seems to be in our DNA LoL, and I know just what he means  :whoohoo!: >:D )

Discussions / Happy Fathers Day !
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For all here who are fathers, HAPPY FATHERS DAY  :wave: , I had a lovely afternoon/evening with my daughter, she bought me some much needed tracky dacks and then dinner.

Guitars / NGD for my daughter
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Well go figure, I bought my daughter a baby taylor (US made limited edition), over 10 years ago.  She wasn't into it back then so it joined my collection (nice little 3/4 guitar), I recently put a new set of strings on it and set it up, it doesn't get played much.
Anyway, my daughter asked the other night if I could give her acoustic guitar lessons, well absolutely  :whoohoo!: .  So she had her first lesson today (I gave her a few lessons way back but she wasn't particularly into it then), and now she's so keen and picked it up very easily (though her fingers will hurt for a week or so LoL). So happy and proud  :banana-jazz-smiley-emoticon:

Since the last SMF upgrade (the program that powers the depot) some of us (though not all) get the following message when login on:
Unable to verify referring url. Please go back and try again.

And then you have to log on again.

Kim came up with a work around, if this happens to you consistently (as it does for me): before you log on, click any of the boards (eg Discussions) then log on.  I find this works and saves me having to log on twice.

Since not everybody has this issue, it may depend on the browser you use, I use Firefox with the "No Script" add in and I get the issue consistently.

Hey all, I have a spare B200s transformer (US voltage) if anyone needs/wants one.

Amps / Traynor YCV80q 4x10 combo
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A mate of mine picked up one of these baby's, I had a play through it tonight. Nice amp only the spring reverb doesn't work.  I suggested he join the depot and we may be able to help him. Anyone have any experience with these amps ?  BTW it sounds great, it has Fender badged 6L6s in it, don't know about the 12AX7s as they are not exposed.  He also picked up a really nice 50th anniversary gold squier strat, nice guitar and looks spectacular, though could use a decent sustain block.

Hey fellow MP-2 aficionados, I'm having a play with a soul/R&B band on Sat arvo (Soul Trader, allegedly: bass, drums, keys, me, and 2 female singers), all my patches are rock oriented, so I'd appreciate some patches/ideas/good Fx ideas if you have any ? I suspect it's time for me to discover voice 2, 3, and 4 (rather than 1, 5 and 9 >:D ).  It crossed my mind that phaser would be useful ?, crap I haven't used phase in years (since I had a MXR phase 45, first Fx I ever had...).
@Dante, you play a bit of soul stuff IIRC ?

Rack Gear / GMaj2 blown fuse
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Hey ADAers, Mikes GMaj2 has blown the fuse in its power supply, we pulled it (the fuse) out on Sunday at rehearsal  :facepalm: (crap TCs' are difficult to open up  :dunno: , you have to take off the jack mounting nuts... and have all the special screwdriver bits (ahh but I have a few of them  :whoohoo!: who said buying tools was stupid.. )), then he used my (MP-2) guitar rig  >:D , so it didn't spoil they afternoon... (I think Mike likes the MP-2 triggered Wah.. LoL).  So he put a new fuse in today, blew straight away  :facepalm: crap.... He's looking into sending it to the TC tech support in Sydney (it's well out of warranty so this could be expensive, IF they even know what they are doing.. I suspect they'll just farm it out  :dunno: , I could be wrong).
Anyway, any ideas guys ??
So it's where the jug (IEC) lead comes into the unit, there's a small transformer and circuit board, the blown fuse is next to the transformer.

B500B (G500S) / B500B Transformer
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We have the B500B transformer specs etc, the company that looked at it recons ADA got it wrong IIRC  :dunno: . It's not that you can't get a transformer to do the job, it's just fitting it in the case  :facepalm: .  So if I go with an external transformer, it will work.

Discussions / Happy New Year !!
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Hi all fellow ADA depoters, Happy new year  :whoohoo!: , I think 2017 will be a good one  :metal: .

Warmest regards from Australia  :wave:

Discussions / Merry Xmas and a happy new year
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Merry Xmas to all  :wave: , Happens a bit earlier here in Australia  :metal: .
Anyone get any cool gear for xmas ?

Warm regards Richard.

Original MP-1 / NGD 2 New MP1s
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Well following Richie_Bs evil bay tip off I now own 2 MP1s (it's been a long time since I had one, been using MP2s for many years now). I've now fired them both up and here's the results:
Both are V1 MP1s with top line/inst switch, one is 240 v the other 120v. I started last night with the 240v model (MP1 #1) which seller had advised had issues (and why he bought the other 120v unit).
So patch and power on, lots of transformer hum/vibration through the case, (no amp etc yet), just purely physical. Once you're playing you don't notice it...
It's v1.38. I loaded presets and 1 <> 1 midi mapping, midi channel to All. I could select patches with the front panel, although sometimes I'd select a number eg 4 and it would go 4, 5 and settle on 6.  Seems there are issues in the panel buttons. But when it settled it worked and I got decent sound out of it.  Ca rumba, I'd forgotten how nice MP1s sound, particularly the clean sounds, wow patch 6 sounds good with a pair of humbuckers (57 re-issues) on the middle position (Epiphone SG) > B200s > 2 Messa 1 x 12 cabs, TC MOne XL mixed in with lite delay/reverb at the desk. Anyway, great tones, god it squeals so nicely (this is a bit of a comparison to MP2 BTW).  Try midi pedal, no go, it wont respond to midi input  :facepalm: .
OK so lid off, let have a look...  It's had battery mod and some other little stuff.  Input jack is at a slight angle and jack is a bit loose when plugged in. I removed and re-seated a few chips, first the sharp PC900 (as I know it related to the midi in) then the Zialog Z84 CPU then did a bit of testing and finaly the EPROM (is dated 26.04.13 (which is a bit weird  :dunno: that's a very late date for 138).  Basically I'm fumbling around trying to make the midi work (it didn't and doesn't  :facepalm: ).  It would boot sometimes, other times not, one time it went through CC checks and gave error 1, 2 and 3, now it boots to 8, 8, 8, 138, ADA and just stays there displaying ADA... So no longer works at all.... Actually, thinking now about the EPROM date and a couple of other things that seem to have been modded (like there's a cap wired across a resistor near the battery but not in the other unit ??). I might try either my old 138 EPROM (if I can find it or maybe Mikes old one), maybe someone has done a special on it that has gone wrong, someone did the battery mod, what else did they do ?? Put in a custom EPROM ??
It has National 12AX7A-ECC83 Yugoslavian tubes in it.  They sounded quite nice while it was working.

Next night (tonight), try the 120v unit MP1 #2 using step down tranny.  Knobs are different, all blue on top ? patch power up again lots of transformer physical hum before amp on etc.
This one works fine, responds to midi pedal all good. Front panel working fine (so far) sounds great on cleans, dirty sounds not quite as good as MP1 #1.  So off with the lid, it has GT 12AX7s (probably why the dirty sounds aren't as good as the Nationals), they wont be in there long. No battery mod and battery down to 2.6 v (time for a change). Much tidier inside than MP1 #1 (brown cables around tubes better placed to not melt etc.) And no cap across a resistor near the battery as in MP1 #1. One of the transformer bolts has gone awal so the tranny is holding on by one bolt,  :facepalm: not good. EPROM is v2.01  :whoohoo!: . So very promising so far (and it's getting an MDRT soon  >:D ) and tomorrow I'll give it some Mullard long plates.

An overall comment though as I've not had a MP1 for a long time now, I have to say, the MP1 tone has more soul (well to me) than the MP2.  Am I just regressing (I used a MP1 for many years and thousands of gigs, but then did the same with MP2), is it an old sock  :dunno: . But it just seemed to me when I was playing through it that the tone had more soul..

So upshot, I think I'll steal the battery mod and maybe the 240v tranny from MP1 #1 and put them (and some nice new Mullards) in MP1 #2 and send MP1 #1 for a Belgium (3TM?) holiday.

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