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UK LPF Meet mk 2 - Saturday 14th May 2016.

rob livesey

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I did about a four-hour plus drive to get there, and I know some of the others traveled quite a way as well. It's pretty fun - worth a try, at least. Although I guess the big shows every year take care of a good bit of what went on here. But minus the doughnuts and indecipherable accents. :laugh2:

The Gartone is (pending confirmation from Richard) a 5E3 "clone" built by hand near Manchester. You can just see it on the right in the photo of the many P90's. My experience is mostly with old Fenders, tweed through blackface, so I know what they're supposed to sound like. This thing was a *superb* amp. I'd love to see what he could do with an octal version...

It was a pleasure to meet you Myles.

You looked in your element surrounded by all those P90's!

The amp is a Gartone 5E3, built by a friend of ours called Martin Garton. I have known him for more than 20 years. He calls the amp a Bluesman Amp. It runs 6V6's. I have one exactly like it and it's far and away the best 5E3 I have ever had and there have been quite a few! He spares no expense in building these and they are a thing of beauty inside, therefore they are not the cheapest on the market, but they are the best. He does have some secret sauce somewhere inside it I'm sure, but I don't really know what it is. It's just the bringing together of everything, including Victorian antique pine boards which are very light and resonant.

He will build anything you want, if you want octals then you can have them.

http://www.gartoneamps.co.uk/

Rob
 

tooold

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It was a pleasure to meet you Myles.

Hi Rob -

The pleasure was mine, believe me. Sorry to hear you were playing hurt yesterday! I'm glad they got the photo of you holding the black Junior - that was how I felt, but I was just too shocked to have any expression other than "Holy s**t!"

You looked in your element surrounded by all those P90's!

If I'd had a sleeping bag, I wouldn't have left...

The amp is a Gartone 5E3, built by a friend of ours called Martin Garton. I have known him for more than 20 years. He calls the amp a Bluesman Amp. It runs 6V6's. I have one exactly like it and it's far and away the best 5E3 I have ever had and there have been quite a few! He spares no expense in building these and they are a thing of beauty inside, therefore they are not the cheapest on the market, but they are the best. He does have some secret sauce somewhere inside it I'm sure, but I don't really know what it is. It's just the bringing together of everything, including Victorian antique pine boards which are very light and resonant.

He will build anything you want, if you want octals then you can have them.

http://www.gartoneamps.co.uk/

Rob

Thanks for the info on Martin. There's definitely some secret sauce going on there. I think I might need to sell some amps and give him a call... :hmm
 

springhead

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The Gartone is great. It's the amp I've had that amp over 10 years which is quite an achievement for me. What you really want Steve is a H/H Vs Musician 2x12 transistor amp with valve sound. :teeth


Loved that HH! You playing Into The Valley through it with that Junior was great! Proper punk amp. Bit of Bablylons Burning or Staring at the Rude Boys wouldn't have gone amiss through it!

The Gartone is incredible. I reckon you need to have somewhere like you've got where you can wind it up though. Not one for playing at home. Want one.
 

Groover

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We need to play down the having a good time boys. They'll be flying from LAX and JFK next especially if that tea swigging Manc keeps telling em the worlds fookin flat :hee and giving away donuts :)
 
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marshall gill

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What a top day.

Thanks a million to the guys who made it happen and to all who turned out, great to meet you all.

Never seen so many doughnuts in one place, and of course the guitars, coffees and chats we're great too.

Look forward to the next one, and can I just say, that amp...

Cheers

Marshall
 

ourmaninthenorth

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What a top day.

Thanks a million to the guys who made it happen and to all who turned out, great to meet you all.

Never seen so many doughnuts in one place, and of course the guitars, coffees and chats we're great too.

Look forward to the next one, and can I just say, that amp...

Cheers

Marshall

Great to see you and your good Lady at Haydock yesterday...enjoy Friday..:laugh2:
 

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Reno_1ted

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Hi all !

I am a bit late to the party with my post, yesterday was a bit of a write off after many beers around Liverpool!

What a fantastic day yet again, really good crowd and great to meet some of you for the second time, and some of you for what I am sure will be the first of many times. Fair play to the guys who travelled, good to hear you felt it was worth it and I will defo come down to a London gathering should one materialise.

I really appreciated all the positive feedback on "Lazarus", my 56/59. First and foremost I care whether something is a good guitar but lets be honest, its really nice to hear good things from like minded individuals. Even Rich said "Nice" and thats basically a glowing appraisal ! :hee

Speaking of which, Rich thank you for letting everyone come down and have free (in all senses of the word) reign over your gaff, and Paul thanks for pulling everyone together.

Bridge pickup on the Morgan was a bloody powerhouse, and probably the revelation of the day! Also (forgive me, rubbish at tying names to faces, let alone forum faces) but the dude who built the LP copy himself, that had a great look to it, I was impressed !

To next time ! :salude
 

ourmaninthenorth

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Hi all !

I am a bit late to the party with my post, yesterday was a bit of a write off after many beers around Liverpool!

What a fantastic day yet again, really good crowd and great to meet some of you for the second time, and some of you for what I am sure will be the first of many times. Fair play to the guys who travelled, good to hear you felt it was worth it and I will defo come down to a London gathering should one materialise.

I really appreciated all the positive feedback on "Lazarus", my 56/59. First and foremost I care whether something is a good guitar but lets be honest, its really nice to hear good things from like minded individuals. Even Rich said "Nice" and thats basically a glowing appraisal ! :hee

Speaking of which, Rich thank you for letting everyone come down and have free (in all senses of the word) reign over your gaff, and Paul thanks for pulling everyone together.

Bridge pickup on the Morgan was a bloody powerhouse, and probably the revelation of the day! Also (forgive me, rubbish at tying names to faces, let alone forum faces) but the dude who built the LP copy himself, that had a great look to it, I was impressed !

To next time ! :salude

Great to see you again Alex. I was knocked out by the quality of the resurrection work that J@S has put together, but that played second fiddle to see how proud and delighted you were to have it...which to me is what this is all about. Really really well done Pal. :salude :3zone
 
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