Archive for January, 2017

Sennheiser ew D1 Digitial wireless with DPA 4099

January 27, 2017

Trying out the updated Sennheiser ew D1 Digital Wirless system with a DPA 4099G mic. Looking forward to using it for solo guitar gigs with the DPA Mic.

*Update* 2/7/17. I have updated the firmware so the system works with my iPhone using a apple airport (wifi) I have giged 3 times with this set up at a Cafe and Winery with no problems.  I really like the ease of use and tone quality.  While you can’t turn up the system the way you can with a UST pickup you can amplify your guitar to levels that a large audience can hear without feedback.  For me it’s part of a solution.  I do have my guitar plugged into a pickup system if needed but I start off with the DPA only.  I add the pickup as the performance gets going and if more volume is needed. 


The system

DPA Mic clipped on


Body pack with DPA 4099g

Sennheiser app on iPhone

Sennheiser ewD1 Reciver after update


Sennheiser ewD1 Transmiter 

DPA 4099G w Grace Design AliX

January 24, 2017

Thank you Eben Grace for letting me know you can use the DPA micro dot cable and cut one end and solder a tip sleeve 1/4 jack and plug into AliX with 12v. It’s sounding great and at 10ft away I can have 92bd w no feedback out of a Bose L1 Compact. (cable and a jack pictures Eben Grace) 

DÁddario ProArté EJ25B

January 19, 2017

For the winter I noticed I needed a bit brighter string so I chose the DÁddario ProArté EJ25B for my JDZ Cedar top Cyprus Back and sides flamenco guitar. 


I think the lower humidity affected the tone and the EJ25B seems to sound good on this guitar. 

Jorge de Zofia A1F Cedar Blanca cracks again

January 9, 2017

I have two guitars that have been made by Jorge.  I prefer my Blanca (Cedar Top- Spanish Cyprus Back & Sides) for tone and feel over the Negra (Redwood Top-Madagascar Back & Sides) . But before I even was able to play it it was cracked on the back.  The first time the crack may have happened in shipping, maybe due to the battery not being taken out or shipping/handling.  The guitar was in a BAM Guitar Case.  The guitar is only two and a hafe years old.  Recently this summer the fretboard started to crack near the sound hole between the A and D string.  Below is the crack.


The guitar has lived in great humidity 55-65% and generally 72 degrees in a  BAM case.  I do have a LR Baggs Dual Source Pickup system in the guitar.  I was able to do the repair myself after talking to a few luthiers.  I did ask Jorge for input but never heard from him.  I used glue from Stewart Mac Donald and ebony shavings to fix the crack.



Finished