Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 16 May 2017, 23:31

Looks nice!

Couldn't track down a photo of any of mine in a reasonable time...so will pull them out tomorrow and snap a couple. Been too long since the electric was out anyway. The full compliment here is...

[] Eko Ranger XII Vintage acoustic (the re-issue, but without the fancy modern stuff like the tuner - think that's basically the difference between the Vintage or not). Full acoustic 12-string.
[] Encore (144-BL I think is the model) 6 string Dreadnought acoustic - and lives up to the name of the body type...that sucker is loud!
[] Thomson made clone of an early 70s Ovation - which to me always sounded far better than the guitar it was based on. That's a six string electro-acoustic (complete with really scratchy tone lot I really need to fix). Can't for the life of me remember the model.
Finally an Ibanez Roadstar (or Roadster... can't remember which off hand) II electric. Debatably the prettiest instrument in the house, and in the right hands it can do the business as well - just remember to wear the shoulder strap as it weighs a ton! Both of the last two I inherited from my father so definitely won't be going anywhere as they're one of the few things that still connects me back to the time before his health went south in the mid 90s.

Plus there's of course the Hammond T-212 organ downstairs which is a good conversation starter if ever there was one!

We've actually got a second Ranger XII here too thinking about it as we bought one for my father only a year or so before he passed away...I should really look for a new home for that one (or pick one out if one plays better than the other!). I do recall de-tensioning the strings before it was packed away though...just can't remember where!

Let's face it...if I ever break a leg, I'll not be stuck for an instrument to perfect my technique on!

Funnily enough, what ability I do have was mostly built over the course of one week a few years ago. Remember that panic over the swine flu outbreak? Guess who caught it and got told not to leave his flat for a week! ...when virtually all my electronics gear was at my parent's place. I felt fine after about a day (felt like a really mild case of the flu to me), but was told to stay put at all costs. I was climbing the walls...so picked up the guitar, and could strum away sounding mostly tuneful by the time I could escape!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 May 2017, 05:57

That's a lovely looking guitar James :D Well bought!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 17 May 2017, 10:41

I goofed up a bit with it last night.
Decided to adjust the truss rod and neck tilt, bit of how low can you go.
I thought I had it perfect and incredibly low but today I realise that the e and a strings are buzzing when pressed between frets 3 and 5.
This highlights the difference between the ranger and my guitar, the ranger has adjustable bridge height as well.
It's no big deal, I'll readjust when the new strings arrive. Im ever fiddling and learning about things, just part of the experience. Maybe in this case I should've left it alone but that was never going to happen.
Sorry for taking your blog over Jim, I'll get back on my own soon.
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 17 May 2017, 11:16

Well that's the end of the story for the new guitar. It's rubbish, I'm saving the strings for another one and selling this one on.
The neck moves as you play it because it's held by one central screw.
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 May 2017, 13:12

James, no worries about taking over my blog - thoroughly enjoyed it :)

elma wrote:Well that's the end of the story for the new guitar. It's rubbish, I'm saving the strings for another one and selling this one on.
The neck moves as you play it because it's held by one central screw.


That's a shame :(

Can you not sell it on at a profit rather than just scrapping it?
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 17 May 2017, 18:04

I've added some extra screws and it will do for now.
The necks the most ridiculous design, I'll put pictures in my blog later.
I rang the distributer as it has a sticker that says its guaranteed for life, they told me to f off and hung up leaving me rather shocked.
I think I'm stuck with it really, I can't sell it on like this except for spares as I suffer from a conscience.
Can't recommend EKO now really, the whole things put me off them.
Terrible shame, on the face of it this is a comfortable and decent guitar but underneath it's prity poor.
Win some lose some I suppose, I did well with the amp, the 12 string and the stereo so I'm winning overall.
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 May 2017, 18:35

elma wrote:I think I'm stuck with it really, I can't sell it on like this except for spares as I suffer from a conscience.


You and me both James... It's why I'll always have a certain blue 207 here....
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by ekjdm14 » 17 May 2017, 20:58

I dunno Jim, I'm sure there's forum members who'd happily buy the Pug of Love knowing it's history provided it's behaved itself for long enough to be tentatively called fixed...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by mickeymoon » 17 May 2017, 22:12

Yes..there is for sure!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by elma » 17 May 2017, 22:23

Any of them fancy a cut n shut guitar, low mileage, good colour one careful lady owner.
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Post by daviemck2006 » 18 May 2017, 01:26

elma wrote:Any of them fancy a cut n shut guitar, low mileage, good colour one careful lady owner.

Any MOT? Service history?

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Re: RE: Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 18 May 2017, 04:47

daviemck2006 wrote:
elma wrote:Any of them fancy a cut n shut guitar, low mileage, good colour one careful lady owner.

Any MOT? Service history?


:lol:

ekjdm14 wrote:I dunno Jim, I'm sure there's forum members who'd happily buy the Pug of Love knowing it's history provided it's behaved itself for long enough to be tentatively called fixed...


Well, given that I only drive it, or any of my other cars, tens of miles a week now it seems to be OK... It had an electrical funny yesterday though, in all the pouring rain the rear wiper wouldn't switch off and seemed to be in some sort of automatic intermittent mode...

I really don't like multiplexed electrics in cars... I have no trust of them at all :evil:

I can cope rather better with old-school electronics... Yesterday I successfully fixed the little Roberts wireless I got from NVCF on Sunday :) It's a super little set too...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 18 May 2017, 08:37

The two transistor wirelesses obtained from NVCF at the weekend and both now fully functional :)

A Roberts R505 and a Hacker Aviemore...

Possibly two of the best small portables ever made... The Pug 205s of the wireless world ;)

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The valve wireless behind them is a Bush VHF80 and again an NVCF find a few years back. It still does most sterling service in the kitchen :)
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by ekjdm14 » 18 May 2017, 10:03

My God, I recognise the Hacker as one my grandfather had in the early to mid eighties :D I loved the way it looked and how solidly made it felt to small hands. The Roberts looks similar to one that a member of staff at school kept in the back of her Moggy 1000 about 10 years on...

Here's a little query for you Jim as you know your way round a tranny (so to speak! :oops: :oops: :oops: :rofl2: ). I have, in the kitchen cupboard, the original amplifier from our Escort. It's from the era of Ford "seperates" car stereos and has low-powered DIN inputs from the head unit.

When we bought the car, the seller connected a jump pack and when the ignition was turned on the stereo emitted a loud buzz through the speakers & the amp began to smoke profusely. My best guess is either he had the pack set on 24v or the rectifier was duff and it gave the car 12VAC.

When we got the car back, I stripped the amp and found the 4 large electrolytics inside bulged and leaking so I replaced them with new ones of the same spec, observing polarity, in hope of resurrecting the amp. Nothing else looks/smells burned in there and it powers up, slight crackle/hiss through the speakers as it does but no output whatsoever.

What would you say the likely issue is, if you can make any sort of diagnosis from that? I'm thinking the transistors blown... Never got round to testing further than the electrolytics as I found a replacement for a tenner in the end but would be nice if I could sort it.
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 18 May 2017, 10:59

ekjdm14 wrote:My God, I recognise the Hacker as one my grandfather had in the early to mid eighties :D


That's only one of several Hackers I have Dan, I also have a Hunter and a Herald which are a bit older and are even more solidly built. They sound awesome and are near HiFi on FM...

ekjdm14 wrote:When we got the car back, I stripped the amp and found the 4 large electrolytics inside bulged and leaking so I replaced them with new ones of the same spec, observing polarity, in hope of resurrecting the amp. Nothing else looks/smells burned in there and it powers up, slight crackle/hiss through the speakers as it does but no output whatsoever.


Sounds like it was connected reverse polarity to me Dan, electrolytics hate that and so do transistors, especially output transistors...

I'd replace the outputs on sight but do also check the drivers as well as the amp will be DC coupled and if the driver transistors are faulty any new outputs will be instantly destroyed again...

If you can advise me of the exact model I can likely get hold of a circuit...

On replacement of the outputs it's likely standing current and crossover voltage settings will need adjustment and setting-up - this is critical...
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