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TECH TALK / Re: Nitefly NFM-M piezo not working-where to start looking
« Last post by vjmanzo on June 18, 2018, 07:42:44 PM »
Hi Victor,

Just to rule out the obvious: are you using a new 9-volt? Are you using a stereo cable? Can you verify that the magnetic pickups work?
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TECH TALK / Nitefly NFM-M piezo not working-where to start looking
« Last post by buy14u on June 18, 2018, 06:52:39 PM »
Hi all!
When I put the 3-way switch in the down (piezo) position, I get nothing.  The contacts on the switch are clean and working properly.  What do I need to check?
Thanks
Victor
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by Notes_Norton on June 18, 2018, 01:26:27 PM »
I don't see it becoming a collectors item.

Early models of popular brands, better than average models of popular brands, and sometimes the flops of popular brands are most likely to become collectors items.

Parkers are great playing guitars. The are comfortable to hold, well balanced, and comfortable to play. IMHO a good playing instrument needs to be played. That's its purpose in 'life'.

Tune it, caress it, and play it. Enjoy the connection between your fingers the strings and body, and your ears. That will pay you more than the cash will when you sell it.
 
I owned a Selmer Mark VI saxophone. This is now the most sought after sax in the used market. The "holy grail" of saxophones. I traded it for a Mark VII which wasn't as good, traded that for an H.Couf which was actually much better, I wore out the Couf got a gold plated Grassi, which wasn't as good as the VI or the Couf but as good as the VII, and now play a small botique sax from a company out of Texas that had them made in Taiwan.  I'd say that the intonation is definitely better than the VI ever hoped to be, the tone is as good, but different (a little bolder but not as good as the Couf), and the ergonomics are as good as the VI with the exception of the more modern left pinky key cluster which is better.

Am I sorry I sold the VI? Not at all. I paid $600 for it new, and now they go for $6,000 in average condition, but I made a lot more than that gigging with it, and when I sold it, it wasn't in average condition any more. Gigging every night wears out the mechanical parts of a sax, and one-nighters are notoriously hard on all music gear. And besides, most things that you could buy in 1960 cost ten times that much for an equivalent today, so in terms of buying power, the sax today would be worth what I paid for it.

Theoretically my Parker guitars should last longer than my sax. Wood should last, frets can be replaced, as can pickups and tuners. The whammy mechanism is great, but if worse comes to worse something else can be adapted.

I've already made more gigging than the Parker cost new. Yes, it's a tool to make my living with, but it is a very enjoyable tool to use, so why not use it?

Insights and incites by Notes
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by axejock on June 18, 2018, 12:48:39 PM »
Good points. I will certainly keep using and enjoying it, but will take extra care to keep it looking and performing great. I don't "thrash" any of my guitars and always keep them cleaned after use and stored in their case. My only worry is parts if the need ever arises. Maybe it won't need anything if I'm lucky.
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by jb63 on June 18, 2018, 09:40:56 AM »
If you want to make it an “investment” guitar, it probably runs a risk of depreciation more than anything else. Parkers of any model jump around in price like the Dow fluctuates. No real rhyme or reason and suddenly a particular model sells for 5 times what you would expect or a fancy pre-refined artist model sells on the cheap.

My advice, which is pretty solid thinking, though YMMV, is have a carbon-wrapped on and AND light bolt-on neck one and keep them both in your heavy use rotation. If that’s not enough, keep your eye out for a third to keep in rotation. Always try to buy the color you like, because that’s the thing that kept me buying another when it was impractical. There are really only about 5 different stock setups between the models they manufactured over the years and I think they still have the catalogs through the years archived on the Parker site for you to check out the changes. (The original nitefly, for instance, is heavy, but well worth a try with its neck shape and ease of modification. Lots of opinions on the nitefly around here.)

Basically, because they are guitars, I’d assume there will always be some of them to affordablly aqure in your lifetime.
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by Mr303 on June 18, 2018, 07:37:31 AM »
I vote for play the guitar since that’s what it’s made for.
Closet guitars are a waste of equipment and money and in my opinion are unlikely to become a true investment grade item.
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by axejock on June 17, 2018, 09:09:15 PM »
Boy, maybe I had better "mothball" this thing and keep it "brand new". If they aren't going to ever make any more of them and parts are already scarce, it only follows that there will be a dwindling number of operational guitars out there as well as a declining number of folks qualified to do any maintenance on them. Should I be worried or will they become sought after collector items? What is the owner community theory on this?
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PARKER CLASSIFIEDS / Re: FS/FT: 1993 Parker Fly RP Deluxe PRICE DROP!
« Last post by hesitationmarks on June 17, 2018, 08:32:11 PM »
No Longer for sale. Thank you!
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PARKER CLASSIFIEDS / Re: FS: PDF60 Chinese White
« Last post by Notes_Norton on June 16, 2018, 04:35:44 PM »
Not bad. Both of my USA DF's are about 5 pounds, ready for stage.

I had an 8 pound LTD faux-LesPaul that played nicely, but was too darn heavy. Since I switch sax/flute/wind synth/guitar on the gig it was too much lifting.

Good luck. I hope you sell it.

Notes
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by Notes_Norton on June 15, 2018, 06:32:33 PM »
I'm caring for it, and hoping my two Parkers last the rest of my life.

There is nothing else remotely like them.

Bob
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