I think we could have come up with at least another three 1980′s-themed Belligerent Years Radio Hours episodes, but part of me is glad to be moving away from that strange and wonderful
(Wonderful? Really?) decade and back into some one-off subjects.
I think we missed a ton of stuff. I could have probably rambled on for hours about “Top Gun” vs. “Iron Eagle” or the TV shows, “Small Wonder” vs “Charles in Charge”. I think we did well, and avoided getting caught in the morass of details that could have made those shows torture.
I want to thank all the listeners and especially thank my co-host Cheri for all the research she for the shows (except for the 80′s TV show, where she kind of skimped on her prep and thereby ruined the show. You don’t get thanks for that, Cheri )
I have a ton of ideas for upcoming shows* and many of these topics will carry us into the next year. The problem I have right now is figuring out what our September 4th show should be about. Please leave suggestions in the comments section of this post.
*Here is a partial list of upcoming shows
Video Games (at least a two part show)
Listener Appreciation Awards Night aka “The Belligerentys”
Every show in October will be “supernatural” themed. (i.e “Bigfoot, Ghosts, and UFOs”, “Horror Movies We Love” and “Live Halloween Party”)
The Belligerent Years Radio Hours dedicates a full 3 hour show to each and EVERY Star Wars movie.
I could wait no longer and cracked the case to my Yamaha SY77 (ok, not really cracked, I just removed about 20 screws) to see what happened to the wheel. It became apparent that I should have been more shrewd when I tested this purchase. I remember the guy I bought it from remarking that he had never used the wheel, when I started to turn it. Not only had both the screw mounts for the wheel broken free, it seems that this is not the first time it had happened. The small globs of dried adhesive on the parts gave it away.
There were less pieces to work with, as little bits of the cheap plastic used to hold the screws had begun to flake away. I was just about ready to scrap the whole plastic mount and replace it with a hand carved piece of wood, (aka a cut up paint stir stick from Home Depot) when laziness struck. I decided to clean off as much of the old glue as I could (which is what I should have done first) and try to re-glue it back together. After letting it sit a few hours, I was able to gently screw the modulation wheel back to its mount. I carefully put the keyboard back together, making sure not to bump the freshly glued wheel, and placed it back on the desk where I keep it.
I think the wheel is fixed for now, but I wouldn’t put any undue pressure on it. Luckily, the wheel is for fine adjustments and not to meant to be abused in some kind of Paul Shaffer-type jerk-ass ritual.
I wish I could say my work is over, but I still need to replace the LCD screen. That operation will require the complete dismantling of the synthesizer and about four beers. (see picture at bottom for why the LCD needs replacing).
A skinned Yamaha SY77
1 billion screws
The plastic after gluing
Exclusive shots of the wheel
Fixed for now
My next project is the repair of the LCD screen that stopped working properly after the second day I owned it. It reappears randomly just to taunt me.
I know that the continuing saga of my keyboard has been getting a lot of internet buzz lately, so I thought I would make sure that you knew all about the newest development.
The modulation wheel has collapsed and fallen into the synthesizer itself. Repeat, the modulation wheel has collapsed and fallen into the synthesizer.
I am hoping that a quick dis-assembly will allow me to re-seat the errant wheel and my modulation needs can continue.
I know what you are thinking. “Hey, it looks like you have 2 modulation wheels. Why should I spend my time praying for the quick and easy repair of ‘modulation wheel #2′, when it seems that ‘modulation wheel #1′ is in perfect working order? Who are you to request such a thing, when there are people in the world who cannot afford one working modulation wheel, when it is more than evident that at one time you possessed two (albeit one defective) modulation wheels?”
I see your quandary, my friend, but allow me to assuage all your doubts and explain that this exactly the kind of thing that prayer was designed for. People with everything, asking for a little more. Thanks for reading.