[sdiy] out of print books
hudson at speakeasy.net
Fri Sep 28 02:39:40 CEST 2007
On Sep 27, 2007, at 4:43 PM, Paul Perry wrote:
> So far as Amazon prices are concerned - anyone who looks only at
> Amazon for
> books, is going to get ripped sometimes. Just go to google, put in
> the name
> of the book you want plus 'price' and, usually you will find it for
> than Amazon.
> The 'gouging' sellers on Amazon, are usually people who wait till
> there are
> no copies of a particular book listed, then list a cheap copy owned by
> another seller elsewhere (marking it up five times or so) and
> then, when it
> 'sells' on Amazon, get the actual owner to "dropship' to the buyer.
> Amazon knows this, Amazon could not give a shit about it (because
> 1. they
> get the fees, and 2. they don't want anyone to know that there are
> places to buy books.)
As a former employee of Amazon, I can vouch for everything Paul has
said. There are plenty of better online booksellers.
> (OK, there are no Boscorelli bargains..... but there are a dozen
> out there for around $20 or less.
I have the Boscorelli book, as well as that synth book that people
always pine for. The name escapes me, but it has mostly old Paia
schematics. The Boscorelli book is interesting, but not $150
interesting. Personally I think he misses the boat on guitar effects.
He takes the approach of a complete perfectly engineered solution
with no regard to cost, with very high parts count for most of the
designs, and while I've never built any of his designs, I'm sure they
do exactly what they are designed to do. But many of the "icons" of
guitar fx are endearing because they do more with less, and have all
these little quirks that make them less predictable.
Repeatability might have a place in synth electronics, but in guitar
fx, it is the imperfections that lead to a sort of playability. Which
is why most guitarists still prefer old tube amps with poor power
supply filtering, sagging tube rectifiers, and an overall
amplification system that mimics a weight suspended by multiple
springs, swinging around chaotically.
Tomy, trying to keep his germanium transistors cool...
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