Mark Durham Memorial 18watt Raffle

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Postby rectifier » Sat 07/29/06 12:55 pm

Sweetwood wrote:actually, an all out raffle might generate more cash for the family. we should all promote this best we can. $10 tix?

I don't mind setting up a 'raffle ticket product' on my site. you could use your credit card to purchase as many raffle tix as you like. besides the credit card 1.5% ding, that might be the easiest way to do something like this.
That's a great idea! When will the tickets be available?
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Postby jaysg » Sat 07/29/06 2:50 pm

kennnygtr wrote:But would you guys consider building Mark's "Vajra" model 18 watt?
I've been offline a few days. I feel awful. Graydon and Mark made this all happen. It's so sad. I bought some iron from Mark once. I had to badger him to actually cash the check.

Kenny, do you know what vajra and vana mean?
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Postby dartanion » Sat 07/29/06 2:59 pm

I have to work a catering gig today, but I'll try to put a full list together of everything that has been offered. However, it appears as though we will easily have all parts covered, and then some.

Also, I can certainly do the build, but it would probably mean more to one of Mark's closer friends to build this amp.

As for marketing the raffle tickets, whatever works and is legal is fine with me.
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Postby dartanion » Sat 07/29/06 3:02 pm

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kennnygtr wrote:But would you guys consider building Mark's "Vajra" model 18 watt?
I've been offline a few days. I feel awful. Graydon and Mark made this all happen. It's so sad. I bought some iron from Mark once. I had to badger him to actually cash the check.

Kenny, do you know what vajra and vana mean?
Vajra is the thunderbolt or diamond that destroys all ignorance.

Vana is a Tolkien character...right?
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Postby rollingelbow » Sat 07/29/06 3:40 pm

I like the raffle idea as well.... definitely best way to get more people to contribute I think. This way there is a larger amount of $ regardless of what the amp would go for..
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Postby jas » Sat 07/29/06 4:16 pm

I've wanted to help since I heard the news, and at first thought was going to donate partial proceeds of an amp/cabinet that I've been trying to sell for a while. After talking with my lovely wife about it, we have decided to donate the whole amp to the raffle - I know it's not an 18watt, but it could make an awesome 2nd prize or ?? It's about 2 months old, near perfect (slight nicks in blue tolex). I have added wheels to the cab (detachable). Here's the specs:


THE BLUE™ 100 W AMPLIFIER HEAD

+ 4 separate preamplifier channels, selectable either from the front panel or foot switch
Clean channel controls:
Volume, Treble, Middle, Middle Sweep, Bass, Dynamic Presence
Crunch channel controls:
Volume, Gain, Treble, Middle Shift, Bass, Boost
Lead A and B channel controls:
Volume, Gain A, Gain B, Treble, Middle, Middle Sweep, Bass and Contour (for Lead B only)
Master Controls:
Volume, Reverb, Cut, Reverb Selector Hi/Lo

+ Processor controlled channel and reverb switching
+ Balanced Direct output
+ Effects loop
+ 5 way foot pedal included
+ Accutronics reverb
+ 5 x 12AX7 preamplifier tubes
+ 4 x E34L special power amplifier tubes
+ CELESTION loudspeakers in all our Combos and enclosures
+ Our forte: EVERY KIND OF GUITAR PLAYER WILL FIND THAT SPECIAL PERSONAL SOUND

Dimension in mm:
The Blue 100 Head 270 (H), 560 (W), 275 (D), weight including foot pedal 24,5 kg

With top 4x12 cabinet & footswitch. Here's a picture (same stock pic at moment):

http://www.18watt.com/modules.php?set_a ... _album.php
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Postby Trout » Sat 07/29/06 5:04 pm

Wow,

This is the spirit that built 18W.com!!
After a year of such turmoil, This is without a doubt the one of the best community efforts that has taken place here since the founding of this group & site.

I have been a very long time lurking reader here, And only a passive poster for a year or so. And I see it as this as an prime example of what this group is really about!!
Everyone has gathered at a time of need for one of our own and put forth the most thoughtful ideas and contributions.
Now, Lets make it happen! I am ready to send my offered set of JJ tubes Priority Mail to the leaders of this project. If not used in the amp, Great, Add it to the hope package or secondary prize packages.
Lets go for it and show why some of the members and this forum consists of some of the Best of The Best!!

This is a true legacy event and I am certain Mark would have been very proud of everyone needless to say.

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Postby markh » Sat 07/29/06 5:10 pm

I am stunned by the generosity pouring out here. :D 8O :D

I am certain Mark D would be completely embarrased and perplexed by all this fuss...but I'm equally sure his family will be able to use whatever money we can raise in his memory.

I firmly agree a Mark D design would be most appropriate, and I like the Vajra idea.

I'll also volunteer to build it (unless S2 or someone else close by wants to), since it seems we have more than enough materials already.

--mark h
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Postby EBE » Sat 07/29/06 6:49 pm

I would be would be more than happy to do the turret or eyelet board in any configuration needed.

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Postby s2 » Sat 07/29/06 6:58 pm

I don't remember the whole story, but Mark told me he named the Vajra after an aspect of one of his daughters (the one I have not met). I seem to remember him telling me she is of Asian descent and Vajra is the key symbol of a branch of Buddhism where she was born.

I could be wrong, but that is what I remember. He told me this maybe 2 years ago when he loaned me the Vajra for a couple of months, so it's a little fuzzy.
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Postby doctornorbert » Sat 07/29/06 7:13 pm

I have a miniwatt EF86 if needed.
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Postby doctornorbert » Sat 07/29/06 7:15 pm

I feel like I remember reading that vajra means lightning in Nepalese or something, as all the electronics stores there had vajra in their name.
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Postby brownnote » Sat 07/29/06 9:30 pm

markh wrote:I am stunned by the generosity pouring out here. :D 8O :D

I am certain Mark D would be completely embarrased and perplexed by all this fuss...but I'm equally sure his family will be able to use whatever money we can raise in his memory.
I feel you there.
markh wrote:I firmly agree a Mark D design would be most appropriate, and I like the Vajra idea.

I'll also volunteer to build it (unless S2 or someone else close by wants to), since it seems we have more than enough materials already.

--mark h
That sure feels right to me.

I have a hunch there will be enough donated parts for more than one amp, maybe you and Steve could each build one.

Along with JK's guitar and jas' amp that's quite a lot...

First drawn in the raffle could have first pick, and so on...
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Postby Reason » Sat 07/29/06 9:32 pm

Hi all,

I'm a little late to this discussion, but I'll throw in a combo cab. I have about eight in stock right now...black, creme and green in 112 and 212 configurations. Whatever color the group decides- consider the cab done!

Note to the organizers of this raffle: we need to address shipping of the finished amp. It is implied that the contributors will pay to ship their stuff to who ever builds this, but what about shipping to its final destination? The winner could be from anywhere, and it is quite expensive to ship a combo across the pond.

Oh, and one more thing. If we want to raise as much money for Marks family, we should build this for a broad appeal. While it is a touching tribute to have Marks mug on an amp, it might hurt ticket sales among those who didn't know him. I guess the same thing applies to the circuit...a straght up clone will likely bring in more ticket sales than a modified version that few have heard.

From the Reason family to the Durham family- our hearts go out to you.

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Postby brownnote » Sat 07/29/06 9:40 pm

X-R2 wrote:...I guess the same thing applies to the circuit...a straght up clone will likely bring in more ticket sales than a modified version that few have heard.
I had the same thought anthony, I was thinking that if there were enough donations for 2 amps one could be a stock trem or TMB and the other a Vajra....winner gets first pick.
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