Sold an amp to a real old rocker

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jonnyburgojonnyburgo Frets: 6891
Sold my Blackstar amp a few weeks ago to a bidder from Wales, collection only, anyway he turns up and it’s a guy I guess late 60s and he looks every inch the old rocker even at 9.30 in the morning togged up like the real deal almost as if he should have had a fan blowing his hair about and a guitar in his hand, anyway he was a lovely bloke, had a quick brew and a fiddle with the amp with my SG. Then I help him to his car to see a souped up hot rod with BUDGIE emablazoned across it, purple leather interior and fluffy cushions. I said “oh you like Budgie” he said “I should do, I’m in the band”
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  • StefBStefB Frets: 602
    You should do a Tweet about this really.
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  • riffpowersriffpowers Frets: 144
    Sold my Blackstar amp a few weeks ago to a bidder from Wales, collection only, anyway he turns up and it’s a guy I guess late 60s and he looks every inch the old rocker even at 9.30 in the morning togged up like the real deal almost as if he should have had a fan blowing his hair about and a guitar in his hand, anyway he was a lovely bloke, had a quick brew and a fiddle with the amp with my SG. Then I help him to his car to see a souped up hot rod with BUDGIE emablazoned across it, purple leather interior and fluffy cushions. I said “oh you like Budgie” he said “I should do, I’m in the band”
    Class !!  Budgie are great!!
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 11949
    Nice one!

    Though we all look like that in Wales to be fair.
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  • prlgmnrprlgmnr Frets: 1059
    It's a shit business.
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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 4759
    Was it going cheep?
    It might look like I'm listening to you, but in my head I'm playing my guitar.
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1671
    I'm Trilled for you!
     www.cairoeast.co.uk - Madness Tribute band (Bass Player) and guitarist elsewhere
    Feedback - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/57885/
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  • robinbowesrobinbowes Frets: 2068
    Sold my Blackstar amp a few weeks ago to a bidder from Wales, collection only, anyway he turns up and it’s a guy I guess late 60s and he looks every inch the old rocker even at 9.30 in the morning togged up like the real deal almost as if he should have had a fan blowing his hair about and a guitar in his hand, anyway he was a lovely bloke, had a quick brew and a fiddle with the amp with my SG. Then I help him to his car to see a souped up hot rod with BUDGIE emablazoned across it, purple leather interior and fluffy cushions. I said “oh you like Budgie” he said “I should do, I’m in the band”
    Fantastic! I wonder who it was?

    R.
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  • JAYJOJAYJO Frets: 1041
    Sold my Blackstar amp a few weeks ago to a bidder from Wales, collection only, anyway he turns up and it’s a guy I guess late 60s and he looks every inch the old rocker even at 9.30 in the morning togged up like the real deal almost as if he should have had a fan blowing his hair about and a guitar in his hand, anyway he was a lovely bloke, had a quick brew and a fiddle with the amp with my SG. Then I help him to his car to see a souped up hot rod with BUDGIE emablazoned across it, purple leather interior and fluffy cushions. I said “oh you like Budgie” he said “I should do, I’m in the band”
    Fantastic! I wonder who it was?

    R.
     Probably the Drummer banged his head on his mirror
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  • I got excited for a bit - thought you were going to say he was Budgie from the Banshees/Creatures.  Still cool though.
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  • fretfinderfretfinder Frets: 2524
    Did he use a Pollytune to tune your guitar? 
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 1992
    When I was a teenager, we all (local bands, that is) used to rehearse in a nearby hall in Cogan (just outside Penarth) called, rather imaginatively, Cogan Hall. We even had access to a lock up and Jim the caretaker would bring the key and unlock for us every time. He'd always be there at the end to lock up too. Great bloke, a bit grumpy but he actually had a great sense of humour if your caught him right. 

    Anyway, I digress. On the other side of the stage from our storage place was a deeply locked room that remained a bit of a mystery. Micky Gee told me that it was Budgie's storage place and we never found out for sure as we never saw them coming or going, despite spending quite a bit of time going in and out of the hall. 

    One day we turned up for a rehearsal and someone had left the mystery door unlocked and it was crammed-full of Budgie's amps, cabs, drums etc. Superb stash of great looking amps etc. I almost (I did say almost) peed my pants. This was back in 1976/77. 

    Funnily enough, I never met them or heard them play live. 
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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 3485
    edited July 11
     Cool story indeed. :)
     Budgie were great. Bandolier is one of my all time favourite albums and was easily one of the best pure-rock albums of the late 70s with a recording quality way ahead of the competition at that time. Plus Tony Bourge was a riff monster.
    (pronounced: equal-sequel)   "I suffered for my art.. now it's your turn"
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  • Strat_a_tat_tatStrat_a_tat_tat Frets: 2423
    merlin said:
    When I was a teenager, we all (local bands, that is) used to rehearse in a nearby hall in Cogan (just outside Penarth) called, rather imaginatively, Cogan Hall. We even had access to a lock up and Jim the caretaker would bring the key and unlock for us every time. He'd always be there at the end to lock up too. Great bloke, a bit grumpy but he actually had a great sense of humour if your caught him right. 

    Anyway, I digress. On the other side of the stage from our storage place was a deeply locked room that remained a bit of a mystery. Micky Gee told me that it was Budgie's storage place and we never found out for sure as we never saw them coming or going, despite spending quite a bit of time going in and out of the hall. 

    One day we turned up for a rehearsal and someone had left the mystery door unlocked and it was crammed-full of Budgie's amps, cabs, drums etc. Superb stash of great looking amps etc. I almost (I did say almost) peed my pants. This was back in 1976/77. 

    Funnily enough, I never met them or heard them play live. 

    You knew Mickey Gee?!?!? 
    Respect!
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  • robinbowesrobinbowes Frets: 2068
    equalsql said:
     
     Budgie were are great. 
    Fixed that for you.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 8145
    Isn't / wasn't the son of the guitarist from Budgie on here? 
    Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 730
    this thread is for the birds
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  • AidanspaghettiAidanspaghetti Frets: 560
    Bet he didnt play a Catana
    Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life
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  • HerrMetalHerrMetal Frets: 32
    merlin said:
    When I was a teenager, we all (local bands, that is) used to rehearse in a nearby hall in Cogan (just outside Penarth) called, rather imaginatively, Cogan Hall. We even had access to a lock up and Jim the caretaker would bring the key and unlock for us every time. He'd always be there at the end to lock up too. Great bloke, a bit grumpy but he actually had a great sense of humour if your caught him right. 

    Anyway, I digress. On the other side of the stage from our storage place was a deeply locked room that remained a bit of a mystery. Micky Gee told me that it was Budgie's storage place and we never found out for sure as we never saw them coming or going, despite spending quite a bit of time going in and out of the hall. 

    One day we turned up for a rehearsal and someone had left the mystery door unlocked and it was crammed-full of Budgie's amps, cabs, drums etc. Superb stash of great looking amps etc. I almost (I did say almost) peed my pants. This was back in 1976/77. 

    Funnily enough, I never met them or heard them play live. 
    Not tempted to smuggle anything away?
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 1992
    edited July 11

    You knew Mickey Gee?!?!? 
    Respect!
    Yes I did. I played a few rock'n'roll gigs with him, me on tenor sax, which was my main instrument at the time.

    He was a top player and a sweet guy. 
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  • Strat_a_tat_tatStrat_a_tat_tat Frets: 2423
    merlin said:

    You knew Mickey Gee?!?!? 
    Respect!
    Yes I did. I played a few rock'n'roll gigs with him, me on tenor sax, which was my main instrument at the time.

    He was a top player and a sweet guy. 

    Yes... fantastic player.
    Only saw him once - in later life when his health was failing (strangely enough it was in a pub in Coggan). Really friendly guy and, when I asked him about his custom made Tele, he handed it to me and said "Here... try it out."
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 1992
    Here's a pic, taken at the Padget Rooms Penarth (famous for the famous Man - Live album). From Left, Micky, Pete Wenger (also now dead sadly, and the only drummer I've known to play standing up), me, Raymond Thompson. 

    This gig must have been sometime in 1980/81. 


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  • Strat_a_tat_tatStrat_a_tat_tat Frets: 2423
    @merlin ; Great photo.  Haven't seen Ray Thompson for a while. He used to run the open mic night at The Pilot.
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 6671
    overriding memories of Budgie:






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  • mattacjonesmattacjones Frets: 269
    edited July 13
    Did you ask him if he used the cage system or was that a bit sensitive?
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  • midlifecrisismidlifecrisis Frets: 1529
    i bet he ran off quick when he thought he saw a puddycat
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 18
    That’s an ace story
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 18
    57Deluxe said:
    overriding memories of Budgie:






    I had a purple  budjie jacket when was 6 or 7 
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 1584
    equalsql said:
     
     Budgie were are great. 
    Fixed that for you.
    They were always tipped to suckseed.
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  • breadfanbreadfan Frets: 263
    That's a great story - I love Budgie! 

    StefB said:
    You should do a Tweet about this really.
    & that's a great comment!

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