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Rhys Roberts

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    This is where it all started for me...

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    Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales, CF36, UK
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    Rita & The Tiaras - Gone With The Wind Is My Love

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  1. Hello again, There was one Philips head screw adjustment on the FCD 563 arm, which did the trick. I never played any decent records on the FCD563 as I never felt confident that the arm would make some random moves. Since that posting I was able to get some old Citronic RT1 DJ decks with Stanton 500-II cartridges from a mate. He also added the Citronic CMD7 mixer. I then added an old Marantz PM4200 amplifier and some Wharfedale DIAMOND 9.0 speakers. I guess the lot came in at just under £200. I know it's old kit but I am very pleased with the setup for what I need. Cheers Rhys
  2. Morning & thanks for the reply. Will try the album idea to give it a bit of a work out. Someone told me to move the arm in as far as the normal end of travel and back when you hear a switch click on some decks as a kind of calibration. Not sure if mine is that sophisticated. I am driven by nostalgia at the moment but really need to invest in something a bit newer. I am reluctant to play anything too decent, so everyone is getting a bit tired of hearing "Don't Give Up on Us" by David Soul circa '76. Will try and find the thread. Cheers Rhys
  3. Like many of you, I have found my old vinyl and started buying 45s again. Last night I found my old Philips FCD 563 from circa 1987 - a bit dusty but in good condition. It's the one where you manually pick up the tone arm, table turns and you carefully drop the needle in place. To my delight and amazement it still works! I put on an old 45 and after some minor resistance, the table started turning and the sound was pretty good. Unfortunately, the record stopped short and the arm would not go to the end / middle of the record. At first I thought it was stuck in a groove, but this happened for a few 45s and I had to pick up the arm to stop playing. I can only see one screw at the back of the arm but I have not idea what it does. Does anyone know if/how this can be adjusted? - there are no skate/weight options. Thank you! Rhys
  4. Thanks for the replies. No it was a simple red mug with the clicking fingers logo. I did actually get a reply today - details below in case anyone interested: email: mod@soulsvillefoundation.org Hello Rhys Roberts, I would like to thank you for visiting the Stax Museum, we do have red mugs in and would be happy to ship it out to you. Attached to this email is a copy of our credit card authorization form. If you'd like to fill this out and email it back to me, I will begin processing your order. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. All the best, Iona Green
  5. Just got back from a trip to the "Deep South", which was awesome. The Stax museum is well worth a visit for $13, if only to see the vinyl hall of fame or Isaac Hayes' gold plated Cadillac. Loads of parking behind the main building too. I bought a lovely red mug from the Stax museum store for $9.99...but it got smashed on the way home There is no real online shop as such and I tried to email the museum... If anyone is going (or lives nearby) and wouldn't mind picking me up a replacement then I would be most grateful!! I have a shipping address in the UK and USA and could PayPal the cost & postage. Thank you, Rhys
  6. I had the pleasure and privilege to meet this wonderful lady today. Pat is being recognised in a new music documentary: https://totalexperiencemovie.com/2018/08/07/our-movie-poster/ She sang at Jimmy Hendrix' funeral and also for President Obama. We all know her soul classic "Little Love Affair" but having her sing this for me today was just incredible! Pat also kindly signed a record sleeve for me - I just need to get the vinyl now... Cheers, Rhys VID-20190525-WA0005.mp4
  7. Sounds like the sad taste of sour grapes when someone in the family thinks that money is thicker than blood. Perfect material for a soul ballad...
  8. Thanks for the replies! I can see the regular issue for sale here on raresoulman: Joe Simon ‎– Message From Maria / I Worry About You Any idea how much the promo would be worth?
  9. Hi, Label: Sound Stage 7 ‎– SS7-2617 Format: Vinyl, 45 RPM, 7" Country: US Does anyone know why this is blocked for sale on Discogs? The message says "This release has been blocked from sale in the marketplace. It is not permitted to sell this item on Discogs." I have seen it for sale here a few times and I have the SS7-2617 in both regular and promo editions. Cheers, Rhys
  10. Thanks again Ken, I managed to buy a copy of the Shades of Soul Issue #8 -Aug 1986 on eBay last week.
  11. Just found this thread. Still have this fold out version at home and love this album! This was my first compilation too and these tracks have remained some of my favorites as a result. Funded by my job in the fish & ship shop at Trecco Bay in '84 when I was 17. Wish I had Vol 2 & 3 - see they are around online for < £10.
  12. Thanks a lot for the upload! I have never seen that one before so it brought back some great memories. Yes those revolving doors were like a soul grinder . This was the first time I had seen proper Northern Soul dancing and I remember saying to my mates (Pritch, Chris T, Darren, Daf, & John): "OMG they look like pond skaters, how do they do that?" Took a lot of soul nights and a lot of cider & black (these were pre Strongbow Dark Fruit days) before I took to the floor...
  13. Rhys Roberts


    Date: 29/09/18 Time: 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM Join Merthyr Scooter Club and Quality Sounds for this epic night. We have managed to acquire some of south Wales’ finest DJs all playing vinyl. DJsMain room (No bar) Geraint & Celyn: Quality Sounds James Parker: Café-a-gogo Eddie Crole: Porthcawl Laurence Cullen: Soul Island Craig Brick: Manor Suite Phill Mansell: Merthyr Got SoulSecond room (Bar) Chill out and separate bar. Music by Simon Quinn (Rare Groove) No drink on the dance floor please. We have taken your comments on board from the last Northern Soul event. Thanks. (All held in a stunning venue) Tickets: £7 (£10 on the door). Doors: 7pm REDHOUSE,Old Town Hall,High Street,Merthyr,CF47 8AE
  14. That would be great to see the fliers! Please upload some photos or scans if possible?
  15. Hi Wilxy, Thanks for the reply. Do you remember when the soul nights stopped? I can remember going around '83 to '84. Cheers, Rhys

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