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Thousands will miss out in new university scramble

Thousands will miss out in new university scramble
Colleges face unprecedented demand for degree courses starting next September due to a triple whammy to hit higher education.

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The Foundation of Tone: Guitar Pickups

As guitarists, we’re obsessed with tone and finding the right gear to work for the sound we are after, for our band, or for the studio. We’ve tried a whole lot of guitars, amps, pedals and everything else looking for that “it” thing. We’ve come across some things that have worked for us, and some that have been a frustrating purchase because the hype didn’t match the gear. For every good gear purchase we’ve made, there’s probably a few we’ve regretted making. Since one can never have enough gear, we are always looking for what can improve our sound and our setup.

The part of the setup that often gets overlooked or ignored is the pickups. We’ve spent a lot of money on guitars, cables, pedals, and amps, but so often replacing the pickups has not been a part of the equation for seeking better tone. The basic job of a pickup is the translating of the string vibration into a small electric signal that goes through the rest of the setup and then gets amplified. A well made and designed pickup can be crafted to more accurately translate what is being played. Since the pickups job is to capture what you are playing, it is crucial to your tone.

Pickups can be custom designed to capture and translate your tone through a variety of ways: Each magnet type used in a pickup has certain tonal qualities. Pickups can be wound with different wire types and sizes to match vintage specs, or give you a modern sound. Each wire type can also be wound with different tension and number of turns, and the pattern of the wire can effect the tone as well. All of these design factors can be matched with styles of the player and the woods in the guitar to make a truly custom tone translation for the player. All of the sudden your guitar will sound better, and you might end up holding on to some of the rest of your gear line since a more custom and accurate translation is now headed through it!

There’s a wide range of great pickup companies out there. Spend some time researching what each offers and learning more about what you are looking for. Chances are the more you know ahead of time, the closer a pickup maker can get you what you are after. Just make sure to warn others of the impending face melting (See: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark).

Brian Porter is the owner of Porter Pickups. He started Porter Pickups as part of his obsession for tone, and the desire to offer others custom made pickups at an affordable price with the look and sound they are after. Visit his website at


Brian Porter is the owner of Porter Pickups. His company specializes in hand wound pickups for electric guitars. They have several models of replacement pickups such as Strat, Tele, Humbuckers and P-90’s. Visit the Porter Pickups Website at

Sterger "strongly considering" speaking with NFL officials

Sterger “strongly considering” speaking with NFL officials
Jenn Sterger’s lawyer Joseph Conway continues to look for “potential remedies” for his client.Conway is “strongly considering” speaking to NFL officials about the investigation into Brett Favre’s alleged text messages to Sterger, according to the Associated Press.  Conway said, “We’re…

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Black Decker/ Porter Cable PCMVC MultiVoltage NiCd Charger

  • If You have the right tools You can complete any job!
  • We have 8 warehouses in the U.S. so you will get your order Fast!
  • Warehouse Locations:

    Cape Girardeau,MO








Product Description
Charges Porter Cable NiCd batteries (model No. PC12B and PC18B) in under 1 hour to eliminate down time. Computerized charging optimizes charging of battery cells to extend performance and life. Hot Pack delay detects when batteries are excessively hot to prevent damage to cells. Bad Power warning feature detects improper power input to prevent damage to the charger or packs. 2 year warranty…. More >>

Black Decker/ Porter Cable PCMVC MultiVoltage NiCd Charger

Colt McCoy moves toward his second start

Colt McCoy moves toward his second start
Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy got his first start of his career on Sunday in Pittsburgh.It won’t get much easier for him this week, when the Browns go to New Orleans to face the 4-2 Saints.Under the official injury report, both…

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Porter Cable QuikJig – International Woodworking Fair 2010

Field Editor Chris Marshall learns about a new pocket hole jig from Porter-Cable.

Your Week Seven fines roundup

Your Week Seven fines roundup
The NFL handed down 15 fines this week after breaking down the Week Six game tape.  You already know about Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison ($75,000), Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather ($50,000), and Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson ($50,000).The other dozen were…

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Porter-Cable PTA23 Nozzle Kit

  • For use with PSH1
  • Works best with medium to high solid materials
  • Use it for spraying latex, acrylics, primers, urethanes, and more
  • Provides an evenly distributed spray each
  • Weighs just 4.8 ounces Product Description
The Porter-Cable PTA23 2.22 millimeter Nozzle Kit is compatible with the Porter-Cable PSH1 Spray Gun. This nozzle works great with just about any medium to high solids, including latex, acrylics, urethanes, sealers, primers and epoxies, and enamels. The 2.22 millimeter nozzle provides an evenly distributed spray each and every time…. More >>

Porter-Cable PTA23 Nozzle Kit

Vintage Porter Cable Guild A2 belt sander

1950s Porter Cable A2. Motor: 6 amp, 115 volts. Belt size is 2” x 21”. I haven’t been able to find 2 x 21 belts anywhere, so I have to cut a 3” x 21” belt down to fit. This is a wonderful sander built with the same quality as the larger A3, 504, and 503 sanders. It’s in great shape. The bronze bearings in the rollers had so much play that the belt tracked all over the place. I replaced the bearings and it works like new.

To Wax or not to Wax,

That is the question many new car owners are asking and the answer is NOT to wax a new car.

It goes without saying that this a world of wax users and supporters.

Wax does produce a shine, that much is not disputed. It is how that shine is produced and the consequences of the methods used to create that shine that have created a sobering look at the pit falls of putting wax on modern acrylic paint.

There are several kinds of wax to be sure. Liquid, cream and paste.

You  can find people to swear by any one of these methods to keep a shine on their car. All of these methods have problems that the users have accepted as normal and choose to cope with under the belief that there is no other way to keep a shine on their automotive paint.

Don’t be fooled.

Misinformation comes from many sources, Internet forums are generally a good way to find out how to address problems with a number of issues. From mechanics to health. The internet is a source of news and history.  Tradition and nostalgia have found a home within the world wide web.

Just as the Internet has produced a network to the information highway, individuals seek to profit by using this network to better their own agenda, in generally these individuals are known as merchants and they range from the individual who places a ad in Google to the groups and organization that create forums to promote misleading propaganda to the unsuspecting public.

In general these automotive detail forums push wax and wax accessories to anyone who will listen to them. There is a consensus that wax is good and no wax is bad. The facts about wax have not changed, it still presents the same challenges as it did when the first person decided to apply it to his vehicle.

Wax yellows and dulls and it is messy to apply, in addition wax has to be leveled (buffed) and periodically removed due to its propensity to buildup, harden and flake off.

This makes a negative effect on the paint the wax is applied to. The stress, strain and friction associated with the application and removal of wax will ruin the factory finish of a new car.

This is no great revelation, anyone who has put wax on their car knows that the shine won’t last. You can see the progression as the wax shine begins to fade and dull. People looked for all kinds of alternatives to wax. The offerings of clear coat and sealers were even more devastating to the paint. Swirl marks, rain drops, bird droppings all have a increased negative visual effect on wax. Forums are full of people asking what to do about spiderwebs, swirl marks, rain spotting, bird droppings and wax removal.

The answer they are getting in internet detail forums is to do more of the same, Clean the old wax off and start all over again. This is like beating your head into the wall.

Why would anyone use wax if there is a alternative product that does not have those problems?

They wouldn’t and because of that Internet forums have censored and banned members who attempt to have a discussion about products that eliminate the need and or use of common wax on automotive paint. is the worse offender, intentionally misinforms its members and visitors in order to sell their archaic offerings of wax and accessories to a public that is becoming increasingly more aware of available alternatives.

Products used in paint restoration should not be used on new paint. This includes polish, power buffers, wax and clay. These products are generally abrasive and stressful to acrylic paint. Autopia specializes in paint restoration. They do not have a product that is designed to preserve your paints factory finish.

When the Acrylic paint conditioner came onto the market, it proved to be such an advancement in paint care that threatened the old logic of putting wax on acrylic paint. Autopis’s reaction was to post a ridiculous warning about this product on their web site. A warning many found to have nothing to offer but a group of individuals showing the limits of their intelligence. Everyone who either questioned or disagreed with the warning was quickly banned from the forum by Autopia’s forum moderator. A practice that has coined as the “Fox News” of Internet detail forums.

Eventually as more people became aware of the acrylic paint conditioner and the benefits of using it over wax, Autopia begin to lose credibility due to its obvious attempt to divert members from information about the acrylic paint conditioner.

Autopias bias activity was put on center stage. They said “don’t use the acrylic paint conditioner”, they claim it could not work. They swore by wax and their porter cable.

The facts have proven otherwise as the acrylic paint conditioner has received acceptance world wide as the optimum alterative to wax for new automotive acrylic paint.

Can a old car benefit from wax?…….Yes wax can make old paint look better but not as good as an acrylic paint conditioner can.

Can a new car benefit from wax?…….NO wax on a new factory finish will dull and destroy the factory shine. You should NEVER put wax on new automotive acrylic paint.

Pittman Original VaporWax is the only acrylic paint conditioner on the marker today. Pittman invented and perfected the acrylic paint conditioner (APC) and (ALR) the acrylic lens deoxidizer. There is no wax, polish, sealer or clear coat that can preserve the factory finish on a new car as well as VaporWax APC.

The Acrylic paint conditioner can be applied by anyone in any temperature. It will never yellow or dull, it never has to be buffed and it never has to be removed. It is designed to eliminate the need of soap, clay, polish, wax and power buffing of paint.

If you want to maintain the shine on your new car use the acrylic paint conditioner.

If you want to replace the shine on your new car use any wax.

You put a lot of money into buying a new car. Don’t be fooled into destroying your unique factory finish by rubbing and buffing outdated wax on and off of it. Once you take that finish off, there is no putting it back.

Kemetian Motif Original Designs (KMOD) est. 1989 distributor of: Pittman’s Original One Step Acrylic Lens Restorer (ALR). Pittman’s Original One Step Acrylic De-oxidizer, Pittman’s Original VaporWax Acrylic Paint Conditioner (APC). KMOD’s ALR (Alien Liquid Research) division designs the most advanced acrylic /polycarbonate restoration products on the market today. Pittman’s Original One Step ALR is sold and recognized world wide as a technological break through in acrylic lens restoration. KMOD ALR designs take an out the box approach to automotive detailing. Science has proven ” There is a faster and better way”. We design or products to be reactive at the molecular level to require minimal time and effort to completion and produce long lasting results. No complex instructions, anyone can use an ALR product and achieve the same professional looking results Pittman’s One Step and VaporWax are not commercially produced or sold in any stores. Pittman’s Original One Step and VaporWax are designer products exclusively produced in controlled amounts for private accounts and distributed world wide via KEMETIAN MOTIF ORIGINAL DESIGNS: KMOD / Jerry Pittman chief designer