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Bill Lawrence interesting video.

surfco
September 22nd, 2009, 11:27 AM
From NAMM library. Very informative.

http://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/bill-lawrence

badmelonfarmer
September 22nd, 2009, 01:32 PM
WOW!!

He knows his onions!

boris bubbanov
September 22nd, 2009, 03:00 PM
If I had viewed this interview Before Bill called me a while back, then I'd really have pee'd my pants when he called.

He starts explaining things, and I kick myself that I did not have a proper understanding of more aspects of all this stuff. It was a wonderful experience, but there's so much we could've been talking about - but weren't because I didn't do my homework. So we talked instead about intellectual property and social justice after a spell. Easy stuff. :smile:

surfco
September 22nd, 2009, 03:09 PM
LOL! I would've done the same.

badmelonfarmer
September 22nd, 2009, 03:37 PM
I think you would have to do more than"Homework", well I would of, LOL

It would have been like a six year old discussing Willie Nelson's "Ain't it funny how time slips away" with Stephen Hawking.

if you get me?

Cheers

BMF

Altman
September 22nd, 2009, 09:32 PM
Hi Guys
As someone that spends a great deal of time with Bill I can tell you it's a brainfest everyday. I am reminded of Einstein's great love of the violin or maybe Richard Feynman's bongo obsession. There's just something about physics on the level that Bill does it that is musical. The interaction of electricity and magnetism are for the most part well understood. As is what makes a good musical instrument, but try and mix the two and you quickly find yourself in an unfamiliar landscape where nothing is as it seems. Copying a good idea is the most that we are likely to find in the marketplace of pickups. Even if one can find a way to improve to some degree what has been done before through trial and error, it isn't what Bill does. He creates brand new ways of doing a thing out of "whole cloth" so to speak. He looks at what he wants to achieve then expresses it mathematically and then persuades electrons and magnetic fields to do his bidding. Honestly, he can look at the way gravy pours over a biscuit and say "See ! that's what I talking about" or when explaining the sub-atomic interaction of electrons on a pole piece he may say "it's just like a coffee grinder". It is truly wonderful for me to be there when this sort of thing happens and I don't always get it at first but he is kind and takes the time to make sure I understand in the end. There never were many men like Bill and there are a lot fewer these days mostly because of specialization in very narrow aspects of science. Ask anyone in the world of physics and they'll tell you a really good generalist is a rare and precious thing. During a discussion once he stood up and said "just a minute " and disappeared into the workshop where he made a tool to make a bobbin to make a pickup to prove a point to me. I read about men like this while studying physics in collage and was told by my professors that they no longer existed. Yes they do!
Altman

sbolt
September 23rd, 2009, 12:26 PM
I love their pickups-they really do deliver.

boris bubbanov
September 23rd, 2009, 06:32 PM
I think you would have to do more than"Homework", well I would of, LOL

It would have been like a six year old discussing Willie Nelson's "Ain't it funny how time slips away" with Stephen Hawking.

if you get me?

Cheers

BMF


I hear you.

I think I was smarter at age 6 than I am now. :wink: