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Need more Juice from a Tiny Practice Amp.....Try a Jumper!

Posted by Eric Robinson on August 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Hi Guys -

 

Anybody got a Tiny Practice Amp, with a 8", 6" or 4" Speaker??? Many times these little 10-20 Watt Amps don't sound all that Great & they seem that they don't have much Power.

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---You'd be Surprised on How much Power these Amp really have!!!

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This will require you have Home Stereo Tower Speaker.  Sounds better with a 10" or 12" Speaker.  

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Make a 3'-4' Jumper with Speaker Wire. Attach the Pos & Neg of 1 end to the Guitar Amp Speaker (that is attached to the Guitar Amp). Attach the other end of the Jumper to the Home Stereo Tower Speaker. Just put them into the matching Pos & Neg input in the back of the Speaker.

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You'll be surprised by how much more Volume that you'd get out of that little 10 Watt Solid State Guitar Amp!

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This wouldn't be something that you would take to a Band Practice. But, it does work Great for at Home Practice. Please feel free to give this a try. And - let me know if it helps you too!

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Have an Electric Guitar & Computer, but, No Amp?.....No Problem!

Posted by Eric Robinson on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi Guys - 

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I stumbled across this a few days ago & wanted to relay this info, to any one that might need it.

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I had an Extra Electric Guitar that I'm no longer using.  I decided to help out a Great Friend of mine.  I'm giving him everything needed to Play an Electric Guitar.  Except, I don't have an extra Guitar Amp to give him.  I came across a way to turn your Computer into Guitar Effects Processor.  

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It's pretty easy to set up.  Then, You need a Guitar Instrument Cable (usually with 1/4" Cable connectors - Standard Cable)  -And-  a 1/4" to 1/8" Adaptor, Sold at Radio Shack & other Electronics Stores.  Lastly, you'll need to have Computer Speakers (to hear the sounds).

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---Alright, here's the order.  Electric Guitar,  Instrument Cable with 1/4" Connector Ends,  1/4" to 1/8" Adaptor  &  Lastly, plug this into the Microphone Input in the Back of your Computer.

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Click on the Link to go to the GuitarFX Website.  You can do a Free Down Load onto your computer.

http://guitarfx.net/

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Here is the Basic Information.  I'll be back to give more Specific Information soon.  

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Cardboard Box Amp - Crazy but, it works!!!

Posted by Eric Robinson on July 31, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (6)

This might seem a bit Crazy or Creative.  Either way - it works!!!

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I got this idea by thinking, What If.  I had a little 10 Watt Solid State Amp, that I got from a guy for $10.00.  It was a little Guitar Amp that allowed me to use, when I didn't want to drag out my 60 pound Main Guitar Amp.  It originally had a little 4" speaker in it.  It worked to be able to hear sound.  But, all I could hear was Highs & Mids.  Nothing that would sound all that Great.

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My family lives in an Apartment right now.  I was taking the Trash out one day & someone had thrown away a couple 'Home Stereo Tower Speakers' away.  Their boxes looked a bit rough.  Thankfully they looked like someone had just tossed them it, they were right at the top (easy to get to & pull out).

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I thought to myself, What If - I was to try to change out the Speaker with 1 of the 12" Speakers?  So, I tried it!  I was really surprised by how well it sounded.  I simply unhooked the Speaker in the Amp & ran a 4' jumper Speaker Wire from the Tower Speaker to the little 10 Watt Amp.  That Amp had Came to Life.  There was Bass now  And  It sounded like the Volume had increase by 5 times.

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Then I thought to myself, if that sounded good - What If, I was to try hooking up 'Both' Tower Speakers to the Amp?  I made up another 4' Speaker Wire Jumper from the other Tower Speaker into the Speaker Connecttion to the Amp.  Basically, I put both Positives from the Tower Speakers into the Positive connector to the Amp.  And, both Tower Speakers negative to the Amp Negative connector.  

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I hooked it all up and It sounded Great!  Seriously, it sounded like an 80-100 Watt Solid State Amp.  Which was Amazing, considering it was all being Powered by a 10 Watt Solid State Amp.  At that point, I realized - 10 Solid State Watts, is way more Powerful than I thought possible.  There was enough Bass to Rattle the Rafters in our Living Room.  I am respectful to my neighbors, so I didn't play it too Loud for too long.

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Next was trying to come up with a way to put it all together.  I don't have any Wood Working Tools.  I have a couple of Friends that have things like Table Saws & other needed Tools.  But, they constantly seemed to be busy.  One day, I came across a Cardboard Box that looked like it would be a Perfect fit.  A perfect fit, if the Speakers were to be 'Side Firing'.  I have some 'Home Stereo Speakers' that are in our Living Room that have 'Side Firing 12" Speakers'.  After seeing this Cardboard Box, I put the 2 ideas together.

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Then I thought to myself, What If - I was to use the Cardboard Box for a Guitar Amp?  It wouldn't be durable.  But, it would work if I was to use the Caution that I give my other Music Equipment.  So - I tried it!

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I started by covering the Main Opening with the Fabric from the Tower Speakers.  I used Duct Tape to secure the Fabric to the Metal Basket of the Speaker.  I placed the Speaker on top of the Box & Traced it with a Maker.  After that, I did an 'Inner Circle' that was about 2" smaller than the Outer Circle.  This allowed to cut out an openning for the Speaker.  It wasn't an identical fit.  I had to make Gradual additional cuts to the circle, until it fit perfectly flat.  

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I realized that if I was only use Screws, the Speakers would come out.  Simply, the Cardboard wouldn't hold the Screws would come out.  So, I used Bolts, 3" Washer, Cardboard, 3" Washer & Nut.  I did this combination for each place that a single Screw would be used on a Wood Guitar Amp.  By having the Washers in place, it allowed for much more Security for the Speaker.

 

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I did the exact same thing to the other side.  As mentioned, the 12" Speakers would be 'Side Firing'.

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Then, I installed the Power part of the Guitar Amplifer (the Head unit).  I put it in to the Top.  I used Washers & the Original Screws from the Guitar Amp.  I took some of the Extra Cardboard to make 2" Thick Divider to go between the Speakers.  I did this to allow each Speaker to have it's own Chamber & help with having the Speaker Magnets, so close together.  Without the Cardboard Divider, it didn't Sound as Good as with having one.  I Simply took a Large Piece of Cardboard & folded it about 5 times to make it really thick.  I cut out a space for the Head unit to fit, just right.  I had to put it in diagonally, with a little work and then put it Straight up & down between the Speakers.  I placed hole in the Back of the Guitar Amp (near the bottom), for the Power Chord to be able to Slide Out.

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In the opening to the Box, I cut an Openning to access the Head unit.  This is accessable from the Front of the Guitar Amp.

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Next I used Gorrilla Duct Tape to cover the entire Card Board Box.  I chose this brand, because, it's the Thickest & Toughest Duct Tape that I could find.  I used Black Duct Tape to give it the color of most Guitar Amps.  I took all of the Hardware from the Original Guitar Amp & used them on this Guitar Amp.  I used the Metal Corners, Rubber Amp Feet, & Handle.  

--On the Rubber Feet & Handle - I used Bolt, 3" Washer, Part, Cardboard, 3" Washer & Nut combinations.  Same as mentioned before, by using the 3" Washer it allowed for additional strength.  The last thing that you'd want to do is - have it all put together, grab it by the Handle to carry it somewhere & the Handle fall off.  By using the 3" Washers, it allowed much more Strength.

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Here are some pictures of the Finished Guitar Amp.

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I would say this is the Greatest Guitar Amp.  But, when I hook up a Guitar Effects pedal.  It sounds Pretty Good!!!  The total cost of the Project was about $25.00.  $10.00 for the Original Guitar Amp,  about $10.00 for a couple Rolls of the Duct Tape & about $5.00 for the Nuts, Bolts & Washers (they can be picked up for about 20 cents a piece).  

---And, it only weighs about 10 pounds!  It's easy to transport, easily fits on the Front Seat Floor Board of my Car.

Increase 'Guitar Amp' Loudness - with the same watts!!!

Posted by Eric Robinson on July 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi guys - I learned this info about a year ago, put it to work & I'm enjoying the results.

 

Most people believe that you measure the Loudness of a Guitar Amp off of Watts. Basically - a solid state amp with 100 watts, will be Louder than a solid state amp with 80 watts.  This kind of thinking has plagued my brain my entire life, until last year.

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I have found that the Watts, is only 1 component in the equation. The Main part is actually the Speaker. More Specifically - the SPL of the Speaker. The SPL measures the dB (decibel) Rating. Loudness Volume is measured in dB's. The more Decibels that your Speaker can deliver, the LOUDER your Guitar Amplifier will be.

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An *Awesome* thing about this is, it only takes an increase of 3 dB's to Double the Volume. With watts - it takes 10x the watts to double.

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So - Let's say you have a Speaker in a 112 Amp that has a 90 dB Rating -And- you wanted to Triple the Volume Output of your Guitar Amp.

 

--If you were to change the Speaker with a Speaker that had a 99 dB Rated Speaker, you would be able to Triple the Volume Output of the Guitar Amp. This is a Great Way of getting a Much LOUDER Guitar Amp, without having to spend TONS of Money.

Buying your 1st 'Real' Guitar for under $80.00

Posted by Eric Robinson on July 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Many people are interested in Learning to Play the Guitar - But, are under the impression that it's Really Expensive to get started.  In this Blog Entry, I'm going to talk about getting your 1st Guitar - without draining your Bank Account!

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1st things 1st - There is a lot of information on about 'How' & 'Where' to buy Inexpensive Guitars - in other posts that I've already posted.  So feel free to check those Entries as well.

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Alright - Getting an actual 'Real Guitar' for under $80.00 is very possible & can happen.  But, you got to be Patient.  The most important thing to look at is - Don't be too Picky!!!  Usually, your 1st Guitar will be exactly that.  Meaning - more than likely you will Up-Grade into a Better Guitar at a later time.

---You want to make sure the distance between the Strings & the Fretboard is even, with No Bowing in the Neck.  Otherwise, Just realize this is a Starter Guitar.  It will allow you to find out if Guitar is for you...      - Not all people have the ability to Play, even with Instruction.

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As mentioned in a Previous Entry - Places to get 'Used Guitars' are On-line Classified Ads (News Paper Classified Ads), Pawn Shops, Garage Sales & Music Instrument Stores.  If your not 'TOO PICKY' - I've seen a bunch of Great Starter 'Used' Guitars as Inexpensive as $30.00-40.00. 

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Keep in Mind - If your Income is very Limited to buy a Guitar.  An 'Acoustic Guitar' might be a good way to start.  With an 'Electric Guitar' - You'll also need an Amplifier.  That way you (and others) can Hear your Guitar. 

------If Rock or Heavier Music is your favorite - Go with an Electric!!!  If an Electric Guitar is your choice, there are alot of people that purchased 'Electric Guitar Starter Kits'.  These Kits have all you'd need to get started on Electric Guitar & you can usually get them for about $100.00.

-----------Otherwise, another way is - Buying each item by itself.  You can buy the Electric Guitar 1st  and a Guitar Amplifier 2nd.  You'll also need Cable to connect the Guitar to the Amplifier.

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You'll have to weigh your Options, Wants & Needs - when purchasing your 1st Guitar.   If you plan on moving into an Electric Guitar as your 2nd Guitar - Why not start with an Electric Guitar?  But on the other hand,  If all you have is $50.00 available (total) - an Acoustic Guitar might be a Better Option.

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Many Guitarist will start with a Cheap/Inexpensive Guitar & Up-Grade to a Better Guitar, once they have Learned how to Play.  This is a Very Common Practice. 

------So - If your on a Tight Budget, a Guitar is still in reach!!!!!!

How to Buy a Decent Guitar for under $300.00 (part 3)

Posted by Eric Robinson on July 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have gone through the previous parts to this topic - You've learned some really good information about what to look for, when trying to Buy a Decent/Quality Guitar for under $300.00.

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What to look for is Great.  But, Where do you look???  Over the 16 years that I've Played the Guitar, I've been Blessed to have quite a few Quality Instruments.  Thankfully, We live in the age of the Internet.  The Internet allows many people to sell their 'Un-Wanted' items.  If you are willing to Buy used items -  most cities or larger towns have their own Craigs List page or other  On-line Classified Ads.   I (and quite a few people that I know) have bought products from these places. 

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If you decide to go this route, request  the owner of the product to send actual pics of the item that you are trying to buy.  Be very picky about the Pics that you receive.  If you need Pictures that are closer up, request them.  It's 'Best' to be aware of any issues with the Guitar ahead of time.  Many on-line sellers will give information of anything that might not be right/correct with the product/Guitar that your interested in buying.  BUT - It's always a good idea to ask some questions.  Try to find out any surprises ahead of time.

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Most people are good & won't try to mis-lead you, when you buy of a Classified Ads.  There is always a little risk when buying a used item.  But, for the most part the Risk is Minimal and you could buy an item much Cheaper than new.

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Other places to look for Used Guitars are....

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- Pawn Shops - Remember, if you buy a Guitar at a Pawn Shop - You can talk them down on the Price.  More than likely, they bought the Musical Instrument for VERY CHEAP - like 20 cents on the dollar.  So, if a Pawn Shop has a Guitar tagged at $250.00 - I'd offer $125.00.  This would be the starting offer.  You'll go back & forth and probally agree on $180.00.  Not Bad, you just got this Guitar for $70.00 Cheaper than the price tag!!!

- Garage Sales - It happens from time to time.  Your driving past a Garage Sale & see a Guitar.  Usually, your either going to find a Guitar that you wouldn't want or the owner of the Guitar wants an Arm & a Leg for it.  But, you Never know - you might find a decent Guitar at a decent Price.

- Music Instrument Stores -  I mention this one last due to, it's RARE to find a decent deal.  Most Guitar Shop Owners are trying to sell Used Guitars for about $100.00 Cheaper than a New Guitar.  This might be helpful if the New Guitar is going for $250.00 (which would be $150.00).  But, more than likely you'll be looking at closer to $250-350.00 for a Cheaper Used Guitar through a Musical Instrument Store.  This isn't always the case.  But, in my experience - This is usually how it goes.

 

How to Buy a Decent Guitar for under $300.00 (part 2)

Posted by Eric Robinson on July 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In the last post, I talked about the Importance of Buy a 'Used Guitar' over Buying a 'New Guitar'.  One of the Most Important things that I look at when Buying a Guitar...                                         - The Materials Used to Make the Guitar!!!

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Let's say that - You want a Guitar that has the 'Famous' Fender American Deluxe Strat sound.  But, you don't have $1,500.00 to buy one.  A way to get a Guitar that has a similar sound is by, Buying a Guitar that is made with the same Materials.  The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is made with an Alder Body & Rosewood or Maple Fret Board.  There's a lot more Materials that make up the Guitar.  But, looking for a Guitar that has these components are a Great Start!

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I have found that there are quite a few Brands (many people haven't heard of), that are trying to 'Make A Name'.  These Smaller Companies are trying Really Hard to compete with the Bigger Companies.  Many of the Smaller Companies are producing High Quality Guitars at a fraction of the price of the Bigger Companies.  -  See, the Smaller Companies only become Bigger Companies, if people buy their products.  So, many of their Guitars have the Quality of the Bigger Company Guitars.  But, they are available for $300.00 (or less) - for a New Guitar!

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--I would rather have a 'Top Of The Line Guitar' from a Smaller Company that isn't well known than, a 'Bottom Of The Line Guitar' from a Bigger Company that is well known.

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Keep in Mind - The Smaller Company is trying hard to prove that they can compete with the Bigger Company.  Their 'Top Of The Line Guitars' will have their Best Quality parts.

New Blog Intro -&- How to Buy a Decent Guitar for under $300

Posted by Eric Robinson on July 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Guys-

Over the years of Playing Guitar, I've learned TONS of things about how to Buy Music Equipment (Guitars/Amps/Effects Pedals) for Inexpensive.  This Blog is going to be geared specifically towards Buying Good Gear for Cheap.

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Many people don't have the ability to spend over $500.00 on a single Guitar.  I going to be offering information that I've learned for the next few Blogs. 

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How to Buy a Decent/Quality Guitar for under $300.00

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I (like many Guitarist) have always thought Highly on American Made Brands like Fender, Gibson, Martin & Taylor.  The only issue is that American Made Guitars by these Brands are easily $700.00+, for the Cheap Models.  Then, if you ever NEEDED to sell them to either Upgrade to another Guitar or for Financial Reasons - You usually Lose a lot of Money.  I have found that if you Buy 'Less Expensive Equipment', you'll make all/most of your money back

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Over the years, I've bought & sold over 10 Guitars.  I learned that it is Really Hard to Sell a Guitar for over $300.00, even if the Guitar is worth more than $600.00.  Most people just don't have $400.00+ to buy a Guitar.

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It's a Good to Buy Guitars/Equipment with the Mind Set that 1 Day, you'll probally Sell it.  With that said, Buying Used Guitars is a Great Way to start.  When you buy Used Guitars, the Original Purchaser takes the hit.  People are always trying to sell Music Equipment.  So, it's not hard to find what your looking for.  Keep in Mind, you might not get the Exact Guitar that you had in mind.  But more than likely, you'll get something similar to the Guitar that you had your mind on - For Much Cheaper!!!

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The Lesson for Today - Buying Used Guitars will allow you to get a Guitar for much Cheaper than New.  Buy 'Guitars' with the realization that, at some point you will 'Sell the Guitar'.  When you Sell the Guitar, you want to try to get ALL of your Money back.  That being said - Don't focus on Buying a Specific Brand of Guitar.  There are Quality Guitars for Decent Prices - Focus on the Sound the Guitar produces, Instead of a Brand Name.

All Guitar Chords are now Updated!

Posted by Eric Robinson on February 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello All, 
-I have Updated all the Guitar Chords, they have gone from Black & White to Color.  The 'New Diagrams' look more like actual Guitars.  
This should help in making things more understandable for Newer Guitar Players.
-Building Guitar Players For God is at 2,000+ Visits now!  
There have been quite a few visits from other Countries and visitors for the other side of the World.  
Thus making this a World Wide Music Ministry!
-I realize that there has been about a 2-3 week delay on adding 'Lesson 12'.  This has been due to updating all the Guitar Chords.  
Believe it or not, but, I did all the Guitar Chord Diagrams on Microsoft Paint (by hand).  I don't have a Team working with me to put this 
together.  So with that in mind - The Updated Guitar Chord Diagrams turned out Amazing!  The credit all goes to God, for giving me the 
Ability to put this together.  Thanks God - Hopefully this Ministry is useable for you!
---Keep up the Great Work.  Let me know if I can help!
~Eric

Lesson 11 - 100% Complete!

Posted by Eric Robinson on January 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,    Lesson 11 is now Completely Finished and Ready for you!   It took a little bit.  But, I got through the Writing, Recording, Mastering, Uploading and Placing.  Everything is Ready for you to Begin, once your Ready for it!

--Next On the Block, Lesson 12 with Hammer On's.  Hammer On's are very useful to a Lead Guitar Player.  In this Lesson, I will not only show you how to play them - I will allow put them into the 'Lesson 12 - Practice Rhythm'.

---Lesson 12 should be ready for you in about a week from now.  Keep Practicing - You'll be Ready for this Soon!


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