Archive for March, 2012

March 28, 2012

Dr. Balls is IN…

These are some great looking (and sounding) clones from NASA’s mad scientist, Dr. Balls. Pictured left to right: Ballsmaster, much like a Dallas Rangemaster, with multi-tap range settings and germanium transistors; the Balls MKii (Sola-Sound MKII Professional Tone Bender, also germanium); and Octa-Balls, an Octavia-type fuzz. Read more about these pedals and Dr. Balls HERE.

March 23, 2012

A Facelift for the Drum Department

We recently added a new counter for the drum department in order to have someone on hand to answer questions and show people gear.  And expect to see some new faces working there.

And we moved the snare rack so that’s it’ll hold more snares, be easier to check out, and just to move things around a little for the spring. Come by and check out some of the awesome snares, drumsets, and cymbals we’ve been adding daily.  We’ve currently got over 60 snares and 30 or more sets!

March 21, 2012


We’ve been getting more and more into wild noise-making devices, and this one is a beauty! It’s a Swarmatron by Dewanatron, and it is quite a unique piece. Any instrument that turns on with a key is worth checking out…

From the website:

“The Swarmatron was created to produce eight tones tuned approximately to one note, each tone slightly different in pitch to produce a complex and natural choral effect.
These eight oscillators can be played with a single ribbon controller (variable resistor) to move the pitch center up or down.
The span control expands the sound of a swarm of eight notes spread just a few cents apart into a wide chord of equidistant pitches spread over the entire spectrum. The player can “taffy pull” the resulting chord by using the span control and pitch ribbon in tandem.
Swarms of sine waves evoke swarms of angels congregating. Swarms of sawtooth waves evoke the swarming of bees. The sound of a host of voices, earthly or unearthly, has a unique character recognized by the ear even when they are folded together in unison.”

March 20, 2012


The Sola Sound MKII Tonebender. If you know it (you should), you love it.  These very special, very powerful, very handsome repros were made by our friend Chris right here in NY. Housed in a custom, rugged casing, the handmade circuit contains mostly NOS parts. Germanium. Germanium – I love that word. New electrolytics, really beautiful wiring. Nice job on these Chris, the circuit is beautiful.  Peeps, lovers of the tonebender. The need to check out this fuzz is greater than you realize.  Two of us already snatched a couple for ourselves.  Ask for the LIC Professional MKII.  Yeeow.

March 17, 2012


We have a whole mess of 4×12″ cabinets priced as low as $75! They’re all lined up outside, get your bass player to drive you down and pick one up, you won’t even have to get them up the stairs! Now you can stop bringing that silly combo around…

March 15, 2012

The Sound of Non-Music

We’ve got a couple creations from FOLKTEK which have to be heard to be believed. Each piece they make is pretty unique, visually as well as sonically. Come check them out, and all the other noisemakers we have in stock!

March 13, 2012

At Mars. Oof.

This amp is what they all should sound like. If you like the sound of old transformers and tubes, this is for you. Think Neil Young. Think Angus Young. Just play this amp. Tony of At Mars Amps has really done something special – we do not get blown away by new amps easily(ever), this thing slayyys. Come check one out. 6v6 power tubes, 6sl7 octal pre in this one.  We’ll also take orders for any version you would like.

March 10, 2012

máquinas de rock

The Fender Telecaster hasn’t changed much since 1950. Granted there have been variations on the original design, but its highly versatile spirit remains unchanged.  To me, this is the ultimate desert island guitar that can literally do everything.  No guitar collection or studio is complete without one.  That is not arguable. You simply cannot compete with a good tele – and we have several…

1973 with a mini humbucker

A nitro thinkskin with a ’52 reissue neck, kinman pickups, callaham bridge

1974 Telecaster mentioned in a previous blog post

1978 Fender Telecaster Refin with a humbucker

1973 Fender Telecaster Deluxe

Having a blackface super reverb to roll through isn’t horrible either.



March 3, 2012

Almost 50 Killer New/Used/Vintage Drum Sets….

…..are all out on the floor here. We’ve got some killer sets here right now and it changes fast, so come on down and check one out. We’ve been trying to get in a bunch of less expensive players’ kits that are long on sound but a little easier on the wallet. Of course we’ll continue to offer high end new/used/vintage drumsets, but kits that sound good and have lots of mojo and vibe are great to take on tour or to clubs even if they don’t win any beauty contests. But as with any drum set we sell they’ve been gone over carefully, the edges have been checked, hardware lubed and threads checked, had heads replaced, and finally, set up and tuned so you don’t have to worry about them.  Presently there are a couple of Slingy’s and Ludwigs, and a big shelled Tama kit soon to hit that fit this bill and should hit the floor at well under $1000.  A great drummer on a set of beaters that sound amazing is way cooler than a mediocre drummer on the latest, high-tech shells and hardware.

And if you’ve got an older set that needs this sort of work, Norman and I are devoting more days a week to repair in order to get your job turned around quickly. Most repairs that come in early in the week are out within a few business days. Also, we’ve been doing more wrap-jobs, so if the old beater kit that sounds good needs a facelift, bring it by.  And don’t forget our Snare Drum Special.

All the best from 32,000 feet, somewhere in the skies between New York and New Orleans. This internet-in-the-sky thing is cool. John