Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

brass beauties

Wow.  These Vemuram pedals just came through and they are nothing short of spectacular. The brass enclosure exudes a kind of rugged beauty, doesn’t it?

visit their site here for the detailed info.

As tested, from left to right:

Neoplex – super limited run of pedals to maybe 100.  This has deadstock transistors from an EP3 Echoplex.  It is probably the most formidable boost pedal  I’ve ever played.  Plug in and it sounds like an echoplex, just without the repeats.

Karen – This has Marshall written all over it.  Really nice and tight overdrive, without all the compression.  Very harmonically rich as you turn the gain up.  Think 50 watt Plexi/JTM 45 sounds.

Rage e – This is a higher gain pedal. Marshall-esque with a little Bogner, perhaps?  Still very articulate while being gainy – very musical, with a punch it up to the next level boost thrown in for good measure.

Jan Ray – This is my personal favorite.  It sounds and reacts like a turned up blackface Fender amp.  More specifically, a Super Reverb.  This is a superior drive pedal to pretty much anything I’ve stacked up against it.  The bass response is so superb that even bass players are using this thing.  Like the rest of its family remains articulate even at its highest gain.

All of these pedals have a small trim pot that controls the gain range.  Very useful for tailoring your sound accurately.

If you’re ready for the best pedals in their class, then these are for you.

 

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April 27, 2012

Happy 15th!

We’re celebrating our 15 year anniversary with a weekend long 10 percent off sale!  10 percent off everything?  Yes, 10 percent off everything.  Starting today, Friday 4/27 til Sunday 4/29.  Stop by and pick up all the things you’ve been putting off.

Thanks for keeping us around for the last 15 years and beyond!

MDM

April 26, 2012

Lots of New Gretsch Arrivals

We’ve gotten in a ton of new, used, and vintage Gretsch kits in the last few weeks bringing us to 11 on the store. This pile happens to include one of the new Brooklyn sets and a few Brooklyn snares. They’re fantastic sounding, great looking, and the prices are really spot on. Most of you probably know that Brooklyn was the home for Gretsch for about 90 years and their pride in these drums runs deep. The shells are 6 ply American maple and poplar, and sport 3mm double flanged hoops in a bit of a throwback to Gretsch’s pre-diecast hoop days. The resulting combination is warm and punchy and a little rounder sounding than the traditional Gretsch shell/hoop combo. And for all of you retro-grouches, the badging tastefully harkens back to the hallowed Round Badge. These drums are fantastic, and look for more here soon.

Also in the lineup are some new USA Custom drums including a gorgeous 12/14/18/4×14 bop kit with Pratt Mufflers in the bass drum on both heads, and mufflers on the batter and resonant of the toms. The snare has a single muffler on the batter. This kit is built up to be as faithful to old Gretsch drums as possible. I tried to order them with the Round Badges that they used on the 125th Anniversary kits but no dice.

There are also a few Catalina Clubs, one of our most popular inexpensive kits, and a couple of used and vintage bebop kits as well as 12/14/22 used Catalina birch set.  And the blue glitter fade lacquer on the Renowns looks incredible. Hard to believe that these drums are priced where they are, and they too, sound fantastic. And just wait for more USA Customs to arrive.

We’re serious about ramping our stock of new sets – we’ve been listening to you. Look for more new Ludwigs soon, and we’re bringing in a bunch of DW sets as well. But don’t worry, we’re still obsessed with used and vintage drums and we’re always looking for more.

And one last thing: We’re working on a major improvement/addition to experience of trying out drums and cymbals here so stay tuned!

John

April 23, 2012

Antiguated

A mean sounding 1979 Stratocaster finished in Antigua AND a 1968 Coronado.  Two great examples of a pretty interesting finish choice.  So cool.Image

April 18, 2012

Copy That

New York is a great place to get a knock-off or a  bootleg of just about anything you want, but it’s doubtful if you’ll get as much use or enjoyment out of them as you would these vintage Gibson and Mosrite copies! And you don’t even have to go to Canal Street…

April 9, 2012

Sound off like you’ve got a pair

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We just got in a ’68 Gibson ES-345 that is nothing short of amazing.  The early patent number pickups are tasty – this guitar can do anything you want and is such a pleasure to play.  I try not to play favorites and all, but it’s my new favorite.

Check out that ’63 Bassman that’s parked beside it.  It’s just sitting there with a matching 212 – no big deal.  Two bad machines.

April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

We’ll be closed today and hunting for Easter eggs all night until we reopen at 11 tomorrow.  You see, we go to 11.