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Been in the biz and grateful...
Jim Marshall 1923-2012
One of my first NAMM(National Association of Music Merchants) shows, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.
Jim Marshall and the Marshall booth in the room at back. T-shirts. Yes, Jim was signing and giving away Marshall Amplification t shirts. But, at the same time making very good conversation, with his English(UK English) accent. All smiles and very exhuberant. I still have that shirt, with the permanent marker writing worn and faded. Jim started an amp line few others can compete with, and has truly left a legacy.

Guitar expansion underway.


Concert Lights Can you picture a concert where there are no lights or just a single color? A concert performance that only has musical instruments? Concert lights play a vital role in every performance. Lighting is one of the most important factors to a memorable concert performance. Concert lights help a band’s performance to bring out small nuances on stage. Even more, concert light helps the band performers look more attractive and helps the performance be even more extraordinary.


Make the band performance the best show ever that the audience witness by having concern lights present. As someone who attends concerts, they tend to notice even more the concert lighting. Concert lights are aggressive when trying to get someone’s attention at any band performances. You can realize how important lighting can be when it accents the bands performance. People are attracted to how light adds to the stage or when it is in the crowd. Lighting displays can have a lot of colors which helps make lively performances for any band. Lighting can be used to draw the audience’s attention to what you want to them to look at.

Concert lights also are like an emotional feeling, giving emotional feelings to the audience. The lights will depend on the type of song – lively or sad song. When the song is lively, the colors of the light are brighter colors and the audience feels very alive. When the song is sad, the color of the light is a fade of colors and darker to emphasize the audience sad feelings.

The concert light is a big factor to have the best performance ever for the audience and for the performers. Concert lighting can greatly enhance concerts and special events. The audience wants to leave with a feeling that they have just seen the best performance ever.


Music in my Circle

For some reason it's taken me 30 years to start putting together even the simplest of home studio. Digital, of course. What I mean is I put together a Tascam analog to usb interface with a Behringer 802 mixer, that has phantom power for my Behringer C-1 condenser mic.

The Tascam seems to have better software with it, as opposed to the freeware that Behringer has you download from the net. While a nice mic'ed drum set would be awesome, right now I'll have to settle with programming my Alesis SR16 drum machine.

Here's a list of other entry level items for a beginners home studio:

- Alesis SR18 Drum Machine
- Zoom MRT-3B(great as it will run on batteries)
- AT 2020 Condenser Mic
- Boom Mic Stand
- Assortment of Cables(patch, instrument, mic)

29 Years in the trades

December 17, 2012
HEADLINE: Third Annual ‘KISS Kruise’ Announced
Nashville, TN – Set sail with Pearl Artist Eric Singer and KISS on the 3rd annual KISS Kruise! The 2013 voyage is confirmed for October 28th through November 1st on board The Norwegian Pearl, sailing from Miami, Florida to Key West, Florida and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.
In an interview with, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons said this about the first-ever Kiss Kruise (October 2011), "The Kiss Kruise is a chance for all of us — the band and the fans — to have a ball. Just let your hair down and not worry about it at all. KISS has always been about breaking the rules. We've never liked that moat — the stage — separating the band from the fans. So whenever we do a show, we try to take the action right to your face. A cruise will let the fans get up close. We try to take it inside you, we want you to smell it and taste it and feel it."
For Kiss Kruise III, Singer will reintroduce the KISS Navy to his stunning “3D bubble-wrap” Reference Series kit, the same kit that made waves throughout the high seas after its debut on KISS Kruise II. The Reference Series Recipe ensures that Singer’s kit will speak with full-bodied and well-rounded tone throughout each of KISS’ on-deck concerts. Featuring Singer’s customizations, two 24”x15” bass drums, a cut-down 13” rack tom, and a spectacular custom finish, this sea-bound Reference Series kit proves to be another masterpiece centering KISS’ stage.
For more information on the 2013 KISS Kruise, visit For coverage of last year’s cruise, as well as a calendar of Pearl Artist activities, please visit
Pearl Corporation is a division of Pearl Musical Instruments, a world-wide leading manufacturer of drums, percussion instruments and flutes. Pearl Corporation is also the exclusive U.S. distributor of Adams Musical Instruments. Pearl Corporation is based in Nashville