Online Buying from other people (Reverb.com, eBay, Facebook, etc.) Don’t be an idiot

I had an amplifier listed for my shop, on Reverb.com, a site dedicated to selling musical instrument gear. It was a like new Mesa Boogie amp, with additional warranty still left. These amps sell for $1549 brand new, and are American-made amps. A gentleman (I’m using that term loosely) badgered us on price, offering more […]

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Dear Apple: if you don’t care as much about Mac hardware……

Stop worrying about how thin and light it is. I would like to return to the days where I could actually upgrade the RAM in a laptop, even change out the drive (hard drive, SSD, whatever storage medium was in there). Now there’s such a race to make these things “Internet appliances” and not actual […]

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The weird undercurrent of cheap gear in music

There are a number of products out there considered to be “great bang for the buck” pieces of gear these days. The BOSS Katana is a digital amp that’s taken the guitar world by storm, mainly because it’s a $225-$500 amp series that actually sounds good, and yes, can be gigged with. For what I […]

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Why the iPhone is the worst invention ever.

Think of a piece of technology, and much of the time you can also think of a drawback. Sometimes it’s significant, sometimes it’s minor. For example, the car. Sure, it’s fun to drive, it gets us from point A to point B. But it pollutes. It can be the catalyst of much destruction. It’s expensive. […]

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The Problem with Facebook

Here’s what I struggle with on Facebook. I have 194 friends, from different generations, different walks of life, different religious and political backgrounds/preferences. With occasional exception, I don’t have issues or arguments with people. I don’t always agree, but it remains pretty cool. What I do get sucked into are debates with friends of friends. […]

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A change in workflow

I’ve been working at a place that does not have a Mac as a workstation, and relies heavily on cloud services for day to day operation. At home, my Mac hasn’t left it’s stand in weeks. Instead, I’ve been relying heavily upon my 8+ and my iPad Pro (the latter of which I was going […]

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Getting tired of Apple’s pricing

I just bought an iPhone 8 Plus, 256GB. $950, Plus $150 for AppleCare, so $1100. For a phone. That’s okay though, I use it a ton, for both work and home. It’s also my point and shoot camera. My MacBook is nearly 4 years old though, and while it still does what I need for […]

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Eventide H9 Review

UPDATE The iOS app works fine on iOS v.11.0, just not on the v.11.1 Beta. So it’s completely understandable that it’s not ready for 11.1 yet.  ————————- I was talking to a customer a week or so ago, and as is often the case with gear heads like him and I, we went down the […]

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The benefits and drawbacks of online reviews

Nearly every site that sells anything has a product review area. That’s not really what I’m talking about here, though that can be an issue too. Crowd-sourced Review Sites No, what I’m referring to are sites like Yelp or Google reviews, where a customer (presumably; as far as I can tell there’s no way to […]

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Guitar Shop Do’s and Don’ts

So, I’ve worked at a small but successful “mom and pop” type shop for nearly three years now. Over that time, I’ve learned many things that you might not think of as obvious, but should be. Some are common courtesy. Some are things that you wouldn’t think would annoy a guitar shop employee, but do. […]

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