Wednesday, December 27, 2006


About a week ago I received a TASCAM DP-01FX/CD in the mail! It is basically an 8-track digital recorder with a built-in CD burner. I have read the manual a couple of times, and now it's time to apply myself and get the thing figured out! I have yet to receive an Alesis SR-16 drum machine I ordered, but it is on the way. I tend to not like drum machines, but I like using them for making demo recordings. I would have posted its picture too, but for some reason my computer won't let me add the picture to this post.

I also acquired a Talman TCM50 acoustic-electric guitar by Ibanez. It isn't a jumbo-size acoustic, and it is probably more useful as an amplified instrument than as a plain acoustic. I have ordered it, but it hasn't arrived yet. I think it will probably get here during the next week or so. I am salivating with anticipation! I have never owned an acoustic-electric, so this should be fun. The acoustic guitar I have been using for about 20 years is a Fender, one of their first acoustics, I think... it has a nice sound, but the action is a bit stiff. This Talman has a neck more like that of an electric guitar. When it comes to guitars, I am a decent acoustic player and a terrible electric player, so this instrument should make for a happy medium!

I also got a very cool instrument I got as a Christmas gift from my most wonderful wife Kit. The instrument is an Epiphone Mandobird-VIII. It is about the size of a regular mandolin, i.e. it is small. I have an old Sears catalog-style mandolin from the 20's or 30's that I can play a bit, although it is not a very high-quality instrument... it has a slight warp in the neck, buzzy strings, etc. This Mandobird, from all indications, appears to be well-made, and it sounds great when it's plugged in! I have been fiddling with it a lot during the last couple of days, playing it through a small Peavey guitar amplifier and using some fun distortion and effects with it, although it also sounds very nice when played "clean". I know it will be fun for adding texture to recordings! It may also have some occasional uses with the band I am in.

Anyway, I will have lots of fun with this music stuff. I promise I will figure out a way to get some of the music onto my weblog for you!

I hope you had a happy winter solstice and enjoyed the various holidays that we associate with this time of year! In other words, Holly Happidays!!!


Blogger 1138 said...

I'd love to have an electric bass about the size of that Epiphone.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Elvez73 said...

Nice new toys, that Epiphone looks especially fun.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I always wanted to get a Tascam for Christmas, alas, it was never to be.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a good Christmas.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Damien said...

Man you got the coolest gifts dude.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like cool stuff. I especially like the recorder.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Cool presents. Happy Festivus.

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I consider myself fairly tech-savvy but that--uh-- recorder would have me buffaloed like forever!

congrats if you can persuade it to work.

8:51 PM  

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