You *have* to listen to feathercast

November 20, 2008

I created this little jingle a while ago to try out GarageBand, with FeatherCast in mind.

Rich Bowen recently started using it for the last episodes, I’m honored, thanks Rich! FeatherCast has got some fresh interviews from ApacheCon there, don’t miss them!


Craviotto drums – wow

July 16, 2008

unlimited_red_small.jpgIn my quest for a new snare drum last week in Silicon Valley, I ended up at Gelb Music, where Don suggested that I try his favorite one, the Craviotto one-ply snare (nice store by the way, friendly staff and lots of instruments and accessories to try out).

What a drum – I couldn’t afford it as I had other stuff to buy as well, but the sound quality and dynamics of this snare are absolutely amazing. It was not that expensive, about $700 if I remember correctly, which is much less than I would pay here in Switzerland for anything similar. Craviotto also makes complete drumsets, but the only price indication that I could find by browsing around is $8000 for a four-piece kit, which is not exactly in my price range at this time.

In the end I got a nice sounding Yamaha maple snare, it’s miles better than my current 20-years old brass one and was only a bit over the budget that I had initially set. I guess life has to be made of compromises, and this is a more than decent one.


Email, email, tell me who’s a nice drum store

July 5, 2008

I’ll be staying in Sunnyvale next weekend after the GHOP awards ceremony, and as I need a new drumset it might be a good opportunity to shop for that.

Shipping drums from California to Switzerland is not exactly cheap, so I’m trying to find out if it’s worth buying there. Prices are usually much lower than here, especially for specials or second-hand instruments, but shipping might add up as much as $500 apparently.

I’ve been emailing a few drum stores located around Sunnyvale to find out if they arrange shipping and if they have a showroom where I could try out some drums. The replies tell me a lot about how people do business, and whether I’d want to shop there. Do they even answer? Friendly or just the bare facts and please-give-us-your-money-and-go-away? The range of replies and styles is very interesting…

In today’s world, info@ email is sometimes as important as your store front, and some businesses don’t seem to get that. Well, maybe some of them are busy enough to not care about the lone stranger passing through town, more power to them I guess.

If you read this and you have a good drum store to recommend around there, please let me know! Gelb Music in Redwood City looks good, but their website doesn’t even have a contact email – I’ll try info@.