Lighting effects

Lighting Effects

Years back I was in a band with no budget. For lights we went to a wholesaler and bought 24 reclaimed recessed ceiling cans for a few bucks a piece. We used conduit clamps on the front of them for gel holders and ladder hangers put together to hang them from a truss made of old TV tower. We used lamp cord and cheap plugs to wire them to a homemade box full of stomp switches. It was done very cheaply and when all said and done, didn’t look that bad with the lights out in a dirty bar. When we made a little money we bought a small light board and dimmer packs and then eventually bought a bunch of chrome PAR 56’s on aluminum tripods.

The first thing to realize when you step into the world of lighting effects is that traditionally, light are going to be your absolute largest power draw- way bigger than your PA, your stage amps, and anything else you can throw up there. In fact, stage lights will draw so much current that most bars won’t be able to support much lighting (if at all). Expect to flip a few breakers.

That said, technology is finally starting to catch up. High efficiency, low wattage bulbs are finally starting to infiltrate (albeit slowly), and LED cans are slowly starting to come up to spec with PAR cans, and with far less power consumption. Unfortunately, the price is often prohibitive.

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Zara taps a series of models that include Alexander Beck, Charlie Timms, Lars Burmeister, Jacob Coupe, Ben Allen, Rutger Schoone, Robbie Wadge, Karl Morrall, Guy Robinson and Matvey Lykov for a look at its latest spring arrivals. Offering a variety of men’s separates, everything from graphic t-shirts and striped knitwear to textured jackets come together with a modern attitude. Laid-back in nature, the pieces serve up a comfortable factor while also maintaining a contemporary style standard.


Edwin Jagger safety razor

Edwin Jagger Razors

I have been using my EJ DE89 for a month now and I cannot say enough good things about it. I am getting better than a DFS with 3 passes; if I want BBS all I need to do is a little touch up. No nicks, no irritation, just great shaves. I have been using Derbys and Feathers. I now have two of these razors, one for travel and one for home. As has been said by others, this is a RAD killer. I have stopped rotating through my other razors and have to decide whether I am going to keep them or sell them. Certainly none of my other razors shave as well as this EJ DE89.

Edwin Jagger DE89


Genz-Benz Amplifiers

I owned one for 4-5 years. Great, versatile amp. The cleans are amazing and NEVER break-up, reverb is plentiful and great sounding.

The mids are very unique, which  a lot of people like few like. Use them sparingly and it sounds amazing.

Great crunch and very good high-gain tones too. The active EQ is very sweet and touchy so zero-ing on a tone you love can take some time. It’s, IMHO, a very very cool amp and I miss the Genz-Benz Amplifiers from time to time for its sheer versatility.

I bought mine for 470$, which was a steal back then, I assume right now it’s pretty much the same. They used to go for 2100$ new where I lived back then, just to give you an idea.

Genz Benz El Diablo



Burlap Tablecloths

Havana Faux Design Burlap

A lot of Havana faux inspiration is here – the designer burlap tablecloths, the vase and its flowers, the fruit vases, and the aged wood finish on the chairs.

You can argue, and correctly,  that we have been doing that for centuries, and we have.  However, the objects that were used were made exclusively for export and have a far more elaborate and sophisticated form and finish.



Pedal Steel Guitar

Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel Guitar

There are a ton of opinions online about pedal steel guitar but I think all will agree that it is critical that your guitar be mechanically sound and stay in tune. There is nothing more frustrating then trying to learn a new musical instrument on a piece of junk.

The pedal steel guitar by Asher Guitars which is the Electro Hawaiian Junior is one of the best out there . All of the Asher guitars are just fine to start on if you choose this path. Personally, I do not recommend buying a starter instrument. I would choose a used S-10 with a minimum of three floor pedals and four knee levers before buying a starter type guitar. I feel that this will save you money in the long run. I would suggest staying away from the Maverick, Red Baron, and Little Buddy guitars. These are old student models from Sho-Bud, MSA, and Emmons. There are folks who would argue in favor of these, but in my opinion, they are far more trouble than they are worth.

There are many gems available in the used guitar market. Some of the older guitars are quite acceptable and excellent bargains. The mainstream steels of current manufacture are often found used, but generally command a higher price. These include Emmons, Mullen, Zum, Carter, Sierra, Remington, Williams, GFI, Derby, Franklin, JCH and Fessendon. All of these steels have their fans… as well as their detractors.

New steel guitars are expensive but may be custom ordered to your preference. All of the current manufactures make quality guitars. Some like Zum and Franklin have a nearly one year wait from time of order. Emmons has weathered a tough period following ownership upheaval but currently is doing fine and making some of the finest guitars in their history. The Carter folks are the volume leaders in sales and have a wonderful website with excellent information on the steel guitar. The Fessendon guitars seem to be a popular instrument which has a very nice price. Gene Fields is making a very well constructed guitar, the GFI. As you can see, there are a ton of choices available. It boils down to your own taste and financial means.


Dreadneck Shredneck

I have about 4 Shrednecks and I take them every where! I use them on the phone or even now surfing the web. I drive with them on long trips and my callous are massive as well as finger strength when I get home. 3 hrs and your fingers are Hercules! I practice bends and scales. Picking when I don’t drive. Fits in a shoulder bag and can be played even on a airplane with no one knowing. 16 inches long-pack it every, any where The dreadneck from guitar center is more for guys that have played for some time and do not need to hear the actual note. It’s a practice tool and exercise device that feels like a guitar neck. I make up exercises for my self on weak fingers. I love the “Dreadneck”.SONY DSC


Wedding Ring

wedding ringA wedding ring symbolises your eternal love. It has no end. A complete circle. It only goes on the ring finger because there is a blood vessel going from that finger straight to your heart. The ancient Greeks called it the love vessel. Usually the only people who were it round their necks are widows/widowers but then if your wife is ok with it that’s all that matters. Click here for a wedding ring for your bride.


How Do I Stop My Dog From Barking

Pet Safe CitronellaCitronella collars have been proven twice as effective as the bark collars that deliver a shock, I recommend starting with that if you are asking how do I stop my dog from barking? The shock collars are not cruel when used correctly. There is no pain involved to those who think they hurt a dog, try a shock collar on yourself, they should never hurt, they direct the dog’s attention to something other than barking.

Your dog is barking while you are away from home, or that your dog is kept outdoors. Do not listen to advice telling you to tell your dog ”no” when he/she is barking. This reinforces the barking behavior by giving him/her the attention he/she is barking to get, and will only make the problem worse.

Getting the collar could save you a lot of money in “barking dog” fines and ensure that your dog gets to keep his home.