A few years back I started recording an album with the local band Bright & Shiny. It appears that the album is now on Production Hell and may never see the light of day. I was given temporary tracks to record along to. This was helpful but frustrating at the

New Welder I traded in my Harbor Freight 110 volt welder for an old Forney 220 volt one.  It’s old, heavy, and almost too powerful.  I’m still getting the hang of it but so far I am really enjoying it and I’m looking forward to how this can help out

This weekend I added a new cymbal to my setup.  It’s a Sabian Vault Custom Shop HH 22″ ride with a semi-lathed pattern on the top and a completely lathed underside.   I used it at our regular Sunday gig at McNallly’s Taproom (we play each Sunday from 3:00 –

The recording for the upcoming album by Bright & Shiny is progressing well.  I have been playing around with the video for a few songs and although it isn’t finished, I decided to share an early version of one of the videos. I’m playing around with the title sequence and

 Sabian Meet The Masters 2017 My daughter Maisie and I went to the 2017 Sabian Meet The Masters event at Rhythm Traders in Portland, OR.  They had prototypes on display and for sale along with someone hammering cymbals as well as another Sabian employee operating the cymbal lathe. The main

Photo taken after recording the track "Crooked Tree" by Bright & Shiny

Current Projects I’ve got several projects in the works and many more planned for the near future.  Below is a list and description of what I am currently working on.   Bright & Shiny I’m about halfway through recording the drum tracks for the upcoming album by Bright & Shiny.

This is an update to my original post titled Making a guitar pick from a cracked cymbal. I learned a few things since making that first pick.  Here’s what I did differently. First, I decided to trace an outline of the pick using an awl.  This works better since the red

Update: I created a follow-up post with a few things I did differently.  You can find that here. I started with the remnant from a cut-down cymbal.  I chose a cut-off from a Zildjian A Custom 10″ Splash because of how thin it was and how it didn’t have much