News – August 30th, 2018 – Lots of Updates

A lot has been happening.  So much so that I haven’t even had time to write up a new update.

New Web Host

I successfully made the switch to a new web host and (several small hichups aside) it went smoothly.  I’m really happy with the speed increase that I’m seeing on this new web host.  Hopefully that speed continues.

Recording Studio Changes

Up til now my recording/rehearsal space has been in our back room.  This is not ideal since I can’t record anything without forcing the rest of my family to leave the house.  Also, it’s hard to focus on my projects with the T.V. playing in the next room.  It has been nice having rehearsals there, however, since we have more room.

I’ve decided to change things up a bit.  My 19-year-old daughter is in a bedroom upstairs.  My wife and I want to put new floors in that room since it’s just nasty old carpet now.  We’re also having problems with my two daughters arguing at all hours of the night.  I’m going to put up a semi-permanent wall in the music room, dividing it from the rest of the house.  This will be my daughters room until she eventually moves out.  We’ll replace the floors and fix up my daughters existing room and that will be my new music room.

At least , that’s the plan.

New Studio Desk

I like my recording studio desk, but I don’t love it.  It’s too bulky to fit in my new recording space so I’m going to design one that takes up less space.  I’m torn between wanting something that I can wheel up to the drum set and something big enough to house my 88-key midi controller.

I think I’m leaning towards making it two different pieces; one being a roll around cart with all the rackmount gear, including the PC, and the other being the desktop / midi controller stand.  The two will be connected with a cable snake with a couple USB 3.0 cables, a couple HDMI cables, and two XLR cables for the speakers.

Shop Changes

There have been lots of changes in my shop and there will be lots more to come.

I’ve decided to focus.  In particular, I’m trying not to cover everything in my shop but instead I’m going to just focus on the tools that I use for what I like to do, which is make musical instruments.  I’ve decided to get rid of some tools.  I have a lot of tools that I barely ever use and they would have better lives in other shops.

I’ve upgraded my band saw to a Laguna 14 BX 2.5 HP.  I really like the increased power but I’m actually a little disappointed at the build quality.  I know that Laguna is highly rated but I’m not overly impressed.  Still, it’s a huge improvement over my old Craftsman.  This could very well be the last band saw that I ever buy.

I have been making the change from wall-mounted cabinets to rolling tool carts.  This may seem counter intuitive but I like having all the drawers.  I’ve enter a new phase of tool organization and I really like it.

Upcoming YouTube Videos

I’m finally giving in and making some YouTube videos.  This is something that has been requested of me for several years now and I’ve resisted since I’ve never felt like I had anything new to contribute.  After meeting with some YouTubers, I’ve realized that it is a great community to be a part of and that I do indeed have something to contribute.  If nothing else, I can provide my perspective on things that have been already covered by others.

Gig with Cody Weathers and The Men Your Mama Warned You About

I’ll be filling in the drum chair with Cody Weathers tomorrow night, August 31st 2018, at the Hawthorne Hideway from11:15 to Midnight.  Click here for more information.

In Conclusion…

That’s all for now.  Actually it isn’t but I don’t want to bore you with the details.

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