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Hello Team.

Once again, I made the trek to Santa Monica - and this time the $30 Dunlop GCB-95 I bought arrived. Unlike the last time I made the trek to Santa Monica, I wasn't listening to any KCRW or being thrown into horrendous confusion with southbound 405 traffic to Long Beach backing up for miles. No, today was different; and the traffic was surprisingly easy.

But, it did give me a chance to muse on some pedal things...

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Extensive Fender Rhodes Electric Piano Review

So there's a group of Fender Rhodes aficionados who post by the name of "Audiotech VR" on Youtube. The video that they've posted is well over an hour long. The video describes the Rhodes Electric Piano, its pieces and its function, and a bit of history as to when it first started being built. They describe the Rhodes in its heyday and put theirs through a number of different songs and artists. They then also go through and put the Rhodes through several effects for a really cool viewing experience.

AudioTech VR demonstrates Fender Rhodes in depth 30Jul2015
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Orange Goblin: Frequencies from Planet Ten

So we've loved Orange Goblin for years here at Thermionic. It occured to us to share Orange Goblin here because, while we like to find and share new (and old) obscure stuff that we search out, sometimes we're so deep in it, we don't realize that what's "well known". Orange Goblin is one of those bands that clearly creates and performs great music. They really haven't broken through. There's no radio airplay. There's no mention of them in the media. Of course, that could be said of just about every "heavy" band today.

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Vox Wah and Crybaby Wah Pedals

So I actually saw this a few years ago, and it just occured to me that this would be a great post here - not because it's "new" (it was released in 2011 at www.crybabydoc.com), but because crybabydoc.com now forwards to jimdunlop.com instead of showing the movie, we thought it would be important to make sure that the links are still available. I have been, since its release, looking for a DVD of the crybaby movie to purchase, but none has been forthcoming.

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Legendary Amp: The Snorkler

The Snorkler is an amp that people talk about in hushed tones - as if it were a holy relic. It's almost mythical in the lore that surrounds it and the way in which people speak about the guitar tones that issue forth from it. It is a one-of-a-kind butchered Marshall JCM800 combo amp that, at the request of the owner, was turned upside down and converted into a custom head amp, by Reinhold Bogner. The speaker / combo amp shell was done away with and the owner (Ronnie Champagne, as referenced below) had another tech shop build him a headshell for it.

Ronnie Champagne's Modified Marshall JCM800 aka The Snorkler oblique
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sHEAVY

Formed in 1993 in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, Sheavy (or sHEAVY) has an incredible sound. Clearly they love themselves some Black Sabbath. I looked them up because I wanted to hear a tune of theirs and had forgotten just how much I like them. "Synchronized" is the tune linked below:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdOS1JcNTVw
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheavy

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Finnish Doom Rockers: Supertzar

I found these guys a couple of years ago. Great tone. Great distortion. Great vocals. Powerful. I liked them so much, that while it was possible to just download their music, I made a point of purchasing their work. Love the album art. Love the songs. Everytime I hear the vocals I'm amazed.

Bandcamp: http://supertzarstoned.bandcamp.com/

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