Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Update: Zebra Lounge Pics!

Okay, we got the purple rope lights working in the Zebra Lounge and I got some new pics. I have to say though, none of these photos do justice to the ambiance and vibe of the real thing.



And while we're at it, I almost forgot to show you all our super groovy lightshow in the studio. There's definitely no shortage of ambiance and vibe at the Gear Shop.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Photo Shoot

We've had numerous requests for new pictures of the FMO Gear Shop now that it's finished. So we had a little impromptu photo shoot last night, and here's the result.

Aerial View

 Overhead Door, starring Harvey the Ladder

The Office, where I sometimes actually get stuff done...

The Shipping and Receiving area, which doubles as a bar when the area in front becomes the dance floor...

The Lavatory is Lovely...

Aerial View of the Work Bench, where Cats build Pedals...

Makes ya wanna work here, don't it?

One of many surprises we have in store - our Vintage Keyboard project studio!

Lots o' gear in here...

 2 hours free studio time to the first person who can name every keyboard pictured...

Storage and Inventory room...

And finally, my personal favorite - the Zebra Lounge!

You should see it with the purple rope lights on. They need a little tweaking, but it looks AWESOME when they're all working.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Recession? What recession?

Listen, don't let this turn in the economy get you down. Sure, we've hit some turbulence, and the ride's getting a little bumpy, but as the saying goes, This Too Shall Pass. It's true! Allow me to quote these immortal words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, from his first inaugural address 76 years ago, at the height of the Great Depression: "... the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance..."

Think about it, it's fear that fuels this recession. People freak out en masse and stop spending. First retailers feel it, then manufacturers, and ultimately everyone's affected in a sort of domino effect. I know there’s a little more to it than that, but hey, I’m a guitar player not an economist. The point is, let’s not panic and make things worse (after all, FEAR Is often little more than False Evidence Appearing Real).

Let’s remember, this is a time for giving, generosity, and good cheer. So here’s hoping, in spite of present circumstances, you all have a happy, joyous holiday season... And of course, I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t mention the fact that Analog Man’s Guide To Vintage Effects makes the perfect holiday gift for all your musician friends and relations.