Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How To Blow Up A Battery: Part 2

Here's a message that's worth repeating: MAKE SURE YOU USE THE PROPER POWER SUPPLY WITH YOUR PEDALS!

A customer recently sent us a pedal for repair, and the cause of the problem was pretty easy to figure out. We've seen the damage that can be caused from not using the proper power supply, but this one was a doozy! The entire bottom of the 9V battery was blown out. We've never seen anything quite like it, so we just had to show you.

Upon examination, it appears that a 9V battery (or at least a Duracell alkaline battery) contains six AAA-sized 1.5V batteries inside. Who knew? Just another random bit of stompbox trivia, courtesy of the FMO Gear Shop.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Customer of the Month - 8/11

It seems we've given the majority of our attention here lately to things related to Black Cat Pedals, but we've had some increasing activity on the retail end of the FMO Gear Shop as well. Empress Effects, Lava Cables, Moogerfoogers, and Trailer Trash Pedalboards have all been selling very well for us. But the vintage effects are what's really happening — that is our specialty, after all.

We have lots of great customers and vintage effects fans from all over the world, but once in a while we get a customer who really stands out. Ben Chapman from the UK bought a few nice vintage stompboxes from us over the past few months this past summer. There's nothing so unusual about that. But Ben has just been an absolute pleasure to work with; always so polite, friendly and extremely enthusiastic in all his correspondence. He always sounds SO incredibly psyched about he pedal he just got, or the one wants to get next. I can't help smiling whenever he sends an email. It's the kind of thing that makes my job fun. Thanks Ben!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Black Cat Ladies Tees!

We just got a new shipment of Black Cat t-shirts with a new design. Not only that, but this time we ordered some for the ladies as well. We've gotten many requests for Black Cat ladies tees; one of those requests came from our own Black Cat Sara, who couldn't wait to try hers on.
The new black shirts we got all have the new graphic (we have some of the old black ones leftover in XL and 2X). The new ash gray shirts still have the original graphic. Black Cat Pedals t-shirts are available now at the FMO Gear Shop (click link).