December 7, 2005


by Chris Randall

Okay, if you go over to the Pyp-Bomb website, you'll see some of the most ridiculous marketing-speak ever coined:

The PyP-Bomb is truly the next generation in quality portable power amplifiers. Combining solid state technology with state-of-the-art circuitry the PyP-Bomb is able to reproduce your instrument like no other portable amp can. Not only is the PyP-Bomb a great guitar amp, but it can also become your portable bass amp, harp amp, and even portable PA system! With the proper adapter, and a pair of PyP-Bombs, you can even get stereo reproduction from your iPod or any other standard MP3/CD player!

That paragraph is the best example of writing-by-groupthink that I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot. How something combines solid state technology and state-of-the-art circuitry is utterly beyond my powers of reasoning.

Here's my translation: it's an 18W solid-state amp with 1/4" and 3.5mm inputs, built in to a piece of 4" PVC tubing. ThinkGeek sells it for $149 as an iPod accessory, believe it or not. It has a rechargable battery, which is (according to the site) good for two weeks of "normal use," whatever that is. While the superlatives and description are just lame as lame can be, that doesn't change the fact that this is a pretty cool product, I think.




Dec.07.2005 @ 9:44 AM
Y'know, harpists are a picky bunch. I don't know if they'd want to be seen with one of these. Unless, of course, it was a classical/noise band.

Dec.07.2005 @ 9:48 AM
Chris Randall
Heh. When I first saw the "harp" reference, I didn't think "harmonica." I thought that big thing that women in dresses play in fancy restaurants, which is ironic, considering I'm a pretty mean harp player.

But you're right there. There's no way a harmonica player would use something that wasn't tweed and chock full of tubes. And due to its size, it is essentially useless as a bass amp, unless you're one of those 8-string tap-o-masters or some shit.



Dec.07.2005 @ 1:56 PM
but the real question remains.....can it handle a keytar?

Dec.07.2005 @ 2:35 PM
or more to the point, could YOU handle that and the keytar strapped to yourself at the same time? i'm imagining one looking a bit like one of the Ghostbusters in the getup.

Dec.07.2005 @ 3:19 PM
tom vx
oh yeah, there needs to be a band like that. everyone has their instruments AND amps (and effects while we are at it) strapped to them. the ultimate in portability!!!! EAT YOUR HEART OUT BOSE, THE REAL FUTURE IS HERE!

i'm (kinda) joking, but it would be an interesting idea- the musician's position on stage would effect their sound position.




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