March 29, 2006

The Big Slim...

by Chris Randall

Okay, this is gonna be tough, albeit in a cathartic way. Lisa and I are going to be moving from our largish house in the country to a smallish apartment in the city (while it was a noble experiment, living out in the sticks ultimately blows) and thus my studio has to become significantly smaller for the time being.

While, as I aluded in the first sentence of this post, slimming a collection of instruments down to the bare necessities is cathartic, it forces some difficult problems to the forefront. I've done this a couple times in the past. At one notable juncture in my career, I had 18 analog synths. With keys. (I tend to eschew rackmount synths for some reason.) While it's nice to have every possible sound at my beck and call... well, yeah. You get the picture.

So, decision time, right? The most difficult choice I've made is to unload my (mostly) Blacet modular. I will probably end up buying one again, but I simply won't have the room in my new place, and I can live without it for the time being. I'm still not entirely certain about this decision, but there's a lot of money tied up in it that could be applied to stuff I would use a lot more.

All the stupid impulse-buy shit has to go too. That means Prophet 2000, Matrix 6, Wurlitzer 112, Wurlitzer Sideman. I've also got this ridiculous 70s Ampeg head I've been carting around for 5 years that I'll probably give to Wade, if I can bring myself to box and ship it. Lots of little jank too, such as a Univox EC100 that mostly works, tons of DIY shit, an unmodded iOpener, stacks of racks, a Neumann PEV in a Vintage City rack, etc. etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum.

In short, time to clean house and go down to the bare minimum yet again. It is really nice to do something like this because I find it much more inspirational to get new stuff than try to drag every single sound, kicking and screaming all the while, out of old stuff.

I'll put up prices and pictures in the not-too-distant future, but if there's anything in the above list that you can't live without, drop me a line via the contact button above, and let's talk.



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Mar.29.2006 @ 12:51 PM
Muff Wiggler
fuck. email sent.

Mar.29.2006 @ 12:52 PM
You should post a "before" and "after" pic.

So the modular is going just because of space, or you weren't really using it? I dumped mine too, I just wasn't a modular guy.

My studio slimming usually happens when I'm saving to buy something expensive.


Mar.29.2006 @ 1:24 PM
Chris Randall
Since I've already received 6 emails in the last 10 minutes, here's the list of Blacet stuff:

3 x VCO
2 x EG1
1 x MiniWave
2 x Multi/Attenuator
1 x VCA
1 x Final Filtre
1 x Filthy Filtre
1 x Mixer/Processor
1 x Binary Zone
1 x Frequency Divider
1 x Klang Werk
1 x Time Machine
1 x CGS Psycho LFO
1 x CGS Digital Noise
1 x MetalBox Dual AD
1 x Blacet PS500
1 x Blacet PS200
3 x racks
1 x Doepfer MCV4 w/ 1U frac-sized breakout panel

I made a 30-space (3 rows of 10) wooden cabinet that I have everything in now, but you may or may not want it, depending on taste. (It isn't the prettiest thing out there.) I've not decided on a price for the whole lot, but that's the way I'd prefer to sell it. Reasonable offers accepted. If there aren't any takers, I'll part it out.

As to why I'm selling it, I'm pretty brutal when I do stuff like this. I sat in the middle of my studio, and looked around, and everything that I haven't used in the last 30 days is on the block.



Mar.29.2006 @ 1:51 PM
Chris Randall
Oh, also, the VCA is the quad-mix one, not the little double.



Mar.29.2006 @ 1:51 PM
Muff Wiggler
I'm interested to see your target price on the whole thing. I may actually make a bid on that, but it's unlikely.

I think I emailed you first dammit. Sell me the Time Machine please....even if you get an offer on the rest. c'mon, you know you want to.


Mar.29.2006 @ 2:14 PM
Where you headed? Portland? Seattle?


Or maybe that's why you're headed to LA in a couple of weeks. Gonna join us in the land of amazing weather, terrible air, fake tans and plastic boobs? ;)


Mar.29.2006 @ 2:25 PM
Chris Randall
My boobs are real, thank you very much.



Mar.29.2006 @ 9:14 PM
Suit & Tie Guy
next time you live in the sticks, choose a town 15 minutes from a medium-size city, and less than 4 hours from 4 significant larger markets.

it makes the sticks far more enjoyable.

i can get to the lakefront in less time it takes someone in long beach to get to hollywood. i can get out of work on tuesday and get a hankerin' to see Chris Foreman rip it up at the Green Mill, and have time for a nap and dinner before i leave. and still pick up socks at Value City in ottawa.

st louis is 3.2 hours away, indianapolis is 3.7 or so, and the quad cities (okay, stop laughing) is like an hour and forty minutes.


Mar.30.2006 @ 9:35 AM
Chris Randall
That's the thing. We're a half-hour from Salem, and 1.5 hours from Portland, 3.5 from Seattle. It's just that the town we live in, while nestled in the mountains, snow-free, and beautiful, appears to be sitting on a rain magnet. It rains here pretty much every day, and has since we moved here 8 months ago. Which is a drag.

On top of that, the 40% of the people in this town that _aren't_ loggers are addicted to meth, and thus useless wastes of flesh. (I have no respect for people that can't control their drug use, of any stripe. None whatsoever.) It is a Town Without Any Vibe, which is a drag. There are really cool small towns in Oregon, like Silverton, Ashland, and Sisters, but this ain't one of 'em.

To add insult to injury, both my wife and I make our living in the music industry. I thought it'd be all right to leave Chicago, what with the Interwebs and all, but it turns out we do need to interface with other people that play something besides accordian at least once in a while.



Mar.30.2006 @ 10:45 AM
but it turns out we do need to interface with other people that play something besides accordian at least once in a while.

Hmm. Some how, I imagined banjos being more prevalent...


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