James DeRosso makes really cool monster sculptures of all types, when he was visiting me one day a few months ago he saw my tube collection and he asked for a few old tubes, well here is the result if you would like to see some of his other monsters or if you want to commission your very own custom tube monster you can check out his website or blog here .
James DeRosso tube monster and a Miniwatt ECL 80
In case you are wondering – the amp is an 18watt el84 / 6bq5 Marshall Plexi clone with a ppmv and the guitar is a 1968 Gibson es335
here is a more normal monster without the tube
A Tubeless Monster by James DeRosso - awesome
This site has a ton of great photos and information about the golden age of audio gear, you can learn how it works, how to get it fixed, and tips and tricks to keep it sounding its best. Now that you have a system up and running, or in the case of guitar amps, sounding like the sky is opening, we can now take a peek at the 3rd part of the puzzle… THE MUSIC.
As you know music is very subjective and everyone has a different taste in music, we all have a connection to music regardless if of your upbringing, or social economic standing. Music is one of the things that make us human; no other creature can makes music.
Music is a celebration of being alive and being human. This is why we try so hard to make our gear sound great, we want to reproduce our music as it was intended by its creator, we want to honor the music and enjoy it just like we were there when it was preformed. If you are like me, you like to sit-down close the door to your listening room, and actively listen. If everything works as it should, you should feel like you are getting a private audience with the musician playing just for you. Your room becomes the venue or recording studio. When you can hear the artist breath, the size of the recording studio, and the spatial layout of the musicians’ on the sound stage you can feel like you are in the room with the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2, Les Paul, Bill Monroe, Neil Young, Lucind Williams, Kiss, or Ella Fitzgerald. Regardless of your taste in music there is nothing like it.
A great Live Recording of Ella from 1961, I wonder if they used Memorex tape to record the masters
In November 2009 Ella Fitzgerald released “Twelve Nights in Hollywood” a 4 CD boxed set, containing 77 never before released live recordings from a 1961 twelve night run at the Crescendo Club in Los Angeles, This is one of those rare recordings that you can hear the room, it is like being there.
I wonder if the original tape used was Memorex ?