P/S Video Vol. 7: “A Single Tool Cuts A Clear Path”: Online Now

PSV007_titleFor the seventh installment of the Preservation Sound video series, we examine how an unplanned encounter with a highly unusual instrument can provide direction for a vibrant and idiosyncratic body of musical work.  Fans of modern music are likely to be familiar with duo Mates of State, who have released nine internationally-distributed albums over the past fourteen years.  Mates’ first three releases were nearly solely arranged around a traditional drum kit, the duo’s two voices, and a single other instrument: the circa 1971 Yamaha Electone YC45 Combo Organ.

I first heard Mates of State in a small Brooklyn venue circa 2002, and I was blown away by the raw, massive sound that was conjured up through such a minimal setup.  As the band explains in our program, their unusual sound was not the result of any strategic planning, but rather a willingness to embrace the tool that they happened to have available.  Mates’ relationship with the YC45 is an indelible example of the strength that can be found in limitations.  Watch the video featuring exclusive new in-studio performances now on Youtube.


2nd live radio show this wk: D E E P 8 0 s : 11.20.14 : 2A-6A EST 89.5 FM

Deep80sHow y’all doin on this frosty morn.   Soooo,,,  I’m on the air again tonight/early manana.



WPKN 89.5 FM (Metro NYC area)

And live worldwide at WPKN.org

For this middle of the fkkn night edition of Preservation Sound Radio, my special guest will be legendary raconteur and record hoarder Dave Schneider.  D/S has selected the theme ‘D E E P   8 0 s’ and it’s all comin to you off the original wax.   It will be ‘rad’ etc.

Live Radio Show * 11.18.14 * WPKN 89.5 FM * LINK TO LISTEN

WPKN_111814Update: this show has now aired, but it remains available to stream via this link.  Enjoy! C.

How y’all doing on this fine+chilly day.  Wanted to L Y K that we will have another live installment of Preservation Sound Radio today at 4PM -7PM  EST (that’s New York time, folks) on WPKN 89.5 FM. You can get the signal anywhere in the metro NYC area, and it will be streaming online at WPKN.ORG.

My guest today will be Ian S., proprietor of the fine record shoppe Records The Good Kind in Vernon CT.  For today’s show, Ian has selected the theme ’60’s Pop Psych,’ and we will be spinning the entire three -hr set from vinyl.  No surprise there I suppose.  Ian is twenty+years into the record business and will no doubt have some real gems for us.  Tune in,,,

UTC “R” Series universal replacement transformers of the 1940s/50s

UTC_r58_transformer_boxWhile searching through my output transformer shelf for a suitable reverb-driver transformer for the basket-case Kalamazoo Reverb 12 I recently rehab’d, I was glad to find this ancient NOS UTC R-58.   Inside the box was a near-disintegrated wiring sheet for the entire UTC ‘R’ line.  If you find yourself with any of the following units, here is what you need to know to implement it in your piece.  Apologies for the poor condition of the paper, this is the best we got!  INCLUDES: UTC R-27, R-28, R-38, R-38A, R-59, R-60, R-58 output transformers, UTC R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R11, R12, R13, and R54 power transformers; and UTC R23, R24, R25, R26, R27, R28, and R29 ‘varitap’ interstage and input transformers.


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The Olmsted AC Custom Microphone Preamp

AC_CustomThe Akai and Roberts reel-to-reels have circuitry that is largely derivative of the American Ampex machines of the same period, combining an EF86 front end with triode drivers.  Anyhow, click here to read my earlier article describing the development of the device.  I wanted to capture as much of the vibe of these classic prosumer machines but with a feature set and performance that would make the units suitable for use in a modern production environment.  And here are the results:

PreviewScreenSnapz001I tested the unit before delivery and was very happy with the results; you can see it here perched above the rack at our studio Gold Coast Recorders:


Nxt Wknd : Nov15+16 : Annual Open Studio Event at the PS dot com shop

OpenStudio2014Above: a picture of a picture of a picture (via internet): take that Baudrillard

How y’all doing on this fine day,,, before I head off to the sad+moldy basements of lower Fairfield county to hunt for more piles of ancient electronic arcana for the 1000th consecutive Friday morning, I wanted to LYK about next weekend’s OPEN STUDIO event.

Located in the former American Fabrics building in Bridgeport’s far East side, Preservation Sound will open our doors to the public for this once-yearly event along with all the wonderful artists and craftspeople who occupy this circa 1900 factory.

It is free and open to all.

See all the details, get directions, etc, here.

The AmFab building, home to the studios of 30-40 artists, is only one of several large art-spaces in Bridgeport that is taking part in this event.  You can also visit The Nest and 305 Knowlton and a host of other venues on this weekend.  It’s fun and family-friendly and always a lively good-time.

I will be working in the shop(pe) through the weekend, probably on some sort of tube mic preamp that I am late in delivering to a customer, and also… SELLING… reams of stuff.

Because we’re moving.

And this is probably our last open-studio event for some time.

I’ve had two shops for a few years now and that’s just one-too-many.  So I’ve decided to consolidate and shut down this location.

I’ll be selling loads of LP records, musical gear, guitars, sound equipment, drums, and tubes tubes tubes tubes.  Tools, transformers, parts, you name it.

And no, I don’t have a list so pls don’t ask.  If I was that organized of a person I would sell the stuff on eBay at much higher prices.

Come on down, chat, and enjoy a complimentary beverage and/or rectangular piece of cheese.