INSTRUMENTS: WHAT DID I PLAY?

Horns: Besides my Selmer clarinet, bought in 3rd grade (thanks mom and dad) I bought a Selmer Mark VI tenor sax in high school (1963). Later on son James played it in high school. I ended up selling in 2005 – it had become a hard-to-come-by classic sought by professional jazz musicians.

 

Keyboards: Earlier I mentioned my Farfisa Combo Compact – a single manual transistor-driven organ. Had that from 1965 to 1970.  They had a design defect and after a few years of "aging" some of the transistors would start to "squeal" harmonics.  So you weren't always sure what note was gonna sound when you pressed a key.  Too expensive to keep fixing so "bye bye." 
 

My next keyboard was the Yamaha PS 6100 keyboard pictured to the right. Had it from 1984 (when they first came out) until 1992 or so). The "flip top" was cool. Lots of built-in accompaniment.  If you listen to the "church music" recordings on the "recent projects" page, that's what I was playing.    


Below is an Ensoniq EPS performance sampling keyboard. Purchased in 1989, still have but only crank it up every couple of years. It runs of 3.5 inch floppy disks (if may need to look that up). 

In about 1999, I also purchased Fender Rhodes electric piano. 1973 Suitcase Model. Very Sweet. ​ Gave it to #4 son Wesley when he finished his PhD. 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2005 I switched to an entirely midi-driven set up - an M-Audio Axiom 61, and an M-Audio Keystation 88 running off of Ableton Live 9.0, Reason 8.3 and DB-33 on a Macbook Pro.  (geeking out a bit, sorry). 

Pictured to the right is my current set up. The M-Audio Axiom 61 on top for synth parts, the M-Audio Keystation 88 on the bottom for piano parts and right in the middle is a shinny new SK1, the newest Hammond Organ. Love it Love it Love it. 

I won't bother with a "whole studio tour" but do want to put in writing my thanks to sweet Miss Dawn for letting me convert the double garage into a recording studio.  Drums and percussion, bass, amps, mics, you name it, I probably have one. As Justin likes to point out I have the largest collection of old crappy cables and connectors on the planet.  

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