Saturday, February 10, 2018

It's NFD: New Fingerpick Day!

That after 15 years of usage, no filing and still perfectly fine! So today I tried a fingerpick from my new supply. They're narrower than before but not lacking at all, just more comfortable. And yes, I wear them "wrong". I've done so for 35 years with no regrets! I do re-mold them in hot water, but this way I'm free to touch the strings directly for multiple harmonics, tapping, percussion, etc. The tone is also vastly better. So perhaps give it a try :-)

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Laguna de Cuicocha

This is Laguna de Cuicocha, an inactive caldera situated at 10,070 feet above sea level, with the Cotacachi volcano overlooking at 16,220 feet. The lake is about fifteen minutes from the center of Cotacachi.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

João Pedro Grácio Portuguese Guitar Restoration

Many years ago a man in his 90's honored me with a 66-96 year-old João Pedro Grácio Portuguese guitar. This instrument was almost entirely apart, and for several years remained in safe storage in various countries during my travels. I wanted to feature the guitar in a recent video shoot, so having rebuilt it and a few coats of finish still to follow, I strung it up and shot it at lakes, mountains and above the clouds! Below are some photos and a terribly rough recording of this gem of a guitar!


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

A merry Christmas to you all!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

1926 Hand-painted Royal Worcester China Set

Here is my rare and exquisite 58-piece Royal Worcester porcelain set, masterfully hand-painted by Ernest Phillips and Paul Stanley in 1926, the pinnacle of the Great Gatsby era. Each individual hand-painted bouquet of flowers is enveloped by an equally elaborate gold Renaissance revival rinceau pattern, fastidiously completed by a different Royal Worcester gold decorating artist.


Here is also a close-up video of this magnificent China:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

More Cotacachi Videos

Announcing two new Cotacachi videos!



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Uher Tapes

I'm currently digitizing the audio tapes my dad recorded with his two 1961 Uher 4000 Report-L recorders, one of which is displayed in the photo below. Besides other Uher items I have his second 4000 and Uher Mix-5 mixer, also in perfect working order. I used this equipment many times myself while growing up, even for one of my dad's albums. Of course, in addition to a long family history this Uher also has incredible German engineering, that distinctly warm analog sound, and a built-in speaker second to none!

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Akai X-330

Here is a photo of the 1969 4-track Akai X-330 that was used by the infamous Cotacachi band, Rumba Habana (1949-1979), to produce their records. This recorder is now in one of two new rooms that were opened in their honor during an event which I had the privilege of attending today at the Cotacachi museum.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cotacachi on flickr!

Introducing a new Cotacachi flickr group! Come see my wonderful hometown :)


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nothing


First there was nothing then came the "Big Bang", so they say. While ordinarily indicative of the theory of evolution, to me that term only agrees with the moment that everything was powerfully created as the Bible reveals.