Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 - Reading List

I believe that reading books is one of the great ways to increase intelligence and wisdom. Here are a few books that are up on my shelf for reading in 2018:

I have all ready completed Story Brand and have started reading Divine Direction.  What books are on your shortlist this year?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Zoom Q8 - Video and Great Sound

When I do the Vlog for Octave Music I use the Zoom Q8. The Q8 offers High Definition video with High Resolution audio. I find that the audio is much better quality than the video, as Zoom is known for it's audio products. I have recorded everything from personal family videos, vlogs, product reviews, and even live concerts. It handles high SPL very well. I love it's light weight design and portability. Admittedly if you are looking for the absolute best picture quality, this is not the camera for you, but if you are looking for something with good video and excellent sound, this is hard to beat. It comes with an XY stereo mic, and two additional XLR inputs. You can also purchase add on mics that swap easily with the XY stereo mic.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Reviewing New Reverend Roasted Maple Neck Guitars

Jake and I were able to review a couple of new guitars from Reverend Guitars. These guitars have a couple of new features from Reverend. They include the new roasted maple necks, the new string tree, and the new bolt plate on the back. As always we are big fans of Reverend. Check out the video below.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Single Knob Fuzz Pedal Shootout

Last week at Octave Music we had fun making this review video on fuzz pedals that only contain one control. Jake and I made a lot of noise as we explored the unique sonic landscapes of these pedals. These review videos will become more commonplace on Octave's YouTube channel. Click below to watch the Fuzz pedal review.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ball Family Reserve - James Valentine Limited Edition Music Man

In my opinion Music Man is making some of the finest product model guitars out there right now. Every one of their guitars is made per dealer order, these guitars are not just massed produced. Time, quality, exquisite materials make up the composition of their production models. And then, and then they do these limited edition runs of what they call, Ball Family Reserve. We just got in a gorgeous James Valentine Limited Edition BFR. Only 89 of these were made! We have number 77. It comes with a certificate of authenticity. The neck on this thing alone will leave one marveling at the detail to construction. I'm normally not a fan of gold hardware, but this gold hardware seems to fit this guitar just fine. I will let the link below describe the specifications of this guitar.