Musical Instrument Loss and Recovery After the Nashville Flood

Photo courtesy Guitar Center. They describe the scene: “A shattered Kay acoustic guitar (Circa late 1950’s or early 1960’s) sits on the floor of Soundcheck Nashville, waiting to be assessed for damage.” Wherever they occur in the world, disasters’ material impact can be nearly as emotionally and personally challenging as loss of life. Floods in Nashville, Tennessee have illustrated this vividly, as irreplaceable instruments at facilities like the legendary Soundcheck Nashville have born the brunt of the rising flood waters. For their part, Soundcheck has been running a flood blog covering recovery and equipment load out. National Public Radio’s All …

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Pictures: Classic Rutt/Etra Visual Synthesizers Restored to Full Functionality

The great Rutt/Etra synthesizer repair party is almost over (hear all about it in a past episode of VJ-U). Daniel Summer threw the party, Matthew Schlanger hosted it, Messrs. Steve Rutt and Bill Etra came to repair and perform with the machines, respectively, many others, including Benton-C and Kyle Lapidus, came to help repair them (you know who you are), and David Last and I stopped by to play with them yesterday. David shot some great pictures (see slideshow below or on Flickr) of the machines and a new composition by Bill. Note: the screenshots were photographed off of a …

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