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We enjoy sharing our thoughts on all sorts of music and like to learn about new music and artists. Unless noted otherwise, music reviewed is unsolicited. Recordings have been purchased by us through legal channels, to support artists (direct from record label, artist, retail or online shop), and if a review is solicited, and involves auditioning an advance or promotional copy of a recording, this will be noted. We receive no financial compensation from artists or their PR representatives of any kind. This is also an archive of our music reviews from various locations around the internets and related topics. We have published reviews at HiFi Zine and the now defunct publication, Affordable Audio.
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Alternate Listening Equipment: Yamaha A-1 Integrated Amplifier (vintage 1978, restored), Transcriptors Hydraulic Reference (Droog) TT (late 1960s) w/ Grado Gold cartridge, Rega Apollo CD Player, Yamaha T-1 AM & FM Tuner and Blumenhofer FJ OMs speakers.
Music Equipment: Mostly just messing around in the studio for now…including a Telecaster, a Les Paul clone, a Stratocaster clone from a kit, and a Fender 5F1 tweed clone amp. We have various options for recording and processing music and sounds. Manufacturers include: Strymon, Keeley, Flux, Lovepedal, ChaseBliss, Hotone, Mojotone, Zoom and Dunlop. If you’re interested in hearing some rough samples there are some at SoundCloud that are linked here: http://wajobu.com/sounds/
If we have some equipment up for sale, you’ll find it here: http://wajobu.com/equipment-fs/
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The masthead photo was taken on the Connecticut River, in New England in October of 2011.