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3/29/15

Laura Christine Guitar Lessons - San Diego

I've always avoided learning music theory because I feared it would interfere with my song writing. Traditionally I just played by ear without really knowing what I was playing. Fast forward twenty years and I'm now faced with a need to communicate my songs to session musicians.

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To remedy this situation I started taking guitar lessons from Laura Christine in San Diego. I'll admit, I was somewhat nervous at the first lesson because she's a total metal shredder and I'm a pop rock punk ass!

I told Laura that my primary goal was to learn enough music theory to communicate my songs to other session musicians. I also told her that my secondary goal was to actually "know where to play" when soloing. That skill will save me a lot of time!

laura christine

She told me "no problem" and began to map out a path for me to achieve my goals. We've been chipping away at it for a while now and I am totally convinced that it's working.

My notation skills are improving and my solos are becoming much easier to create. She really takes the time to ensure that I understand each step of the process.

So, if you are in the San Diego area and would like to take your guitar playing to the next level then consider contacting Laura Christine. She can definitely help you achieve your goals and improve your guitar playing.

Contact: Laura Christine

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Thanks for reading,
Trenton

3/27/15

19" Custom Rack Enclosure Powder Coated

Powder coating is actually fun. I recently spent a day with John Kennedy, of Pulplogic.com, to learn how to powder coat a couple of my rack enclosures. Considering I had never powder coated before they didn't turn out too bad.

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In the past I have used commercial shops such as ECP in El Cajon. But, this time I wanted to give it a try myself.

John's oven was only big enough for the panels and rack face plate, so I ended up spraying the rest of the enclosure with some textured automotive paint. Overall I would say "not bad for prototypes".

Of the many colors we tested throughout the day only a couple really turned out. Blue and black were the favorites!

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The hammertone blue looks pretty good in person. I am looking forward to seeing how well it looks with some anodized front panels.

The next task for these two 19" rack units is to have some front panels made so I can evaluate the various color options. I'll keep you posted as things progress.

Thanks for reading,
Trenton

3/10/15

Tube Microphone Preamplifier

Update: Custom 19" Rack Enclosure

I have made some progress with one of my custom rack enclosures. I am building a vacuum tube mic-pre into an unfinished enclosure. Features will be simple with Stepped Gain Control, Phantom Power, Phase Select, Input Select and Input Pad.

 Tube Preamplifier Prototype


trenton blizzard mic preamp prototype


Concept Drawing


trenton blizzard mic pre concept drawing


This concept drawing I made using Corel Draw. I'm not sure if I am going to do "rack handles" at this time. The right side of the front panel is where the special "drive amplifier" controls will be.
This feature will create strong harmonics for stunning vocal effects.

There are also a few other controls on the front panel that I currently don't have any use for but I installed them anyways. On the far right hand side are the LED level meters and the power switch. The LED holes have not been punched at this time.


 Heathkit IP-32

At first I will power the prototype with a classic Heathkit IP-32 high voltage power supply. Then I will install the permanent power supply once I figure out what voltages I need. If you can find an IP-32 on Ebay I highly recommend you pick one up. They are very handy for vacuum tube circuit design work.

trenton blizzard heathkit ip-32

I will post more as the project progresses.

Thanks for reading,
Trenton