Friday, January 29, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Lack of humidity keeps me busy this time of year. Often older guitars seem to be more resilient in the dry cold winters, don't be fooled I get guitars in that are 30 and 40 years old showing thier first damage from dry winters. Humidify your instruments.
Old case humidifiers should be replaced by the latest great new humidifier, right now that would be the Oasis Plus not the regular blue one but the Plus model that is made for climates like ours. Years ago I liked the Dampit (green worm shaped thing) Two years ago we were pushing the Planet Waves humidifier and had great hopes for thier system that required no refilling.
The Oasis Plus wins the Sled Dog Music Award for best conceived and executed humidifier on the market today. It's a gortex tube with ¼ tsp of crystals in it, add distilled water and the water turns into a gel. You get a controlled evap rate in a sealed container. When the container is empty it shrivels, giving you a visual that it needs to be filled again.
I just placed an order for Oasis humidifiers, we've gone through several dozen this winter and we're low in stock I expect to see more in two weeks.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Manitoba Hal is moving to Nova Scotia, so it's farewell to Manitoba for Hal. (there should be a song in that) I'd like to set the record straight, under the category of the-one-thing-everyone-knows-about... fill in the appropriate bit of common knowledge.
Hal is not changing his name, the marquees will not be sporting the name Nova Scotia Hal, Liverpool Louie, or the transvested Glace Bay Gladys. No he will be billed as (expatriate) Manitoba Hal. Ex Pat Pat is probably going to far but I thought I'd throw it out there. In 9 days Hal will be touring east through Canada on his way to NS, you can follow him on his website, Facebook, Twitter, My Space and podpigeon.
If you see Hal in the next nine days don't try to change his name, wish him well and say goodbye.