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All About That Bass

All About That Bass

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

So…we meet again. It wasn’t all that many months ago that I was searching Long Island NY retailers for solid, reasonably priced, mid-range basses, with some mixed results. Ever optimistic for the next great musical find, I accepted a new mission from The Chief: searching for quality, affordable, mid-range bass amps at retailers in Pennsylvania. […]

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MI Spy: Give This Man A Cigar!

MI Spy: Give This Man A Cigar!

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

As if the revival of acoustic instruments weren’t enough, we’re also in a bit of a do it yourself (DIY) renaissance regarding homemade instruments. Not only that, but there is a plethora of brands of cigars that come in some downright fancy-looking boxes, and other containers that range from cookie tins to turpentine cans can […]

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Fun And Games In Connecticut

Fun And Games In Connecticut

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Suddenly he had a vision, an inspiration. He could see himself, Leonard Bernstein, the egregio maestro, walking out on stage in white tie and tails in front of a full orchestra. On one side of the conductor’s podium is a piano. On the other is a chair with a guitar leaning against it. He sits […]

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MAN OH Mandolin

MAN OH Mandolin

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Acoustic instruments have come back strong. It’s only fitting, since the economy’s been lousy for several years and acoustic instruments are cheap, easy ways to entertain oneself and others without amplifiers and electric bills…or roadies lugging extra gear around! The ukulele started this trend and, now, thanks to artists like Mumford & Sons, as well […]

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MI Spy Goes Rogue

MI Spy Goes Rogue

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Not long ago, I was hired by one of the richest men on the eastern seaboard to scope out a superb, high-end ax for his grandson, who was about to turn 16. I’ve been a covert operative for a number of years now. So, when a man tells me, “Price is no object,” I can […]

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‘Keys’ To The City

‘Keys’ To The City

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tucked in between idyllic Marin County—land of good eating, old-school hippie culture and scenic Mount Tamalpais hiking—and Napa County, which is otherwise known as the land of wine and hot springs, lies Sonoma County. A slice of land that comprises the northwestern county in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma doesn’t get a lot […]

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Searching For ‘The Bacon Of Music’

Searching For ‘The Bacon Of Music’

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The other day, my friend shared a meme with me on Facebook that said, “Bass is the bacon of music.” Those words were printed over a pretty hot-looking bass covered by an equally delicious-looking tray of bacon. He knows me. I cracked up. Of course, those who aren’t bass players might disagree with that statement, […]

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SEEING RED IN THE BIG APPLE

SEEING RED IN THE BIG APPLE

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

John Sebastian wasn’t wrong. New York City is one hot town in the summer. Still, when you’re a covert operative, like me, with a rich client, you’re not just intrinsically cool…you’re actually cool, too. I had my lightweight seersucker suit on. My girl, The Princess, was showering in our big bathroom at The Plaza. And […]

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MI SPY GETS HIS JUST ‘DESERTS’

MI SPY GETS HIS JUST ‘DESERTS’

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: Subsequent to our Spy’s visit, Brown’s Music closed and it’s now been replaced by Stan’s Music. The description that follows is of a store visit that preceded that changeover. It’s always a thrill when The Chief calls me on the Spyphone to let me know he has another assignment, if I choose to […]

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MI Spy Blows Through ‘The Windy City’

MI Spy Blows Through ‘The Windy City’

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

I felt exhilarated when I found out about my latest spy mission. I was to go—undercover, of course—to four musical instrument stores in search of a mid-level acoustic-electric guitar. Because I do not play guitar, I needed to come up with a cover story. I decided to go with the story that my 20-year-old niece […]

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