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Old 08-06-2011, 12:46 PM   #101
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Getting back to the instrument closet, I will put these two photos on and explain the workings of the shelves.








After putting the guitar cases in there, I realized there was enough room to get my two accordions in there as well, because the necks of the guitar cases are narrower than the body section.

I needed to make a shelf for the accordions. It had to be removable so as to let the guitar cases out when need be.

Look at the top picture. the accordion shelf sits on wood strips on the sides. The shelf itself is only deep enough for the accordion cases.

On the center strip of the face frame in the back, there is an L bracket in which I drilled a hole big enough to put a 5/16 inch bolt through the shelf into it. This keeps that shelf in place.

When I want to remove the large accordion or any guitars, I pull the bolt out and slide the shelf back and lift the shelf out. The top shelf does not remove. It houses the Cittern, two dog leashes and a dog brush.
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Here's another view before we head to the "control desk".


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Here is a photo of the front room looking forward.






Here is one looking rearward. Notice Emma laying in the hallway.


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Here are two shots where we covered the metal area above the windshield and replaced the metal door with one we made of wood. I used the original latches that came from the metal door. We also saved the All American placard and siliconed it to the new wooden door. We removed the placard with a hair dryer to heat it up. It loosened the glue so that we could remove it from the metal of the bus without ruining it.




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Just one more before we move to the desk. This is my favorite picture of the whole lot.


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Let's walk over to the studio desk. Wow, there's a lot of stuff there. I will tell you about (some) of the things you are looking at.

For instance, those stained glass lampshades and hanging globes were things I made. I managed to hang on to a few of my pieces. I sold, and gave away, many pieces.

Remember how excited I was when I had removed the door to the original upper cabinet area straight ahead of you? The opening accommodated 19 inch wide rack mount audio gear.

There, you see how I lucked out by simply screwing the units to the face frame. Also, remember the access hole I cut inside the back wall to be able to always see and have instant access to wires, and jacks that receive them.


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Let's get a little closer. The 10 year old "ruby" iMac is solely dedicated to running the recording studio gear. The laptop on the left (Windows XP) is my internet computer.

One of the funnest things in there is the device that is screwed underneath the upper cabinet, that has all those little buttons in the front of it.






Many people ask me what that is. My initial response is that it is a Verdi II acoustic room matrix.

Then, I turn on some music through the studio monitors and tell them to listen closely as I press one of the buttons on the "room matrix".

As soon as I press one of the buttons, I smile enthusiastically, and say " did you hear THAT?".

You'd be surprised how many people will say that they did hear a difference in the sound, when all along, all I did was press one of the bass side buttons from an unplayable accordion that I mounted under the cabinet for decoration. HA HA! That is always fun.
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Here's a view of the right hand side of the studio desk. It is 8 feet wide and 2 feet deep. The plant (mini tree) is my "silent pet". I have had it for five years now. It doesn't ask for much, and it makes pretty leaves.

Notice, also, the stained glass lamp shade at the right. That one won a ribbon at the "famous" Wilson County Fair.

The desktop is made from 3/4 inch Birch plywood. It is $45 dollars a sheet. I dreaded having to buy at least three of them.


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Here's the joined studio desktop to the original fold-down desk area.

On one of the shelves,behind the two yellow flashlights is a short wave radio. Behind the clock is a multi band radio that receives AM, FM, Ham, weather, and is a police scanner as well. To the right of the clock are an external hard drive and CD writer for the studio. The studio monitors are self powered. They are Samson Resolv 65a series with the 120a subwoofer.


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This is a close up of one of the lamp shades I have made. To the left of that is the beautiful "Ruby". At the bottom left, you can see the Turbo ball for my Mac. I love that thing. To the right is a wooden carving that renders itself somewhat ambiguous. HEY! Do you see the ghost in this picture, too.


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