MxD Guitar Overdrive Distortion Pedal Demo Part 1 by Neal Walter

Watch this video review of the MxD pedal by Neal Walter to  learn about the many tonal possibilities. Most players comment on how playing through the MxD “feels” like playing through an amp. The MxD is one of the most flexible overdrive/distortion pedals on the market. Built in the USA, the MxD offers 3 modes with channel switching: clean boost, overdrive or distortion in classic or modern mode. The drive and saturation knob combined with diode clipping switch makes this pedal one of the richest sounding and most flexible overdrive pedals on the market.

More info: http://www.osiamo.com/MxD

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Rockready debuts at Bass Day London 2015

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Jason How and Ed Matthiack at Bass Day London 2015

It was an exciting weekend in London topped with the debut of Rockready. Jason How of Rotosound introduced the Rockready Volo gig bag, Snap Strap, and Ultrastrap to a receptive crowd at Bass Day. More on Rockready in a minute.

The highlight of the show were 3 crowd stopping appearances at the Rotosound booth by Doug Wimbish, Mark King, and Billy Sheehan. Each signed autographs for long queues of waiting fans. The attendees were also treated to master classes by Doug, Mark, and Billy.

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Mixed in with all the artist excitement was Rockready’s debut. Rotosound will distribute exclusive the Rockready line for the UK.

The Rockready line — designed by musicians for musicians — looks to innovate some everyday tools that musicians use. First up the Volo gig bag which addresses many issues with some simple and elegant solutions. Dedicated phone pocket that’s easy to reach, place to keep your keys, backpack style straps for comfort with a chest clip for long treks, reflective piping for nighttime safety, locking zipper for security, neck holder, body protector, and the list goes on. There is also an optional Tote bag with dedicated iPad or tablet pocket perfect for breaking out of session or one it’s own.

Osiamo Shipping Guide

Or What’s the Best Way to Ship that $10,000 Guitar?

Shipping Options:

The proliferation of used or vintage instruments and gear being sold online through the various outlets like ebay, reverb and criagslist has the average musician becoming a mini-shipping center. I’ve become intimately familiar with how the different carriers work. I’ve used USPS, FedEx, and UPS to ship packages and I’ve learned a few things about how to maximize your buck.

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Step 1 – Where to start – THE BOX

This may be the most important step. The right box is the difference between a boring delivery (like a boring plane ride!) or a nightmare. The average guitar box dimension is 40x16x8. The average bass box dimension is 50x20x8. That size box will accommodate a gig bag or hard shell case with copious amounts space for bubble wrap and/or stryo-peanuts. The rule of thumb is: ‘if you think you have used enough packing material….keep going’.

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This is a Taurus Amp I shipped in the wrong box. Believe it or not it still worked!

Because of that, you must package your items well. The last thing you want to do is file a shipping claim. The communications with the buyer and the courier can take many hours out of your life. If your claimed is denied you may have to refund the buyer and now you own a damaged  instrument. Who needs that?

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You may ask,  ‘where do I find the right box?  The best place is your local guitar shop. They receive and  discard boxes every day. Also if you every receive a guitar or bass bass box you should save it for a rainy day. Recycling is also the most responsible thing we can do for our planet!

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19″ rack mountable pro audio needs the appropriate box as well. In fact, you’ll add point$ to your sale if you advertise, “in original box with all box candies”. Rack ears have a tendency to get bent during shipping without the proper box and packing. I save all of the packing peanuts and bubble wrap that I receive for future packaging. The rule of thumb here is, ‘can the unit survive a shoulder height drop?’

Step 2- Which courier should  use – UPS, FEDEX or USPS?

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That depends on so many factors.

Damage Control: Each situation is going to be judged by your dynamics in your area. For some people their local USPS mail carrier may the worse choice because of mishandling of over worked employees. For others, the same holds true for UPS or FEDEX. So by trial and error you’ll figure out which service works best for you in your area. Many times the buyer will request you don’t use a particular service. Usually that’s because of their personal experiences.

Price: When it comes down to price it’s pretty hard to beat USPS. They are pretty much always going to be less expensive than UPS or FEDEX. I personally find that USPS-Priority Mail is my “go to” choice. Cross country shipping is killer. I do a lot of shipping to the Left Coast and USPS is by far cheaper.

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How do I ship? – ground or air: This depends on how large/heavy the package, what’s the value  is and how far it’s going. If its really large or heavy (like a 410 bass cabinet) USPS-Parcel Post may be the best way. Warning: It’s a really SLOW service. I have seen an instrument take 10 business days to be delivered intra-state. Don’t expect accurate tracking until the package arrives at the buyers post office for local delivery. If it’s really expensive then it’s definitely going in the air. Likewise if it is a small package going cross country then it’s in better off in the air.

International-Shipping

International Shipping: Again this is a case by case scenario. Some countries like China or Japan have very strong mail options. While the mail doesn’t work very well in some countries like Italy. Other countries in Europe still have a strong DHL presence. It’s always best to give your buyer a shipping quote.

Courier Relationships – If you are going to be ‘faithful’ to a particular courier then it’s best to setup an account. This will allow you to get better discounts and print labels on line.

Step 3 – Do I insure?

Always, every time. In most cases the buyer is paying for shipping. Just work the insurance price into the freight cost. If you are paying for shipping just bite the bullet. USPS insures automatically up to certain $ amount. I implore you to insure no matter what.

The Bottom Line:

Shipping like a pro is not that difficult. My mission statement is that I ship in manner that reflects how I would like to receive a package. It’s about details and communication. I always forward tracking # ASAP to my buyers. This is just a professional courtesy I extend.

Keep in mind that you can do every thing right and a package can still be damaged or lost. So don’t forget, Sleep Well……. INSURE EVERYTHING!!!!!!

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To Recap:

  • Use recycled packing materials, pack items extremely well so that there’s no rattling
  • Use the best carrier and service for your particular dynamic
  • Consider : Cost vs. Time vs. Damage Possibility
  • Share tracking #’s with customer ASAP
  • Always insure!

2015 NAMM Recap from Osiamo

NAMM 2015 Anaheim CA

Did you attend the 2015 Winter NAMMM show? If not let us wrap up what’s new and improved with the Osiamo Music Gear family of brands.

 

Rockready Takes NAMM 2015 By Storm!

ComRockready Stormtroops NAMM 2015ing soon from Rockready a full range of gig tested guitar accessories for the performing musician. First up, the Rockready Aereo gig bag, available in guitar and bass versions. Neal Walter received some great feedback about the bag from NAMM attendees.

  • Dealers ask us about exclusive territories
  • Available March 2015!

 

The Compdriver : New from Dr J!

ThDr J CompDrivere “COMPDRIVER” is a signature pedal of Dr J endorsee, Jose de Castro. This new Dr J pedal combines an overdrive and a compressor effect. With the two 2-way switches you can control the position of the compressor (before or after the overdrive), or you can turn it off. The tone of the overdrive was sculpted with Jose’s input. The overdrive is very clear and rises above your band when you kick it in!

 

 

The Dr J Pedal Lover Amp

“Pedal LoveDr J Pedal Lover Ampr”, a new Tube Amplifier, by compact pedal master Dr. J, specially designed for pedal users for use in small space occasions. With excellent tone reducibility and compatibility the Pedal Lover Amp can embody the tone of pedals and electric guitar at a very high level. Elegant white appearance makes it easy to co-ordinate with home decor perfectly.

The amp uses a CLASSIC A circuit design and the cabinet a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker giving excellent performance, and clear tone and distortion. There is no need to worry about neighbors knocking on your door. By using a switchable output power between 3.5W and 1W you can get outstanding tone at any volume. Best choice for compact pedal users!

 

Mooer Micro LooperMooer Introduces the Micro Looper

The Mooer Micro Looper pedal packs 30 minutes of recording and unlimited overdubbing into a micro pedal size! The foot switch can be used to select record, play, stop, layer recordings, and delete recordings.The Mooer micro looper pedal is constructed with a full metal shell and is powered by a DC 9V adapter power supply (not included).

Stay tuned for the first look video from Neal next week!

Click here for more details on the Mooer Micro Looper.

 

 

 

Osiamo Artists hanging at NAMM 2015

Some of our artists were out at NAMM. So far we’ve these pictures. If you where there and we didn’t meet up, send us an image of you “hanging @ NAMM” and we’ll post it. 🙂

Stew Cutler NAMM 2015

Guitarist Stew Cutler at Mooer booth NAMM 2015

Guitarist Tommy Bolan at Mooer booth NAMM 2015

Guitarist Tommy Bolan at Mooer booth NAMM 2015

Meet Bigfoot Engineering’s Rhys Stubbs

(watch the video to see Rhy’s demo of his new Trouble Booster)

Who designs Bigfoot Engineering’s pedals?

Bigfoot Engineering Ltd. was founded in 2009 by Rhys Stubbs, a guitarist, recording studio manager, and electronic engineer. After working for the Wimbledon based company Vortexion, originally popularized by Joe Meek, he spread his creative wings with a venture of his own. His one-off custom built studio consoles, outboard, guitar amplifiers and effects pedals proved to be in demand and have inspired the current range of Bigfoot Engineering products.

Why Bigfoot Engineering Products?

Bigfoot are building effects pedals that have the sonic integrity of tube/valve amplifiers, characterized in particular by frequency response, breakup, compression, and touch sensitivity. You can hear it, and you can feel it too.

Bigfoot-Engineering-printedWhere are Bigfoot pedals made?

Made in England, every Bigfoot product exudes quality, originality, and rock solid reliability. The future of this company is set to be an exciting one. This is one Bigfoot you can expect to see a lot more of.

Are Bigfoot pedals handmade?

Yes, with regards to the manufacturing, it is almost all done in-house here at the workshop. This means that we can keep quality control to our exacting standards throughout the entire manufacturing process.

Bigfoot-Engineering-enclosuTo begin with, we machine the enclosures and enamel the graphics by hand (but we don’t cast the aluminum boxes here). The circuit boards are manufactured for us by a company in Hertfordshire, England, and we populate and solder the boards here ourselves by hand. We then bolt in all the panel mount components and hand-wire all the off-board components. Once all the soldering is completed here by hand, the last stage is to mount the dials and feet, and even the packaging is silk screened here by hand. Finally, every pedal is tested by us with a guitar and an amplifier before being dispatched.

In addition, all design work is undertaken in-house, including R&D, prototyping, PCB and layout design.

Are Bigfoot pedals true bypass?

Some are true bypass and some are buffered bypass, see product pages for details.

Who plays Bigfoot?

  • Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs)
  • Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), hailed as his favorite pedal*
  • Marc Ford (The Black Crowes/Ben Harper/Gov’t Mule)
  • Stephen Street (producer/engineer for Blur/Graham Coxon)

*source: http://www.mi-pro.co.uk/news/read/best-of-british-a-guide-to-the-uk-s-top-mi-brands/018732

Want to learn more about Bigfoot?

Click here to go tour the Bigfoot pedals on our site.

Marblehead guitars by Matt Levonian

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One of our Pickboy users sent us some pictures of some really cool guitars he is building. These are some pics of the “MarbleHead” guitars (the “Magnetic” line) he has been making. They’re based (construction-wise) on Dan Electros. They have a maple frame, Masonite top & Back and have purposely unsophisticated paint-jobs using genuine Rust-O-Leum paint! They play and sound amazing, according to Matt himself. The fact that they’re mostly hollow except for a block under the bridge makes them very resonant and toneful. The one with the wood top is his “jazz” model, with slightly larger body. It’s full-hollow, uses a humbucking Charlie Christian pickup and really nails a full, fat jazz tone.

Matt tracked us down because he was in need of the rare and toneful “Clown Barf” picks. It seems these Pickboy picks are the perfect accompaniment to his “MarbleHead” guitars. Who knew?
Pickboy Clown Barf 1.00mm