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Acer Aspire V15 Nitro
Not the prettiest of laptops, nor the most sturdy one. Nevertheless, this thing’s been with me for nearly six years. Great specs, back then, for relatively little money.
Raspberry Pi Model B
First-gen Pi. Still going strong as, despite its lousy networking speed, my primary file and MPD server.
Raspberry Pi Model B
Another one. Sits in a MAME cabinet that’s mostly switched off. Might upgrade that to a 3rd or 4th gen, and use this one as a strict 8-bit console emulator.
Raspberry Pi 3
This one’s reserved for my cocktail table arcade cab. Got a Gert VGA 666 for it, too, which still needs assembled, for use with an actual classic arcade monitor.

Music Gear


Velocity-sensitive MIDI controller.
Line6 Pod Studio UX1
The simplest of USB interfaces, with one guitar and a dynamic mic input. Comes with decent modeling software, too.
A pair of Yamaha HS50Ms
Active studio monitors.
E-MU 0404 USB
Another audio interface. More gain and 48V phantom power, for condenser mics.
Shure SM58
Need I say more?
Studio Projects B1
Large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone. Awesome quality at this price point.


Boss Katana-50
Modern modeling amp. Can double as a USB interface. Just too many possibilities, especially after it’s been hooked up to a PC—hint: shave off some “presence.”
Boss FS-6
Dead-simple footswitch.
Vox VT50 Valvetronix
Slightly older modeling amp. Can be made sound great. Take off the back for a more open sound.


A Telecaster Thinline on a guitar rack holding several electric guitars

Art & Lutherie Spruce Burgundy GT
Second guitar I got new. I wanted an acoustic and liked this one.
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
The (Indonesia-made) Vintage Modifieds got, uh, pretty good reviews.
Ibanez SA260FM
Extremely playable, well-made instrument. Only electric I actually bought new.
Fender Highway 1 Stratocaster
Fender’s most affordable US strat.
Gibson SG Standard
Fat, wide neck that had nevertheless broken twice before I got it. Pretty beat up, but I like this thing.
Fender Classic Series 50s Stratocaster
Two-tone sunburst. Infinitely more affordable than an AVRI ’57? Closest current model (although it doesn’t come in a 2-tone burst) would be the Vintera Series ’50s strat.
Gibson Les Paul Studio ’50s Tribute
Gold top, dark back. The most affordable carved-top Gibson Les Paul? Buzzes a bit—will fix. Great neck and (albeit somewhat smallish) frets.
Squier Strat SE
Cheapest guitar listed here, and I like this thing. Had also (!) suffered a neck break, which I repaired as soon as I got it. Full-size body, i.e., as thick as Fender one, unlike, e.g., the Affinity series.
Vintage VS6
The older—could be they’re back, though, I’m not sure—non-offset model. Made in Korea. I wanted to mess with something and got this really cheap. Ended up messing with it pretty badly.
Fender Telecaster Thinline
Was, uh, pretty hacked up. Refinished in a surf green that ended up less blue than I would have liked.


Wonderfully complete Digital Audio Workstation. $60 for a personal or small-business license, too!
I love this, now discontinued, “limited” drum library. Taking off all effects (and re-adding my own in my DAW), I can get about any sound I want.
Visual Studio Code
I know.

Daily Driver

Have had this pre-owned BMW 318d Touring for nearly 4 years and 80,000 km. All great, other than the unfortunate fact that it’s been hit, like, four times now. Well, that and the sticky inner door handle thing. Note to self: interior color’s “Venetian Beige.”