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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.
- Korg padKONTROL
- 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.
- Art & Lutherie Spruce Burgundy GT
- Second guitar I got new. I wanted an acoustic and liked this one.
- Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
- Same, but for bass. Also, 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
- Huge, wide neck that had nevertheless broken twice before I got it. Pretty beat up, but I like this thing.
- Fender Classic Series 50s Stratocaster
- Infinitely more affordable than an AVRI ’57?
- Gibson Les Paul Studio ’50s Tribute
- 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, say, the Affinity series.
- Vintage VS6
- The older, 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!
- BFD Eco
- 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.