MONO/Pedaltrain 1 Combo

Posted: October 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music gear | Tags: , , | No Comments »


What is this???
This is awesome. I’ve been looking for a good case replacement for my PT-1. The case that comes with it just isn’t that good. But until now, I didn’t realize that Mono made a case sized to fit the PT-1.
Price is a little stupid, though…

Lava Cable’s Solder-free Patch Cables

Posted: October 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: cables, electronics, music, music gear, pedals, tech, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

My current set-up.


But what I wanna highlight are the new patch cables. Previously, I had George L cables installed. I had been using them for about 8 years, I think. They were great, but there were a few occasions when the connections became insecure, causing me to spend anywhere between 10 and 45 minutes to figure out where the kink was. A couple of times the issue occurred right before a live set. THE WORST.

Anyway, I was drawn to the Lava cables because of a couple things: 1) They had the smallest plug of any patch cable I had ever seen 2) assembled cable looked very secure.

here’s a closer look.


For anyone considering these, I have to first warn you that these are NOT the easiest to assemble. I’m not gonna waste time typing out the instructions ’cause you can easily google that. But I will link this video, because I believe that if you assemble them the way this guy says to, you’ll be good. If you don’t have one of those meters he’s using, I think a cable tester like this one should do (this is what I used). I will add one thing though. I know this guys says that the cables only need to be “finger-tight.” but USE PLIERS when tightening them. unless you’re ridiculously strong, pliers are the only way to guarantee that they are securely assembled.

I’m pretty happy with these. They look incredibly tidy and I do think the audio quality is better. There were some noises (very slight) that I remember having with my old patch cables that I just sort of accepted. But with these, the bypassed signal is dead quiet!

Childhood Dreams

Posted: July 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: personal | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

true story: when I was young (about 6 or 7) I flipped through my parents’ vacation pictures from Universal Studios. one of the pictures was a photo of my mom lifting up an entire side of a van. “I used to be bionic,” she said. I believed her.

now, being a fan of the Six Million Dollar Man, I understood what being bionic meant and what you could do. so one day in class, our assignment was to draw what we wanted to be when we grew up. I drew a little man scaling the entire side of a building with a single leap. we were all asked to share about what we drew, and when it was my turn, I shamelessly told everyone that I wanted to be a bionic man! I think everyone laughed, but I didn’t care. :P

oh, and by the way, if you had no idea, the picture above is the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman :)



iPhone 4

Posted: June 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: electronics, iphone, new, tech | Tags: | No Comments »


Jet Jaguar!

Posted: April 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: fun, nostalgia | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

with the exception of people in my immediate family, i really don’t know anyone else who knows who Jet Jaguar is. well, all you really gotta know is that HE IS KICKASS!

this is him shaking hands with the king of monsters himself after he helped him defeat Megalon.

Norman, what’s that?

Posted: March 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: brothers, nyc, personal | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Urban Exploration from mongchacha on Vimeo.

New Knobs

Posted: August 12th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: diy, electronics, music gear, tech | Tags: , | No Comments »


found these beautifully machined knobs at Mar Vac Electronics. the original ones were flimsy plastic – i had already kicked one off. Maxon made some pretty nice pedals back in the day (i think their pedals are still nice, but i haven’t tried them) but used unusually weak parts for some components. to make it worse, these parts are impossible to find. i already had to have special 1/4″ jacks sent from Maxon in Japan (!) to replace one that had cracked. replacing these knobs weren’t easy either. the shaft wasn’t a full 1/4″ cylinder. it was a freakin’ 1/4″ shaft cut in half! after finding some plastic material to fill in the gaps i was able to get these knobs on successfully. happy with the results!

Dusty brings me my socks, poses for picture

Posted: July 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dusty, fun, personal | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Joey loves car rides

Posted: April 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: fun, joey | Tags: , , | No Comments »


Posted: April 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: bicycles, crazy, wtf? | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Inspired. Danny MacAskill from dave on Vimeo.

this is simply the most amazing display of skill on a bicycle. i’m subscribed to a bunch of blogs dedicated to all things bicycling and have seriously gotten tired of watching all these kids on fixies spinning around and skidding and acting all alternative. in the past 6 months it seems like everyone and their mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers have been releasing trailers for fixed gear videos. they were cool at first – now they’re a little boring and a little annoying. but THIS…this is FRESH (and i mean this in the literal sense and 90′s lingo sense)!!!

this has got to deliver a pretty humbling blow to the community of bicylists who think they’re hot stuff! GOOD!