I went to a luncheon this past Tuesday hosted by an organization called CBMC (Christian Businessmen’s Connection). This was my third luncheon/event I’ve attended by these fine folks and every time I attend these things I walk away very much inspired and ready to conquer the world. Who are these folks you ask? They’re an organization that attempts to bring together (connect) businessmen in your community. There is a women’s version as well and actually it was the women’s version in conjunction with the men’s that put on the recent luncheon I went to.
At all of these events they put on they have some amazing speakers and this one was no exception. I was able to listen to Kim Stephens who happens to be a bit of local celebrity here in Fresno. She hosts a morning news show and, I must admit, every time I’ve watched her in the past… I was indifferent with her. However, after this luncheon, I have a new sense of respect for her as a person. She was such a nice individual and had a lot to offer to inspire us all in our everyday lives. THAT is what CBMC is good for. It inspires me every event. I walk out ready to beat the negativity in the world to a pulp.
So, I just wanted to share this as I still have a fire in my rump. I’ll even go a little further and give you the promo video for CBMC and perhaps there will be one near you that you can check out sometime. I believe they are nationwide, however.. I’ve been known to be wrong. 🙁
I have had quite an interesting Saturday this past weekend, not to mention the week following. My lovely wife and I were on the hunt for a file cabinet for my office this past weekend and decided to look around the local thrift stores to see what was available. As always upon entering a thrift store, I head to the “music” section and look at the latest offerings. Typically I pound around on the organs (they always have a ton of organs) hoping to find something of value or something to make me drool. Usually, I find nothing. However, this time I rounded the corner at the first thrift stop we went to and found a Leslie speaker cabinet. That’s right, someone found this to be something to give away to a thrift store. I about pooped my pants, I’ll be honest. My wife as my witness, I couldn’t leave the area until I found out if it worked and how much they wanted for it. Long story short, I gathered quite a crowd around me because of my hysterics. I was continually educating someone as to why I was excited by this thing and how this thing worked and what it was used for. Many had walked past it earlier in the day and had no idea what this big piece of drawless/doorless furniture was.
Eventually, a few musicians saw what I was up to and one of them was just as curious as me as to whether this thing actually worked. I never caught his name, but a genuinely nice guy.. we’ll call him Harpo (he played harmonica)… Harpo and I began to hook this thing up to the parent organ (a CONN) which was sitting next to it. We started it up and the chill of excitement tickled up my spine as I turned on the Leslie and… what a sweet sound. You could hear the horns and rotator begin to spin. I pressed a key and voila! It worked, tremelo and all. My wife located the price sticker and thrift was wanting to pawn it off for a measly $300. I kid you not. Eventually, another chap walked through and overheard my wife and I discussing the purchase and he informed us that it just so happened to be “half-off” day that day, so this combo suddenly dropped to $150! $150, I say!
What makes this such a find is that Leslie cabinets are a much sought after item in the music world. Many of your favorite rock albums from the 60’s and 70’s have Leslie cabinets on them (ever hear of The Young Rascals’ “Good Lovin'”?). Also, many rock guitarists re-amp their guitars through Leslie cabs because of it’s full bodied and beautiful sound. They can run up to $1500 in some cases for vintage Leslies. In fact, my brother informed me of an audio engineer we both know that actually drove hours and paid handsomely for a Leslie cab that didn’t even work. They’re selling this working Leslie AND organ for $150. I couldn’t pass it up. My only hold off was: 1) How am I gonna move these things (the organ weighs a ton). 2) Where am I gonna put it (my house is quite small).
Upon hemming and hawing, I decided to buy. As of now I have an organ and Leslie cab in my house… in my kitchen nook to be exact. Thanks for the muscle in moving the organ, Rich! Upon my research I found that this particular Leslie was made for this CONN organ, however it can be used with other brands as well. It appears to also be a pre-1958 Leslie cabinet. I have yet to find out exactly the date this one was made. But, I DID find many selling this particular Leslie (just the Leslie) for upwards of $1200. Purty good buy, dontcha think?
I do have a few tubes and what not I need to change and I need to just clean out the inside a bit as well…too much dust causing a hum/buzz. But, I am still enamoured by this sweet little organ and Leslie. So, allow me to show off my find. Check it out!
And lastly, here is a little history of the Hammond organ and Leslie cabinet. Hammond and Leslie go hand in hand. But, there were many an organ player out there that couldn’t afford a Hammond, so Leslie accommodated the lesser known, more affordable organs as well… such as CONN. CONN was typically the organ of choice for churches, because of it’s affordability.
I will be opening up the CONN organ shortly and be posting pics of it’s innards. Not to mention, I will be posting some recordings of the CONN/Leslie when I get the mics set up, so you all can hear the angels sing such as I did.
Okay, the long anticipated finale in the ongoing saga of my quest to SDCC is coming to an epic end in today’s post. Well, maybe not epic, but an end nonetheless. These are random pics I snapped while walking the convention center and I felt they just didn’t fit in any particular category. So, without further ado… SDCC-Randomness.
Well, that does it for the Comic Con posts. Hope you enjoyed and I will be attending at least one more time which will be next year, thanks to DC Comics! My free registration will expire after that.
We are continuing our coverage of the San Diego Comic Con with this post solely dedicated to all the interesting, outlandish and sometimes pointless costumes I came across while roaming the convention center. There are quite a few photos so I’ll keep the preamble to a minimum. A fun aspect of attending SDCC is being able to see all the hard work and creativity that some people put into their costumes. There were plenty to go around and I tried to snap as many as possible. I heard about several celebs walking around in costumes, but alas, I came across none..at least that I know of.
Without further wait time.. SDCC Part 3: Cosplay!
Well, that does it for this post. We have one more coming that will encompass just the random cool things I came across and couldn’t figure out what category to put it in. So, until we meet again…
I am back with Part 2 of our saga: Adventures in Comic Con. This time I will be sharing photos of all things related to Movies and Television. They had a lot of very interesting props from the actual T.V. and movie sets, not to mention just a few cool sculptures and whatnot that are related to television shows and movies. I obviously was unable to hit up every display, but I found a large selection during my meanderings of the convention center that I thought were quite interesting and just generally worth a click of the camera. So without further ado…So without further ado…. SDCC Volume 2: Television and Movies!
Well, that is it for now. Part 3 will be coming soon.