Monday, February 21, 2011

That Spirit of '98 sound

Ever wonder where that signature Spirit of '98 sound comes from? That's OK, I'll tell you anyway. Here's a look at some of the instruments and devices that brought the album to life, along with store locations and pricing info, just in case you want to recreate the magic yourself at home.

Tascam 488 cassette 8-track. The Rolls-Royce of cassette multitrack recorders. Purchased on ebay, broken of course. $200, plus probably another $200 in repairs courtesy of the clueless repair guy in Portland. But she purrs like a kitten now.

1970 Stella guitar by Harmony. Purchased at Re-Run Vintage in Portland. $25

Stylophone synthesizer toy. Purchased by Daniel Dominic Mancini, probably at Urban Outfitters. $20

Hackatone Model 4 custom tube amp made out of an old radio. Purchased at Really Good Stuff, Portland. $100

Miniature grand piano. Purchased at an estate sale in Portland. $2

Fisher Price children's cassette recorder. Gift from Matt Stefanik. Free!

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