Friday 12/16/2005 ~ New for Christmas
I was going to talk about how
much I enjoyed once again watching "White Christmas"
on TV this week... but it occurred to me that this is the last
email special before Christmas, so I should probably talk about
1) We just got the cutest new
Vox amps! (Almost as cute as Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen
when they sang "Sisters" in the beginning of "White
Christmas...") These new Vox DA5 amps have 11 built-in effects...
and 11 built-in amp samples. They run on batteries or electricity...
and are a very loud 5 watts. It's an amazing practice/travel
amp... and it's only $134.
2) Also in Voxland, we're the
only folks in town with the new AC-15. These amps have been highly
sought-after since they were discontinued by Vox in 2000. Now,
thanks to public demand, they're back! A little brother to the
world famous AC-30, the AC-15 is a wonderful sounding all-tube,
15-watt, Class A amp with one 12" speaker. It has all the
great sound of an AC-30... in a lighter, easier to carry package.
(If you recall, the AC-15 was the first amp ever made by the
Vox company, first produced in 1958... four years after the theatrical
release of "White Christmas.") We placed our orders
before the new amps were even officially released, and they sent
the first few to us. When our Vox sales rep visited the store
this week he was excited to see his first one here!
3) Also new this week, Scratch
& Dent (although, really just one small Scratch) effects
pedals. We got a call from Electro-Harmonix last week, and they
told us they had a handful of new pedals with a slight scratch
or two. They offered them to us for a few bucks cheaper and we're
offering them to you... for a few bucks cheaper. We have the
Small Stone, Small Clone, Bassballs, and the Big Muff. Generally
they're around $22 less than our usual discounted price. (And
you'd probably put a scratch on one at the first gig anyway...)
(Especially if you move your entire show to Vermont, to help
out the General...) (My favorite scene: when Bing Crosby hears
(over the phone) how much it will cost them to move their show
to Vermont for the Holidays he says "Wow!" Danny Kaye
quickly asks, "How much is 'Wow'?" Bing replies, "Somewhere
between 'Ouch' and 'Boing'." )
4) Since it's almost Christmas,
we've set up a "50% Off Sale" near the front of the
store, featuring selected guitars and amps. I can't say the brand
names here, of course, but there's an electric that has a List
Price of $416, on sale for $208... an acoustic with a List of
$286, on sale for $143...etc., etc.
5) In 2001 Rickenbacker announced
its new "C Series" Vintage Reissue Guitars, meant to
be perfect replicas of the models played by John Lennon and George
Harrison. Unfortunately, Rickenbacker is a bit behind with its
manufacturing schedule.... well, years behind. Just this week
we received our George Harrison Reissue 12-string, the 360/12C63,
that we ordered in 2001. How much is it? All I can say is, "Wow!"
6) Just in today: Fender Lunch
Boxes. The perfect stocking stuffer. If you have a big stocking...
6) You know, our biggest selling
guitar is one that was originally designed in 1954. I can't mention
the brand, but I'm pretty sure you'd recognize it, especially
if you are a Christmas gift "Sender." Even the least
expensive versions of this famous model are decent guitars. As
a Christmas sale, this week's email special will be an extra
$20 Off of any new version of this model... which you shouldn't
drop, `cause if you did, you'd say, "Drat." (Although
you probably could drop it, because unlike a Les Paul it most
likely wouldn't break...)
See you soon,
PS: A "White Christmas"
line that I never understood as a child: General Waverly gets
a letter, but doesn't have his glasses with him. As he's squinting
and moving the letter forward and back, Bing offers to read it
for him. He says, "Let me help you with that, I'm playing
a little trombone myself nowadays..." I think of that line
every time I try to read our store inventory number on a pack
PPS: Needless to say, the 1954
movie "White Christmas" featured der Bingle singing
the song "White Christmas." However, this wasn't the
first time Bing did the song in a movie. It was actually written
for the 1942 movie "Holiday Inn." In that film, Bing
and co-star Fred Astaire run an Inn (in Connecticut) that only
opens on Holidays (thus the name). Composer Irving Berlin wrote
a song for each Holiday... and "White Christmas" was
PPPS: Bing's 1942 recording of
"White Christmas" was an immediate success. In fact,
the Master Tapes were used so often that they were damaged. In
1947 he re-recorded the song with the same orchestra and backup
singers. The 1947 version is the one you're most likely to hear.
PPPPS: We will be open on Saturday
Christmas Eve from 11AM - 3PM.
PPPPPS: If I don't see you before
next weekend, have a Merry Christmas!
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