Will it stick?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Sticky Candied Apples

Our primeVibe transducers are so small…so innocent looking…but a question occurred to primeVibe owner, Jim Romeyn a few days ago…”Will the rubber on the bottom of the transducers stick to instruments?”

Jim awoke and turned off his clock radio. The temps were already warm…it had been a hot night for Northern Utah. Jim found that the little rubber feet of his radio were partially melted and sticking to his night stand. This caused extreme panic as it was early and he was not thinking clearly and he knew his transducers had little rubber pads on the bottom. He asked himself, “On hot days will the rubber pads on my primeVibe transducers stick to instruments?”

He ran downstairs, emailed an engineer about the clock radio’s rubber feet, and asked if primeVibe speakers could stick to instruments. The engineer told Jim that the primeVibe transducers had “Silicone Content Rubber” the ideal material for protecting instruments. The silicone prevents the rubber from sticking to violin family instruments or guitars.  Plus simple math showed the exciters had many multiples less weight-to-surface area compared to the clock radio (the radio was quite heavy for its four tiny little rubber feet).

Jim sighed and since then he’s been telling people not to worry about the rubber bottoms sticking. They look at him with puzzled expressions…as sticking rubber pads are the farthest things from most people’s  minds..but because Jim’s clock radio had adhered to his night stand he goes on to explain why his rubber pads are safe. 🙂

Bob Dylan

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Bob Dylan Concert Park City '10

If you like great band music and love Dylan or want to get to know his music, we highly recommend:

Bob Dylan Unplugged, an MTV production.

Songs:

Tombstone Blues
Shooting Star
All Alon the Watchtower
The Times They are A-Changin’
John Brown
Desolation Row
Rainy Day Women
Love Minus Zero / No Limit
Dignity
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Like a Rolling Stone
With God on our Side

What makes primeVibe different than other similar businesses?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Jazz Guitar

primeVibe has the utmost respect and admiration for musicians. No matter what type of music they play, the fact that they are sacrificing to practice and learn their music, and in some cases perform their music, is admirable. Owner, James Romeyn, has spent over twenty years selling audiophile gear at the lowest possible prices. Now he is providing a high quality seasoning device at the lowest possible price.

How did primeVibe come about?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

James' first Thorell Guitar "The Grand"

It’s a short story. Jim talked his wife Debra into moving to Utah so he could mountain bike on the nearby Wasatch Mountain Range. After two years of enjoying retirement from the San Francisco Fire Department he went shopping for “the perfect guitar” and met luthier, Ryan Thorell. Jim fell in love with Ryan’s guitars, ordered one and asked Ryan if he would allow Jim to sell Thorell Guitars. Ryan said yes. Jim wanted to season his guitar and couldn’t find a device that would play-in his instrument. So he designed primeVibe with lots of help from speaker engineers. It’s a labor of love….love of music and great sound.

The Blues

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

We still don’t know much about the blues. But we’re on a journey and it started with Eric Clapton.

Have you seen Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007? It was recorded live on July 28, 2007 in Bridgeview, Illinois. Clapton puts on Crossroads Concerts to raise money for Crossroads Centre, a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation center on the Caribbean Island of Antigua.

Our favorite song from the two disc DVD set is: “WHO DO YOU LOVE?” performed by Robbie Robertson and Eric Clapton. “CROSSROADS” by Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood was also great as was “SWEET HOME CHICAGO” performed by Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, John Mayer, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan and Johnny Winter!!!

Other performers are:

Los Lobos
Jeff Beck
Sheryl Crow
Willie Nelson
Albert Lee
Vince Gill
B.B. King
John McLaughlin
Sonny Landreth

Eric Clapton’s autobiography “Clapton” was very good. The book tells about his drug addiction and he is clearly trying to help others with similar problems. But we liked the book because we admire his playing and honesty and have recently read the late Bill Graham’s autobiography where he says Clapton was a gentleman through and through.

In “Clapton” E.C. says that music played a big role in his life and was like a healer to him. When he was a child he would sing on the stairs where he could hear an echo. His harmonica playing Uncle Adrian loved Stan Kenton, The Dorsey Brothers, and Benny Goodman and was a huge influence on Clapton.

He saw his first Fender Guitar while watching Buddy Holly and the Crickets on TV. Clapton won a book on America and became obsessed with it. While in secondary school he heard new things like Folk music, New Orleans Jazz and Rock and Roll! He bought a Hoya steel string guitar which was very painful to play and he couldn’t even tune it, but he taught himself how to play the thing. He learned how to play a bluesy version of “Scarlet Ribbons” by Josh White.

He learned that his Hoya Guitar was not made well. The strings were low at the top of the fingerboard and as they got closer to the bridge they got higher and higher which made them hard to press down. So he went to a flea market and for two pounds and ten shillings he bought an acoustic, narrow shaped body George Washburn. (George Washburn Guitar Company was est. in 1883 in Chicago IL.) It was delicate and fragile and it had a wide flat finger board. He played his new guitar and became proficient. He went to hear guitarists play so he could watch their hands and try to reproduce their sounds at home.

He learned Muddy Waters’ song “Honey Bee”. He tried to copy Big Bill Brunsy’s technique which was a staple part of playing the blues. He learned “Hey, Hey” which he described as complicated, full of blues notes which is what you get by “splitting a major and a minor note. Starting with the minor and bending it up to the major.”

When he first heard Big Bill and Robert Johnson Clapton became convinced  that “…all rock music and pop grew from blues roots.”

The Band

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Orgininal Poster from the Concert where Robbie Robertson had bought of Stage Freight

If you get a chance rent the DVD The Last Waltz, but be aware that you need to have a decent picture (the movie is available on Blu Ray) and you need a good sound system. If those two are lacking take the DVD to a friend who has such in their sound/theater room. Turn it up! Enjoy Van Morrison, The Staple Singers, Joni Mitchell, and more bands.

More on our research about the blues and jazz music at a later date.

If after watching the movie you fall in love with The Band consider reading This Wheel’s On Fire by The Band’s drummer Levon Helm.

Welcome to primeVibe!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I’m married to the founder of primeVibe. He’s an audiophile. An audiophile spends more money on audio gear than vacations, clothes, furniture, and yes…cars. Once when visiting his home, while we dated about 29 years ago, Jim asked me to step outside. We crossed the street and he asked me to stay on the curb and stand there facing his house. I did. He went back to his home, turned on the stereo, and ran over to me smiling. He said, “Can you feel the bass?” When I concentrated I could feel the bass.

He and his friends listen for nuances also. Once, while listening to “Fly Me to the Moon” an audiophile friend said, “I heard Frank Sinatra turn his head!” My husband located the spot on the CD and added, “He did turn his head. I heard him draw a breath as he turned to his right.”

The point being that Jim and his friend believed that since they could hear small utterances, they could hear the music reproduced honestly and clearly…and that’s the goal for an audiophile. So it makes sense that Jim would want to provide a product that would draw out the best sound from an instrument. We certainly hope you hear the difference with primeVibe!