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Permalink Geeking Out On The Astronauts! _ SFO Museum Surf Music Exhibition

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Hi Friends,

Let year I documented going to Boulder Colorado and picking up the Astronauts Rich Fifield/Dennis Lindsey 1961 Showman. In the intervening year, I tracked down Bob Demmon's Fender Jazzmaster, proving 2020 hasn't totally sucked. I made a video that tells the story of how all of this came about. At the end, I recorded a medley with both the guitar and the amp. (Recording disclaimer: I am not Al Schmitt, and GarageBand is not the RCA studio in Hollywood.)

Both of these items, and many, many more will be featured in the upcoming Instrumental Music exhibition at the SFO Museum. IF you find yourself at SFO, be sure to check it out.

Thanks, and enjoy the geekiness.


Last edited: Oct 08, 2020 12:40:25

You were my hero before, and now you have ascended to a mystical figure! This is awesome. I really love the oral history aspect of the video, such a great way to share. Thank you so much for posting!

Quick question, to which number was that showman turned up to? It sounds so damn good! I am kind of breathless after hearing it.


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Totally bitchin'. Such a powerful sound. Thanks for sharing that.

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That is cool and amazing. Thanks for sharing. Just this morning I watched a Youtube video called The Story Of the Astronauta.

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Wow Mel, that's AMAZING! Thank you so much for posting that here. I loved the final shot of Tulagi with the amp!

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Amazing story.

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Incredible. Thank you Mel! Such an amazing story. And thanks to your wife for supporting your adventures! Cheers

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Mel, this is incredible. And fantastic. In fact, IT IS INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC!

I'm genuinely happy that this gear is in the hands of someone who truly appreciates it, and then shares it with everyone in such a cool way.


Very cool, thanks for sharing!

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Last edited: Oct 09, 2020 22:13:40

AWESOME, Mel! I've got to get over there to check it out.


So cool. SFO and some other airports have put up some great exhibits in their terminals in recent years, making it much less boring to have a long layover. Hopefully I'll get to travel out that way before this exhibit is gone.

Thanks to all of you for the nice comments. First off, I was lame and neglected to thank Sonichris ( Chris Fesker of the Aquasonics) for really doing the legwork on this amp. Without him and the Texas Toast Guitars Youtube broadcast, I never would have heard about this even being available. He was a real gentleman , and I am really grateful. Thanks Chris.

Deathtide, the amp volume was on 2. For real.

Even if you can't get to SFO ( and with the virus, most won't/ can't), check out the online exhibit. I know a number of pieces that are going to be displayed, and it really is going to be an excellent presentation.


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