Bandwidth: A Look Back

It’s that time, you know. That week between Christmas and the New Year, when you start feeling kind of wistful and reflective, and yet you are pretty sure if you read one more retrospective blog post, you’ll puke. So of course, here it is, the obligatory year-end flashback. Try to hold on to your cookies.

One year ago. When I think about it, that’s when this whole shared rehearsal space quest got started, really. December 29, 2012. I open Facebook and find a chat from Dawn Duncan, who writes: “…our dear FBR and Wire Faces friends were robbed. Their practice space that they share/rent together in N. Fort Collins was robbed clean …” She continues with some details. My initial horrified and none-too-articulate response is: “Oh shit. shit. shit.” Of course, this is not, sadly, the first time I’ve heard such a tale (in fact just a few months prior, I had backed The Heyday’s Kickstarter project after their van was robbed in downtown Denver). It’s not rare, and it’s always distressing. But this has happened here, and these are our friends, and I’m pretty much horrified.

Scream

I recover a little. We try to think up ways to help. Dawn contacts The Coloradoan and they write a story. Social media lights up and the community is similarly aghast. We discuss bake sales. Gear is loaned and loaded, shows go on.

The bands post a list of stolen items (if you feel like maybe you want to throw up some excess holiday snacks after all, peep this):

Sabian 13″ Fierce Hats
Sabian 22″ Omni Crash/Ride Cymbal
Pasha 20″ Ride Cymbal w/ Sandblasted Finish, should say “Made in
Italy” on top or bottom
Zildjian 13″ Amir Hi-Hat Cymbal
Zildjian 13″ K Hi-Hat Top Cymbal
Yamaha DTXplorer Electronic Drum Kit Rack and Trigger Pads w/ NO Controller Module/Brain Serial Numbers on the Trigger Pads will Range (834890-834899)
Zickos 22 x 18 Bass Drum w/ Evans Clear EMAD Batter, + Clear Resonant
Head with 5″ Chrome Reinforcement Ring Hole
Zickos 14 x 10 Rack Tom, Batter Side has single point lugs, resonant side has original stock Zickos Lugs.
Tama Starclassic 10 x 8 Tom Natural Birch
Tama Starclassic 12 x 9 Tom Natural Birch Clear Emperor Batter
Tama Starclassic 16 x 16 Floor Tom Natural Birch Evans EC2 Batter w/
split in head
Mapex Pro M Bass Drum 22 x 18 Transparent Black w/ Remo PS3 Batter, Evans EQ3 Resonant head w/ 5″ Hole, No bass drum mount is attached
Viking 22 x 18 Bass Drum White Wrap, Missing resonant head.
Viking 12 x 9 Rack Tom White Wrap, Evans Clear Hydraulic on Batter head
16 x 10 Junior Bass Drum White Wrap Finish, Remo Clear Pinstripe in batter and Remo Ebony Ambassador on Resonant side,
10 x 5 Junior Tom Tom
Two 8″ Peace Octabons Wood shell w/ Midnight Blue finish
Ludwig Double Tom Stand for Octabons
Wolverine Steel Snare Drum 14 x 5 w/ Evans Genera Dry Batter
Acrylic Snare Drum 14 x 6.5 with Pearl Throw off, Remo Clear CS on
Batter, 40 Snare strands on snare side, crack in shell coming out of the throwoff.
Carvin D44 Bass Drum Mic
Stagg 16 Channel Mic Snake
Yamaha CS 745 Boom Stand
Mapex Snare Stand w/ Yellow Gaffe tape on feet
Tama Double Tom Mount for Starclassic Toms
Yamaha Bass Drum Pedal
Bass Drum Mount for Mapex Pro M Tom Holder
Yamaha Auxiliary Hi Hat Mount
2 Pearl Tom Arms
Stagg Hardware Bag Black w/ Purple straps full of Misc Percussion mounts
Mackie CR1604-VLZ mixing board
VOX Wah-Wah V847A
Boss RC-30 Loop Station
Sears Silvertone Amlifier (Reverb is broken and only one of the channels work)
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Electro-Voice N/D967 Supercardioid Concert Vocal Microphone
Koch Load Box LB120 (power attenuator)
Ernie Ball VP Junior Passive Volume Pedal
Boss Chorus Pedal
Electro-Harmonix Classics Usa Big Muff Pi Distortion / Sustainer
15″ CGM Stage Monitor
Large Fender Bassman Style Cabinet with 2 JBLD130 15″ Speakers
1979 Ampeg V4 Bass Amplifier w/ Master Volume
Roland Micro Cube RX Battery Bass Amplifier
Ampeg BA115 Bass Combo Amplifier
Rolland AC90 Serial# VR24509
Yamaha Motif 6 Serial# 1001266
Fender Jazz Bass American Serial# 9320463
Ampeg SVT4 Pro Serial# DCTCR00014
Sans Amp Progamble Bass Driver Serial# 984161
Korg DTR 1000 Serial# 038258
Boss pedal Serial# ST18882
Boss pedal Serial# ZW47942
Boss pedal Serial# KW20519
Vox AC-30 CC2 Amplifier Serial# C2AC005505

One year later and none of this stuff has been found, mind you.

BUT. Fast Forward. The desire to help doesn’t go away, and throughout the year, more and more people respond to the search for safe rehearsal space rallying cry. Including, of course, at least one Angel and many angels. As I write this today, we have three distinct possibilities to pursue for shared space and despite a bit of a disappointment recently, we’re feeling like the future looks a little bit brighter again. And as it turns out, this New Year coincides with a New Moon — a bit of auspicious astrological abundance. We’ll take it. It’s been a long time coming. In the meantime, here’s to better days. Happy New Year!

Sparks

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