We’ve been quiet for a while, but the R&D department has kept its gears turning. Introducing the Shoe Box, a quality stompbox with a flat response and minimal chance for feedback, and the Rattle Can, a versatile shaker that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the landfill.
The Shoe Box is a close cousin to our Doom/Tek Boxes. The low profile, thick face, padded pickup, and short feet make it perfect to tap with the ball or heel of the foot. You can plug straight into an amp or interface, or run it through whatever pedals you have around. Different sole materials result in different responses, and you can even tape things to the bottom of your shoe if you’re a crazy person. They are currently available in 5 flavors, all with a similar tone and performance, but with different types of wood on the sides and faces.
The Rattle Can is exactly what you think it is. We’re filling empty spraypaint cans with 3 different types of steel to get different tonal results and control responses. The Etsy listing has all the details, check it out!
Here’s some ideas on how you might use a DOOM/TEK box in the wild. Keep a look out for a bamboo stick cameo.
With this year’s Christmas season, a horde of our table-top stompboxes were released into the world. We realize that there may be some confusion when you first hold a Doom Box, so we made a quick diagram to get you started making noise. There are people in the shop that love the box in its acoustic state, without any wires, but here’s how you take it to the next level.
In the coming weeks, we’re going to be putting together some videos and starter files to give you some ideas of what these boxes can do. We know that you’re capable of innovation, and we would love to hear about what you’re doing with them, as well as see pictures of them in your setup.
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Our first year has been a blast, and we have huge plans for 2013. These include 3 new products already in testing and variations on some of our current lineup. We’re also going to be hitting the road to some neighboring states, so watch the monthly emails to see when we’re going to be in your area.
A note: Christmas is fast approaching, and all custom orders need to be made by/on Black Friday to be sure we’ll have time to get them all filled. Email Paul to get the process started and we’ll get you taken care of. This batch of cajons is shaping up to be pretty wild.
Shirts! These are 50/50 cotton/poly blend by Next Level and they are ridiculously soft. We introduced these at the Maker’s Fair and they’ve been a huge hit with the locals. The Red and Blue shirts have a simple stripe design with the “crooked i”, and the Grey shirt has 3 JackSaws with an extremely flexible guitar cable. These are currently for sale in the Etsy shop for $15+shipping.
We had another excellent experience at the Maker’s Fair in Shreveport. We met a ton of people and got to live-demo the Doom/Tek boxes on four channels, circle up with some hand drums, and teach some folks how to play the JackSaw. We finished a large batch of everything in the weeks before the show, and some of that inventory is listed and ready to ship in the store. We did some experimenting with faces for Bongos and Cajons and were really pleased with the Ash and Maple tones. Apologies for the photo dump, but it’s been a while.
We’re going to be back at the Texas Avenue Maker’s Fair on November 10th in Shreveport. We’ll have a stack of all sorts of docks and drums, as well as live demos of the JackSaw and the Doom/Tek boxes. The fair runs from 10am to 4pm, so make plans to come by and see us.
We have a few more new products in the pipeline for the coming months, so watch for some big announcements toward the end of the year!
Jerry, from the Shreveport band “Engine”, stopped by with his excessively heavy amplifier to give us a sample of what the JackSaw can do. He’s playing the 31″ Baritone model, available soon.
Through a strange series of events, and long nights in the Index Workshop, the JackSaw is finally a reality. People have been using contact microphones on musical saws for a while, but we weren’t happy with the liability of having wires and the pickup exposed. We knew that the electrical saw was worth pursuing, and we knew that we could package it into something clean and portable. We couldn’t be happier with the result, and now we have a patent pending.
The JackSaws are constructed with vintage handles that have been used for years by craftsmen and laborers. We’ve individually restored and painted the handles and matched them with crisp new blades. We’ve re-used the vintage screws where possible, and we’ve removed the teeth so you don’t chop up your clothes or your fingers.
We currently have 26″ blades, with 31.5″ and 37″ blades coming soon. Check the Etsy shop for the current JackSaws available, and check back for demo videos if you need to hear it before you take the plunge.
I’ve been playing drums on the column of my steering wheel for 11 years. I had no idea I was practicing for something.
The boxes are run through a 2channel audio interface and through a battery of effects on Ableton for a total of 9 tracks.
Different people like different things. This post is about John, Rachel, and Bill; three of those different people.
Rachel’s roommates decided to surprise her with a custom cajon for her birthday. They stopped by the workshop while passing through town and she played the drums we had in stock. We also spent some time in the paint department trying different color combinations and narrowing the choices down from 50 colors to 3. She ultimately gave me this direction:
- I want it with 2 playable sides for maximum diversity.
- I want it to be huge and have a deep bass.
- I want it to be feminine, but not to the point where a guy would mind playing it.
This is the result, Cajon #51:
We met up with John at the Texas Avenue Maker’s Fair in Shreveport. He played the 5 we had on hand and decided on the height and construction he liked. He went with an interior baffle similar to #49, and a sunburst finish similar to #33. His drum, #52, has a single playable face with an extreme pop corner. I love the way it turned out, and I think I’m going to be using Danish Oil again soon.
Bill has two teenagers and is faced with a problem many percussionist parents encounter. You want your family to be musical, but the instruments are often huge, ugly, or hard to store. He has countered this by designing Cajon #55. It has 2 clean white stripes to match his clean and modern living room. They’ll use it as a stool or side table when they aren’t having a family jam. It’s shown here in my living room, I think it’s going to work out perfectly.
The blog has been slow, but we’ve been pretty active on Twitter and Instagram with smaller updates that don’t merit a full post. Check us out in those vehicles, if you wannu.
This is a quick demo that scrapes the surface of what these boxes can do. We will be posting more, but wanted to get this out there to try to start to answer the questions of “WHAT THE HECK IS THAT THING?”