Bennet's Music Homepage
always under construction ( aka. Beta in Google speak )
I have a lot of fun playing music now that I'm retired from the engineering world. It all got started with my kids
being in the excellent musical theater program at the Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center (EHRC). Mike Corey does
most of the music for them. My wife bugged him about how her husband was a musican from way back and how he should
check me out. Well, there was a charity concert for Katrina that he was performing in, invited me to join, and we've
been doing musicals ever since.
- Past/Present/Future Musical Performances:
- Footloose the Musical - 2018-July - Studio East - Guitar (Electric, Steel String Acoustic, Nylon Acoustic)
- Gutenberg The Musical - 2018-May - Ballyhoo Theater - Guitar (Electric, Steel String Acoustic, Nylon Acoustic)
- B3ND: Our Time - 2017-December - Ballyhoo Theater - Guitar (Electric, 12-string)
- Xanadu - 2017-August - Ballyhoo Theater - Guitar
- Mary Poppins - 2017-July - Studio East - Banjo, Guitar (Electric, Steel String Acoustic)
- The Spitfire Grill - 2017-May - Ballyhoo Theater - Guitar(Acoustic, Nylon), Mandolin
- Bend2:R&J - 2017-January - Ballyhoo Theater - Guitar(Electric, 12-String, Nylon), Bass
- The Spitfire Grill - 2016-November - Edmonds Heights - Guitar(Acoustic, Nylon), Mandolin
- Carrie: the Musical - 2016-August - Ballyhoo Theater - Guitars: Electric(Les Paul, Strat), 12-String, Nylon
- Cabaret - 2016-July - Ballyhoo Theater - Banjo, Lap Steel Guitar
- Wizard of Oz - 2016-February - Edmonds Heights - Keyboards
- Bare the Musical - 2015-August - Ballyhoo Theater - electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, nylon acoustic
- Big Fish - 2015-May - Edmonds Heights - 6-str acoustic, 12-str acoustic, banjo, mandolin, slide dobro, electric guitar, nylon acoustic (7 total!)
- Side Show - 2015-Jan - Edmonds Heights - Guitars, Banjo, Mandolin, Keyboards
- Legally Blonde - 2014-Aug - Ballyhoo Theater - Guitars, Mandolin, Keyboards
- Shrek the Musical - 2014-Jan - Edmonds Heights - Guitars, Keyboards
- Return To The Forbidden Planet - 2013-Dec - Edmonds Heights - Guitars, Keyboards
- Godspell (2012 ver) - 2013-Aug - Ballyhoo Theater - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Ukulele, Keyboards
- The Wedding Singer - 2013-May - Bothell HS - Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2012-August - Ballyhoo Theater - Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboard
- 13 - 2012-July - Ballyhoo Theater - Guitars (electric,acoustic)
- Xanadu - 2012-May - Edmonds Heights - Guitar, Kbd2
- Starmites - 2012-Feb - Edmonds Heights - Guitar, B3
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2011-Nov - Northwest Savoyards - Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards
- Nunsense - 2011-Apr - Driftwood Players - Kbd2, Guitar, Mandolin, Lap Seel Guitar
- Schoolhouse Rock Live! - 2011-Feb - Edmonds Heights - B3, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - 2010-Mar - EHRC - Keyboards, Guitar
- Curtains - 2010-Jan - EHRC - Keyboards
- Fiddler on the Roof - 2009-May - Bothell HS - Accordion, Mandolin, Keyboards
- Once on This Island - 2009-Jan - EHRC - Guitar, Keyboards
- Footloose the Musical - 2008-May - Bothell HS - Keyboards, Mandolin
- All Shook Up - 2008-Jan - EHRC - Guitar
- Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat - 2007-Nov - Driftwood Players - Keyboard, Guitar, Mandolin
- The Boyfriend - 2007-May - Bothell HS - Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
- Cats - 2007-Mar - EHRC - Keyboard, Guitar
- The Pajama Game - 2007-Jun - EHRC - Keyboard, Guitar
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2006-May - Bothell HS - Keyboard, Guitar
- Return to the Forbidden Planet - 2006-Mar - EHRC - Keyboard, Guitar
- Musical Instruments:
- Kurtzwil PC-88MX - This is my workhorse for most gigs. It's as solid as a tank, and easy to setup for
lots of fast patch changes. Unfortunately it has the standard Fatar sticking key problem that this model is known for.
- Ensonic EP-S - A 12-bit sampler inherited from my sister-in-law. Fun with floppies.
- Yamaha CP-70B - The first real semi-portable acoustic piano. It weighs a ton, but it sounds great and the
action is unbelieveably good.
- Fender/Rhodes Stage 73 - My first electrict piano and classic from the 1970's. Now owned by Caleb Corey
- Guitars: ( they will have their own page someday )
- Warmoth Dragon Strat - Birdseye maple SRV contour 11/16 corian nut neck with 22 fret 6105 stainless steel frets,
planet waves locking tuner hardware, hardtail bridge, seymour duncan cool rails neck PU, seymour duncan classic stack
middle and bridge PU, Ghost saddle acoustic bridge pizeo pickups, 5-way switch with blender pot, balanced
output wiring, green alder body with yellow tiger maple burst, ivory pearl pickguard.
- Warmoth Dark Strat - solid rosewood thin contour neck with canary wood skunk stripe, 5/8" graphite nut,
22 6105 stainless steel frets, planet wave tuners, hollow mahogony body with canary wood front veneer, seymour duncan
cool rails neck PU, seymour duncan vintage rails middle and bridge PU, Gotoh Wilkinson Tremolo, tortise shell pickguard,
blender pot wiring, balanced output jack,
- '79 Fender Strat - 3-bolt 5/8" solid maple neck, hardtail, black hard ash body, pearl pickguard, all stock
except for the pickguard ( stock was black on black ). It's heavy ( about 11 pounds ), but plays real nice.
- Sega Strat - Built this in the early '80s. Plywood construction body, natural laquer finish, DiMarzio neck PU,
very stiff and loud.
- Kimberly Electric - A cheap 1960's vintage Japanese guitar (from Lafayette Radio and Electronics) that got
tweaked with Gibson components. It's got a Gibson tune-o-matic bridge, microtune tailpiece, and a single Gibson PAF
humbucker from a '60s LesPaul. Sounds like an SG but very fragile.
- Ovation 1111 Acoustic - My mainstay acoustic since about 1982. The neck has warped over the years. It came
with a lifetime warranty, but the patina of the sitka spruce top is hard to part with and I fear that if I send it
back to the factory, they will just send a new replacement. I just recently added an Artec pizeo under saddle pickups
and an in-body pre-amp to the guitar for the musical Godspell. The pickups sounded really nice. Someday I'll get
a page up for this guitar detailing the installation and perhaps a few sound clips from the musical.
- Rogue Console/Lap Steel - A really nice lap steel for about $100. I got the sparkly blue one. I've been
playing it with a C6 tuning for that country twang.
- Jackson JSR-22 "Dinky" - I picked up this guitar a a local pawn shop ( Creighton Music ) for about $120 for the Wedding
Singer musical. A lot of the lead guitar lines needed a double coil 80's guitar and this fit the bill perfectly. I replaced
the machine tuners with locking Schallers to keep it in tune when I bent the strings flat. These tuners cost more than half
of what I paid for the guitar, but it was a worthwhile upgrade.
- Rogue Triolan Biscut Resonator - This guitar has been a bit of a regret. It didn't really have the spider
resonator sound I was looking for. It sounds nice, but not quite the tonal bite of a Dobro.
- Washburn Oscar Schmidt 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Got this guitar for "Big Fish". It's a great
sounding 12-string, but a bit of a huge neck. The built in electronics and tuner work great. Seems pretty good at
staying in tune, but like all 12-strings, time will tell as to how well the neck survives under all that tension.
(I've seen my fair share of cheap 12-string guitars with necks that warped badly over time)
- Sky Acoustic-Electric Nylon Guitar - This was a find down at the Tacoma Goodwill for $42. Had a nice drive
down to Tacoma to pick it up as they wanted an extra $25 to ship it via UPS to my home. I replaced the steel strings
with nylon ones (Earnie Ball) and had to reinforce the 1/4" jack as the wood around it was cracking. Still needs a
little work on the nut to get the nylon strings to the proper height, but sounded great in the musical "Big Fish".
- Homemade Square Neck Plywood Spider Cone Resonator - When the biscut resonator didn't work out, I decided I
had to find a spider resonator for the show "Big Fish". Nothing in the pawn shops or on ebay, but I did find a spder
resonator conversion kit from a vendor up in Canada for $50. Ohhh, that could be the start of a custom resonator
guitar just the way I wanted it. Took about 8 weeks total time, but it was worth it. I'm working on a blog about
the counstruction of this guitar. I'll also add some clips from the show, as it worked out great. Also did the
same trick as the banjo by mounting a PZM microphone inside the body and sending that to a local mixer and then to the
sound board. Worked out great!
- Washburn Oscar Schmidt Les Paul Style Electric Guitar - It was only $200 on Amazon, but it's a better copy
of a Les Paul than the Epiphone. Had to raise the action a bit to keep the
strings from buzzing and removing the pick guard to show off the really pretty front burl maple veneer. The cheap Chinese tuners
got replaced with Planet Waves locking tuners as the guitar would go out of tune quickly with string bending. I'll do a week
of performances with Xanadu and see how it works out under real world conditions.
- Washburn Oscar Schmidt 6-String Acoustic/Electric Guitar - Another "Bon Marche" from Amazon at only $160. The
pickups on this aren't as nice and don't sound as good as the 12-String Oscar Schmidt that I own, but it still worked out
well in the first musical that I used it in which was "Spitfire Grill" which is all acoustic guitar and mandolin.
- Rogue FM-80E Acoustic-Electric Mandolin - It is a fairly inexpensive mandolin, but plays pretty well with
some basic setup work. Fit and finish are excellent for a $100 mandolin.
- Washburn 1897 bowl mandolin - This is the 1890's instrument that made Washburn a significant presence in the musical
instrument manufacturing world. It has warped a bit over the years, but still plays. My great grandfather bought it in
the 1890's on the railway platform in Chicago from a street vendor when headed out west with his family from Kansas to
Montana. I've got a photo of my grandfather playing it on a camping trip in the 1930's. Lots of memories with this instrument.
- Rogue B-30 Banjo - A really fine banjo for the money. It's got 30 brackets to keep the head tension
nice and even, and a wonderful resonator back. I mounted a Yoga CP-07a PZM microphone on the resonator back and send that via a small
mixing conslole to the sound board for performances. Sounds sweet!
- SX Tenor Banjo - Looks to be from the same factory as the Rogue banjo. It has a natural finish which I haven't decided
if I like yet (the neck joint isn't real well sanded so it's a bit rough playing the high frets). Needed a tenor banjo for Mary Poppins, but
ended up converting the parts to play them on a conventional banjo.
- Violin - An 1890's German factory made violin. It is marked "Schweitzer" with a fake label inside that
implies it was built by Jacobus Stainer in Absam (Insbruck) in 1665. It is also finished with a dark stain on the
edges to make it look old. Like the mandolin, it was bought by my great grandfather on a train platform in Chicago
from a street vendor for the trip out west to move the family to Montana.
- Effects and Amps
- Boss GT-8 Effects Pedal - This is my main workhorse for most musical theater gigs. It's not the best at any
one effect, but it has tons of different settings that can be queued up at the touch of a foot switch. Handy for
scores that have two guitar parts written, and I've got to swap sounds in just a few beats. Tough to program, but nice
when its all ready to go for a performance. I typically play it through a pair of Behringer B205D (Mackie SRM150 clone)
powered speakers. The have enough power to easily keep up with a 10-20 piece broadway style orchestra.
- Dual 12" cab with a Leslie 147 100W tube amp - This is my poor man's version of something between a Marshall
2x12 and a Fender Twin Reverb. I've got two JBL 2120s that actually came out of a Fender Twin Reverb (they are pretty
heavy on the bass). This is a pretty loud setup. It is usually too much sound for most gigs (not to mention that
it also weighs as much as a Fender Twin Reverb).
- Leslie 247 in a custom cabinet - My current woodworking project is converting a Leslie 247 ( the home
version of a Leslie 147 ) into something that can be more easily hauled to gigs. Photos and a project page to be
- DigiTech MultiPlay - This is an early ('87?) analog CCD delay line effect pedal that does flange, chorus, and
long delays. I like it better than the Boss GT-8 for really nice flangy effects.
- MXR Distortion+ - I've had this pedal since forever. It's based on an old 741 op-amp and clipping diodes,
so it's pretty noisy when you crank the gain up, but it was my goto distortion effect in the 80's.
- Peavey Standard Mk-III 130W Head - My goto amp in the 80's. It's got both a clean and a crunchy channel and a real nice
- Behringer Europower PMH880S Powered Mixer - Handy mixer/amp that I run with a pair of ElectroVoice EV
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