MI Spy

A Spy Mission Nearly Thwarted

When The Chief called to send me to Seattle, I packed heavy, bought my plane ticket online and got ready for a wet weekend. At the airport, I went straight ...

MI Spy: Greetings From The Garden State

New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state in the U.S. But, yet, the Garden State occupies an outsized place in the rock ‘n’ roll world. Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Spri...

The Little Drummer Boy

After several recent missions spent looking at guitars and accessories for them, I’d started feeling too much like that proverbial kid let loose in the candy st...

All About That Bass

So…we meet again. It wasn’t all that many months ago that I was searching Long Island NY retailers for solid, reasonably priced, mid-range basses, with some ...
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MI Spy: Give This Man A Cigar!

As if the revival of acoustic instruments weren’t enough, we’re also in a bit of a do it yourself (DIY) renaissance regarding homemade instruments. Not only...

Fun And Games In Connecticut

‘Suddenly he had a vision, an inspiration. He could see himself, Leonard Bernstein, the egregio maestro, walking out on stage in white tie and tails in front ...

MAN OH Mandolin

Acoustic instruments have come back strong. It’s only fitting, since the economy’s been lousy for several years and acoustic instruments are cheap, easy ways to...

MI Spy Goes Rogue

Not long ago, I was hired by one of the richest men on the eastern seaboard to scope out a superb, high-end ax for his grandson, who was about to turn 16. I’ve ...

‘Keys’ To The City

Tucked in between idyllic Marin County—land of good eating, old-school hippie culture and scenic Mount Tamalpais hiking—and Napa County, which is otherwise know...

Searching For ‘The Bacon Of Music’

The other day, my friend shared a meme with me on Facebook that said, “Bass is the bacon of music.” Those words were printed over a pretty hot-looking bass cove...