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Old 06.20.2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Some of this stuff is pretty cool and has juicy tidbits of info which could be beneficial to archive in the gear guide and the discography:

This xylophone was used on the Studio take for the track "Kissability" on the album Daydream Nation
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sonic-Youth-Rhythm-Band-Inc-Xylophone-/220799921757?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3368b3 6e5d

This glockenspiel was purchased up by Steve while in Michigan cutting demos with Ron Asheton for the project that became the Wylde Rattz
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sonic-Youth-Glockenspiel-/220799918227?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3368b3 6093

This custom made passive mixer was built on tour by Dave Rat (www.ratsound.com) out of a microphone case for Kim to use on stage in the early 90s. Rat said “I made it out of parts from my workbox and a mic case. Its a 4 in 1 out passive mixer. Super simple and yet it sure made it easy to get the 8 track player and toys in the mix. Ha! Since it is passive, the frequency response is like 0hz to 100k flat! I also remember modifying the 8-track, toys and TV and putting guitar jacks on them so they could be plugged in rather than mic'ed. Rock on! "
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sonic-Youth-Custom-Made-Mixer-/220799907873?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3368b3 3821

This AceTone Drum Machine (circa 70's? I believe Acetone became Roland) was a Sonic Youth studio staple for years until it was replaced. Description from the Sonic Youth studio: “We just picked up a museum-quality one and so are ready to get rid of this one, as it is a bit noisy.” I actually have one of these that was a neato garage sale purchase a few years back. its actually a drum machine that is to run in conjunction with a hammond organ and has a sheet music stand for top mounting onto the organ, very old skool beats but cool as hell has some minimal "filtering" capability and can be operated using with a simple footswitch.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sonic-Youth-Rhythm-Ace-Drum-Machine-/220799906512?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3368b3 32d0

Ibanez Roadstar II used by Sonic Youth 1986-1988. It later appeared in the video for the song 'Titanium Exposé'. More information can be found at: http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr14.html. The guitar has only cosmetic damage and is in working condition.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sonic-Youth-Ibanez-Roadstar-II-/220799903001?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3368b3 2519

also there a bunch of guitar hardshell cases currently being auctioned...
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Old 06.22.2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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thanks for the pointers. I always wondered what a Glockenspiel was.
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Old 06.22.2011, 08:42 PM   #3
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Funny, I never heard the xylophone on Kissability til I read about that auction, then I randomly listened to the album and it's clear as day!
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the RAT mixer is the pick of the litter
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Hmm, I'll give that honour to the guitar most likely used on EVOL...

The mixer is very interesting though, is this what they were using to amplify things like Kim's toy beatbox ("Tokyo Eye"), Thurston weird keyboard ("Swimsuit Issue", much tween-song beat noise), the TV always playing during the Goo tour (did they take this on tour with them? I've always meant to ask, or maybe I already have...they seem to resort to channel surfing at many Goo era shows)? What would the 8-track be for? (Or is not implied that was used live?)
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