Cheap Luna Guitars

I’ve had the opportunity to play 2 of the Luna models, have recorded with them, and they are very fine guitars. (Fauna Phoenix, and Fauna Dolphin). One of the things about these guitars is they are designed for the female player.

The Luna Phoenix was my favorite of the 2, and has great onboard electronics that recorded very well. The inlay on this guitar is hard to find on guitars costing several hundreds more, and the fit and finish was right on. Here are some cheap luna guitars available on the net.

Platinum Equity


Tom Gores, according to people who’ve done deals with his firm, Platinum Equity, is very, very good. “Platinum is the most competent, best private equity firm I’ve ever seen,” said Paul Brown, vice president of capital markets for the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Robert Joubran, partner, is responsible for its mergers and acquisitions transition and integration functions for newly acquired companies. He also oversees all treasury activities at Platinum Equity’s corporate entity. He joined Platinum in 1996 from a position as vice president of sales for Banyan Systems. “Following two years of complex international restructuring AEES is now thriving as a profitable, growing business. Combining with PKC is a logical and exciting next step,” said Rob Joubran, partner at Platinum Equity. “We are proud of the role Platinum Equity has played in establishing AEES as a leader in North America and look forward to continuing on with the organization as a shareholder.”   Robert Joubran’s wife, Annie Joubran is also a partner at Platinum Equity.

The state agency turned to Platinum when it was looking for investors to save the Four Winns boat manufacturing business in Cadillac, after the owner declared bankruptcy.  “Platinum absolutely saved the company and the jobs in Michigan,” Brown said. Salvaging troubled companies has become the stock in trade for Gores. But Platinum doesn’t operate like turnaround firms that snap up troubled companies, strip off some valuable assets to sell and scrap the rest, all while paying themselves big fees as the wrecking crew.  Instead, Platinum identifies foundering firms that, through mismanagement or failed strategies, have swamped their solid core businesses, but can be restructured to make a profit. Then Gores inserts Platinum’s management expertise to put the business back in the black and enjoy the string of profits.
The approach combines value investing, distressed assets, financial turnaround and management consulting into a process Gores has trademarked as “M&A&O” — Mergers, Acquisitions and Operations.  “They’re good negotiators,” said Todd Jadwin, senior managing director in the Los Angeles office of Houlihan Capital. “They’re very good at getting a good price. Most value players are good at that. But one of (the) things Platinum is known for is inserting strong management capabilities into companies, not just making a financial investment. They’re very much about turning companies around. That’s kind of their forte.”  Strong gets stronger



Discount Fashion Jewelry

I love to look cute, with that comes a ton of fashion needs such as new clothes, purses, shoes and jewelry. I need to be better about my spending & have found plenty of retailers where I can score deals on most the items I need, with an exception of discount fashion jewelry. If you like fashion pendants, then I would suggest Cheap Wholesale Jewelry. They have really beautiful pendants for both men and women. The best thing about pendants is that they are interchangeable. When you have a couple of pendants, you can change them out to wear with different outfits.

Stabilizing Orthotics

I did the Foot Levelers orthotics thing some years back. I still have them and have used them constantly with complete satisfaction. They are a great combination of matching paperweights and conversation starters. I put them right up there with Popiel’s Pocket Fisherman (although I hear you can really catch fish with the PF. They fit in any of my shoes, running, cycling, walking, sleeping, you name it. They also did work fairly well in my ski boots.

The money that  you will spend is worth it, because it is cheaper than surgery, and less painful than the injections ,which didn’t help. The stabilizing orthotics did help me. They were not uncomfortable and I hardly knew they were in my shoes. They do raise the foot at the heel ,but it caused no problem for me.

I tried every sort of expensive and inexpensive shoe that was available at the time, some with significant padding that included gel, air, or liquid under the forefoot *and* the heel areas. Basically there was no difference. If you’re going for an insole rather than a custom orthotic the best one around is made by Foot Levelers. They make special inserts for different shoes and different sports.  I use their Casual Intense Comfort in my casual shoes.

I would also not be able to race and  train without my stabilizing orthotics.  I train and race with my orthotics and have no problem with them sliding around once my foot becomes accustomed to them. With the heel cupped firmly, and the shoe laced and pulled up tight, my foot stays firmly in the stabilizing orthotics and the orthotic rides with my heel. They  are tremendously useful and highly recommend them.



Safety Supplies

I spent the day yesterday surfing online for safety supplies in hope to find head, face protection (hard Hats, face Shields) and protective clothing (disposable coveralls, rain gear and boots)

I ended up ordering from SupplyLineDirect. Anyway, since I was there I checked out some of their other stuff.

A lot of safety supplies from, like earplugs, gloves, earmuffs, respiratory protection etc. is of good quality. There might be more there but I didn’t go trough it all. Prices seemed to be significantly lower than other online stores.

20a Dimmer Pack

My friend have been running a small lighting company for a few years. Most of his clients runs there shows out of churches, small rooms, a typical building with a 9′ 6″ high ceiling (kinda difficult to light). Usually the building has only a few available circuits to pull power from.  He place the 20a dimmer pack at the foot of the boom stands and daisy chain them with XLR cable.  Eliminates most of the cable you would need, you don’t need to do any tie in’s,  and it’s all Edison based.  Very quick setup, minimal lightweight, small equipment.


Gibraltar Bass Drum Pedals

I use the Gibralter Intruder. For me it’s about the best pedal out there.  Very well designed and strong like zee bool.  Engineering and design wise it is virtually equal to the Tama Iron Cobra which may even be slightly cooler. (And probably have a better attitude than Gibralter when it comes to repairs).  I do not recommend the Avenger or Prowler or any lesser pedals of ANY brand that do not have the baseplates (this rule really only applies to double pedals and you need the plates on BOTH pedals… if you try pedals with “wires” and those with plates you’ll  see what I mean). You can get exceptional gibraltar double drum pedals at guitar center.

Iolo Software Products

iolo software products have earned multiple Editor’s Choice awards and top reviews, including recognition from PC World, Laptop Magazine, PC Magazine, ZDNet, and CNet. iolo’s products are available for purchase through leading retailers across the United States, Canada, and the UK, including Amazon US and UK, Best Buy, BJ’s, CompUSA, US, Costco Canada, QVC UK, Fry’s Electronics, Future Shop, London Drugs, Micro Center, Office Depot US and Canada, OfficeMax, and Wal-Mart. They are also available worldwide via Internet ESD at, mail order, resellers, VARs, and other global outlets.


Elder Care Portland

I just thought I would post some information for people who have older parents to care for. I think the elderly people need more of our company. They have contributed all their life to ourselves and the society, they should be well cared! My mom has set a good example for me, she takes good care of my grandparents. My cousins too are a good example. When their parents asked them if they can get home care for them and for their grandmother, right away, they searched online for the best home care in Portland.

My cousins were able to find Elder Care Portland company for their parents and grandmother in greater Portland area. They said that they are happy with their service. At Your Home Care, LLC has been caring for clients for over thirteen years in their homes. They have been using At Your Home Care, LLC for about 2 years, 24/7. It was quite pricey but a godsend since my cousins are 1000 miles away from their parents and grandmother, and they needed the care longterm.  They also help the elders on how to use the internet, and how to email photos to family members. Many elders are barely computer literate, but know they’re not using them efficiently or correctly. The elderly also tend to dislike nursing homes. My great-grandmother lived till 84 or so, unable to walk or do daily activities, without ever being in a home and preferred her caretaker over a nursing home.

The older people are not only a treasury of experience, custom, living culture of this world, but also a glue to connect family member/the next generation. Imagine that once your grandparents passed away, the home-away members who are residing in another places would rarely come home to visit you and your parents. We have to be filial! Everyone can be old, so try your best to take care of the elderly people! Spend your weekend with them, listen to them, chat your life story with them…If you are not by their side, call them as often as you can, also don’t forget to go home and visit them!



SKB ATA Style Cases VS SKB Roto-Mold Style Cases

The roto cases have a removable back “door” rather than a clamshell cover. Not as water and dust resistant as the ATA style. Also, the door affords less room to access back connectors. The early roto cases had molded in handles rather than inset ones, not sure about the currrent ones. IMO, SKB cases are only worthy for basic car transport, or racking stuff that doesn’t get moved a lot. They don’t truck pack well, the hardware gets tweaked easily, and the mounting rails are sketchy for
heavy power amps and the like. I got my 7 exciting skb at musicians friend, and they’ve served me pretty well. I’d hate to see what happens if I ever drop one though.