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Thank You, Mom.

A Thankful Tribute

My late mother had many amazing qualities. She was the creative, athletic, and highly competitive type, no doubt stemming from her desire to always push to be better. As I was the creative one in the family, she always went out of her way to foster the growth of my creative side and I wanted to take a moment this Thanksgiving to write this post as a tribute to her and thank her for giving that gift to me. She was a wonderful woman. All these positives being said, the sad thing about my mom is that she had suffered terribly from Multiple Sclerosis. Hers was one of the five worst cases in the United States, so I was told. But she was a fighter.

Topics: Behind-the-Scenes

High Quality Audio Streaming Using Bluetooth

A Short History Lesson

What do you think of when you hear the word Bluetooth? If you’re like most people, you think of wirelessly streaming audio from a phone to a speaker. However, what most people may not know is that initially, its intended use was to make hands-free calling a possibility through the use of a Bluetooth enabled earpiece connected to a mobile phone. When you really think about it, it wasn’t that long ago that this technology was invented and improved upon. My oldest son recently bought a 2011 model car, which has Bluetooth capabilities, but only for wireless calling and not for streaming audio. Bluetooth has come a long way since then.

Topics: Technology Superior Audio Industry News

Growing Pains | Growing a Startup Company One Lesson at a Time

"Missteps"

misstep : a mistake in judgment or action

If you have read any of my previous posts, you may know by now that I am both direct and honest (though some closer to me may use different words there). This honesty has often included sharing some of the challenges we have faced, because each of those experiences has taught us a lesson that makes us better today. So when the term missteps was used with me in a recent such challenge, it bothered me.

Topics: Behind-the-Scenes Craftsmanship

Cherry: The Connection to the Emotional

Wacky Weekend in Princeton

Yeah, it’s a thing apparently. It’s this event that happens every summer here in our small town of Princeton, WI. A competition amongst the businesses in downtown Princeton, each establishment trying their hardest to outdo their neighbors and lure them into their shops with their crazy, wacky (and pretty awesome) front window displays. As folks who know me even remotely well, they understand how this event goes against the grain of my personality (pun intended). However, my wife, Beth, loves these things. She takes to it like a duck to water. I guess you could say we make a good team.

Mahogany: My Favorite Tonewood

MTV

As a kid, I remember when cable television first came out and MTV was all the rage. We were not wealthy, by any means, but we had MTV and a behemoth for a TV set. I still remember it exactly, my folks bought this super cool, beautiful TV hutch to house this enormous, bulky TV.

Topics: Tonewoods Craftsmanship