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Sweet sounds from the big white barn

PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:25 pm
by crgfrench
Hi Chris,

I used to love to stop into the barn, I took lessons upstairs at Darrell's Music from Steve O'Connell, who I bought my first Time GS2 from, if I remember correctly. It was a cranberry color and looked exactly like the picture of the first GS on this board. I bought a new Fender Superchamp from Darrells around 1980, sure wish I had kept that sweet little amp. I was in a band called Pegasus and our other 2 guitarists had Peavy Bandits that were about twice as loud as that superchamp, so I foolishly "upgraded" to a boogie MK3 150W head, currently using a Marshall 60W TSL 1x12 combo. Sadly I sold that cranberry GS2 when I joined the army in 1984.

The good news is I still have a GS2 that I believe you (Chris) built, I bought it from the barn office the very day I returned home from active army duty in 1986 -- it is white with fluorescent candy stripes, I think I brought it in to Darrell's Music (or maybe Advance at that point, memory is a bit hazy) at one point in the '80s and everyone was chuckling about the crazy paint job. I'll try to post a pic on this forum soon. I think someone in the Barn told me Johnny Winter had demoed my candystripe guitar but ended up buying a headless model instead. I run it to the TSL via a Shin-ei univibe, Echoplex EP2 and a Fulltone Clyde wah.

Thanks for putting up the site -- great info fueling vivid and hazy memories!

Best regards,

Craig French

Re: Sweet sounds from the big white barn

PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:34 pm
by ChrisClark
Welcome to the forum Craig.

Fueling those vivid, hazy memories is what this site is all about!

In 1986 we were completely involved in the fluorescent 'DayGlo 'movement'. Anything, everything DayGlo; Candy stripes, EKG heartbeats, Camouflage, and Tiger Stripes in DayGlo. And those are just the ones I remember! Hey, It was the 80's, no shame, no regrets!


P.S. keep your guitar out of sunlight and send pics soon!

Re: Sweet sounds from the big white barn

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:01 pm
by crgfrench
Thanks Chris. I just read your post "a short history of Time" which is excellent, thanks for posting that. I remembered, reading the employee list from that post, that I was first taking lessons (probably around 1980) from Don Sidney at his house which was only a couple of blocks away from Darrell's music if I remember correctly, playing a cheap Taiwanese knockoff of a BC Rich Bitch that I had bought at Boyd's music, and I think maybe Don said to me (something like), "look, you can't really play on that piece of junk, you should get a good instrument." And I think I purchased my cranberry GS2 from Don or from Darrell's music, used, on his recommendation. Later on I took lessons from Paul Asbell at his home and also from Steve O'Connell ("Led") at Darrell's. I may have sold that cranberry GS2 to Steve when I joined the army. I remember Led playing Rocky Mountain Way on it and it was just awesome to hear a local guy from my high school rocking out that song better than I ever heard Joe Walsh do it himself, which is saying a lot indeed. Also for a brief stint I worked in the stockroom of one of the grocery stores in South Burlington and there was a guy there, forget his name, a big guy with dark hair, who had a good-sized collection of Time guitars and I think he didn't even play, just loved to collect them. Pretty sure that guy hung around Darrell's a lot but darned if I could remember his name...

Re: Sweet sounds from the big white barn

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:00 pm
by ChrisClark
Thanks Craig,

That 'Short History of Time' has been rewritten many times. I plan to rewrite it soon with new information. It really should be on Wikipedia... Any takers?

You should check the members list here, as both Don & Paul are members here.

I remember Don's apartment, later on another friend Bart Feller was there. I used to teach banjo at Darrell's too. Up in that second floor 'storage' room. Plus, if I partied too much that night, it was a great crash pad. Of course, I'm much older and wiser now!

That big guy must be Jason Jarrett. He's not a member, but he should be. I don't think he's found this site yet. I know he's still at the Price Chop on Shelburne Road, but I haven't gone over there late enough to see him.


Re: Sweet sounds from the big white barn

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:49 am
by JaxPhil
Just wanted to remind Craig that he spent his college grant on that Boogie amp, while we were living on North Street. That was a way better use of the money than books, in my opinion.


Re: Sweet sounds from the big white barn

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:56 pm
by crgfrench
That is right JaxPhil, I used that grant for the MKIII Boogie Head.

's OK though, they told me the $ was to be used for "Higher Education".