The J. Williams Band was at Toads Place in New Haven, CT on 12-30-2009, opening for Badfish along with several other bads.  It was a great night, despite being out of place (there was a reggae vibe with most of the other acts), and me having some gear problems.

I love my Marcus Miller preamp.  It is hands down the most versatile and best sounding pre (or amp) that I have ever used or owned (only rivaled by my Genz Benz ShuttleMAX 12).  I can’t imagine wanting to use anything else in a studio environment.  Which is why I was so f*$&ing pissed off when I turned on my rig for the sound check and blew a fuse!

In and of itself, it’s not a huge deal, as I’ve had plenty of blown fuses on gear over my 25+ years as a musician.  They’ve all been on gear that I’ve owned for years though, not months.  Gear that was what I would consider less than professional grade, and gear that also provided quick access to a fuse (for example at the power output receptacle).  Gear that I’ve probably abused along the way somewhere.  The other items in my rack (including the Furman power conditioner) appear unaffected by whatever caused the blow.

Fortunately, the venue had a house Ampeg SVT that I was able to use.  A great unit, which I’ve previously owned, but not exactly the sound I was after; playing a semi-hollow body fretless in an acoustic rock band.  I got this cool grindy sound for the evening, which if I was playing in a Primus cover band would have been perfect :-)   Some of the pictures below probably show my rack and the MM2 unfortunately on the floor…the SVT atop my Avatar cabs.

I’ve since taken the MM2 in for repair only to find that there was a recall on the original fuses used; different size/rating now.  All has been well since.  Some pics of the event…