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July 11, 2019
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Do you remember your first Walkman?

If you grew up after the cassette era, of course, you might have owned a CD-playing Discman instead, or maybe - just maybe - even a Minidisc Walkman.

Nowadays you probably have an iPod or iPod-like digital audio player as well as a cellphone equipped to serve the same purpose. But all the ways in which you've ever taken your tunes on the go evolved from a common technological ancestor: Sony's TPS-L2, which debuted on the market 40 years ago this month.

First marketed in the United States as the Soundabout and the United Kingdom as the Stowaway, it didn't take long to achieve worldwide success under the Japanese-English brand name that long ago became a byword for the personal stereo.

To celebrate the Walkman's 40th anniversary, Sony has opened an exhibition in Tokyo's bustling Ginza district.

Titled #009 WALKMAN IN THE PARK 40 Years Since 'the Day the Music Walked,' the exhibition focuses on the people for whom the Walkman has been a part of their everyday life.
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The Private Stock Modern Eagle V is a sophisticated instrument not only in its craftsmanship but in its electronic and mechanical design. Modern Eagle models have always been built to stand up to history while celebrating tonewoods and the discovery of new tones. These instruments are the embodiment of that tradition married with the bold innovation of Private Stock and a new pickup system.   
Chief among the items up for sale is a custom pink plaid early 2000s Fender Mark Hoppus Precision. We call this plaid bass Groundskeeper Willie, says Hoppus. I wrote a great deal of the bass riffs for the 2003 untitled album on this bass. It has the sticker of the unicorn on there and the pink Famous Stars and Straps keychain that has been on here for the past decade and a half.

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This Fender short film can best be described as a high-speed ride through the creation of a Fender Stratocaster. It was shot in Fender's Corona facility in Corona, California and shows what goes into every handcrafted Fender guitar. The soundtrack was recorded by Wayne Kramer, co-founder of the MC5.    
Jimmy Page's Sundragon Amp.

The Sundragon combo made its debut at the 2019 Winter NAMM in a limited run of 50 hand-built models - at $12,500 a piece - that duplicate the circuit elements of the late-'50s Supro Coronado that Jimmy Page used on Led Zeppelin's first album. The Sundragon project is a partnership between New York amp maker Mitch Colby and musician/producer/guitar collector Perry Margouleff, the latter of whom has known Page for more than 35 years.
BC Audio hasbeen turning heads for years with super-cool racing-stripe optics, meticulous point-to-point wiring, octal preamp tubes, and bold, original designs that might be inspired by vintage ideas but clearly have their own thing going on sonically and structurally. This Bel Air 40 fits right in with that ethos for a unique take on tube-amp construction.
When Ida Nielsen picked up the phone in 2010 to hear Prince's manager asking if she'd like to come and audition, a career began that included six years alongside the great man, playing bass in two of his bands - the New Power Generation and 3rd Eye Girl. Prince always knew his stuff when it came to picking phenomenal musicians, with Ida sadly one of the last in a prestigious line of bassists. 

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