So with this time at home, I’ve been listening to the old stereo… tubes and everything:

The old Marantz pre-amp

The old Marantz pre-amp

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The pre is a great place to start for vintage stuff… Here’s the next stop on the signal path:

Look art the size of the transformers

Look art the size of the transformers

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The Austin and Michaelson TVA-1 by Tim Paravicini… Check it out. 75 watts a side… 80 pounds… NIve.

Last but not least, the old JBL 4312’s.

Oldies, but Goodies

Oldies, but Goodies

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

And… even after 30 years, one of the best high end D to A converter CD players ever made.

Alloy CD tray... nice.

Alloy CD tray... nice.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The new Rega turntable does the job quite nicely… nice way to spend stay at home time.

Last Saturday was #5 for us, and here it is:

Jorma Kaukonen 5, 2020
#5 Of The Quarantine Concert Series
Live From The Fur Peace Ranch
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, May 3, 2020

1. True Religion
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Letter To The North Star
4. Another Man Done Gone
5. Do Not Go Gentle for Mark & Christine
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Land Of Heroes
8. Mind Your Own Business with Myron Hart
9. The Borderline with John Hurlbut
10. All Along The Watchtower with John Hurlbut
11. Mann’s Fate
12. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out

A quick entry… time to spend some outdoor with the dog.

Coming this Saturday at eight PM Eastern… Quarantine Concert #6.

Be there or… you know…

And stay well.


  1. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Kevin

    @Brian Doyle
    Amen Brother

  2. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    Once again, this blog has been taken hostage. A most selfish thing.
    Just sayin’

  3. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by The Orangeman

    Tom, even if you are gonna be “just sayin” with The Orangeman – shouldn’t you at least try to make sense about it? How is it that I “make up my own rules”?

  4. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by The Orangeman

    cuz you was barely gettin by? heh heh

    I was in Guitar Center a few weeks before they became inaccessible, evaluating acoustics, tryin to get by with less, and I played this Epiphone – turned out to be like a boom-box! Was about the fattest one they had there, rang out real nice seemed to me – even was good compared to the Martins and Taylors they had there – for $400 or so – should I have bought it?

    Then lookin at the wall of electrics, maybe cuz it was in arm’s reach (no need to bother the staff to get up on the ladder, besides they all looked good, and I knew not where to start), I sawz this Gretsch hollow body (maybe all G’s are hollow I don’t know that much) with that big tail-piece and tremolo arm, and thought maybe I could play like Neil Young – like the random attack psycho-blues guitar method. Plugged it into a Vox amp – full gain but controlled (not to make too much a spectacle of myself) volume, and it sang – never mind Neil – Billy Gibbons on the screaming hollow-body!

  5. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Steve P

    Nice JBL’s! I still have my L100’s, the home version of yours. Had to have the woofers reconed a few times back in my college days.



  6. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Tom

    @The Orangeman
    Brah, you make up your own rules, thus you are your own pope…Just sayin’

  7. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by The Orangeman

    @Richard K
    The typical problem with pedestrian philosophy is well exhibited here: arbitrary concepts such as “Peace, Love, and Brotherhood” (even if the terms are capitalized, makes no difference) amount to no more than (in technical terms) a “wax nose” – that is, they can mean anything to anybody, and as such are about as constructive as a tree that fell back in the woods that nobody was around to hear. Did it make a sound?

  8. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by The Orangeman

    Tommy . . . Tommy . . . Tom . . . Tom . . . come now. How can it reasonably follow from anything I have ever written – that I would purpose to be (my ownz or anyone else’s) pope?

  9. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by The Orangeman

    @Carey Georgas
    yes, CG – whistleblowin . . .

    Well, I likes the concept, you know, someone on the inside with, I guess, a sense of patriotism, or altruism, obligation to the betterment of humanity as they see it, maybe they even think something so lofty as the service of God – at the potential expense of career prospects, financial reward, perhaps even freedom or life itself . . . decide to expose some crime, corruption, or impropriety – all’z I kin say is that . . . they better know what they are doin and talkin about – don’t ya think?

  10. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by The Orangeman

    @Brian Doyle
    okay BD, thanks for that

    Glad some can afford Martin guitars . . . you are indeed blessed in that regard.

    On what basis can any man – you, me, or other – be sure that God is not capable of effectively managing and controlling His creation?

    • Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Jorma

      I’ve been a working musician for over fifty years. Why wouldn’t I be able to afford the equipment I need?

  11. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Richard K

    Sad every once in a while someone like Orangeman shows up in this blog while Jorma spreads Peace, Love, and Brotherhood..Just saying…Oy Vey..

  12. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Ed

    You got it, Doug. As someone pointed out, Amazon was able to get millions of Americans to bug their own homes by offering Maroon 5 for free.

  13. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Tom

    @The Orangeman

    Is the Orangeman his own Pope? Just sayin’.

    Love is the answer Brah. True Love. True love is to tell people the truth….gently if necessary.

    Martin Luther did not want to break up the Church. He saw corruption and he wanted reform. Some historians report powerful land owners jumped on the opportunity, and thus over 40,000 diff Christian denominations….. Think Henry the VIII as well.

    There was corruption in Rome and everywhere.. Hopefully corruption can be eliminated out of the church, our government and our own personal lives.

  14. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    @Brian Doyle
    Thanks for link to Monument much earlier in thread , and the sad stories of the venue closing( unfortunately there will be more ) The Finucane story touched me and I thank you for sharing it. Growing up I had friends who would go to Ireland for the summer to get out of the Bronx and visit cousins . By the seventies the cousins were coming here to be safe in the summer. … Rory Gallagher’s Irish tour in Belfast occurred after eleven bombs went off the day before, Going to my hometown indeed… Tim Pat Coogan taught me the Irish word for Love at a book signing, no google translate back then. I wanted to know it after attending a show and signing by Sean Sands. He was at a table with Irish speaking friends and signed Bua nó bás. I asked if he could give me the word for peace but they couldn’t come up with it ,possibly because of similarities to the police force? Imagine being colonized to the point of losing your language. … Years later inNY I watched his sister called a lying cunt for opposing the Good Friday Agreement … Ms Mcaliskey’s daughter was incarcerated while pregnant shortly after I saw Ms Mc speaking in NY about 1969 at a fundraiser for churches that had been burned in the southern United States and giving crosses carved by prisoners to replace the burned ones… I’ve enjoyed Richard O’Rawe’s books and am glad he finished Mr Conlan’s story. .. Ed Moloney’s Voices from the Grave allows the Loyalist their say and I see their cousins visit these pages here. … in 2018 I was a guest at The John Jay College Saint Patrick’s party for Irish Police Officers that are on scholarship named after a police officer killed by the Provos. The Commissioners of NYC and both sides of Ireland’s police force were in attendance. Think I was only one in T-shirt lol. Pretty much every Patty’s day you can find me on Seventieth street holding my starry ploughs- they all say Love ,Peace and Freedom. I create a new one every few years. One is an American flag with the starry plough and a hemp leaf ( fiftieth anniversary of Bogside/Woodstock) on the bottom it says 32=50. , another has Volunteer Now. Mr K I’m looking forward to singing This Land with you Saturday. Peace Love All Ways

  15. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Greg martelli

    Top of the morning to ya
    The posits lively and swell from life spring
    Keep on truckin
    We have two big springs on our farm,that’s where wildlife and fauna congregate
    Most are welcome ,but there are occasional “varmints”,
    Most encouraged ,a few discouraged .

  16. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Carey Georgas

    @The Orangeman
    Didn’t answer my question. I am familiar with the etymology of the word. Wherever commerce exists, be it interstate, intrastate, private, public, for profit, not for profit, legal or illegal, there be kleptos. I’m interested to know your stance on whistleblowers.

  17. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Carey Georgas

    @Brian Doyle

  18. Comment made on May 7, 2020 by Brian Doyle

    Every Saturday for the last few weeks the god of creation and eternity has unveiled himself, his grey hair and beard, on a bed of clouds from a stage on our computer screens…Ah Mr Orange, now it shant be me who dares the very wrath of the heavens and electric sparks of the deity at close range by flaunting the very proscription spoken of by the man himself on his own sacred turf on which we are lucky guests…For all the failings of religion organized by faulty man may my religion be the charm of the spoken verse well woven in crafty chording on a Martin neck and the tranquil meadow of the mind to which it leads us…

  19. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by The Orangeman

    @Brian Doyle
    Okay that you bring up the subject –

    Papists are “Old Hands” at introducing mud into the water and twisting things up in order to interchange truth with lies and deception.

    If that actually happened (and the circumstances as you report it) – you are just parroting something you read or one of your cohorts fed you. Besides, your people (Doyle if that’s your name – Irish Papist right?) commenced to ritual murder of Bible believers/followers about every chance they got not long after they crowned their first “pope” – well over 600 years after the Resurrection when this hell-hatched notion became a force. Why, they even would have snuffed out Martin Luther and the Reformation had God not other plans. This was common knowledge in the British Colonies in North America (Romanists were widely distrusted and they did not want them here! It was the sort of thing they had recently escaped from.) – that they have not changed, and if they get the upper hand politically the same sort of program will once again be publically pursued (not as if it is not active presently behind the scenes and in different parts of the world that we do not typically hear about here). For example, your current pope (shepherding his flock to hell) – is a stinkin (covetous and envious – what other kind is there?) communist!

  20. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by JohnC.

    Thanks for another great show, Jorma. *Loved* Mann’s Fate. You taught us the turnaround for that back in a class I took with you in 1994 in Claremont, and I’m still working on it! I do have to admit that one of the nice things about these shows at home is that I can sing out loud (True Religion!!) without bothering anyone other than my wife (who has put up with a lot worse…). Thanks again to all the folks who made it happen, too. Looking forward to #6.

  21. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Tom

    You have to pick an exit Ed…just sayin’. LOL

    Jorma, Living Just For You… I bet playing it acoustic poses some challenges…. If this pandemic closure thing keeps going, you just may have to do it, unless you start playing Beatle tunes or something.

    Open carefully..

  22. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Brian Doyle


    Southwest Florida Event Center Closing the Curtain

    Bonita Springs, Florida – Southwest Florida Event Center has woven itself into the fabric of the community over the past three years. We got into this business by circumstance but stayed in it by choice and with passion. Although our goals were lofty, we succeeded in building a successful event center ahead of industry standard. It has been a thrill to develop a loyal audience who welcomed some of the top touring artists into our community and hosted their special events in our spaces.

    When Covid-19 struck our primary goal was to look out for our ticket holders. It was extremely important to us that our customers were able to get refunds without push-back from our ticketing company. With so many concerts throughout the world being “postponed” and using the same ticketing platform, we quickly made the decision to cancel all shows, allowing our patrons to be refunded immediately. We know it was the best decision, as since then, the ticketing platform has ceased refunds but 100% of our ticket holders received refunds.

    The last 60 days have been difficult to be away from the hustle of the concert and event business. Considerable time has been spent evaluating the challenges of the industry moving into 2021, gauging what is going to be safest for the patron and artist alike. While social distancing for audience members may seem feasible, the logistics of putting on a concert will be tricky for the artists. There are so many facets and so many unknowns that we have made the difficult decision to cease operations.

    We have always believed in “chasing unicorns”; talent possibly not fit for a venue our size. We have been fortunate to welcome Melissa Etheridge, Amy Grant, Mavis Staples, Robert Cray, America, Three Dog Night, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, just to name a few. It has been our pleasure to be the venue of choice for each wedding, Quinceanera, business meeting and fundraiser. Thank you Southwest Florida for welcoming us and embracing what we were able to provide to the community. We are forever grateful.

    Jennifer and Richard Shanahan

  23. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by doug mlyn

    I shit you not but Alexa is spying on us. My wife and I were talking about having a tuna sandwich for lunch and I said how about “Some Hot Fucking Tuna”. Immediately Alea started playing True Religion. True story.

  24. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by LWE

    @Brian Doyle
    Brian, is that venue temporarily closed or closed for good? Although I have never been there, as a Naples property owner, I have always hoped that the stars would align with a visit and an artist I wanted to see. I missed Robert Cray’s show there this past year, and last year’s Hot Tuna show. Given the amount of taxes, club dues and condo fees I spend there, I need to spend more time in the Sunshine State. Thanks and stay well (and tolerant) all.

  25. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Brian Doyle

    Two weeks after my father visited Patrick Finucane at his house in Belfast Ulster Defense operatives murdered him in front of his wife and children…

    Coronavirus has claimed the Southwest Florida Entertainment Center where I saw Jefferson Starship twice…I also saw Jorma and Jack there front row center…They are shutting down the venue due to Coronavirus putting them out of business…Too bad that was an intimate venue where my seat was practically on their laps…

  26. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    I was turned on to Mr Miller by Lincoln Schleifer,a neighbor in Woodlawn ,The Bronx(33 county) he was playing bass with him at a Bottom Line Show. A pleasant eye opener for me.
    Thank Carey
    I just need to Turn My Life Down lol.
    Peace Love All Ways

  27. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Carey Georgas

    @Ham Neggs
    Right on!

  28. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Don Gehre

    Brings back memories looking at that old Marantz!

  29. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by JoeK

    Exit 42@Ed

  30. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Ed

    That’s very funny, Tom. Depends if you’re talking Parkway (142) or Turnpike (14).

  31. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Ed

    @The Orangeman
    Sure thing, and I say that even though it seems pretty clear that our politics differ greatly! But that doesn’t matter- you’re a human being, I’m a human being…..lotta common ground there.

  32. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Judge Jim

    Awesome Jorma – I’ve been using the pro-pik finger picks with the 4 flanges and the front ones clamp right on the nails and so it’s not too bad – have you tried the 4 flange type? – (Looking forward to Sat. as many unexpected tunes are revealing themselves)

  33. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by JB

    Jorma :
    Buddy Miller today… Mary Chapin Carpenter yesterday…

    First time I was made aware of Buddy Miller, was at the Love for Levon Concert. Roger Waters and Amy Helm sang Wide River to Cross, with G.E. Smith on guitar and Larry Campbell on Violin. That song blew me away and Larry’s violin work almost brought tears to my eyes!

  34. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    Yes I do.
    Peace Love All Ways

  35. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by The Orangeman

    @Ham Neggs
    Do you also believe in Santa Claus? How about the tooth fairy?

  36. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Ham Neggs

    @The Orangeman
    Please read Mr K’s post from March 30
    My own experiences with Orangemen are bowler hats and Northern Ireland.
    Grá Gach Bealach
    That translates from the damn aboriginal as Freedom ,Peace, Love All Ways
    “For, as we have said elsewhere, socialism is neither Protestant nor Catholic, Christian nor Freethinker, Buddhist, Mahometan, nor Jew; it is only Human. We of the socialist working class realise that as we suffer together we must work together that we may enjoy together. We reject the firebrand of capitalist warfare and offer you the olive leaf of brotherhood and justice to and for all.”
    James Connolly
    Labour, Nationality and Religion, in response to Father Robert Kane’s lectures denouncing socialism,

  37. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by The Orangeman

    Very cool, Ed, very cool . . . thanks for the invite.

    Not sayin that NJ has no intelligence. I know the state rather well actually. Pretty sure that back in better times – sixties or so (trying to quickly look this up but the search engine only wants to tell me how to file income taxes in NJ!) – NJ had no state income tax! Were that the case, I might still live thar today!

  38. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Tom

    Hello Ed… Which exit do you live at in NJ?

    I was always impressed with Garcia going thru 2 twin reverbs (unsure of year and type of tubes. Also in the 70s I assume he actually used the spring reverb tanks in the bottom)). After the Twins, I believe the “signal path” went thru a McIntosh amp to fill the room.

    Remarkable tone, slick grooves but screwy, very ambiguous message sometimes. I did enjoy watching Garcia back up Dylan on Gotta Serve Somebody in Phili in 1987. Glad Dylan had that band play that tune..I wonder how that band felt about that.

    God bless the soul of Jerry Garcia and all our relatives.

  39. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by The Orangeman

    What I understand, AK, is that those such as yourself are fine with anything anyone might want to write here, so long as you happen to agree with it. You will never muzzle me, tough guy.

  40. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by The Orangeman

    @Carey Georgas
    Sure CG –
    “klepto” = stolen, or stealing
    “crat” = ruler, or advocate of a particular form of rule

    Therefore, kleptocrat = all-encompassing term for one who advocates an official (civil-government sanctioned) policy of theft

  41. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by JoeK

    Today is National Nurse’s Day. My wife is a RN working in Southern NJ near Casino land. 35+ yrs. on the job. The shows on Sat. night brings great relief to her. Some time to unwind & get her mind clear.This past Sat. we sat out back near our fir pit.
    Thank You Jorma, family & friends for giving us some positive things to look forward to each week.

  42. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Ed

    @The Orangeman
    As someone who has lived in New Jersey for most of his life, I can assure you that we’ll welcome you here regardless of your political views. We believe in freedom of expression, and love.
    When travel resumes, if you ever come to NJ I’d be happy to treat you to a meal and show you around.

  43. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Carey Georgas

    It has been my experience that Jorma maintains this blog in part because he enjoys the expression of ideas through tasteful dialogue. I sure don’t come here for diatribe. Big difference ‘tween diatribe and dialogue. As long as the conversation is kind and pushes no agenda, politics, philosophy and theology haven’t been declared off limits by re proprietor as far as I know. Hell, if ya’ll don’t like what I say, you can see my name big as Dallas, as we say in these parts, before the post. Don’t read it. I always have fun when I come in here. Peace.

  44. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by DennisK

    Thanks for sharing. Toby Walker has a great story about how he purchased Mary’s beautiful Huss and Dalton guitar. He certainly makes it sound purdy.

  45. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by AndyK

    @The Orangeman
    Once again, this site should be devoid of people pushing their own political (and religious) beliefs.

  46. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Willy

    @ Joey….me neither.

    On a different front, check out the New Sounds program at and the broadcast Monday 5/4…
    This year’s (virtual) New York Guitar Festival is a tribute to the Reverend Gary Davis….some good anecdotes and cool versions/interpretations of the Rev’s songs, including of course a tune by JK. Good listen, name pronunciation notwithstanding.

    Here’s the link to save you the search:

  47. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Joey Hudoklin

    I don’t come here for political diatribe.

  48. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Carey Georgas

    @The Orangeman
    Who might the kleptocrats be? Just curious.

  49. Comment made on May 6, 2020 by Brian Doyle

    Had to venture out for red and steak sauce (I can’t live without them) and annoying car repairs…The roads are full again and busy which means a move is being played here with flesh in the game that hasn’t probably had an equal in America since the last wars…The most important factor is the Coronavirus has spread out in reach the most it ever has so when you flood people back in that only gives it fuel…

    There’s full stocks of toilet paper and paper towels now FYI…

    Fremont’s Grave at Rockland Cemetery on the New York Long Path:

  50. Comment made on May 5, 2020 by The Orangeman

    Thanks for another great show Jorm, you and associates. First HT new every time. Trying to watch closely, I see you have an affinity for sixths eh?

    Wearing fingerpicks like “putting your hand in a mouse-trap” . . . funny

    Great tune by Myron quite the entertainer: “If ya mind yer own business you’ll be busy all the time!” – right on, Myron! right on, Hank! All the socialists and kleptocrats out there ought to move to someplace like New Jersey, where they can all boss each other around till the cows come home, and leave the rest of us alone!

    “Get out and vote” she exclaimed – I presume for the full slate of Trump candidates? Right on, Vanessa! Good exhortation.

    The Jorma Reformed Psychedelic Latter-Day Hippie Book Club – excellent idea – let’s have it! After “Been So Long”, Jorma, start us off with a list of ten books that must be read?

  51. Comment made on May 5, 2020 by Rick Quinn

    Sweet amp. Takes me back to college…at OU

  52. Comment made on May 5, 2020 by richard

    great pictures and yes good times. Yes jorma after all this chaos goin on you still are true.gracious. if u have deluxe reverb post…sorry been outta loop…

  53. Comment made on May 5, 2020 by Chappy

    Wow…another outstanding set last Saturday night! Just dropped another check in the mail for the “tip jar” with huge thanks to Jorma and the FPR crew! Great to see/hear Myron on stage again especially with the Hank tune and what can one say about Hurl!? Brother John & Jorma brought the goods again with awesome selections with “Watchtower” and “Across the Borderline.” Hurl and Jorma playing Dylan, Hiatt, Cooder and Jim Dickinson…can’t go wrong with that team. BTW – speaking of Jim Dickinson, his posthumous autobiography titled “I’m Just Dead I’m Not Gone” is an informative and entertaining read. Would love to see Jim’s sons Cody & Luther at FPR someday. Have seen em several times and one of the best was seeing their band North Mississippi All Stars open for John Hiatt and them serve as his backing band. Look forward to getting back to FPR concerts someday. I‘know the meantime, thanks again for the live-streams and keep the faith!

  54. Comment made on May 5, 2020 by Tom in St. Louis

    I’m sure that TVA-1 still sounds great. Makes a nice space heater, too!

  55. Comment made on May 5, 2020 by DennisK

    Nice setup, I am curious to know what you are listening to these days.

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