Articles for September 2014

HID Xenon Headlights

HID Xenon HeadlightsXenon lighting was, hands down, the best modification I ever made to my car. I changed from a reflector style housing to a projector. Some of the kits are really cheap and are more trouble than they’re worth. The difference between the xenon xtralights hid in my car and the non xenon lights in my wife’s vehicle is significant. They seem to work really well in the snow also, meaning that you do not get that effect where high beams are worse than low beams when they reflect off of the snow if that makes any sense. They are also great on flat roads.

I am really glad that I made this modification to my car. The factory hid lighting puts out about 4300k which is a white light, on the replacements I got 8000k and puts out a bluish color which is completely awesome.

HID Xenon Headlights

 

 

Custom Cut Seats and Cushions

I have used Foam Factory, Inc. to have some existing cushions replaced. They are a real store with a huge selection of fabrics and foams and such. They are also very good with web-based ordering as I ordered mine online.

They always appear to be very busy but their service was great and on time.

For those of you looking to replace chair or bench cushions or just looking to create a new room colour scheme with clever fabrics, Google Foam By Mail and you will find sofa cushion from here. They created some of the most beautiful outdoor cushions for me. And we later ordered a window seat cushion for indoors too. They shipped right here to us! Has anyone else had such a positive experience with them? They are amazing, aren’t they! We’ve needed something like this for a long time here. It’s affordable and high-end!

Seat Cushion

Simmons SD1000 6-Piece Electronic Drumset

I myself am an edrummer, and this time last year I was unsure what kit to buy….Roland, Yamaha or Alesis.

I ended up going down the Simmons SD1000 6-Piece Electronic Drumset route. The reason that I bought this kit was because it is equipped with Variable Attack Response (V.A.R.) technology, the pads give the drummer more internal memory and intelligent sample triggering across 4 different velocity zones for each trigger input. The Simmons SD1000 itself uses 8 samples per trigger zone: 4 velocity zones, plus 2 alternating samples per velocity zone.

The result is natural dynamics, smooth decay times which eliminates artificial-sounding “machine gun” playback or ghost notes when playing rolls — true response between hard and soft strikes. It’s the most realistic sound and natural response ever from a Simmons electronic drum kit.

It really is fantastic with a large amount of high quality sounds and articulations, and is capable of doing pretty much everything that the high end Roland kits do.

The other reason that I got this kit from musciansfriend was because of the price and what you actually get for your money, which is the SD1000 sound module, nine S1000 series pads, new multi-position hi-hat controller, and an eye-catching anodized-blue rack.

Simmons SD1000 6-Piece Electronic Drumset

 

Overseas Car Shipping

Overseas Car ShippingHaving shipped cars from Bremerhafen and air-freighted cars from Brussels and Frankfurt, I can say I prefer having the services of Marine Transport Logistics for overseas car shipping. Do not ship by sea during Winter or the spring or autumnal equinoctial gales. If you must ship by sea, deliver the car yourself to Bremerhafen and remove the front spoiler and put it inside the car. I have had no difficulties with the US Gov’t contractor, but I have fronted up in person and paid cash and delivered the car to the dock and picked it up from customs.