It’s been many years since The Logfather first picked up a guitar. It was a time when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and that first cheap Russian 6 string instrument had a neck that was reminiscent of a banana.My parents assumed it was just a fad so didn’t feel that a large investment was appropriate. Needless to say it was about as useful as a banana in musical terms.There was certainly no way I was going to sound like my hero of the time… Hank Marvin… well he’s still a hero in fact.
This week at Frankfurt Musikmesse I’ve been thinking about what makes us want to play music.I’ve been musing on the fact that there are thousands of instruments of every type which are readily available to any young man or woman who wants to “have a go”.Even the cheap stuff is playable. No more bent necks or plywood specials. But has something been lost?
All around are brilliant people playing in exceptional ways. Lots of young talent. Great musicians of the future. And maybe this will sound begrudging and a little silly but I miss the way it was. Perhaps it will seem like an old fossil being nostalgic. It’s just that I feel we have replaced a wonderful simplicity with a world of ever-expanding technique and technology. I find it rather soulless and exhausting.
The things which moved me at The Messe were a bunch of guys playing a percussion jam (pictured)…and how they played…like their lives depended on it…and a guy demonstrating how to “make” a cymbal…he just had a hammer… “and that reminds me of a song” …was he “hammering out a warning” I wonder? https://www.facebook.com/LogjamStompers/
Good to be back again … I hope everyone is stomping enthusiastically out there. To help everything along we have just introduced our Logjam Logarhythm 4 LE . This gold edition celebrates 10 years of Logjamming and each one comes with a free goody bag.
In addition to this we are planning a Prolog Special Edition …pictures coming soon. Please keep up with our social media pages for competition information .
Our Logjam personalisation has been so popular that we are continuing our free offer until the end of April 2018… if you’d like your name on the jack plate then get your order in now.
Frankfurt Musik Messe
Please contact us if you would like to meet up during the Frankfurt show… The Logfather will be there.
We were delighted that so many of you came to our stand at NAMM. It was a really successful show for us this year. We had Drummer & Precussionist, Terl Bryant (www.voiceofdrums.com) with us on the stand on Thursday through Saturday and his excellent demos on the cut down kit together with our Logjam stompers created a real buzz.
In particular his inspired playing on the new Cherry Rattlebox was something that fired the imagination of so many musicians who visited us. “The Rattler” as we affectionately refer to it, has been a slow burn but it is picking up fast and we sold out so quickly we were wishing we’d brought more with us.
One of the ideas is to play it while it is placed on top of the snare drum. The combination of the two is very effective. As a hand-held instrument it can be used in a very subtle way also…and of course with the feet.
Check out our Facebook page for photos and videos taken at the show. https://www.facebook.com/LogjamStompers/
Thanks to all our friends and supporters who came along and may you all have a peaceful and happy 2018.
A little while ago we came up with the idea that some of you out there might like to personalise your Logjam stomper and so as a free promotion to launch us into 2018, we are offering to add your name to the jack socket plate absolutely free of charge (until 31st March 2018).After you add your new stomper to the cart just click on the personalisation product page and add your name to the text box… you won’t get charged at the checkout.
In addition to making your Logjam just that bit more special, it’s a pretty good anti-theft device also.
Don’t forget also, that if you are giving a Logjam as a present we also offer free giftwrapping.
Just one more last minute reminder…we are going to be at the NAMM show in Anaheim California on stand no. E1411. The Logfather & top session drummer & percussionist Terl Bryant will be demoing and talking about Logjam stompers from 11.00-11.30 am and 3.00-3.30 pm daily Thursday 25th-Saturday 27th Jan…so come along and join us.All are welcome.
We have been very busy in “The Log Cave” with Log production being at full tilt. Nevertheless our small and dedicated team found a little time last night to celebrate the festive season at Spoons.(Unfortunately The Dorchester was fully booked).
Nothing wrong with Spoons though and in The Logfather’s humble opinion, if anybody deserves to feature in the honours list, it’s Tim Martin. Without Wetherspoon this town would be completely dead. Our local,”The Duke’s Head” is more like a community centre than a pub. People of all ages and social class mingle amicably, and that is a huge achievement.”Well done” is what we say.
Our Limited Edition Prologs have been really well received but yesterday we had a request from a Log enthusiast for one of our traditional burgundy-plated Prologs but with the same extras as the Limited Edition Gold Prolog… this is no problem at all…just ring or email us. There’s still time to get UK orders out to you before Christmas… and Next Day tracked carriage is free !
For anyone attending NAMM in Anaheim California in January 2018 this is just a reminder that we are going to be there. We are on stand E 1411 and you will find a friendly welcome from Howard (aka The Logfather) and also from ace drummer and percussionist Terl Bryant. (www.terlbryant.com).We are doing demos twice a day on the stand at 11.00-11.30 am and 3.00-3.30pm so come along for a chat. All welcome. We hope to see you there.
Once again …this is to wish everybody a Happy Christmas and a Very Happy New Year from all at Logjam.
Over the years we have had numerous requests to explain how to care for your Logjam stomper. As a result we have decided to produce a care kit which will be all you need to rejuvenate your Prolog,Logarhythm,Travelog, Microlog or Rattlebox.
We have a special offer at the moment which means you can get a care kit absolutely free with one of our gold plated Logjam Prolog Limited Edition models.These also come with a free gig bag and as we haven’t got many left, make sure you get yours now… they are only available on our website.
We are also continuing our Black Friday Deal until tomorrow and with this you will get a FREE Care Kit when you purchase ANY Logjam stompbox.(Offer applies in UK & EU only.)
As you may have gathered, if you take a keen interest in our Instagram page, The Logfather is a great enthusiast for the Scottish Terrier or “Black Aberdeen” (not to be confused with the white West Highland Terrier). The Logfather’s dog Maisie Moo (pictured) is a rescue dog. Moo spent the first 5 years of her life on a puppy farm.As you may be aware these places are often pretty cruel and many Scotties end up being ill-treated and kept in appalling conditions.The Scottish Terrier Emergency Care Scheme (STECS) looks after and finds homes for some of these strange and loveable little creatures and so us Logjam folks have decided that STECS will be our given charity. All web sales will generate a 1% donation to STECS…starting right away. In the future, when you buy a Logjam stomper from us you will be giving a donation to a charity which does some genuine good in the world and makes people smile.
If you would like to know more about STECS or would like to adopt a Scottie click on the link below.
Have a Stompingly Good Christmas Everybody.
Hello again from yours truly… now we are in the Winter months it is good to think about the Logjam trip to NAMM in Anaheim California in January 2018. Once again we will be working with session supremo Terl Bryant. Terl is a wonderful drummer and percussionist and has made music with “the world & his wife” as they say, over a long career~names include Steeleye Span, John Paul Jones, Barbara Dickson, Steve Levine and many more. We first came into contact with Terl when he was doing a stint with Ade Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds and was needing something smaller than a kick drum for his onstage percussion set up. Terl loves his Prolog which accompanies him to gigs all over the world.www.terlbryant.com
We’re celebrating 10 years of Logjam stompers … yes it’s hard to believe it’s been so long and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Our Limited Edition Prologs (pictured below) are still on sale although we only have a few left so hurry if you want one. Included with each gold plated unit is a free gig bag worth £14.95 and a Logjam care kit… an absolute bargain.
We’d like to welcome new endorsee Peter Donegan who unlike his father Lonnie is a country music artist. His new album “Superman” recorded in Nashville is fantastic. Welcome aboard Peter. www.peterdonegan.com
Incidentally, we include our phone number on the front page of our website.If you would like to talk to us about Logjam stompers by all means give us a call during UK office hours. We are always glad to help.
With kind regards to all Logjammers everywhere
Yes it’s true, we have now been making Logjam stompers for 10 years. We made the very first Mk1 Logs in 2007 and since then we have exported our British hand-made instruments all over the world.We are very proud of what we have achieved. We don’t employ third world slave labour, but have instead become a small, dedicated team working from Tudor,half-timbered buildings which were erected in the 16th century…you can’t get much more English than that.
In order to celebrate our 10 years of production we have decided to produce a limited edition of the Logjam Prolog, our top of the range and most popular instrument. This numbered edition of 25 specially plated units will go on sale within the next fortnight.
They won’t cost any more than our standard Prolog and will come with a Logjam gig bag worth £14.95. Not only that, but we are including a free Logjam care kit with each unit sold. Keep checking our website and social media pages for more information.
With kind regards to all our friends out there
Take a look at our new Rattlebox Cherry which is now in stock. The combination of our classic pat. pending design with the new warm cherry top is spectacular.
We are planning some new limited edition Prologs to celebrate 10 years of Logjam stompers included with these will be a whole bagful of extra Logjam goodies so keep a watchful eye on this site.
We are always keen to welcome good musicians into the fold and we have recently added the amazing Scott Matthews, the incredibly zany Mother Ukers, and UK Country Award winner Zenne Kober to our growing list of endorsees. We like to keep up to speed with all our endorsees on Facebook Twitter and Instagram so please sign up and follow us on our social media pages.
We will be heading over to the NAMM show in January 2018 and this year The Logfather will be updating the blog during the show and adding photos and video content to give you a feel of what it’s all about. We have exhibited at this event for around 6 years now and it’s always full of colour and accomplished musicians virtually everywhere you look, not to mention so much in the way of new products. The outside sound stage is always fantastic but probably The Logfather’s favourite performance was from Tower of Power …what a wonderful feel…the whole of Convention Way was jumping to those soul grooves.
Our good friend Terl Bryant has been putting together one or two new videos to showcase Logjam instruments.We are delighted that he will also be appearing on the Logjam stand at NAMM. Terl is a drummer and percussionist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business so don’t forget to drop by and ask his advice on all things Logjam.