designed and hand-built individual mixing components,
including an optical compressor and his own spring reverbs,
and blended them with standard consumer mic preamps,
equalizers and other gear, to create a makeshift 8-channel
natural experimenter, he also inventively linked two
TEAC-3340 tape decks together, stacking them on top
of each other. By meticulously placing nail brads into
the side wood panels at the precise positions as tape
guides, he was able to run a reel of double-wound tape
across the headstacks on both machines simultaneously,
reconnecting into a single take-up reel on the top machine.
This effectively gave him an 8-track machine before
8-track decks were available in the consumer market.
Bob quickly established
an enviable following, working with some extraordinary
talent, both known and unknown, and earned a very respected
reputation by even the bigger recording studios in town.