Monday, July 27, 2009

STOLEN GEAR - Columbus, Oh

It is a real shame when something like this happens. We are passing along a message from good friends whose tour van was broken into over the weekend. If you know anything or hear anything please use the contact info at the end of this post. If you live in this area please spread the word to your local pawn and music stores.

The Randy Kohrs Band has suffered a devastating loss when the band van was broken into and nearly everything stolen out of it this weekend following a performance at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival near Columbus, OH. It was stolen out of the Sleep Inn parking lot in Obetz, OH between 3:30am and 5:00am, estimated.

Here is the current list of missing items:

Scheerhorn L-Body Resonator guitar #547

Amistar Randy Kohrs Model tricone resonator

Meredith all blonde, tongue-oiled maple resonator guitar

Mike Long D-18 style acoustic guitar

*All guitars had fishman pick-ups

Custom Cedar Creek Case for the Meredith – black alligator, inside is purple, has “Custom Built for Randy Kohrs” plate

Two white Calton Cases with Randy’s name on them, both had red interiors

Cedar Creek case for the acoustic Mike Long Guitar

Forrest Craig (Texas-based luthier) Violin with L.R. Baggs pickup

Strad copy violin, roughly 1880’s, the tag inside not exactly accurate. Pictures can be seen on our website/pages.

A double violin case, the attached strap doesn’t match – it’s maroon and gray with gold hardware.

Upright acoustic King Bass, white with black trim, red tailpiece, rare

2 Warwick 2 10” speaker cabinets

Silver waterproof helicopter case with cables and a Shure wireless system

3 Stage Ninja brand quarter inch cables

Fishman Dreadnought Aura, Fishman resophonic Aura, Fishman Reverb, Fishman Chorus, Fishman Delay, Boosta Grande Boost pedal, 2 Radial DI’s, Radial Tone Bone Pre-Amp, Hilton Optical volume pedal, 2 Peterson Strobe Stomp Tuners (one had Ashley B. written on the front of it in black marker)

Tool Kit with extra cords and assorted tools.

We don’t want to discourage the thieves from attempting to sell anything as we’d love for them to be caught ASAP – the last thing we want is for the thieves to just throw them in a dumpster or ditch, never to be found. Feel free to pass this along to anyone you see fit. Please contact me if any of this is seen or you have any questions!

Ashley Brown
Publicity/Booking - Rand Kohrs Band
2322 Foster Ave.
Nashville, TN 37210
Phone: 615-418-9636

Lauten Audio
4960 Almaden Expwy., #228
San Jose, CA 95118

Friday, July 17, 2009


Switzerland-based company will distribute full-line of Lauten Audio microphones

San Jose, CA, July, 16th, 2009 – Lauten Audio has announced a new distribution agreement with Switzerland-based Sound and Music, GmbH. Under the terms of the agreement, Sound and Music, GmbH will serve as the sole distributor in Switzerland and Lichtenstein for the San Jose, California-based company’s entire microphone line.

Founded by veteran musician Alfred Kamaun in 1995, Sound and Music, GmbH is a distributor and reseller of professional audio gear in Switzerland, Austria and Lichtenstein. "We’ve been seeking to distribute Lauten Audio for almost one year now,” says Mr. Kamaun. “We were very pleased to finalize our agreement at this year's Musikmesse show in Frankfurt. The Lauten microphones are a perfect fit in our portfolio of high-end professional audio products and have absolutely accurate pricing."

Lauten Audio added to its award-winning Horizon tube microphone when it began shipping three new studio microphones in October of 2008. The company continues to carve out a niche for recordists seeking an original sound; all their microphones have garnered exceptional reviews from both end-users and magazines around the world.

“This new partnership is another step in our strategic approach to grow carefully and successfully as a high-end microphone brand,” says Brian Loudenslager, Founder of Lauten Audio. “Adding Sound and Music, GmbH as our distributor in this region helps strengthen our brand image and message. Mr. Kamaun shows great enthusiasm and understands our brand essence. We’re very excited to begin this partnership.”

Mr. Kamaun has been both a live and studio musician in the region for 29 years. "Switzerland needs brands like Lauten Audio that offer amazing sound and high-quality boutique production standards at exceptional prices,” adds Mr. Kamaun.

Sound and Music GmbH is located in Staad, Switzerland. For more information visit

Lauten Audio is located in San Jose, CA. For more information on Lauten Audio please visit

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Oceanus and Torch Microphones get BEST OF LIST

Professional Audio & Musik Equipment Magazine in Germany have added the Lauten Audio Oceanus and Torch Stereo Pair to their Best of List for Upper Class microphones.

You may also read Von Harald Wittig's review of these two microphones now available at

Friday, July 03, 2009

Horizon and Torch Sound & Recording Review

Better late than never I suppose. A review of the Horizon and Torch microphones was published in the May issue of Sound and Recording Magazine.

I had a chance to meet Andreas Hau (the reviewer) in Frankfurt this year. Very nice guy, but it was clear he is no slouch when it comes to microphones and that he has a very critical approach. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from Analog Audio (our distributor in Germany) saying the review was in and that Andreas was very impressed. Peter at Analog Audio said "He loves the omni capsule, he loves the Horizon. No off-the- shelf mics, unique and outstanding, he says".

This is the first review of the Torches. So, if you have been interested in them and curious what a very critcal mind had to say, check out this review.

Side note, we'll get this translated to english soon.

Have a great 4th of July everyone!