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Old 12th November 2012
Back online in Hoboken, NJ

It's been a crazy two weeks in Hoboken, New Jersey, but we're very happy to say that Indie Studio Drummer and Triple Colossal Studios are 100% back up and running! Fortunately our studio is on a high second floor in a former factory building so we didn't have any wind or water damage. However, the building complex was in the middle of a lake for several days after Sandy hit, which of course knocked out electrical and heat in the place as well. We got back in late last week and have finished putting the studio back together (and made a few improvements at the same time). Had a good laugh looking at our tarp system that was designed to protect the gear if windows had blown in from high winds - they would have been pretty useless...

We were very fortunate overall: family, home, studio, vehicle and possessions were completely unscathed. Of course, like millions of others we were without electrical and hot water for several days, but if that's the worst I can come up with we really have NOTHING to bitch about!

One possible reason our place did OK this year was that we paid our hurricane dues last year. Our former studio in Hoboken was flooded with three feet of water during Hurricane Irene, and we then spent the rest of 2011 and half of 2012 rebuilding in our new location (on much higher ground, naturally). I'll add an unsolicited plug for MusicPro Insurance here - they were great in terms of honoring the policy for damaged and destroyed gear and instruments (and we had a lot of those - three feet of water and high humidity for days in the place before we could get in, and the like). Studio owners and musicians, please insure your gear and instruments! Sure, it might be a pain in the ass to fill out the forms, but it's not really that much work compared to protecting the tools of your trade. It's not especially expensive, either - I think something like $100/year per $10,000 worth of gear. We sure as hell didn't regret any of the time or money spent once a hurricane hit and insurance came through!

Now, if we can just get PATH subway service to Manhattan back up and running...

Hoping that everyone is making a quick and straightforward recovery through this mess!