Friday, March 23, 2007
Check This Out! An Original King Tubby Speaker Box Sold On Ebay!
I don't remember how I came across this, my 5 and 6 hour Ebay searches for reggae music are rather few and far between these days, but nonetheless I did. You can check out the completed auction link here. Yes... I'm going to come out and admit that I am now the proud new owner of this original King Tubby's speaker box!! And if you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell ya! No I'm definitely not in a financial situation to be bidding but damn do I wish I could. It's hard enough explaining to the wife about the record sized boxes that arrive in the mail on a consistent basis... I couldn't imagine explaining this being left on the front step?
This is an item worthy of the collection of the Smithsonian - it's such a rare and amazing artifact it's a shame it isn't in a museum! I know I'd pay a few bucks just to get up close and personal with the weathered speaker box and just imagine the bone jarring, foundation crumbling bass this cabinet had produced. What mythical ground breaking tunes were projected from these aged cedar walls?
It's a shame the fledgling Museum of Jamaican Music hadn't been in on this... it's definitely a piece of Jamaican musical history that should be preserved and it kind of saddens me that whoever bought it will be moving it out of Jamaica away from where it all began and where it would have been best to be displayed for future generations of Jamaicans and Jamaican music fans to see and admire.
Enough soap box for today - see you next week with a new musical post! Maybe I'll put together a King Tubby mix in honor of the speaker box...