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My most loved/expensive record

My first introduction to the band TOOL was after their 3rd studio release, Ænima in 1996 and I’ve been a MASSIVE fan ever since. I became a member of TOOL Army (fan club) in 2005 and have been lucky enough to see them perform live in concert three times. EXTREMELY rare original 1996 TOOL Ænima sealed (unopened/unplayed/out of print) vinyl 2 x LP gatefold.

This item was purchased from eBay on 19/07/2002  and is not a reissue or unofficial release. It has been stored upright in a solid record storage carrier case. It has never been played, has been well looked after and handled with care over the years. Based on my research a similar item (condition and in the original factory seal) is selling for US$1,999.99 –

Built-in record player & storage

We get a heap of direct sunlight in the office so decided to have the record player installed in the closet and build out some storage.


Record player set-up

Below is a breakdown of everything I have in my office.

Electronic drumkit

  • Turntable Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO Turntable – High Gloss Black
  • Phono Preamplifier Pro-Ject Phono Box S2


  • Anti-static mat Pro-Ject Leather it
  • Cleaning Kit Legend Vinyl Lv7 Complete Care Vinyl Cleaning Kit Black
  • Stylus Cleaner Project Clean It Stylus Cleaner


  • 1 x Sonos Five
  • 4 x Sonos One

I brought a small drumkit for my home office

We recently moved into a bigger house which meant we had some room for a drumkit. I was having a chat with a friend one night about how I would love to learn to play the drums he told me he had an electric drumkit. It meant he could play at 4am in the morning with headphones on without waking up the rest of the house. Next week I was down at the music store and bought my first drumkit.

Roland - TD-07KV

Drum set-up

Below is a breakdown of everything I have in my practice room.

Electronic drumkit


  • Vic Firth Danny Carey Wood Tip Drumsticks
  • Vic Firth Benny Greb Wood Tip Drumsticks (approx 5B)
  • Vic Firth American Classic Drumsticks – 5A & 5B

Pedal, throne and laptop stand

  • Kick pedal – Tama Cobra 600 Single Pedal Duo Glide HP600D
  • Seat – Tama Standard Drum Throne HT130
  • Laptop stand – Roland SS-PC1 Support Stand for PC

Sound and timekeeping

  • Noise reduction – Roland – NE-10 Noise Eater
  • Headphones Sony – MDR-7506 Professional Monitoring Headphones
  • Amp – Personal Monitor Roland – PM-100
  • Metronome – Dr. Beat – DB-30
  • Metronome app (iPhone) – Metronome+ app

Practice (acoustic)

  • Practice pad – Evans RealFeel 12″ practice pads
  • Stick bag – Meinl Compact Stick bag
  • Snare stand – Tama The Classic Snare Stand HS50HF

Online lessons and training