Photo Story: Roy’s in Amboy

Photo Story: Roy’s in Amboy

  On a recent shooting trip in California’s Mojave Desert, my colleague and I stopped off at Roy’s in Amboy on our way back from the Kelso Dunes. It was really hot that day and we needed a cold drink for the rest of drive home. I’d been by there a couple times but hadn’t stopped to have a closer look until this particular day.   For many years I’ve been a huge fan of “Googie-ish” 50’s style architecture, and even though Roy’s opened in 1938 and named for its…

Antique Piano: Horror Movie Sound FX

Antique Piano: Horror Movie Sound FX

Made in 1910, this old Emerson piano is still in great shape. The wood it’s made of is beautiful. It has a common problem that many old pianos have. It’s been neglected long enough that trying to repair it and get it into playable shape is pointless. Even after spending a few thousand dollars on repairs it would continue to be worthless. You would never be able to sell it for a decent price to recover your money and giving away an unplayable piano has proven to be near impossible….