Music in the Shop

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Blog entry by Blake posted 02-07-2008 11:04 AM 1891 reads 0 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just curious…

Do you listen to music in the shop? What do you listen to? On what kind of system?

Radio? CD’s? MP3’s? Internet Radio? Records? Eight Track? Tapes? Serius/XM? Live band hired for your shop? Headphones? Theater Surround Sound?

Silence? Jazz? Rock? Talk? Hip Hop? Country? Classical? Sports? New Age? Oldies? Yodeling? Blues? NPR? Heavy Metal? Latin? Polka? Opera? Howard Stern? Old School Rap? Techno? Disco? Funk? Acid Jazz? Dixyland? Gregorian Chanting? Indi Rock? Drum’n’Base? Gangsta Rap? Finish Radio?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 02-07-2008 11:05 AM

Ok, Me first. I can’t function without tunes. I have a few gigs of songs on my MP3 and it’s usually set to go through all 8000 or so tracks at random.

My favorite kind of music? Good Music. Doesn’t matter what genera. There is great music in every flavor. But it’s gotta be playing when I’m working. Some of my favorites are Jazz and hip hop, and I often switch to classical when I’m working out problems. But whatever it is, I really get on a roll sometimes when the beat is just right.

I have an inexpensive set of computer speakers (2) plus a small subwoofer to amplify the base. I probably paid $40 bucks but it sounds pretty good. I also have a small radio but I rarely use it.

I have been a musician all my life, so music is very important to me. I hear every note, which can be distracting at times, but it’s just sort of depressing without it. I really enjoy my time in the shop when good music is playing.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#2 posted 02-07-2008 11:38 AM

I have an old Car radio, with built in CD and mini disk, with a 4 speaker output (1 in each corner of the shop) also a satellite radio link input into the radio.

Unfortunately the CD and MIni disk have stopped working, dust or something else was the cause. The satelite link has gone down so no more English channels to listen to. So I am stuck with Finish radio – where they play the same type of music ALL day including repeating the same songs time after time, month after month (at least I know the words to these songs now). One day I will fix it.

I especially like country music from the 60s to 80s, other than that I have no real preferance to musiic, or bands – I just enjoy a good tune or melody – I find that, being isolated, like you from the main house, it does keep me company, other wise I would not hear another voice all day (sometimes)..

By the way the only instruments I can play are the CD player an radio!!!!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#3 posted 02-07-2008 11:41 AM

Yeah I am the same, I have about 10 gigs of music on my ipod. With a cheap set of computer speakers it all sounds good. I have a little bit of everything on there, except for country music. I hope that doesn’t offend anyone, but I just don’t like it. But music or talk radio/ podcasts are a must in the shop.

-- Kaleo ,

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#4 posted 02-07-2008 11:59 AM

I mainly listen to woodworking podcasts. Right now I’m catching up on Wood Talk Online, and after that will probably get some from Matt’s Basement Workshop.

-- Eric at

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#5 posted 02-07-2008 12:33 PM

I studied music theory for three years and find it difficult to listen to music when I’m doing something else. When I listen I like to hear it all and when I’m in the shop it fades so far into the background that I don’t even hear it. So, I hum and whistle and even now and then breakout into a full out chorus of “Y.M.C.A.” Then I take a deep breath and go back to work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 02-07-2008 12:33 PM

I like the “sounds of silence”. ... shhh woodworker at work :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-07-2008 01:16 PM

I have XM in the shop. I mainly listen to either country or classic rock. Don’t listen to talk radio as much as I used to…gets my blood pressure up. I really like just about everything except for Rap or Hip Hop as its called now. Don’t think it has much musical value, it is poetry, some very good, but not music.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Patrick Jaromin

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#8 posted 02-07-2008 02:03 PM

I’m a political talk-radio addict and used to listen to AM radio from a DeWalt charger/radio. I also feel “cut off” if I don’t have “live” programming with current news…I’m also a news junkie. Unfortunately reception wasn’t always the best and weekend talk radio ‘round here is pretty much infomercials and investing shows.

So…in my new shop, I stepped it up a bit and installed speakers in the ceiling and an old receiver and computer in a cabinet so I can listen to internet radio from across the planet. I also mounted a TV in a corner piped through the same system…which is also integrated with my whole-home video distribution system giving me access to my “DVD jukebox” (ripped to hard drive) of Woodworks and a few NYW episiodes.

I know, I know…but you asked!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#9 posted 02-07-2008 02:05 PM

I have a wireless speaker in the shop with the transmitter hooked up to my DirecTv receiver that is tuned in to an XM station (channel 838 – Lucy). Usually its Rock or Alternative. I like most all music (except rap and country) but have grown tired of the Classic Rock.

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#10 posted 02-07-2008 02:40 PM


Pancho and Lefty: Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson

——never could stop those sounds from playing in my head….rock and roll lives on!

-- --frank, NH,

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 02-07-2008 03:41 PM

Classical mostly but also real Cowboy music like Wiley Gustafson and Ian Tyson. Don Edwards. I tried Country once and wanted to kick my dog, get drunk and cheat on my wife. Also wound up depressed.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 02-07-2008 04:27 PM

Hey All, Music for me is a must. I find I work much better witha good background music. Listen to just about everything except for current rap, like some of the old school beat box stuff though. In my shop at home I just have a boombox with a cd and tape player hanging on the wall, works fine and picks up the radio more often then not. At work in our shop there though we have an 1970’s stereo system complete with turntable and 8-track, don’t use those two features very often due to the amount of dust in the shop, but the rarely can beat the sound coming out of that thing. Wish I could find one for home, gone through 3 cheap plastic stereos in the past 5 years, oh well.

Good topic Blake.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 02-07-2008 04:43 PM

Sirius satellite radio. Mostly Jazz. Must have tunes to work. I have a 16 channel mixer and a couple of hundred watt amp going to a few PA speakers that are hanging in the shop. I like to feel the music sometimes.

-- Hope Never fails

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#14 posted 02-07-2008 04:57 PM

I love my Sirius Radio, Have it set on mid 70’s to early 80’s rock. I grabbed an old system I had taking up space, added 6 speakers and a base boom box. Yeah I love to feel the music while I work the wood.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#15 posted 02-07-2008 05:02 PM

My shop is all metal. I can’t receive cell phone, cordless phone or radio in the building when the doors are shut.

I made some Cd’s from Internet radio. Mostly Country and let 6 of them cycle through . I’m too cheap to buy Cd’s so I record all of mine. I’ve got a 150 Watt amp and speakers = Wally Mart $98.00 special I finally got my Computer hooked up to the network in the shop. Buried cable from house with coax and 2 Ethernet cables. One for the computer and the other for phone. So I set up my own wireless phone in the shop. Maybe I’ll hook up the computer radio to the stero and get some more tunes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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