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The new Full Compass catalog is terrifying

The new Full Compass catalog is terrifying

The Madison retailer brings us a gear-tastic circus nightmare.

Remember when you went to the circus as a kid and acrobats would leap from atop giant monitor speakers? And your dad would helpfully point out the sweet condenser mic to you, and you'd bond? And the stands would turn into a giant mixing board where the knobs had freaky little arms? And everything was vaguely rumpled and dirty, and a clown was capturing it all with a video camera?

Such are the fond memories Madison audio-gear powerhouse Full Compass Systems (ask your musician friends' collections agencies about it) evokes on the cover of its latest catalog. You know, one of the massive catalogs that they will mail you until the end of time if you buy one thing there. Hope they're running a special on tranquilizers and nice soft places to cry. Here's a photo of the full thing. Apologies for the poor shooting, but my hands were shaking with fright.

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