Monday, May 13, 2013

Featured Small Business: Salvage Audio

Hand made items and small businesses are popping up everywhere. Anyone can take something and create a product and turn it in to a business, but not everyone can catch your eye. While scrolling through my IG feed one day, I saw a friend of mine had posted a photo of a hand made audio box. Now, I don't own an audio box, nor do looking at audio boxes do anything for me; but this particular one stood out.

After some investigating and lurking on his Facebook and IG feed to find out more about these audio boxes, I saw what he was doing was totally amazing and unique that I just had to share it with the world. So I sent off a few questions for him to answer so you could learn a little bit more about Jared Kirby and his hand made business Salvage Audio.

When did you start Salvage Audio?
The idea for Salvage Audio started during the summer of 2011 when I was shopping for an iPod speaker to put in my living room. I couldn't find anything on the market that fit my style, so I decided to build my own! My friends and family really liked what I had made. I built a few more for others, then started selling online in November of 2012.
Can you tell us what Salvage Audio is all about?
Salvage Audio is about quality, design, and great sound while blending the rustic look of old reclaimed wood, with the sound quality and convenience of new technology. All of my Music Systems use Wireless Bluetooth connectivity to use with your phone, tablet, or computer. I'm really trying to bring back quality craftsmanship into a market full of molded black plastic. This is accomplished by being eco responsible with my practices, such as, reclaimed wood and recycled packaging supplies.

Where are you based out of?
SA started in San Luis Obispo, CA, but has since moved to a shop in Atascadero, CA. I'll soon make the move back to a shop in SLO. I love San Luis and most of the reclaimed wood that I use in my systems comes from SLO, so I can't wait!

Where do you get your inspiration from? Are you a musician?
Music and old westerns! Music has been a huge part of my life from being in a few bands back in high school, to attending a Recording and Sound Engineering school in Hollywood. I've always been a stickler for sound quality! I found my love of rustic aesthetics through my Father, watching old westerns growing up. I'm watching Rawhide while typing this!

What were you doing before Salvage Audio?
Before the creation of SA, I continued my love for music by working part-time at Ernie Ball Music Man building their new Armada electric guitar. Now, I blend both creative pursuits.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself outside of your work?
Well as any small business owner would probably say, I'm normally working on Salvage Audio outside of working at Salvage Audio… but I try to get out as often as I can! I love getting out into the world, backpacking and camping in beautiful Central California. One of my favorite spots is called Paradise Beach, just outside of Guadalupe. It's a bit of a trek to get to, but so worth it!


More info: 
I'm very excited to say that I'll be coming out with two new designs next month! One is a brand new design for a larger system, and the second is an upgrade to my popular small bookshelf system. You can stay updated by following me on Facebook and Instagram. For more info take a look at my website.

Salvage Audio is currently offering free shipping plus 10% off any order with code THEWORD! Go pick up your audio box today!!


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