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Livin' the Airstream Dream

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The year is 1962, and a special little trailer by the name of #6437, the Airstream Flying Cloud, came into being.  From its humble roots as a women’s dressing room in California, to becoming the Wandering Buddha recording studio in Missoula, it now finds itself in Bozeman and fulfilling its true calling: to serve as a path to audio enlightenment; in the form of a mobile headphone store.

Yes, we said it:  Mobile Headphone Store!

But first, back to our story.

Meet #6437; The Airstream Flying Cloud Land Yacht

#6437 comes to us with many stories of it’s own that we will never know.  What we do know is that in the mid 2000’s it was used as a dressing room for a photographer who did pinup photos of women at antique car shows. Then, she was purchased in Salinas CA in 2010 and embarked on a road trip, camping out in Big Sur, and traveling through blizzards on Monida Pass toward Montana.  She settled in Missoula, where she underwent an extensive remodel from a guest room and dressing room into a recording studio.  It was then that she was christened, the Wandering Buddha. Films were edited, music was made, and life was good for Wandering Buddha.  Then in May 2015, HeadRoom became the new proud owners of #6437, and here is where her new adventure begins.

Meet HeadRoom

Okay, so you already know us.  We know headphones, we love headphones, we get the best headphones for your ears. period.  We’ve been doing this forever on headphone.com, and last year we opened a retail store in downtown Bozeman (a bustling college town of 50,000).  The success of our store confirmed our suspicions:  You don’t need to be in the middle of 10 million people to sell headphones.  Pretty much everywhere, people want good headphones, and they want to listen and try headphones before buying them (duh!). And, people want to buy headphones and audio gear from someone with knowledge and trustworthiness (duh, again!).  

But it isn’t fair that Bozeman gets all the headphone fun; we need to share the love.  And with today's mobile culture embracing things like chocolate pop-up stores and food trucks selling gourmet sushi and latte stations on bicycles, why not a mobile headphone store?  

#6437, meet HeadRoom.  HeadRoom, meet #6437.

It was a bright spring day in Missoula, Montana when HeadRoom's CEO Jamey saw his long-time dream of an Airstream full of headphones finally begin to come to fruition.  Here she sat: #6437 was a tad on the older side and perhaps a little road-worn -- but a jewel nonetheless.  We have big plans for our little Flying Cloud.

We’re covering the inside with listening stations, and bringing along an assortment of only the best of the best headphones.  A headphone expert is always on board, and folks will be stoked to buy from a small business and 20+ year leader in the headphone industry.

It’s Time for Everyone to Know What Good Headphones Sound Like.

Our mission is to bring good audio to the masses; whether it’s grandmothers with opera or truckers with country or 13 year olds with Miley, we all deserve good audio.  The Wandering Buddha will help everyone find their path to audio enlightenment.  We just can’t wait for all those looks of drop-jawed astonishment when the grandmothers and truckers and 13 year olds hear great headphone audio for the first time.  

We’ll be starting out in our own neck of the woods- at music festivals, sporting events, and parties.  We’ll be experimenting with college campuses, conferences and art shows.  You never know where we might show up; but what you will know is this: people’s ears are in for a treat, and we can't wait to help them get it right between their ears.

What do you think, is the world ready for a Mobile Headphone Store?  Do you have an idea of where our Wandering Buddha could help unsuspecting listeners find their path to headphone audio enlightenment?  Let us know, and we hope to see you on the road.

And in the meantime, follow our journey on Instagram!

(Thank you to Pam Voth at pamvoth.net for her generous contribution of several photos published in this article.)


26 Responses

Mike D
Mike D

September 11, 2015

As a fellow airstreamer and beginner audiophile, I’m excited to check out your rig in Denver in a few weeks. Drive safe!

Uriah
Uriah

July 18, 2015

Come to Fairfield, Iowa. Home of Maharishi University of Management founded by Maharishi who introduced the world(and the Beatles) to Transcendental Meditation. I think this is the perfect place for the Wandering Buddha to visit. Enlighten our auditory cortices!

Mike Williams
Mike Williams

June 30, 2015

Great idea! The tactile experience with headphones is the way to go. Feel the music through your whole body and your ears! This could easily be implemented in the Buddha Stream and boost sales!

Simon Phillips
Simon Phillips

June 30, 2015

Wonderful idea. Headphones seem to be undergoing a mass market regeneration, and I admire the initiative. Head to Houston when it gets cold up there.

Seth
Seth

June 25, 2015

The PDX Pop Now! music festival in Portland, OR, in late July. Portland loves our mobile vendors, witness the great food cart scene here, and a music festival is the perfect place for you all. More info at www.pdxpopnow.org. Whether at PPN! or some other event, hope to see you all in Portland soon.

Lawrence de Martin
Lawrence de Martin

June 25, 2015

I love this idea. I learned a lot of what I know about headphones from a Headroom trade show setup with walls of demos in Manhattan.

This is a great way to do local market research. If you get swamped, it is likely a good town to set up a retail outlet.

You should try to find local advance advertising and marketing on your itinerary, but watch out for local laws regarding vendors! You can get arrested for doing this without a license.

Jim Seasly
Jim Seasly

June 25, 2015

Come to Grand Rapids,MI!!! We need some cool stuff!!

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

June 25, 2015

Come to Boston for the James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt concert on August 6th!

John Griffith
John Griffith

June 25, 2015

Terrific idea! Hope you`ll show up in Shaker Heights Ohio at some point. I have the Headroom Micro Amp hooked up to my TV using the Grado SR60 phones. That tiny little guy is still performing beautifully! Best of luck in your new enterprise!

Steve Schreiber
Steve Schreiber

June 25, 2015

YES! Brilliant! Go! Do! Awesome idea. I first met you guys years ago when you were in mobile mode and was amazed at what I was missing. Still using some excellent Grado’s and Sennheiser’s purchased from you as well as multiple different amps. Can’t wait to see you on the East Coast!

Jeff (AnalogJ)
Jeff (AnalogJ)

June 25, 2015

I’d love to see you up in Boston or even on the North Shore (How about Salem MA during the month of October! It’s like Mardi Gras up here toward the end of the month!).

Jon Giffin
Jon Giffin

June 25, 2015

Great idea, hope to see you up in Kalispell, MT soon!

Rich
Rich

June 25, 2015

That is a super cool idea…good work on the creativity. I am sure the investment will be solid, but the experience will really be great for the company going forward. Good luck!

Wholly
Wholly

June 25, 2015

Dont forget to stop in Salt Lake. You can leave with our money.

Harry Kluger
Harry Kluger

June 25, 2015

Wonderful idea, and I hope it works. I’ve bought products from you over the past 25 years. I’ve always appreciated the advice you have given me over the phone, but there’s nothing to compare to actual test listening. So, assuming you can start your mobile store idea, please come to York, Maine, sometime within the next year. That’ll coincide with my interest in buying a new set of phones.

Thanks

John Dumont
John Dumont

June 25, 2015

Your mobile store is a great idea, and I wish you all the best success. As a loyal past customer (Shure E2, E4 and E5 series IEM’s, Micro Amp, and FiiO E12 amp) I’m interested “do you know the way to San Jose?”. It’s where I live and would love to see you there.

Bill Hennan
Bill Hennan

June 25, 2015

Comes to Des Moines, Iowa. You are going to pass through the middle of the country anyway!

Andrew Soundsgoodtome
Andrew Soundsgoodtome

June 25, 2015

Any chance we can get you to come to Seattle on July 25th? We’re having a head-fi meet and would love to have the mobile store out in the parking lot!!!

http://www.head-fi.org/t/765532/seattle-summer-redhook-meet-7-25-2015/90#post_11717352

Dave B
Dave B

June 25, 2015

Great idea. You need to follow the Can Jam circuit for starters. Larger state fairs would probably work too. Then there are the outdoor music festivals (not sure how many/where in the U.S. but you guys are resourceful). See if there is any way to get a “universal” vendors license so every town you hit you won’t have to go to city hall to get one so you can park and sell on the street. Sturgis and Daytona Bike Week could be huge. Not headphones per say (state laws!) but the systems you mount on the bike. Find a vendor now ! Good luck. Hope to see you on the road in Flolrida.

KG_Jag
KG_Jag

June 25, 2015

You should make it to Reno during Hot August Nights. The Airstream will fit right in! [The towing vehicle not so much…]

Jamey Warren
Jamey Warren

June 25, 2015

Gaines, those were the years. Hope to see you on the road again soon.

Paul,
Thank You.
We do too.
Not done yet.
We will.
And
Drive…

Jamey Warren
Jamey Warren

June 25, 2015

Matthew, we only have the guts to do this because our founder already paved the way years ago. It is no doubt an idea sprung from the first World of Headphones Tour. We hope to do it again someday but a trip around the country will take a while to plan. Maybe next summer.

DrBlue, we’ll try to hit Albuquerque on our way down south. Thanks!

Gaines Owen
Gaines Owen

June 25, 2015

What was the year? ’2, ’03, headroom did a traveling show and I helped set up the Orlando event. Long time ago. Got interested in lots of other things and had my Headphone setup pretty well set and quit paying attention to what was happening. Paying more attention now. Be glad to see something out on the road again.

paul
paul

June 25, 2015

Yes sir.
I like it.
Well done.
Enjoy.
And
Market.

Matthew de Jongh
Matthew de Jongh

June 25, 2015

This is a great idea!

It reminds me of when your founder made the rounds with a trailer full of gear and he would setup at hotels and did huge demo setups with headphones and amplifiers

drblue
drblue

June 25, 2015

Fantastic! come to Albuquerque New Mexico soon!!! thanks, dribble

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