The Old Fashioned Car Audio Podcast

By Matt Schaeffer and Gary Bell

Car audio veterans Matt Schaeffer and Gary Bell talk shop as they guide consumers through the process of designing, fabricating, wiring, and tuning great car audio systems. Get the inside scoop from a range of industry guests.

September 27, 2023

Episode 40 – Todd Ramsey

Join Matt and Gary as they engage in a captivating conversation with Todd Ramsey, the luminary behind Ramsey Consulting Group. Todd's unparalleled 30+ years of industry leadership have played a vital role in setting benchmarks and establishing optimal approaches in the 12-volt domain. His influence and insights have reached far…
July 26, 2023

Episode 39 – Tony D’Amore

Join us as we welcome Tony D'Amore, one of the most innovative minds in car audio. Tony has been testing, designing, and building amplifiers for over 20 years, and his work is helping to shape the future of car audio. In this episode, we'll talk to Tony about his latest…
May 17, 2023

Episode 38 – Andy Wehmeyer Phones Home

Andy Wehmeyer stops in for a "quick" podcast. (Last time we spend almost 4 hours with him!) Tune in to find out what we are celebrating! Also we have a big announcement about the future of the podcast. Get up to date on the latest from AudioFrog! Here is what…
May 10, 2023

Episode 37 – Chris Yato

Join us for an exciting conversation with Chris Yato, an industry pioneer who has made a significant impact on the world of custom car audio fabrication. With his unparalleled skills and dedication to his craft, Chris has been at the forefront of pushing the limits of what's possible in car…
May 3, 2023

Episode 36 – System Check / Testing 1, 2, Tesla Model 3

Ever wanted to know what goes into a high end audio system? Ever wanted to know what audiophile gear can be installed in a Tesla? We sit down with a client and run through the whole process of designing, budgeting, and building an ultra high end system. David was an…
April 26, 2023

Episode 35 – Andrew Jones

Renowned speaker designer Andrew Jones joins Gary Bell and Matt Schaeffer on The Old Fashioned Car Audio Podcast for an in-depth discussion on speaker design, innovation, and high-end audio systems. Jones, known for his pioneering work with brands such as KEF, Pioneer Electronics, ELAC and Mobile FIdelity, shares his insights…
April 19, 2023

Episode 34 – Matt Moreman – Obsessed Garage

Welcome to an exciting episode of The Old Fashioned Car Audio Podcast where we have a special guest with an unwavering passion for all things automotive. Matt Moreman is the founder and owner of Obsessed Garage, a popular YouTube channel and online store dedicated to detailing, cleaning, and maintaining high-end…
April 12, 2023

Episode 33 – Gary Biggs

With multiple world championships in sound quality Gary Biggs impressive resume comes to life as he recounts his long and storied career in car audio. Get an inside look at the multiple versions of his famous Buick Regal including its recent reintroduction at the Master Tech Expo. Gary talks of…
April 5, 2023

Episode 32 – Hitting On All Sixes / A Shop Catch-Up

Matt and Gary get caught up with projects in their shops. Hear about their experiences with some new amplifiers: The Mosconi Pro 4/30 Class A and The Arc Audio Blackbird DSP amplifiers. The conversation ends up with a recap of the first project that Matt and Gary worked on together-…
March 29, 2023

Episode 31 – Turn & Burn (An Expo Recap)

It was an eventful Master Tech Expo 2023! listen in for a behind the scenes recap of everything from the planning stages through the after hours hang out sessions.
March 22, 2023

Episode 30 – Chip Foose

 Season 3 Kicks off with a LEGEND! Chip Foose stops by and talks about how technology will integrate with hand fabrication to shape the future of hot rods and custom cars. Chip shares stories from his past including learning where money comes from! He talks about Overhaulin, His Hemisphere, Foose…
December 12, 2022

Episode 29 – Tis’ The Season Finale

As 2022 comes to a close we also close out the second season. Find out what Matt and Gary have been up to and get ready for season 3!
October 11, 2022

Episode 28 – Mark Eldridge

August 26, 2022

Episode 27 – Back In The Saddle

In this episode Matt and Gary catch up on what they have been up to over the last couple months. Lots of "events" and some cool audio projects!
August 5, 2022

Episode 26 – Mark Lowe

In this episode we sit down with Mark Lowe. Mark has been behind the scenes for decades quietly paving a path that all great car audio fabricators have walked down. He developed fabrication techniques and trainings that raised the bar and set the standards for the industry.
July 11, 2022

Episode 25 – Mystery Guest

 Strange things are afoot on this episode of the Old Fashioned Car Audio Podcast! This episode is a first for “us”. Tune in to find out who the special mystery “guest” is!
May 4, 2022

Episode 24 – Mark Fukuda

Matt and Gary sit down with the legendary Mark Fukuda to hear the details of how he got started and the path to building one of the most iconic competition vehicles of all time.
April 18, 2022

Episode 23 – Can I Say Just One More Thing…. A MasterTech Expo Recap

March 4, 2022

Episode 22 – On The Road Again

After an extended break, Matt and Gary catch up before they get on the road to the Mobile Solutions Master Tech Expo! Find out what they have been up to and what the future holds.
November 19, 2021

Episode 21- Ken Ward – Educar / Electromedia / Audison

In this episode Matt and Gary sit down with Ken Ward to discuss the current state of car audio, training's, and the future of automotive electronics. Ken is a veteran of the consumer electronics industry of over 30 years. He’s worked in retail, in technical support, in product development and…
November 9, 2021

Episode 20 – Dean Beyett

This week we hang out with one of the hardest working Installers / YouTubers / Facebookers / Instagramers of all time! Dean Beyett of 5 Star Car Audio
October 29, 2021

Episode 19 – Andy Wehmeyer

Our most requested guest ever! Finally Andy Wehmeyer of AudioFrog sits down with Matt and Gary to talk past, present, and the future of car audio.
October 13, 2021

Episode 18 – Manville Smith

Industry veteran Manville Smith stops by and talks about his time at Speaker Warehouse and the birth of JL Audio.
October 6, 2021

Episode 17 – Tom Miller

This week we sit down with the master of car audio design and integration - Tom Miller of Musicar Northwest.
September 29, 2021

Episode 16 – Bryan Schmitt

 This week we sit down with Bryan Schmitt. Bryan built some of the wildest and most famous manufacturer demonstration vehicles on the planet while at Rockford Fosgate. He went on to start Mobile Solutions, a company that provides advanced training for audio, fabrication, and upholstery. Mobile Solutions also sells tools…
September 22, 2021

Episode 15 – The Ketchup

Matt and Gary sit down to catch up on the last few months. Hear about they systems they have designed and installed between seasons.
September 13, 2021

Episode 14 – The Jeremy Carlson

Season 2 kicks off with the amazing Jeremy Carlson. Jeremy is responsible for pushing the car audio and fabrication world to new levels of quality and professionalism. Listen in as we hear the story of how he got started and what it has taken to rise to the top of…
April 19, 2021

Episode 13 – The Intentional Season Finale

Matt and Gary give insight into some recent projects and wrap up the first season.
March 22, 2021

Episode 12 – Brian Mitchell (Unlimited Budget Audio System)

Matt and Gary finally get sick of talking about $3500 budget systems. This week they yank the steering wheel in the other direction! listen in as they talk to Brian Mitchell of Arc Audio about large scale audio projects.
March 2, 2021

Episode 11 – Justin Kush 2020 IOTY

Matt and Gary sit down with the 2020 Installer Of the Year winner Justin Kush. We hear his history in car audio, the road to winning Installer of the year, and hisgoals for the future. Justin also lays out his vision for our $3500 budget car audio system.
February 15, 2021

Episode 10 – Ray West ($3,500 System Design)

In this episode we introduce the official Old Fashioned Car Audio Podcast demo track playlist available now on Spotify! Matt and Gary recap some recent projects in their shops and then sit down with the legendary 12 volt guru Ray West to get his take on the budget system design.…
January 27, 2021

Episode 9 – Bing Xu ($3,500 System Design)

On this episode of the Old Fashioned Car Audio Podcast we continue discussing the fundamentals of a very basic budget oriented system. For an outside perspective Matt and Gary bring in Bing Xu from Simplicity In Sound to get his take on things. Check out the Old Fashioned Car Audio…
January 24, 2021

Episode 8 “Dude, where is my center image”

Matt asks "Dude, where is my center image" We discuss entry level high end audio and how we would get the most value out of a tightly budgeted system.
January 13, 2021

Episode 7 Nick Wingate

Today we sit down with Nick WIngate the National Sales Training Coordinator at Orca Design. Orca is the United States distributor for high end car audio brands like Focal, Raven, Illusion Audio, and Mosconi. Nick talks about the early days of car audio, the first Focal speakers he installed, and…
December 16, 2020

Episode 6 – Mobile Electronics Association Installer of the Year Candidates

Matt and Gary sit down with 7 of the top 12 candidates for the highly coveted Mobile Electronics Association's "Installer of the year" award. The first segment was aired as a video clip to kick off the 12 volt industry event known as "KnowledgeFest" this past Sunday. We kept the…
December 9, 2020

Episode 5 – Mark from Car Audio Fabrication

What's up Youtube!  Today we sit down with Mark from Car Audio Fabrication. We talk about the evolution of his YouTube channel and how he has influenced both DIY and professional car audio installers.  Some random bits from the show. That one time we lost our hotel rooms while visiting…
December 2, 2020

Episode 4 – Steve Brown of Alpine Electronics

In this episode we sit down with Steve Brown of Alpine Electronics. Hear stories from Steve’s early days of car audio and his path to building the legendary Alpine demo vehicles.
November 26, 2020

Episode 3 – Gary’s Wild Ride

Buckle up! In this episode we hear about Gary's wild ride through car audio. Learn what got him started and about the people that helped shape his career. You will hear outrageous stories that took place while he was building audio systems for celebrities in Beverly Hills. We also learn…
November 18, 2020

Episode 2 – Matt’s Journey into Car Audio

A quick update on some current projects in our shops. We also learn about Matts early days of fabrication, his path to winning Installer of the year, and beyond.
November 6, 2020

Episode 1 – The Unintentional Podcast

Matt and Gary sit down to test out their recording setups and end up recording a podcast!