Amps

Verellen balances band and builds

Verellen balances band and builds

MUCH LIKE HIS beloved Seattle Seahawks, Ben Verellen isn’t afraid to shake things up in order to attain a specific goal. For the the NFL franchise, it could mean testing unproven players at various skill positions to create a better team. For Verellen, it is about being the custom shop that his line of clientele have always wanted, but were afraid to ask about.  more...
The man behind BYOC

The man behind BYOC

DO IT YOURSELF. That’s a phrase that runs rampant across the widen spectrum of cable channel home improvement shows these days, but also has always had a strong presence lurking in the shadows of the MI community. Whether it’s tales of professional builders getting their first taste of electronics noodling via a Heathkit build or the like, both industry veterans and the tech-minded, gear-curious public have rarely shied away from eyeballing a set of internals and figuring out what makes them tick. Keith Vonderhulls, founder and chief parts wrangler for Build Your Own Clone, was the same way.  more...
Welcome to NAMM-aheim, CA. Pop: <i>Gear!</i>

Welcome to NAMM-aheim, CA. Pop: Gear!

THE 115th NAMM show is in the books, and it was a big one according to show organizers. The National Association of Music Merchants said a record 1,726 exhibiting companies representing more than 6,000 brands were showcased at the 2016 affair, a 7% increase in exhibiting companies over last year’s event.  more...
Matchless Amplifiers: Boutique for life

Matchless Amplifiers: Boutique for life

IT WAS MILESTONE DAY the day we rolled up to Matchless Amplifiers’ headquarters in Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t have known it just by idly stopping by. The shop was quiet, but busy as most of the craftsmen and women that work to make the established builder’s line of boutique amps moved between their stations and lunch.  more...
John Thompson is one Bad Cat

John Thompson is one Bad Cat

IT’S BEEN A long, strange trip for Bad Cat Amplification. The only part of the story that is truly clear is that there are a fair number of twists and turns in the tale. Each of the involved parties has told different histories of the boutique brand since hitting the scene around the turn of the millennia. The story can be traced back to boutique forefather Matchless Amplification and its 1999 bankruptcy.  more...