Notable Amp builders of our time

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  1. pharmx

    pharmx Member

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    Please post with the name of the builder, their contribution to the amp world, and the time period in which they built their product. Posting recent cloners is fine, but would love to see some examples of the older builders that get overlooked.
     
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    Randall Aiken

    Brought the Marshall into the 21st century - with reverb, voicing switch and excellent attenuator. The Invader is usable in virtually any playing situation.
    He was also first that I know of to come up wit the idea of external back panel bias points.
    In addition, his technical explanations on his web site have helped many.
     
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    Giles...not sure of last name...who built Garnet amps. From probably the late 60s until a few years ago (mostly known during the early 70s). The Stinger circuit!
     
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    James Brown used to work for Peavey, he now works for Kustom.
     
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    Gar Gillies. Passed away last year. Great amps and a great gentleman.
     
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    His name is Gar as in.....:AOK
     
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    I think Kevin O'Connor has to get a lot of credit for his invention of Power Scaling. It was/is a totally novel approach to scaling down high power amps.
     
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    Ken Fisher RIP
     
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    Howard Dumble
     
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    Randall Smith (Mesa Boogie)

    I think he took cascading pre-amps to the next level.
     
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    Mark Sampson. Probably one of the most important builders of the 20th century. Started three of the most famous boutique amp companies there are.
     
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    Roy Blankenship & Dr. Z

    Plus 1 for Randall Aiken, Dumble, Stevie Fryette, Ken Fisher. Probably have to add Randall Smith (Mesa).

    Jim Kelly.

    John Suhr.

    Mark Sampson - good call!

    Dana O.
     
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    I agree, plus look at his "The Ultimate Tone" series of books. Massive amounts of tech knowledge.
     
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    Bill Krinard and Joe Mloganoski (Two-Rock)


    Dean
     
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    Lou Rosano tops my list.
    Mr. Matchless Sampson
     
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    I know he is the king of hype, but I have learned alot from Gerald Weber. He has built some very nice sounding amps too.

    Mike Zaite brought great tone to the masses by making one of the first lines of affordable handwired amps. His designs definitely have a unique "Dr. Z" flavor too.

    Ben Fargen has some very interesting designs too. He has a real golden ear. His work with parallel-single ended output sections coupled with the Plexi preamp (as in the Mini-Plex) introduced a very useful tone machine with manageable volume. He is the nicest guy you will ever meet too, so that helps.
     
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    I cannot believe that no one has mentioned Tony Bruno!!! One of the greatest.
     
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