So here we are at the start of our first movement. This leading leg of our project will begin right here in Wilmington, NC with Michael Swart of Swart Amplification. We are, of course, honored to be able to meet with a man of such intense mystery…this goes unsaid. Up next on the tour we decided to make the only sensible move and fly straight to Portland, OR to meet with Matthew Miller of Miller Ampwerks. A great man once said,
“Coffee and guitar amps are the original American dream…”
…so I mean…this makes sense. A hot cup of pressed bean juice and a solid conversation with a man who makes a beautiful line of amplifiers will surely keep us moving in the right direction.
A short northerly drive
will leave us in Seattle, WA where we will have the opportunity to sit down with Ben Verellen of Verellen Amplifiers. Verellen is a super classy custom product that is sure to make a great impression, so seriously do not be that guy who misses out…you don’t want to be that guy do you? No…no, you’re better than that.
So this is it. The belly of the whale. The teeth of the beast. The beginning of a journey that is sure to change the scene for good…I just needed a little pat on the back so I thought I’d give it to myself. First thing tomorrow morning I board a flight to Portland to start tracking down all these elusive innovators of whom we should all be aware. As the great Liam Neeson once said,
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will write a really killer article about you and the great things you do for the world.”
If you are ever down in Austin TX give Square Amps a visit!
If you’re ever out in the Southwest near Phoenix, come check out Malin Amplification! Very small…very boutique…changing the world one amp at a time.
Would love to hear a story and EuroTubes!
Such a pleasure to have you stop by the shop, and yes of course coffee. I hope you both have a great time traveling and meeting new folks. Your always welcome out this way! In Seattle,Yes Verellen and Kracke Amps, Union Jack, The Guitar Store, and………
Thanks again Matthew, it was great meeting you. We had an excellent time in your workshop. Truly great to see someone doing exactly what you’re doing. Thank you so much for being a part of this!
WHIKE in the PNW, you should also should also check out Hovercraft, M&M Guitar Bar, and EuroTubes.