Re: How many boutique builders got their start here?
« Reply #49 on: 07-07-2006, 08:46:25 »
I got my start from my dad. He was an electronics instructor in the air force. He used to bring me junked radars and things that I would set up to look like Luke Skywalkers X-wing cockpit when I was a kid in the late 70's. He got me started with heathkits, and we built a dynaco ST-70 together. He even had this little plug in headphone preamp for guitar that would distort big time ( he also started me on guitar...).
Do I come here? Sure - it's a nice place for like minded geeks to hang out. But I've also been hanging on the web before ampagewas even up. I went to school for audio eng, and was modding gear in the late 80's. Built my first real tube amp guitar amp from scratch (not modded) in '89, and my first pedal from scratch that time also. I'm now the amp designer for Heritage amps as well as making the tim and timmy pedals that I sell on the side. I don't come here nearly as much as the old days, and I don't post much at all.
I've got two pedals that are doing pretty well that I've been making for almost 10 years now. But you've only seen people talk about them for about 4. Several months ago somebody posted a picture of the insides, and somebody made the comment that it looked like a circuit from here ( that was only about a year old...). It wasn't a copy of anything from here, nor did it use tricks from here at the time I made it. Now I've seen pretty much the same pedal done here, and if my schematic was posted people here would think I stoled it. I could go blue in the face saying how it's so much older, but to some it wouldn't matter...
I have learned alot from guys like R.G. - told him so when I met him at winter NAMM, but my start came from my dad. Alot of the circuits talked about here I saw back in school. The cascaded jfet circuit is something I saw long ago, but I never thought of plugin' my guitar into it until AMZ brought it up. I've also made mosfet gain stages and Jfet preamp based stuff (got that from Randall amps), and I added caps to simulate the miller effect to them several years ago after reading a bit about that on Randal Akins site ( something that came to light here just a few weeks ago).
The point is you can like to hang on these types of boards, and still have a little integrity. Some people do come up with things outside of here - this place is a nice source of inspiration, but what makes a man is what you do with it. Do you start selling 1/2 amps and make it look like your own thing, or do you really try to come up with something unique that doesn't gank to much from here.
Don't be down on the boutique pedal market. It's allowing my wife to stay at home with our baby instead of putting her in daycare... And some of us are really trying to come up with our own things while hanging out here. It's fun to see what others are doing - I just make it a point not to gank that stuff.