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I note with sadness the passing of the man variously and affectionately referred to as the Guv'nor and the Father of Loud - Jim Marshall, founder of that bastion of rock, Marshall Amplification.

If ever it could be said of someone he got where he was by standing on the shoulders of giants, Jim Marshall was probably that man. Marshall valve amps, by his own admission, were based on Fender circuits which were in turn based on the example circuits in the original data books for the valves used, but Marshall the company added to that an attention to build quality and customer service that made their amps second to none.

I've owned a Marshall valve head - a friend once described it as a one-trick pony, but added the caveat, with a massive grin as he hit another face-meltingly awesome power chord, "It's one hell of a trick". 

RIP Jim, and thanks for creating the sound of rock.

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Date: 2012-04-05 12:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zanda-myrande.livejournal.com
Going round the unfortunately acronymed Professional Music Technology shop in Bristol the other day I was intrigued to notice the number of little ampy things that now have visible valves in them. Whether they're actual valves or cunningly disguised LED-driven cosmetics, I don't know, but they look nice.

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Date: 2012-04-05 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filklore-on-lj.livejournal.com
Have you seen this yet?

http://marshallfridge.com/

Apparently it is authorised, and the control knobs really do go up to 11.

Shame it's designed for the US market and 110V.

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Date: 2012-04-05 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antonia-tiger.livejournal.com
110V isn't the problem. Frequency might be. Industrial portable power tooks usually run on 110V, through a transformer, but do use a special connector, from the IEC 60309 range. The motor would apparently run slower.

On the other hand, a US-spec solar+battery rig could be used.

(Should I be taking this seriously? Look at Sunday's data)

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Date: 2012-04-05 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filklore-on-lj.livejournal.com
No, not an April Fool's joke, as it hit the news a week or so before then.

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Date: 2012-04-05 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antonia-tiger.livejournal.com
There's been a few too many things, this year, that look as though they ought to be an April Fool, and aren't.

(I am looking at you, Mr. Cameron.)

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