Frank Marino Writes SoloDallas.com

29 Apr Frank Marino Writes SoloDallas.com

What would you do if in any of your mornings, a guy named Frank Marino wrote you an email saying he found you on the net?

Hi Fil,
I hope you don’t mind, I found your email on the Net.  My name is Frank Marino.  I am the guitarist for the long-time group Mahogany Rush.  Someone sent me your YouTube Video where you demonstrate your SVDS replicator.  I just wanted to let you know that I still have my SVDS, and it is probably one of the first, if not the first, ever made.  Ken Schaffer asked me to test out one of his very first prototypes, which I did on my tours long ago (as I seem to recall, it was actually a beige-yellow color, I think).  After that, he gave me one of the first production units (black, as they came to look) and I used it for a very long time, doing many albums with it as well as all my shows, including my Live album of 77.  I was one of the first (and maybe the first) of the “wireless guitarists”, and I haven’t used a cord since then… ever.  In the very beginning, I even used to tape the transmitter to the body of my SG so that people could see it in full view, because I didn’t want them to think I was fake-playing to a tape or something like that, since they would not see a cord!  There are some photos of that around, and some writers thought I had taped my cigarette pack to my guitar… imagine!  Here are a couple of those (the names on the pics are the photographers’ names):
After that, others started to use the unit (Angus, etc.) and it became more “normal” to see guys without cords.  Also, since you are a big fan of AC/DC, I thought you might like to see this picture from the old days:
Anyway, I still have the SVDS, and I still use it sometimes in the Studio, but I use a different unit live now (Sennheiser) because I don’t want anything to happen to the original.  I try to make up the difference in sound with other devices, because I am also a designer and builder of electronic gear, and I make all of my own amps, pedals and other things, never for sale but only for my own use.
Finally, I just wanted to let you know that I think it’s very cool that you’re building that unit, and to let you know of my own history with it, and with Ken.  I hope it reproduces the sound accurately, and I wish you very well with it.
Best Regards… Ciao,
Frank Marino – Mahogany Rush
This thing alone made several of my days to follow ( 😆 )
And I am posting it here – too – so that every time I read it, will make me feel better.
Well if you are wondering now – of course Frank will get one of the Gold Tag Edition TSR™ signed by Mr. Ken Schaffer!
Note: published with kind permission of Mr. Frank Marino
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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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21 Comments
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    Spellbound
    Posted at 04:53h, 06 May

    Is it just me, or does he have a striking resemblance to Lemmy? 😀

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    sellen
    Posted at 21:58h, 03 May

    awesome!!!!

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    angus666
    Posted at 04:42h, 03 May

    Whoa – now that’s cool. There’s gotta be someone who knows Ang or Mal who’s keeping a watchful eye on the site.

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    jqworle
    Posted at 17:59h, 02 May

    What can i say but WOW.

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    MisterScary
    Posted at 19:36h, 30 April

    Nice post, Fil. Thanks for sharing. You should be proud. :-)

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    rjofig
    Posted at 18:35h, 30 April

    Great post, Fil – yeah, feel good be proud of your “baby” :) Cheers!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:39h, 30 April

      Thank you much :)
      You know me (at least a little bit): proud a bit, yes; cocky, no (I’d rather shoot myself on the foot)

      Obrigado!

      FIl

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        rjofig
        Posted at 16:08h, 01 May

        I think I do know that much about you :) To me it seems you should be proud way more than a bit!

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    Spellbound
    Posted at 04:39h, 30 April

    That’s so fucking cool!!!! 😀

    It’s awesome that your work is getting this far out! I wonder if more and more previous SVDS users are seeing this and are interested in purchasing their own unit… 😀

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    depuis1899
    Posted at 16:40h, 29 April

    I just came home from school, went quickly through my favourites while eating a piece of cake, and then I read this. Whilst reading it I literally stopped breathing and chewing. My mom asked me what happened and I said: You remember Fil, that crazy italian AC/DC freak ( in a good way haha ). She said yes, and then I told her what I just read, to make sure I’ve read it twice, and still I can’t believe it, this is just amazing, there are no words to describe it. I feel so happy for you Fil. This here is just great great news. Now that Frank Marino knows about you ( and us ), Angus isn’t that far away, I really do hope he finds out about SD.com !
    I really don’t know what to say, I sound silly writing this, but I’m just speechless…

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 16:48h, 29 April

      well bro, I have my wife and kids (almost) next to me 😆 (playing around the house) and it definitely fills a heart with joy – this reaction of yours, that is.

      Enjoy the sandwich!

      Yours,

      Fil

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      Ant
      Posted at 17:25h, 29 April

      you know after all the findings and recognition this place is getting it wouldnt suprise me if angus and mal are already registered members and are on the pre order list! 😉

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        SoloDallas
        Posted at 17:32h, 29 April

        I may break down and cry 😆 but I have to tell you, I wouldn’t be too surprised either 😀

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        depuis1899
        Posted at 19:09h, 29 April

        now that you mention it, that might actually be possible. Someone knowing Angus Mal, following what Fil and Franz are working on, and maybe waiting until everything is finished to make an appearence ? If so, I guess SD.com would be the happies community on the globe !

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 19:14h, 29 April

          That and shitting in our pants 😆

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            Ant
            Posted at 19:38h, 29 April

            do they do adult nappies? lol

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              depuis1899
              Posted at 19:43h, 29 April

              adult nappies, we could need that in the near future LOL

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              SoloDallas
              Posted at 20:20h, 29 April

              Wife says they do 😆

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                depuis1899
                Posted at 20:44h, 29 April

                cool, I gotta by some, no need to go to the toilet then when I play guitar the whole day lol

                Btw Fil, would it be possible to get your signature next to Mr Schaffers ? I’d like to have my GT signed by both of you :)

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            banane
            Posted at 19:45h, 29 April

            That would actually soil a few pants indeed, lol

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            Ant
            Posted at 20:06h, 29 April

            one of Noahs nappies at ready!!!

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