Author: banane

Angus Schaffer Replica (Guitar Player)

14 Sep The Schaffer Replica at Guitar Player!

Dear Members,

Of course the TSR has been something of a secret… You know, labor of love here on SD. But a lot of things are converging… Our first production run – sold out on the GT and on the pedal – the great unsolicited comments our first users have begun posting here… Then, Fil’s trip to Vancouver to meet with Angus, and the new album – possibly before the end of the year, to celebrate AC/DC’s 4 decades!!

And now the TSR, that started as a “little special something” for our SoloDallas members… is breaking out: we just got the news that “Guitar Player” Magazine has just today published a sneak preview, “The “Secret” of Angus Young’s Classic AC/DC Guitar Sound?” about the TSR. (If you remember, it was a February 1984 “Guitar Player” interview with Angus Young, when asked “Do you use any effects,” he said “I only use a Schaffer-Vega wireless” which brought Fil on the right track on his search for the “Back in Black” tone.) (more…)

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26 May Less Is More: Mr. Marshall Switzerland Bruno Eicher talks about his TSR Gold Tag

Dear Members,

please say hello to Mr. Bruno Eicher, better known as “Mr. Marshall Switzerland”. I think this is quite the right name for him.

Bruno Eicher receiving his Gold Tag

Bruno Eicher right after receiving his Gold Tag

Bruno Eicher receiving his Gold Tag

Gold Tags and vintage SG’s fit great together, no?














And of course he tried it out right after site member Daniel Meier (who obtained this unit for Bruno) handed over his unit. And as it seems, it sounds great on Orange amps as well:

As usual, I’ll hand over the mike to Bruno himself now:

Wow Wow Wow Yes, thats it! I’m speechless and totally happy with my TSR.

I thank God, Filippo Olivieri and the whole SoloDallas Team for their work and what they created. It took me the last 20 years to find the perfect sound for my projects. With the TSR and my Marshall Equipment, I finally found my personal Bruno Eicher sound.

In the past 20 years I tried lots of Effect/Boost devices, but the TSR Gold Tag beats them all and will always be my number one.

Conclusion No. 1 after the tests: less is more and and without any knick-knacks between (the GT) into the amp!

The TSR brings that honest earthy Rock’n Roll sound to my Marshall Equipment and my SGs.

With the right settings, it’s a breeze to play the right sound from clean to crunch just with the volume tuner on the guitar. And it’s amazing how clean the the single notes and chords are hearable.

Said it and picked up his guitar again (Facebook login required to watch video).

Bruno and his Marshalls. Actually, just a few of them.

This is how Marshall/Gibson addiction looks like in Switzerland. Bruno Eicher is mesmerized of the JMP100s from 1968 and 1972 and collected a few of them.

Bruno's SG's

Just a few of Bruno’s SG’s. Looks like a preference for a specific model?


I can only imagine how this wall of Marshalls would sound. Gives me goosebumps.

Final words from Bruno himself:

As an old, but still young in mind Rocker, I will start through again like in younger years and inspire all the humans out there! Maybe I’ll find on this way the missing band members who will part my passion with me.
I’m searching for: Singer (Bon Scott), Bassist, Rhythm guitarist, drummer!

So, if you wanna join Bruno and rock your ass off: hit it!


Bruno Salute

Final Salute from Bruno


Well, and if you ask me: Could I please be like him when I’m older?

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16 Apr Go Go Gorillo: King Kongs of Rock’n’ Roll: First Album recorded with the Schaffer Replica!

Dear Members,

Several months ago, a guy contacted us and asked us about the Schaffer Replica, about Fil and his search for the tone. This lead to an interview with Franz and Fil (over Skype) and to an interview article on the Austrian online music magazine “Backbeat”: The Raiders Of The Lost Sound. But this isn’t all.

Of course, this very nice guy, Rocco Carletto, as he calls himself, is also a guitarist and plays in a rock band. What else? (more…)

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03 Jan Preparing delivery of the first 25 Schaffer Replica units

Dear Members,

Franz picked up the first 25 built units from the shop today. Now we’ll prepare the delivery. Means: getting packaing material, price quotes for delivery to different countries, writing and printing invoices, attaching the “Gold Tag” brass plates, shooting a photo of each single unit for each buyer, doing a short sound test (functional tests and burn in has been already done at the shop) and writing the delivery notification emails. They will be sent out at about tomorrow, Saturday, 4th January, somewhen in the afternoon/evening.

To mention the procedure again: Every buyer will get a “ready for delivery” notification email with a photo of his unit and we’ll ask for the final part of the payment. After the final payment came in, we’ll immediately send the unit. Insured to the full amount and with tracking. Tracking number will be sent via mail, of course.

And as usual, I’ll end the post with a few photos. The unit you see there, is #001, brass plate not yet attached. Higher quality photos will follow later. Enjoy!






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19 Dec A sly look into the shop part III: PCBs and front rework

Dear Members,

Another small update from the shop. Gold Tag front plates are being made, Gold Tag main boards are being made. Unfortunately, the Gold Tag fronts were not exactly to our specs, the VU meter cutout is about 1.5 millimeters too small. So the shop re-routes the holes in their CNC router.








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04 Dec A sly look into the shop part I: Gold Tag parts arriving

Dear members,

while the Gold Tag case parts are getting their paint job, the electronic parts for the Gold Tag arrived in the assembly shop. Shop owner sent us a few photos for first impressions to share with you all. In case you are scratching your head why there are so many different electronic boards: the Gold Tag contains 3 different boards: Main, Front, Rear.






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