Author: SoloDallas

30 Aug “Tower Power”

In 1976, Ken Schaffer (an American inventor) partnered with Vega Corporation (California) to deliver the best wireless system ever made for guitars – soon spreading to other instruments (bass, acoustic stringed instruments, vocals, etc.).

Schaffer wanted to create the most transparent sounding device but luckily, he failed (according to his own memoirs). This wireless system had a sound of its own and musicians of the time quickly realized it, putting it to good use (Kiss, AC/DC, Van Halen, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, … ). Over 1000 Superbands and individual artists joined as Schaffer-Vega clients between 1976 and 1981, some of them using this particular system for over 10 years straight (live and in the studio) even after the introduction of newer and, theoretically, more efficient technology in the 1980s.

After years of research, once we at SoloDallas’ realized the breadth of the original SVDS use in those times, we have wanted the whole world to have that sound, and this time, in affordable packages. The Schaffer Replica line of products was born (2013). (more…)

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19 Aug Terry Manning receives his SoloDallas Storm and loves it. Read about it here

Photo CREDITS: Josh Reynolds, The Boston Globe.Photo Credit: Josh Reynolds, The Boston Globe.

First off, some of you – you younger ones or even you, among the older ones not necessarily into the industry of music – who is Terry Manning? Well, to me personally, he means a lot of things which I will try and explain to you, briefly. But to the many  who don’t have much time to spend reading and investigating on things, he is a monster of music. He’s done it all; performing and producing. He’s a number of things (musician, composer, photographer, family man, pilot and much more, evidently). He was the man behind several bands back then  (‘back then’, a period in time I seem to like to go to, often) whether producing or engineering; bands such as Joe Cocker, Wattstax, Alex Chilton, Big Star, James Taylor, Leon Russell, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Jason & The Scorchers, Rhino Bucket, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Joe Walsh, Johnny Winter, The Rainmakers, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Molly Hatchet, The Angels, Johnny Diesel and The Injectors, Lenny Kravitz, Jimmy Buffett, Shakira, Crash Test Dummies, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams, Widespread Panic, and many others

Please check him up on wikipedia: Terry Manning


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10 Aug Lenny Kaye Takes The Schaffer Replica On Tour With The Patti Smith Group

Lenny Kaye TSR-1

Lenny Kaye, guitarist with the Patti Smith Group since its inception in 1974, heard about The Schaffer Replica right here, and shared his thoughts about it when he finally got to use it onstage:

“The Schaffer Replica sparkles the top, rounds the bass, and gives an extra tail to sustain… it enhances rather than overrides your overdrive. When you want more, it’s there, just like rock and roll.”

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