[interview] Chandler: Paul Chandler

Here's FXDB's interview with Paul Chandler of Chandler:

How did Chandler start?

We got into the pedal business with our "Tube Driver" Overdrive, one of the first tube overdrive preamps to enter the market. This was in the mid 1980s.

We were originally distributing these pedals for a guy hand-making them for us. We refined the design to obtain consistent sounding product but always had difficulty meeting demand. The whole thing was a very small operation.

Where do the name and logo come from?

It is our family name. Paul and Adrian met at the NAMM show in 1981; married in 1985.

The logo was developed in 1980 using a retro style script before everything went retro. We want to convey a feel from the "golden years" of the music business.

What sets Chandler apart from other builders?

All our products were tested and used at gigs by company staff before being brought to market. This hands-on approach yielded superior sounding products that worked well in performance situations. Also, many artists were influential in product features & promotion.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

Not building electronics at this time.

Our pedals were made many years ago, it was just PCB with through-board components. We still have some NOS components left if anyone needs anything.

The enclosures were stamped steel, powder coated and silkscreened, manufactured by Almanor Metal Products here in Northern Califorina.

For small builders now, we can supply engraved faceplates, very reasonably in small or large quantities.

What does the future of Chandler look like?

We have been doing this a long time. The reason we got into the business in the first place is because we love music and have fun spending time together. We are now spending a little more time doing the music and working the gardens on the property and a little less time making sawdust.

We are still involved in the business 7 days a week; there is just not enough time for us to do everything, so we are now trying to do 1 thing very well, leaving time for the band and other things.

We ended pedal and guitar production due to the high amount of labor content and low margins in these products.

Are you working on any new products?

We are not working on any new pedals at this time. We have had to reinvent the company several times, so who knows what the future will bring... now we are just making product and having fun.

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