[interview] Dave Hall Amps (DHA): Dave Hall

Here's FXDB's interview with Dave Hall of Dave Hall Amps (DHA):

How did Dave Hall Amps (DHA) start?

I am a guitarist and electronics engineer. I started building my own amps and effects as a hobby in the 70's while still at school. In the 90's I started selling custom valve amps and later on pedals.

I wanted a pure valve signal path and found that there where not many valve overdrive pedals available, so I designed my own.

Where does the name come from?

I have been building valve amps for many years, hence the name.

What sets Dave Hall Amps (DHA) apart from other builders?

  • Buyers get to talk direct to the designer, builder.
  • I'm happy to do custom designs and finishes.
  • I am guitarist who knows what sounds good not just an electronics engineer that is making something at a price.

How do you start on a new pedal?

Normally from customer requests for a custom idea, if I think its a good idea then I turn it into a standard product.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All pedals and amps are handbuilt in house by Dave Hall in Devon, all pedals are signed.

All handwired using PCBs in pedals, no SMT. All enclosures are hand painted.

How important is the look of your pedals?

True to say not everyone likes my finishes, but they do stand out and are very custom.

Is parts selection important?

Yes, I only use the best components and they are built to last.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

VT2-Twin-EQ is the most complex and challenging pedal.

The VT1-EQ-Bass-Drive is the most popular

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

VT2-Twin-EQ, just the amount of electronics to get into one box with 2 valves.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The VT1-EQ-Bass-Drive is the most popular.

It offers bass players valve tone, EQ and DI and a very good price. Bass players are mainly using them to warm up solid state amps and hence provide a more vintage sound.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

I mainly make valve driven pedals as well as some solid state DI's, EQ's and fuzz pedals.

What does the future of Dave Hall Amps (DHA) look like?

I'm happy with the level of sales at present as it's not my full time job and I don't want to lose the direct handbuilt "feel".

I will look to expand at some point when the time is right.

Are you working on any new products?

I have new ideas all the time...

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