Here's FXDB's interview with Jonathan Glynn of Mill Hill Creations:
How did Mill Hill Creations start?
A natural progression for my tube amplifier company focused on guitar tone.
We read many vintage books on early transistor circuits. My back ground in electronics is 1990 Government Electronics (Air Force Sat Comm Ranger), as a hobby I read everything I could about tubes and alot of that info bridged into transistors and those basic thoughts and circuits are where I started my discovery.
Where do the name and logo come from?
The town in London where my Mum was born and raised, prior to moving to Los Angeles in 1965.
We had several logo's due to being an artist.
What sets Mill Hill Creations apart from other builders?
We are cool. We do not copy other people or companies. We care about our History as we create it every day.
How do you start on a new pedal?
I need a sound to come from my mind into my hands.
Concepts and creations fall out of me. Total concept in a day, actual finished product in a week to a month depending on complexity of build.
How do you name your pedals?
All the names for my designs come from an internal voice.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
All in house with a staff of four.
- Circuits : Hand-wired point to point on custom drilled circuit cards without any copper traces, resin potted to protect schematics and components.
- Enclosures : various lines: stainless steel, aluminum.
- Painting : various lines: spray painted, tattoo artist hand painted, stickered decals.
How important is the look of your pedals?
Design in a holistic manner is my Highest focus.
How important is parts selection?
Every aspect of the end product is within my special attention.
Which of our pedals makes you most proud?
Which of your pedals is your toughest build?
My next release, I am requiring myself to obtain financial investment for further releases of my products, as a businessman does not use his own money.
Which of your pedals is your most popular?
Landmine. Sold the most of them.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
I love the full color of sound and make pedals that help musicians create.
Most of my clients who are famous are under larger contracts which forbid their commenting in public about our gear. We do not pay for complements, rather view the purchase of our gear as a complement.
What does the future of Mill Hill Creations look like?
Mill Hill Creations is a life long business. I am continuing to design and create tube amplifiers and building a tube studio for music creation. My commercial releases are based on inspiration and extra funds to throw at the market. With a financial partner, more could be done, although I am happy moving through my life creating gear for my studio and the select clients who step forward.
Are you working on any new products?
Please see investment comments above and know that when God delivers an investor, I will release my catalog of equipment. Until then I am building for the flood of our work.