[interview] Taurus: Mateusz Rybicki

Here's FXDB's interview with Mateusz Rybicki of Taurus:

How did Taurus start?

Taurus is a brand of Box Electronics, which was established in 1983 and is manufacturing a wide range of electro-acoustic products.

However, Taurus had its beginning long before Box Electronics. In the late 70’s the first amplifiers were made for use in the band „PickUp”, in which Adam Kozakiewicz played guitar. He was the designer and the first user of these amps. In 1981 he and a group of musicians formed a rock band „Jeep” and they used to play on amps and sound systems which where designed by Adam. In that time the first Taurus amplifier was also built. It was a special bass amp with a synthesizer and a foot keyboard used to support bass lines. He also used the same name for his next favorite guitar amp.

In 1983, still playing with "Jeep", Adam decided to start Box Electronics, a company that would specialize in making guitar and bass amps. It was a period of great experience, because the band could test all the newly built amplifiers. At the same time Box Electronics started to enlarge its production of sound systems, which made the company popular and allowed it to grow. All the time guitar and bass amps remained the biggest passion of the company's founder and people working with him. A stubborn will to continue the production of these devices led to a design of a whole new series of amps. The owner's sentiment for his first guitar amps caused the name „Taurus” to reappear. At the beginning of the new Taurus project, guitar as well as bass amps were designed, but then all the energy was directed towards a design of uncompromising bass amps.

Where does the name come from?

Taurus was the name of one of the first amps made by Adam. Launching a new brand Adam decided to name it Taurus after his first devices.

How do you name your pedals?

All the names are taken from breeds of cattle. we thought it was a funny idea to give them unusual names that are still connected to the brand name in a way.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All Taurus products are handcrafted in Sopot in our factory.

How important is the look of your pedals?

Not as important as the sound, but significant, as it makes them recognizable

Is parts selection important?

We pay a lot of attention to the quality of the parts. Where possible we use parts made for us in Poland.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

All Silver Line series Pedals are what we are proud of. We released them at the same time and all of them sound great and are still getting more popular worldwide!

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

Zebu (reverb/delay) and Vechoor (multi-chorus) can be used both with guitar and bass, so they may be a little bit more popular than for example Abigar (bass drive).

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