[interview] Vintage 47: David Barnes

Here's FXDB's interview with David Barnes of Vintage 47:

How did Vintage 47 start?

I started building pedals for 'clean boost' as a courtesy for my amplifier clients who wanted to push their Vintage47 amplifiers a little harder without changing or coloring their instruments tone. All the pedals I found already available that did the clean boost were extremely over priced for such simple devices or actually were not as clean as sellers had claimed, so I started building my own.

Eventually I teamed up with Tim Van Tassel at VanAmps to build a co branded SoleMate/Vintage47 true tank outboard reverb pedal unit that matched my vintage Valco amp cabinet finishes so my clients could add reverb to their older vintage amp collection without having to modify and ruin the collector value of their amps. To my knowledge it is still the only external reverb effect in a pedal size package that has a true spring reverb tank at its core.

Vintage 47Where does the name come from?

All Valco made replications "Chicago Blues Tone" from 1940-1950 "Circa 1947".

Can you tell us something about the production process?

All electronics circuits at Vintage47amps are hand wired point to point with the exception of our SoleMate/Vintage47 'True Tank' reverb which has a small printed hand wired board, everything but the reverb is done as close to the original Valco specs as possible using parts available in todays market.

All painted chassis and effects boxes are metal (no plastics)'old school' hand painted with silk screen graphics.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?Vintage 47 Clean Boost

The Vintaget47 'Clean Boost' is by far our most popular effects pedal which is no surprise as it is truly clean and has a very affordable price.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

A short list of artist who own or have recorded on Vintage47 built products: David Gray, Ry Cooder, Billy Gibbons, Charlie Musselwhite, Marty Balin, Moreland & Arbuckle, Lee McBee, GE Smith, Goo Goo Dolls, Spring Theater Studios, Santa Fe Studios of Albuequergue, et al

What does the future of Vintage 47 look like?

At Vintage47amps we continue to grow and expand the older Valco amplifier amplifier line to include some of the most popular designs from the 1940's and are moving in a direction that will include some of the Valco 1950 models.

Today we see an average of 5000 individual daily visitors to our website, the future at Vinatge47amps is looking pretty bright. We continue to listen to what our clients are asking in the way of vintage amplifier models, effects pedals and accessories and will add to those in the future as demand dictates.

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