About and History:
As a designer and builder with almost two decades of experience and countless hours building and manipulating analog circuits I have come to appreciate the subtle differences in circuit design and part selection that make up an amplifier. Understanding the difference between carbon or metal film resistors, the nuances that polyester and polypropylene capacitors have on the top end, or the countless other intricacies of analog components. I know that the design and build process consists of a culmination of the amplifier, the guitar, the speaker, the room and the player.
My designs stem from a long history in producing classic to modern circuits and being mentored by a great designer Bill Krinard. This has given me the tools to understand the interplay that happens within this complex system. By focusing on a specific goal these amplifier designs can either maintain a vintage vibe or have a more refined modern feel. The secret lies within creating circuits that are not hindered by the “bad” behavior classic designs have. The goal is to let the player forget that the amp is just a tool, that it is part of the creative circle of; player-guitar-amp-speaker. Creating a situation where the amplifier acts as an extension of the guitar and in the end the player’s voice
To me, building amplifiers has always consisted of a 90% technical understanding of electronics and 10% creative inspiration and experimentation. Because this 10% can’t be quantified as to what and why it is the way it is, that 10% is what makes an amp great, makes it feel good and ultimately what creates the balance between the player, the guitar and the audience. This 10% is what I work to attain with every design and is what I strive to push further with new designs.
I started building speaker cabinets and head shells for companies in 1996, these ranged from Fender/Marshall replicas to stage systems. This experience built on a history of construction and wood working and would serve to be the basis for future cabinet design and prototyping. After several years of building I picked up a local client (Two-Rock Amplifiers) that was just getting started with building tube amps. After building cabinets for a few months I just knew that I needed to works with these guys and start building amps myself. That choice and subsequent employment lead me to spend the next 15 years helping grow and evolve the designs, concepts, and infrastructure of that that company. Around 2005 Two-Rock was having a hard time sourcing cabinetry and without too much hesitation I knew I needed to open a cabinetry shop to supply Two-Rock with cabinets. While building a wood working shop to help supply Two-Rock I also picked up numerous other companies to build for. One of those companies was Budda Amplification which also turned into a OEM position building all of their amplifiers. In 2010 I was approached by the guys at Two-Rock to come back and head the build team and help transition the company into new ownership. After 5 years of new ownership I knew that it was time to leave as my mentor and colleague (Bill Krinard) had also moved on. With that SineWave amplifiers was started.