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Factory Tour

How To Build A Diamond Amp Pt. 1

June 9, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond Amplification factory. In this video segment, Diamond Amplification founder/owner Jeff Diamant walks us through the process of hooking up the circuit board, installing the board into the chassis, final assembly and where Diamond employees spend a lot of time jamming on all their amps. In addition, we get to check out some of Diamond's history as Jeff shows off some of the first Diamond heads ever made.
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Diamond & Blankenship - New Partnership, New Amps

June 8, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond/Blankeship Amps factory. In this video segment, we hear from Diamond Amps' Jeff Diamant and Terry Martin and Blankenship Amps' founder Roy Blankenship talk to us about their newly formed partnership. Both companies will retain their name and own projects, but Jeff Diamant did say that this alliance will breed new vintage-esque Diamond-style amps, including the Diamond's Balinese and Del Fuego models, both low-wattage amp offerings. In addition, we hear about the birth of this partnership and what we can expect from both companies in the future.
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Blankenship Amps - Roy Blankenship's Workshop

June 8, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond/Blankenship factory. In this video segment, we get an exclusive look at Roy Blankenship's workshop where he does all the hand-wiring for his Blankenship amps. We get to check out all his tools, some vintage amps he's collected over the years doing repairs, old-school tubes and we even get to see Roy 'populate a board.'
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Specimen Products-In Progress Projects/Prototypes

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we get to check out some of Ian Schneller (Specimen Products' founder) collection of in-progress projects and prototypes. These ideas and concepts include a mini-Beatle bass for his daughter, ukuleles, hollow-body guitars (Royale) and his famous custom horn speakers (used by Andrew Bird).
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Specimen Products - Specimen Gallery

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we check out some of Specimen Product's finished instruments, amps and speakers. The video features Royale, Maxwell and Pippin guitar models, an electric mandolin, an electric ukulele and their famous custom horn speakers, which have been used by Andrew Bird while on tour.

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Specimen Products - Tube Amp Building Seminar

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we take an inside look at their "Tube Amplifier Building Workshop," by featuring clips of students working in the lab, first-hand testimonial and finished product demos that are said to be based on old Fender Tweed Champ and 18-watt Marshall circuits. As the video illustrates, each student is given a workstation, all necessary tools and amp kits provided by Mojo Music.

Click here for Chris Burgess' feature article on the Tube Amp Building Seminar with photo gallery.

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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour-Tolex Process & Final QC

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to see the whole process of applying the Tolex to their cabs, including how Mesa technicians race against the clock before the glue on the Tolex dries. In addition, we check out the final assembly of grills, back compartments and the most sought after position in Petaluma-the technician that test drives all the amps before they leave the factory.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour-Custom Woods & Vinyl

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to see some of Mesa's famous exotic and custom wood selections used for cab and head enclosures. The hardwoods include African ribbon mahogany, bubinga, purple heart, Tasmanian blackwood, imbuya and many more. In addition, we get to check out some of Mesa's custom vinyl coverings including cheetah print, cowhide, snake, croc and for those Cheap Trick and Rick Nielsen fans, checkerboard print.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Circuit Board Assembly

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we check out how Mesa Boogie constructs their circuit boards. We see how the intricate process works, including the use of large machines, both automated and manned, and the "Terminator Machine," which applies molten solder to the circuit board to ensure the components secruity on both sides of the board.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Building Boogie Cabs

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we see how Mesa Boogie builds their cabs, including the CNC cutting process, sanding and gluing and why Mesa chooses non-void Russian baltic birch plywood for their cabs.
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