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IsoAcoustics Stage 1 Board

Here's what tone fiends the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Eric Johnson are currently using under amps and monitors. Making its NAMM debut in an impressive demonstration, the IsoAcoustics Stage 1 Board portable isolation platform is a light-but-heavy-duty resin board with round, proprietary isolator cushions on the bottom. Drop anything from a small combo to stacked 4x12s on top, and the amps are isolated from the stage surface. The result is a clearer, more articulate tone with richer mids and improved bass. That's achieved by eliminating vibrations that smear sound when the amp and floor—especially a hollow stage—react to each other. Skeptical? IsoAcoustics have been leaders in pro audio isolation, especially for studio monitors, for 18 years, and the product was inspired by John Mayer, who was fed up by vibrational interference with his amp's sound. It's 99 bucks.

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