It was a great day for the winners of our Great Guitarists Competition last month when they came to central London to receive their prizes.
The ceremony was held at Larry Macari's Keyboard Centre in Denmark Street — traditional home of music — and as well as the lucky prizewinners some prominent members of the musical instrument industry were on hand to witness the event.
First prize was won by Mr. J.C. Kennedy of Fallings Park, Wolverhampton. He was presented with a maple neck Fender Stratocaster by CBS/Arbiter Executives Andrew Wallace and Martin Fredman and as an extra bonus they kindly threw in a deluxe hard shell Fender case for the guitar.
Pete Tulett, sales director of Rosetti and Co. presented Drew Adams of Edinburgh with a magnificent Epiphone 12 string acoustic guitar. Drew already had a solid guitar but this is the first time he's owned a good quality acoustic.
The host of the proceedings, Larry Macari, gave a Colorsound Phaze pedal and a Might Atom amp to the third winner Allen Mortimer who didn't have so far to come. He lives in Fulham, London.
Leslie A. Boosey, Chairman of Hammond Organ (U.K.) Ltd., retired recently. A special presentation lunch was held for him at London's Cafe Royal, where John A. Volkober, President of Hammond Corporation, Chicago, U.S.A. presented Mr. Boosey with an inscribed working "Cut-away" model of the Hammond tone wheel generator.
In an appreciative address, Mr. Volkober praised Mr. Boosey as the "father" of the very successful Boosey & Hawkes Ltd. and Hammond Corporation, U.S.A. joint venture.
Also in attendance were Lawrence Zinder, A.G. Kilby, A.R. Clapham, H.P. Barker and Keith Beckingham.
CBS/Arbiter are launching a club for the thousands of guitarists who play Fender in the U.K. The club is now being formed by CBS/Arbiter's Andrew Wallace, Martin Fredman and Pete Dyke, and it is intended that a main part of the club's activities will be concentrated on helping improve the playing standard of the members.
Virtuoso guitarist Big Jim Sullivan has agreed to become one of the founder members and he's going to undertake a series of clinics around the country in the next few months at which he will be playing and encouraging comments, questions and criticisms about guitar technique.
For more information about the Fender Guitar Club write to Andrew Wallace, (Contact Details).
Blackfoot Sue recently collected a pair of Tunderbolt horn bins from Vitavox at the beginning of a field trial sponsored by International Musician.
Vitavox have produced a high quality enclosure intended for group use for the first time and before going into full production the company is anxious to discover how the bins withstand the rigours of life on the road with a top professional band.
International Musician decided to sponsor the field trials and Blackfoot Sue have agreed to test the bins for a month or so and report back on their findings. We hope to publish their report in due course. The band were presented with the bins by Vitavox's joint managing director, Mr. David Young.
In Our Soundcheck articles last month we made two mistakes that need correction. With reference to the Amcron power amp, we said that an incorrect mains cable was fitted — this should have read, incorrect mains label, referring to the transformer label. We're Sorry if this has caused any confusion.
On our test of the Yamaha 25 watt amp, we mentioned the American type plug fitted to the test model. Kemble (the U.K. distributors of Yamaha) have asked us to point out that every amp is adjusted for the U.K. market to meet the usual safety requirements. The unit we tested had recently arrived in the country and had not undergone the pre-delivery adjustments.
Previous article in this issue:
Next article in this issue:
mu:zines is the result of thousands of hours of effort, and will require many thousands more going forward to reach our goals of getting all this content online.
If you value this resource, you can support this project - it really helps!