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Article from In Tune, February 1986

IN TUNE's sneak preview of the Frankfurt Fair


A German joke, so they say, is no laughing matter, and no-one takes running a musical instrument exhibition more seriously than the West Germans, whose annual Frankfurt Fair is the international launch-platform for the world's major manufacturers and designers.

The Frankfurt Messe (and just think what scurrilous headlines THAT name suggested to us!) is also the honeypot for Europe's leading music shop buyers. Drawn to see what they hope to be selling to the likes of us over the coming year, it's also an ideal opportunity for your fearless 'IT' editorial team (brown paper bags at the ready) to brave a trip across the North Sea and bring you back all the gen on next year's goodies. Faced with the all-but-nameless terrors of Frankfurt's near-legendary February cold and German taxi drivers (not to mention the size of hangovers following from six receptions in one evening!) the 'IT' contingent will be giving their all as you sit in the comfort of your rusty Transit, reading this out loud to your road crew.

Meanwhile, through the uncanny clairvoyant powers of the IT Cat, we bring you a brief taster of what's in store. Next month - We Woz There! But for now, here's just some of what looks like being among this year's highlights.

Yamaha's forthcoming PF80 electronic piano

Europe is a vital market area for the Japanese instrument and equipment manufacturers, and accordingly the Frankfurt Fair is given major prominence in their promotional plans. Witness YAMAHA, who are set to bombard this year's visitors with a plethora of new gear, most of which will be landing on our home shores over the next few months. Where to start - that's the problem! For the sake of beginning somewhere we'll take their upcoming keyboards first. We've already seen both the DX100 and DX27 (the former is reviewed in this very issue), but watch out now for the PF80 and PF70. These will replace the existing PF10/15 models and are to provide MIDI, 10 FM voices, weighted actions and so on. The PF80 will provide players with 88 keys, the PF70 with 76. Built-in tremolo and chorus, 3-band Eq, speakers and more will make them virtually unbeatable; that's what our pundits guess, at any rate. Add to these features two function modes giving access to 16 programmable functions relating to MIDI usage, and you have another pair of potential winners. We expect RRPs to be around £999 (for the PF80) and £899 (the PF70) respectively.

Recording/PA



One of the hottest areas for new Yamaha launches will be in the PA and Recording fields, where we are expecting to see the new MT1X cassette four tracker. Probably due to sell for about £450, this is an all-in-one unit with dbx noise reduction, MIDI in/out and punch in/out sockets, and will be a portable type, running from both batteries and mains. In principle it looks like it's been aimed directly at the Fostex X-15.

On the PA front, expect new Yamaha mixers soon in a renewed assault on this traditionally home-grown market area. A 32 channel 'biggie' looks on the cards - the PM3000 - and this will mate happily with 5 new Yamaha brand mikes which are also, we understand, destined to appear soon. On the power amp side, by the way, expect to see a new model in Yamaha's revised 'P' series soon, possibly the P2075 which should deliver 75 watts per side or 150 watts mono.

Guitars



Yamaha guitar fans look like being in for a vintage year, our spies tell us; but Frankfurt introductions may only be a shadow of what's yet to come. As far as we know, all we're likely to see yet are additions to the SE range. Some will have single coil pickups, some humbuckers, all could have new trems. Expect the cheapest model (the SE150) to sell for under £200.

Perhaps of more immediate interest to guitarists will be Yamaha's re-entry into the FX pedal market. It's hard to see how the otherwise all-conquering Yamaha team could have gone so wrong with FX in the past, but they could be about to come storming back with a new range including Compressor, Chorus, Distortion, Flanger, Overdrive and Graphic. Prices look attractive; the Distortion likely to cost about £39, the Chorus £54. There's also a new pickup system for acoustics which comprises both an 'over the soundhole' humbucker and a bridge fixed Piezo transducer. Interestingly, a single pot enables you to blend the signals from each. Finally, a wireless transmitter/receiver system is also due - the WXY-10 and WXY-5. Prices have yet to be set, but rumour has it that they're impressively low.

Modules



The Yamaha RX21L

Would you believe that we're in for a Latin version of the RX21? Well we are, and the RX21L will soon be upon us, complete with 16 PCM voices. Not due till May, however, are three new MIDI processing units, which well be schlepping over to Nick Graham as soon as possible. These are the the MEP4 (MIDI Event Processor), MC2S (MIDI Control Station) and MJC88 (MIDI Junction Controller).

Computer buffs, meantime, can now augment their Yamaha CX5Ms with new disc compatible ROMs, including a DX21 Voicing Programme, FM Music Composer II, FM Voicing Programme II and FM Music Macro II. Also new will be the SFG05 Tone Module, which replicates the tone generator from the DX21 and DX100 and can be slotted in to replace the basic SFG01. To sell for about £100, the SFG05 has MIDI In, enabling the CX5 to be employed as an FM Expander.

Drums



Still Yamaha don't let up, and drummers can anticipate a long-awaited introduction in the form of brass shell snare drums, in addition to updates in the system hardware. In this latter respect, examples should include the WS810 double tom-tom stand and the DS810 drum stool. By the Spring of this year, incidentally, expect to see some new finishes, including Quartz Grey in the 9000 Series and Sunset Brown in the 8000s.

Finally, Yamaha will (at long last) be making their entry into the electronic drum market, albeit only with pre-production samples. Both pads and a MIDI interface unit will be shown, but final versions aren't expected on sale till later this year.

ROLAND, meanwhile, were being fairly cagey about their Frankfurt plans before we went to press on this issue, but we did have some details - and pretty interesting they looked too! Again, knowing where to start is the problem, over 20 new products seeming to be about to grace Roland's Frankfurt stand. For want of any specific feelings about where we should kick-off, how about a look at their burgeoning Micro-Rack series? This will see various newcomers, including a pre-amp/parametric Eq model (£130), a sampler/DDL (£200) and a pad controller for the latter, which we can't as yet set a price to. Expect these in U.K. shops around March. On the keyboard side, we've already seen Roland's new Alpha Juno 1 (see this month's review), and we sneak-previewed the upcoming Alpha Juno 2 at the same time. Expect, however, a new Mother keyboard (the MKB200) with 61 weighted keys plus velocity/after touch sensing (RRP £599), plus a new programmer for both Alpha Juno models, to be called the PG300 and likely to sell for £200. A 'home synth' version of the JU1 is also on the way, we gather. It'll be called the the HS10 and we understand that it could sell for £625.

We also expect to be seeing a new sequencer/MIDI recorder (the RRP £799 MC500) sometime around May, as well as a 'Programmable Digital Rhythm Composer' - the TR505 - which should RRP at £225.

More 'Boards



Still more from Roland on the keyboard side will arrive this year in the shape of the JX10, dubbed a 'Super JX Synth' by its makers and featuring 12 voice operation, 76 keys, velocity/after touch operation and sequencing. A new digital piano, on which every note is digitally sampled (the 88 key HP5500), will also be with us by around April/May. However, Nick Graham (IT's man with the trench coat, felt hat and 007 pencil sharpener) tells us that the following model could be the electric piano of all time. Sounds interesting, doesn't it? It's what Roland call a 'Combo Digital Piano' (the RD1000) and will cost about £2,500. Guitarists, meanwhile, will soon have two new effects pedals from Boss to fall in love with. One is the DC2 'Dimension C' (RRP £130), the other the HF2 'Hi-Band Flanger' (RRP £89.00). Add a fretless bass guitar controller (the RRP £775 G77FL) which is due here by April and you've yet another intriguing product to await.

More on Roland when we've been there - as they say!

Vox Pop



Just in case you were starting to think that Frankfurt was a Japanese makers only affair, the scam on British amp makers Vox looks interesting too. Vox's latest is to be a 100 watt lead head, fitted with 3-band Eq plus presence, pre-amp and master volume controls. 4x12s are (at last!) being offered by Vox, so all you HM fans can finally be satisfied!

On the more modest side of the Vox range, their Venue series is to be expanded to include the Dual 100, a 100 watt switchable twin channel transistorised amp with 'twin sounds' - clean and distorted - each footswitchable channel having independent Eq. controls. Reverb, DI and headphone sockets are also included.

Also coming to the Venue Series are 50 watt types. The 50w Lead provides a 10" Fane speaker, master and preamp volumes, 3-band Eq, footswitchable reverb, Phone, DI and Slave outlets and so on. No prices were available as we went to press.

Finally on the amp side. Vox will have a new bass amp on show, a 50w type. This also uses a Fane driver (a 12" model this time) plus 3-band Eq, send and return in addition to all the usual Vox inputs and outputs plus a sealed, infinite baffle enclosure.

Not British at all (they're Japanese made, of course) Vox are to have some new guitars too. These will come in the White Shadow M Series and are to have Rosewood fingerboards, maple necks and so on. Locking trems are optional, as are various humbucking/single coil pickup variations, and a bass version (available in fretless or fretted versions) is also 'on the way'.

PA Perfection?



One British maker for whom we have unlimited time is Cambridge-based HARRISON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (H.I.T.), who are set to rock Frankfurt with their new 'Digital Switchmode' power amps. Using the 'latest Ultra Linear Pulse Width Modulation' technology, Harrison claim to have the first all-British digital power amp, and it will no doubt provide some healthy competition for Peavey's contributions in this area. The Harrison offers the anticipated benefits of smaller size and weight plus improvements on conventional 'Class B' power amp types. We'll try to get a review sample a.s.a.p., of course.

Meantime, H.I.T. will also be showing some deliciously designed graphic equalisers. These are the G.P. Series - and don't they look the biz? (see pic). Look out, too, for their new Active Xover, the AC-400, which features built-in limiters and adjustable filter cards, in addition to speccing to the very highest standard as a crossover.

Finally, H.I.T. are moving into the professional mixer market, with the SP7. Not too many details of this were forthcoming before the show but, again, we hope to be able to tell you more after the ball is over.

Premier



One of the highlights of this year's Frankfurt show for drummers is likely to be found on the PREMIER stand, where a new Resonator drum outfit is to be displayed. As well as incorporating a selection of both natural wood and plastic finishes, the Resonator kit is now to be available in what Premier are calling 'Piano White'. The new kit features the Resonator's patented inner shell construction method, which employs 'top quality' birch. Apparently this construction method uses neither glue nor any other fixing method, just relying on extremely accurate cutting techniques. Nice one. Premier! Apparently, the thinness of the Resonator's shell enables it to create exceptional tone and projection and, although some of this British maker's competitors have just started fitting flush braced hi-tension lugs to alleviate strains on the shell, Premier had them beat on this aspect - they fitted them from day one!

For all their prowess, however, Premier still have a tough job on their hands in competing with the Japanese, so it's good to see the level of product development which is going on at their Leicester base these days. The fruits of this programme can be seen in the new matching high-gloss natural wood finish hoops with the easy-tuning feature of four square-headed bolts, two on the player's side, and two on the front side at the bottom of the drum. Meantime, added to the Premier range of ProLock hardware will be the 2392 double tom holder. Using a completely flexible ball and socket joint, the new holder looks exceptionally flexible and fast/fo set-up.

Also featuring in Premier's major push at Frankfurt will be a new series of drum heads. The range will include many different types and are claimed to be capable of meeting their American counterparts head on at 'very competitive prices'.

On we go again, noting a new hard cymbal case in passing, to anticipate two new snare drums, the 6½" deep 2009 (especially suited, the makers say, for close miking). Fitted with solid cast 'overtone killing' stress rims top and bottom, the 2009 also features a new snare with a built-in adjustable 'buzz control' along with a 'special sound pick-up area' which takes the form of a large mike-sized hole, formed in the outer shell. An 8" deep version, the 2010, is also expected to make its debut. After passing the new 'Deadhead' practice pads (thick chipboard discs, topped with rubber) we come to the final Premier exhibit, a new Multiclamp, which we gather will clamp onto any tube on the drum kit from 1¼" down to 5/8" and will then accept various other tubes and rods (from 3/4" to 7/16" sizes) allowing drummers to attach boom arms, tom holders, cymbal arms, mikes, etc. to their kit. With a 'tilt' facility (sounds like a pinball machine, doesn't it!) the drummer can rotate the accessory on his or her Multiclamp through 360 degrees.

Korg Sampler



Back with the keyboard/electronics market, KORG are tipped to have several new goodies on show, including a new piano, the SG-1 Sampling Grand, which will feature a full length 'piano-feel' keyboard with what are tipped to be 'highly accurate' sampled piano sounds plus electronic piano sounds built in. Extra sounds can be added via external ROM cartridges, apparently.

A new Poly 800 is also likely to take a bow at the show. Basically unchanged from its illustrious ancestor, this version is expected to have the addition of a built-in digital delay system, not to mention programmable Eq, an extended sequencer capacity and 'improved envelope generators'. If it looks up to scratch we'll certainly try and get one for review in a future IT.

Korg's new lines are expected to include the EX8000, in essence a keyboardless DW8000 suitable for rack mounting. 64 programmes and a built in digital delay are also anticipated as features of this new unit. Korg are also tipped to have a new Vocoder on the way, the DVP-1. A Digital Voice Processor, this unit is expected to combine vocoder, harmoniser, pitch shifter and internal waveforms. It's even MIDI controllable! Finally, Korg users who want fast access to over 64 programmes will soon have the MEX8000 to add to their shopping lists. Capable of storing four lots of 64 sounds via MIDI, it can apparently be used with the DW6000, DW8000, DVP-1, EX8000, EX800 and Poly 800 II.

1Kw Stereo!



ILP's '2002' 1,000-watt power amp

ILP, whose guitar combo we enthusiastically reviewed this month, are to be showing their new bass version, a 100 watt job featuring 5-band Eq, compressor and full bi-amping facilities. Also fresh from ILP will be a massive 1,000 watt RMS stereo power amp - yes, that's correct, it delivers 1Kw per side into 2 Ohms and is bridgable into mono. Short circuit, overheating, D.C. and individual component protection are all provided and the price is claimed to be 'highly competitive'. Sounds tasty, doesn't it!

4-Track



The latest 4-track recorder from MTR, Vesta-Fire's MR-10

A new 4 track cassette in the highly praised Vesta Fire range is tipped to be unveiled by top home recording distributors MTR. Called the MR-10, it will offer dbx noise reduction, ten inputs, Vu metering and more. A neat looking machine, the Vesta Fire should do well. Also from Vesta will be the DIG-412 Programmable Digital Delay, with 128 programmes and MIDI. Finally, MTR will also have the Vesta Fire SF-100 Space Commander, a digital stereo chorus/flanger.

Under MTR's own name, the new mixers highlighted on our news pages will be making their international debut; but completely new will be a Dual Noise Gate, the DNG-1. With tuneable low and high frequency keying, threshold, attack, hold (for gated reverb), decay, floor and stereo linking, MTR are promising superb specs. They're not known for telling porkies, so if they're genuinely excited it must be worth a good look. Also from MTR will come the Aries 10:4:2 mixer with 8-track monitoring, along with a 16:8:2 model with 16 track monitoring. IT saw the first Aries mixers back at last year's APRS show and they're one of our 'tips for the top'.

Finally, McGregor Amplification (also distributed by MTR) are expected to be showing several new uprated combos and heads for keyboard and bass applications. More, hopefully, when we've seen them.

CASIO, as always, will be using Frankfurt for several important new product launches. Advance info on their anticipated introductions suggests that there will be almost too many newcomers for us to list comfortably in this issue, but among the debutantes we anticipate Casio's first dedicated drum unit, the RZ-1. A PCM-based machine, it offers 12 preset sounds together with audio outputs and volume controls, plus 3 accent levels per sound. With a large memory capacity (20 songs/100 rhythm patterns), MIDI in, out and through, the RZ-1 also features tape dump and LCD display. What's more, it also has four sampling voice locations (allowing users to sample their own sounds via mic/line inputs), with 0.2 sec. sampling time, although the four inputs can also be 'looped' to provide a single memory of 0.8 secs at a 'full bandwidth' response.

Casio's top of the range CZ-3000

On the keyboard front, Casio will show a new unit employing their 'Phase Distortion' sound system (as per the established CZ-5000). The new model will be the CZ-3000 and is to have a 5 octave keyboard, 32 user programmable memories, RAM dump and recall, MIDI in, out and through and more.

To even attempt coverage of all the new home keyboards which Casio are scheduled to display would be more than we could hope to manage, but, trying to select the most relevant ones for IT readers, expect a new CT-6500 soon. With a 5 octave keyboard, 48 Phase Distortion digital sounds, auto rhythms, synthesised bass and chord sounds plus performance memory, it could have its distinct uses. Equally useful is a new budget-priced model, the CT-320, also full sized, with 12 digital pre-set sounds plus single finger chords and auto accompaniment.

But possibly Casio's hottest Frankfurt entrant is to be the SK-1 sampling keyboard. This will sell - believe it or not - for under the £100 mark and will offer 8 preset sounds, 1 user programmable sound with harmonic addition, 1 user sampling sound with a looping facility and envelope modification, all combined with 11 preset rhythms, multi-memory recording and auto-accompaniment. Possibly even rivalling the SK-1 for attention will be Casio's first digital drum kit. Comprising five touch sensitive pads which are routed to a MIDI translator box, the unit doesn't have any sound generating facilities, as such, but will enable users to drive any MIDI equipped drum machine or synth. With 8 MIDI in sockets, 9 MIDI out ports and a memory for 4 system performance set-ups, the full MIDI implementation is claimed to make it compatible with Simmons and other makes of digital drums.

Moving on, another Casio hot shot should be the CZ-230S. This 100 voice preset synth features named sounds displayed via an LCD, MIDI in, out and through and the facility for four of the sounds to be reprogrammed via MIDI from external equipment. Song memory, 12 PCM sound sources, pitch bend and more. An RRP of £345 adds to its attractions.

Finally (gasp!) Casio are now poised to enter the electric piano market with their CPS-201. Offering 5 octaves, 8 note polyphony, full sized (touch sensitive) keys with a response cancel facility, plus 14 preset sounds and 12 rhythms including accent and break, the CPS-201 will also have chord memory, auto accompaniment and auto harmonise features.

Valves



One new product which seems likely to attract massive interest is the launch by transistorised amp doyens CARLSBRO of a 60 watt all-valve lead guitar combo. Carlsbro, of course, originally made valve amps way back at the start of their year history (incidentally, it's their 25th anniversary this year!), but have concentrated exclusively on solid state products in recent years. Their move back (or is it really forward?) to valves is definitely of major interest, and IT hopes to cop a review sample as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Carlsbro are also likely to have new 90 watt lead and bass combos on display, as well as a brand new line of power amps and modified Cobra/Marlin PA mixer amps.

Distributors MUSIMEX represent several major British and overseas product lines, and this year plan to exhibit a host of new gear. Starting with British guitar makers MANSON, they'll have their fabulous new Condor model on display (prototypes of which were shown at the British Guitar Weekend a while back). Also new from Manson will be - shock, horror - a headless bass! As yet we have neither a name nor a price for this, but we gather there's a fighting chance that well have a sample to review fairly soon.

The astounding P100-EHD (Expanded Headroom Dynamics) power amp from Frazer-Wyatt & Musimex

Another Musimex product is SESSION, who will be unveiling both a new bass combo and a combo version of their innovative new SG1200 stereo guitar head (which we reviewed in issue 6). New luxury instrument bags from REUNION BLUES will also be on the Musimex stand, including types for tubas, double and triple trumpets, saxes and more. A final hot tip is that Musimex could well be about to unveil a complete new range of British-made audio mixers and power amps. They couldn't tell us who is to be making these at the time we went to press, but cryptically hinted that it would be 'a well known and highly respected manufacturer'. Hmmm! Finally, Musimex will also have speaker cab maestros FRAZER-WYATT on their stand. We couldn't dig-out any new product info before the show but, judging by past performance, we expect the best from this fine manufacturer.

Pilgrim



Arriving soon, new Ibanez basses the MC2924 & MC2940

PILGRIM guitars aren't a widely-known name (yet), but their British manufactured round-backed acoustic guitars are now receiving far wider distribution than ever before, courtesy of distributors FCN. No specific new model details were forthcoming when this preview was being compiled, but we do know that Pilgrim have recently moved to a larger workshop in Leicester to cope with higher demand. Staying with guitars, IBANEZ promise to have over 60 new products on show (not all of them guitars, of course). To single out a few of the most interesting isn't easy (from the advance details we have, quite a number of them look appealing) but watch out for the AH20 (due to sell for around £450), a development of the popular AH10 Allan Holdsworth model. This new version has two specially developed pickups, an all black finish, Ibanez 'PowerRocker Special' trem etc. Ibanez also have a 'low A' 5-string bass on the way, keeping up with the trend we've been discussing since the British Music Fair last Summer, when we predicted a rush to introduce such types. The 5-stringer is the (£425) RB885 but, fascinatingly, it appears that you may also be able to get it with an alternative High C. George Benson fans will soon have a lightweight model, the GB30. At about £650, this has the same body size as AM but with an identical body styling to the GB10.

Hot rumour for the show is that Ibanez will be launching their own MIDI guitar - very much the shape of things to come! It'll be interesting to see how it compares with Germany's SHADOW MIDI guitar system which has been causing a furore on the German market since its recent launch. Still, back with Ibanez, an electro-acoustic is also on the way. Dubbed the LE520 and destined to sell for around £375, it combines two pickup systems (a la the new Yamaha concept - see above) with a Piezo type in the bridge and a humbucker on the top. The two sounds are, again as with Yamaha, mixable.

New FX



On the effects side, Ibanez keep the new models rolling with their £199 DD700 digital delay. Delay times range from 4-1024 Ms and the unit has a 12kHz bandwidth. More than this, however, it also features a new noise reduction system and takes its power from an external transformer, lowering background hum levels still further. 19" rack mounting, it looks useful for both home recording and stage applications. Another new Ibanez delay will be their DD1000 - or should that be delays plural? In fact the DD1000 actually functions as two delays, enabling you to virtually multitrack and then process each track separately! The first delay provides up to 256 Ms and a modulation section for stereo swept effects (flanging, chorus etc.) and other short delay effects. The second delay, however, runs up to 1024Ms. Both have 12kHz bandwidth. Expect a price of about £320.

Finally, more pedals from Ibanez. The £140 DML is a multi-function DDL with 500+ Ms of delay plus modulation. With Delay Time and Range, Speed, Width, Echo Repeat and Delay Level controls, this unit too has a 12kHz bandwidth. The second new Ibanez pedal is the CCL Dual Chorus. Two separate control sections allow you to pre-set and recall sounds as you like. Apparently, presets A and B have distinct and different characters of their own, and you can switch between the two as you like. Price for this pedal should be about £85.

Strings



A new factory is about to open for string supremos JAMES HOW INDUSTRIES, and no doubt it'll be used for production of the several new ROTOSOUND and SUPERWOUND lines which they're launching at Frankfurt. One of the most popular moves will be the introduction of double ball end sets on their best-selling bass string lines. Now available are roundwound Swing Bass (code RDB66), 'Linea' finish Solo Bass (RDB55), flatwound Jazz Bass (RDB77) and nickel Starfire Bass (SDB101). All the above fit the Steinberger headless and other similar basses. For acoustic bass players a new string is about to be offered. It's the Supabronze (SW404) with the Superwound 'piano string' end design. Interestingly, these new strings will also play electrically. All regular fixings (including Fender, Ibanez, Aria and BadAss bridge) will be supplied.

For guitarists, James How are bringing out a set to complement their phosphor bronze strings; it'll be the SF 80/20 Bronze and will be available in all usual gauges, including 9,10,11,12 & 13.

Finally, we've been hearing whispers of a revolutionary new string from James How for some months now. We still don't know anything at all about it (there's honest for you -Ed!) but we have managed to sneak the name out and it's Spacer. We'll let you know when we find something out!

3rd Generation Audio's new 16:8:2 mixer

Back on the audio side, ADAM HALL SUPPLIES are also on the move and have expanded their line of 3RD GENERATION mixers and PA gear. Apart from uprates in various parts of their range (which includes some very tasty items such as a stereo spring reverb, stereo 2/3 way active Xover with 8 frequencies, powered mixers and more), new products will include a fine looking 16:8:2 mixer (with an RRP of £1,804) and three new MOSFET power amps, offering 2x100w (£329), 2x200w (£395) and ,2x500w (£645). All three are bridgable to mono use.

Last (but certainly not least in our considerations), be warned - HiWatt is back with a vengeance! This redoubtable British all-valve amp range has been the subject of a lengthy redevelopment programme during the past year (during which period the Press has been kept well away!) and is now poised for a very significant re-launch at Frankfurt. Under new ownership, HiWatt are sticking to their traditional all-valve excellence, but have devised an ultramodern construction system which means that owners will have the advantage of being able to get any failed modules instantly replaced at the 'HiWatt Power Stations' which are currently being established.

The story behind Hiwatt's renaissance is a fascinating one, and IN TUNE will be carrying a very early review of one of the new models soon. In the meantime, Frankfurt will see new guitar and bass heads, a 50 watt guitar combo (the Bulldog), angled speakered cabs and, believe it or not, a 1,000 watt bass bin using four 12" speakers! Guitar heads will have 3 control overload systems, footswitchable channels, can be in 100 or 50 watt versions, either with or without Accutronics reverb, and are said to be more 'open' in sound than the earlier HiWatt guitar heads. Who'd want to change a HiWatt bass head, though? Fortunately they haven't, and there are three new models in 100, 200 and 400 watt versions. Appropriately enough, they're being called 'The Legend Series'!

The last good news from HiWatt till apres Frankfurt is that the amps are entirely British made from British components. With that power combination and a 290+ m.p.h. Rolls Royce jet engined dragster on their stand, emblazoned with the words 'HIWATT - We're Talking Power'. Sound like fun, doesn't it!

Right, that's it for IT's Frankfurt preview. We're off now to catch the good ship Lollipop. Now - what was the Ed's advice when we bought our tickets? Ah, yes ...don't mention the war! See you!



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