A protector of the esteemed RCA 44 ribbon microphone's legacy, Wes Dooley and the team at AEA have taken ribbon microphone and preamp technology to new heights.
Behind the Brand
Get behind-the-scenes stories about some of the greatest music gear brands that we offer at Musician's Friend. We explore the origins and the innovations of the most important instrument and music equipment makers both large and small. Behind the Brand features put the spotlight on the people and the processes that result in the gear we all depend on to make our music shine. Join us as we explore the stories behind everything from the most respected instrument builders to the brains behind the circuits and software that are critical in performing, recording, mixing, and sharing the music we make with the world.
This legacy-inspired line of large condensers takes on some of the most revered recording mics in history.
Our friends at AKG share the history and evolution of the C-Series condenser microphones - from the C12 to the modern C414.
Luna designer Yvonne de Villiers (R) and her mother, Hilda, who as longtime pro bassist exerted a powerful influence that led to Yvonne’s involvement in instrument design.
Infusing instruments with the aesthetics of a seasoned artist
The new guy in town talks about how his upstart brand is winning over converts everywhere
How Royer Labs helped to bring ribbon microphones to the masses with modern designs and home-studio accessibility.
The brains behind Seymour Duncan's innovative Palladium pedals and PowerStage guitar heads details what it takes to break old amplification habits.
We recently stopped by G&G Quality Cases Co. for a tour of their factory and a closer look at some new Fender Limited Edition Legacy Series guitar cases crafted exclusively for Musician's Friend.
By Marty Paule
Randall’s roots go back to the earliest days of hard rock and heavy metal and its nameplate has become synonymous with plaster-shattering, high gain amp tone. The brand was founded in 1970 by Don Randall, a lifelong audio gear head, who for a time worked with Leo Fender and coined the names for some of Fender’s most illustrious products. Randall carved out its own niche in the 1970s and ‘80s by becoming a mainstay in the backline of rock’s hardest-charging guitarists.