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Author:  FortinAmps [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:31pm ]
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Hey Guys!

I am proud to announce that I will be designing, as well as overseeing the production of, a new tube amplifier line with Randall. This includes a new amp for Kirk Hammett, which is based off the MEATHEAD amplifier. The picture that just surfaced is based on my Meathead that I hand built for Kirk and Randall. Here are a couple of pics of them. The production versions will not say Meathead on them, cosmetics will much different and non-toilet tank looking i.e. smaller in height. These are just protos at the moment:

http://www.rig-talk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=106462

Proto 1
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Proto 2
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I flew down with Randall in late August to Metallica HQ in SF. We brought 2 prototype amps and a new 4x12 cab. We got to meet everyone there. We got face time with both Kirk and James. At one point each of them were playing through both amps at once. That was a super cool moment for me! Kirk’s proto stayed and went directly into his rack. The other amp unfortunately we could not leave it with James because it belonged to one of my customers. First show with the new Randall proto was the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium. After that, the rig went over to India for all those shows in that part of the world. We just delivered his 2nd prototype days after US Thanksgiving.

Another aspect of my involvement will include addressing some of their current production amps, tube and solid state. In case some of you were not aware, Randall was purchased by JAM Industries in Aug. 2009. There have been lots of changes at US Music Corp. The people that I will be working with have their hearts 100% into making killer quality amplifiers. I feel honored that I have been given the opportunity to be part of the team that breath life back into Randall’s product line. JAM is investing a lot of resources into bring Randall back on the map.

As for Fortin Amps, that will still continue. I will be bringing on some people shortly to help with certain aspects of the business. I am switching production over so I can get off the bench and more units can head out the door with much less wait times. This Randall project has taken a lot of time and effort, which has affect my ability to fill orders. This is not an excuse, it is completely my fault. I sincerely apologize to the customers I’ve had to refund orders to, turn down for modification works, and inability to accept new orders.

Stay tuned, there are lots more stuff to come in 2012!!! :rock:
Cheers,
Mike

Author:  Rogue [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:34pm ]
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Congrats! Must be exciting.

Author:  Skrapmetal [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:36pm ]
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Hah, so that thread this morning about Kirk re-badging a Fortin was all wrong.

Congratulations.

Author:  JakeAC5253 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:37pm ]
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Much respect Mike. Your amp work is fantastic and it's great seeing you get recognition on a larger scale, much deserved that is.

Author:  beachbum [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:41pm ]
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:)

Hope to get more pix tonight

Author:  beachbum [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:44pm ]
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Skrapmetal wrote:
Hah, so that thread this morning about Kirk re-badging a Fortin was all wrong.

Congratulations.

The people saying Kirk rebadged it were wrong, lol.

Author:  danyeo [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:46pm ]
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Congrats Mike. Wish you all the best.

Author:  tweed [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:46pm ]
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Hot Damn!!! Congrats Mike!!!! :rawk:

Author:  Jakem [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:47pm ]
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Congrats, Mike! That sounds fantastic! :thumbsup:

-Jaakko

Author:  roadifier [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:49pm ]
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That's awesome, Mike!! Good luck to ya, must be pretty exciting to get your amp line recognized like this!! :rock: :rock:

Author:  lolzgreg [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:54pm ]
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Hammer time ;)

Author:  ACShreds [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:54pm ]
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I knew it was only a matter of time before you got approached by a major amp company...

Author:  Joeytpg [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 3:56pm ]
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that's some great news man...... now, talk to us about that moment man.........Kirk and James together playing your amps...... any cool story?

Now we know Kirk will be an all Randall rig, but is Hetfield looking to turn away from his Diezels or the Mesa stuff?

Author:  killertone [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:00pm ]
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:rawk:

Author:  jkdsteve [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:00pm ]
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Congrats, any chance you'll be working on the MTS line? That could always use some new developments :-)

Author:  rjmmusic [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:07pm ]
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Congrats!!! Randall's lucky to have you on board - they could really use a killer amp design right about now.

I look forward to checking out the end result!

Author:  Rev [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:07pm ]
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Congrats that is fantastic! Can you retool Nuno's amp too and make in the US? :lol: :LOL: :lol: :LOL: :lol: :LOL:

Author:  MrDan666 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:10pm ]
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:rawk: Awesome Mike!! You know I wish you all the best man, you've worked hard and you deserve this opportunity!

Author:  Laura [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:13pm ]
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Awesome!

Author:  fearhk213 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:28pm ]
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That's awesome! :rawk:

Author:  Ampaddict [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:34pm ]
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A+ man!

Author:  Les Zombie [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:45pm ]
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congrats, I'm really happy for you, keep us updated!!

Author:  johnpace2 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:48pm ]
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Mike is the freakin MAN. I'm thrilled that Mike is being recognized for his great work. Even better, he's a great person as well and has always provided top notch customer service.

Cheers to MIKE!

Author:  gibson5413 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 4:52pm ]
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This is such great news. Congrats on the new endeavor!!

Author:  dainbramage0 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 5:24pm ]
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Good show old chap! :rock:

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Author:  King Guitar [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 5:26pm ]
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awesome.

Author:  gtr31 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 5:33pm ]
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Awesome news Mike .Excited to hear of new designs you have. hopefully you can find a place for the Cali mod .etc

Author:  Stramm8 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 5:40pm ]
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Congrats!! It must have been unbelievable to hear Hetfield playing through one of your amps :rock: I would love to hear the back-story on how all of this came about...

Author:  Clawfinger [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 5:52pm ]
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So much "congratulations" that a simple congratulation isn't strong enough. :)

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Author:  duesentrieb [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 5:53pm ]
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Über-cool, Mike.

Congrats and I will cross my fingers for you !

Olaf

Author:  Motorpud [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:07pm ]
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Good shit Mike :rock:

You would've thought they would've been more after the NATAS :dunno: :lol: :LOL:

Author:  jmgman69 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:13pm ]
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Awesome news man,you deserve it Mike!

Author:  Juggernaut [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:26pm ]
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That is fucking awesome Mike, congrats!!!!

You should tell them that the original century 200 was an amazing SS amp and they should rerelease it, those were my favorites among all of their amps..... But I'm seriously stoked to see what you guys come out with, I'm an old school Randall fanboy. ;)

Author:  tokyo tapes [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:29pm ]
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Sooo Cool!!! Man, you really deserve it!!!!

Author:  Kirk from Metallica [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:29pm ]
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I'm really glad to be working with Randall AND Fortin, can it get any better than that? James won't leave my amp alone!

Author:  Tone Monster [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:30pm ]
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Congrats Mike! You just hit the amp builer's Powerball!

Author:  Ventura [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:31pm ]
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Ace work... Make sure they treat you well, and remember - don't go changing!!

Maybe, if given another opportunity to work closely with Metallica, you could modify Kirk's wah to have an OFF/OFF toggle :dunno:

Seriously, mega congrats... You going to stay in ON??

Mo :salute:

Author:  Mailman1971 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:33pm ]
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Wow....just get home from work and see this thread! :shocked:

Congrats Mike!! :rock:

Author:  Laura [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:36pm ]
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Kirk from Metallica wrote:
I'm really glad to be working with Randall AND Fortin, can it get any better than that? James won't leave my amp alone!

:rock:

Author:  Juggernaut [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:44pm ]
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Kirk from Metallica wrote:
I'm really glad to be working with Randall AND Fortin, can it get any better than that? James won't leave my amp alone!


For real? Or troll?

Hope your the real deal, would be cool to have both Gary and Kirk from Exodus on here... Metalliwho? :lol: :LOL:

Author:  Digital Jams [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 6:55pm ]
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Congrats Mike, Glad to see this come to a very positive conclusion for you!

Not bad being the amp man for the largest metal band in the world :rock: :rock: Those guys can play anything and you were selected :rock:

Author:  Doubleneck [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 7:01pm ]
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Couldn't happen to a better person...Congrats :rock:

Author:  glpg80 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 7:07pm ]
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goes to show hard work pays off, congratulations Mike cannot wait to see what comes from all of this! :cheers:

Author:  Digital Jams [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 7:09pm ]
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glpg80 wrote:
goes to show hard work pays off, congratulations Mike cannot wait to see what comes from all of this! :cheers:


I have a feeling awesome amps at fair pricing points :thumbsup:

Author:  glpg80 [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 7:15pm ]
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Digital Jams wrote:
glpg80 wrote:
goes to show hard work pays off, congratulations Mike cannot wait to see what comes from all of this! :cheers:


I have a feeling awesome amps at fair pricing points :thumbsup:


Should have taken the evil pumpkin to them instead so we could have had a chance at a production version :lol: :LOL:

Author:  roadifier [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 7:27pm ]
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Juggernaut wrote:
Kirk from Metallica wrote:
I'm really glad to be working with Randall AND Fortin, can it get any better than that? James won't leave my amp alone!


For real? Or troll?

Hope your the real deal, would be cool to have both Gary and Kirk from Exodus on here... Metalliwho? :lol: :LOL:

Gary is on here!?!?

Author:  jasonP [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 7:29pm ]
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Congrats Mike! Rock on!

Author:  snowdog [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 7:32pm ]
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Congrats Mike. :thumbsup:

Was the other prototype a version of the NATAS?

Author:  JTyson [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 7:36pm ]
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Thats killer Mike, could not happen to a nicer guy :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock:
I kinda wondered when you'd get approached by someone in this capacity, very happy for you :D :D
YOU DA MAN!!

Author:  JTyson [ Fri, Dec 09, 2011 7:38pm ]
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Kirk from Metallica wrote:
I'm really glad to be working with Randall AND Fortin, can it get any better than that? James won't leave my amp alone!

:lol: :LOL: :lol: :LOL:
:rock: :rock:

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