Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Apr 2012 21:56 UTC
In the News "Ferdinand A. Porsche, who designed the original Porsche 911, the snazzy, powerful sports car that became the lasting signature of the German automobile company founded by his grandfather and later run by his father, died on Thursday in Salzburg, Austria. He was 76." I believe only Italians can design beautiful cars (I mean, game over, kids), but there's no denying that the 911 is a true icon. Cars technically don't have a place on OSNews, but Ferdinand Porsche's passing cannot go by unmentioned.
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RE[3]: Jim Marshall
by Kivada on Sun 8th Apr 2012 06:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Jim Marshall"
Kivada
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2010-07-07

The electric guitar on it's own is nothing, you have to plug it into something, Marshall amps where an integral part in creating several genres of music.

Take for instance the guy that commissioned the first Marshall Stack, a guy named Pete Townshend who was in a little known band called The Who... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=594WLzzb3JI The original prototype was a single monstrous unit that later made modular to make them easily transportable. The Stack is what give the guitar an incredible dirty immensity without losing fidelity.

Theres also the the Marshall 1959 made famous by Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young of AC/DC and Cream era Eric Clapton. Then theres the Marshall Bluesbreaker Another model made famous by Eric Clapton, that was THE sound of British Blues Rock.

Before the Marshall Stack there effectively was no Rock, no Punk and no Metal as it just wasn't possible outside of the few flukes of guitarists using damaged amps like Dave Davies of The Kinks who cut slits into the speaker cone of his Elpico amp to create the sound that launched their careers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeEOEPH8cHs

So like I said, the "designer" of overpriced luxury cars all of which look damn near identical is nowhere near as influential as the guy that is responsible for the sound of thousands of bands.

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RE[4]: Jim Marshall
by Soulbender on Sun 8th Apr 2012 11:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Jim Marshall"
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2005-08-18

Before the Marshall Stack there effectively was no Rock, no Punk and no Metal


Perhaps but that doesn't mean they wouldn't exist without the Marshall Stack. It's not like gear like the Vox AC30 (used by, among others, Brian May & Ritchie Blackmoore) didn't exist prior to Marshall's stuff.

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