Interview with Salvation Mods - amp and rack mod awesomeness!Written by Krach Werke
Meet the man/company who supply the 'pumpkins' with amp rack mods. Excuse me for being slightly star struck here but the Smashing Pumpkins are a favourite of mine, especially because of their sound. Please stick around to see the whole interview.
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Name: Antonin Salva
Company Name: Salvation Mods
A quick introduction please, name, company, location:
we are boutique pedal/amp mods company based in central Europe: Czech Republic.
What got you started making gear?
I started to make gear for myself. And I still do things like when I do it for myself. It means no compromises, high quality.
What gear do you make?
We do amp mods, effect pedals and all-tube preamps, our customers are for example Smashing Pumpkins, Accept, or platinum producer Michael Wagener. Last interesting project is line of pedals that uses old broken skateboard decks and also skateboard wheels.
Where do you operate from?
From our plant in Czech Republic.
Also have partner in USA.
What about making gear do you like the most?
Engineering and developing of new things.
Is this a hobby or full time operation?
Who inspires you/who do you look up to musically, IE what gear do you admire?
Alternative rock, Grunge, Shoegaze, Heavy Metal, pretty much all good music.
What pisses you off/what do you like; about the boutique audio gear building industry?
It was my hobby, now it is my work. I love it.
Are you still in a band or play music and do you use your own gear?
Yes, I play in a band and using my own gear (amp and pedals)
Favourite Guitar Maker? Fender, Reverend, Ampeg, Gibson
Favourite Guitar Effect? Vibrato, Fuzz, Delay
Favourite Amp Maker? Soldano, Orange, Budda
Favourite Music Genre? Rock, Grunge, Metal
Favourite Band / Artist? Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Jesus And Mary Chain, Depeche Mode, the Cure, Nine Inch Nails, and a lot more ( ditto! *Editor )
Favourite Guitarist? J. Mascis, Billy Corgan, Robert Smith,
Favourite Instrument? Guitar
Favourite Drink? Vodka
Favourite Place? World
Favourite Food? Indian food
Social Media Channels:
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/salvationmods
Artist List who use the Salvation MTS Mods:
Billy Corgan & Jeff Schroeder (Smashing Pumpkins)
Michael Wagener (music producer)
Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses, The Dead Daisies)
Ahrue Luster (Ill Niño)
Wolf Hoffmann (Accept)
What are rack mods: (By Antonin)
Modules are all tube, and you do need a preamp-chassi for them.
Randall made RM4 preamp that can hold 4 modules, switch between them by midi and provides FX loop.
This preamp chassi loaded with modules can be connected to any power amp.
Chassis includes power supply, switching system, first stage, fx loop, output stage.
Module holds signal path only, each module include two preamp tubes.
No solid state parts in signal path.
This is preamp chassi for 4 modules:
With RM4 you can toggle between modules by MIDI controller.
Infortunately this piece of gear is discontinued.
Tony and Wolf Hoffmann of Accept and Vivider octaver pedal that Tony designed for Wolf
Tony and producer Michael Wagener + rack full of preamp modules, most of them built by Tony