The Grateful Dead Gear Story is a Rock and Roll Story

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“We have the Wall of Sound speaker we know is Jerry’s, we have the Wall of Sound speaker we know [Bob] Wears,” says Austin. “When I see the band shoot on drums, [two of] those cabinets [used for vocals].. The speaker has been removed. It is like a thin metal frame, like a sculpture. There are also a dozen Macintosh MC2300 power amps at auction that have sent juice to the wall, including Jerry Garcia’s personal favorite, which has a Budweiser sticker on the front. Determined bidders have reattached identifiable parts of the system, and even the fender amp shell damaged by Jerry Garcia’s cigarette (minus the amp) is almost ready to go out on the road. You may be able to give or take minor tune-ups or component parts.

“Most of the walls were given to small rock and roll bands, dozens or dozens of speaker cabinets,” says Dan Healy. “The other part became the chicken barn in the barn of Ramrod. He stacked the bass cabinets, took out the speakers and the chickens lived there. “

The cabinet is also made to last a long time. Hard Truckers, a Dead spin-off company that makes speaker cabinets and other road gear, offers an optional tie-dye grille cover by tie-dye pioneer Courteney Pollock. “You can drop them off this floor and you’ll probably survive,” Austin says, looking a few floors down on Midtown Street.

The Dead’s reputation as a gearhead has become widespread. “We were completely absorbed in developing our own, and it was clearly better,” says Healy. “And that is when the makers started paying attention and took our advice. We were at the forefront of audio and sound equipment technology in the 70s, 80s and 90s. actually delivered or bought an early version [lots of gear]..we were kind of a proof place. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the keyboard and synthesizer combinations available at auction. Like Sound Gear, they tell their own story.

“We always bought state-of-the-art keyboards,” said Parish, launching keyboard models and keyboard players. “Look at 30 years of rock and roll and how sophisticated the keyboard was.” Like many bands in the 1960s, it probably begins with the farfisa combo organ from the band’s early Warlocks. This is a story.

“Pig Pen B3” [organ] Parish, a band led by defunct members Bob Weir, Bill Kretzmann and Mickey Hart, is currently touring stadiums and arenas with John Mayer. But if you short the B3 and the one in Keith Godchaux’s grand piano, the synthesizer represents almost every keyboard sound that Dead emits. This includes a pair of Wurlitzer limbs played by Pigpen, a pair of fender rods used by Gozo in the ’70s, and a prophet. -10 and Yamaha DX7 were used by Brent Midland in the 80s, and the Korg T-1 and Kurzweil MIDI interfaces were used by Vince Welnick in the 90s. There is also the infamous Yamaha CP-70 keyboard line, which God Chuax abandoned the grand piano in the mid-1970s. This is because it was very easy to spot, representing a subtle new era of band sound.

“Keith really thrived on the acoustic piano,” Parish says. “But we’ve always been looking for something that’s easy to move. With a piano like this, there’s a lot of extra work that needs to be done to adjust it every time you move it, which makes it easier to move.” Makes complicated. So an acoustic piano attempts to make an electric piano that sounds like, we have all of them. For example, the CP-70 came to us with the first few.” Within a few months, the CP- Upgraded to 70B I.


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