Dating music man amplifiers
They look similar and I heard that they are really Leo Fender amplifiers.
Far from it, however, this flagship model really is the final evolution in a sonic goal Leo Fender had been working toward for three decades, even if it was introduced into a world largely chasing different sonic goals at the time. As is well-documented, Leo Fender signed a non-compete clause when selling his company in 1965, and was retained as a consultant for several years after.Tom Walker approached Leo Fender about financial help in forming Tri-Sonix.White had worked with Leo in the very early days of Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company as the plant manager and stayed on after the company was sold to the CBS Corporation, but had grown unhappy with their management. Because of a 10-year non-compete clause in the 1965 contract that sold the Fender companies to CBS, Leo Fender was a silent partner.Leo Fender did not like the name Tri-Sonix, so the name evolved under Leo Fender’s suggestion to call the new company Music Man.In 1974, the company started producing its first product, an amplifier designed by Leo Fender and Tom Walker called the “Sixty Five”.The name of this partnership was changed to Musitek, Inc.
by 1973 and in January 1974 the final name, Music Man, appeared.
in 1973, and then finally settled on Music Man in 1974.
At one point during my music career I used a Music Man amplifier.
Tommy was one of the first reps for Fender but was a self taught electronics genius. When they started getting to the R and D phase Tommy brought in his god kids.
My older brother and I would visit Leo’s lab and play the stuff and then take it out to jam and bandstand it and report back.
For various corporate reasons they didn’t fit into the post CBS buyout of Fender ….