Bruce Blumentritt has been a tinkerer for as long as he can remember. He learned car and home repair from his step-dad who grew up on a farm. As a young teen, he modified his slot cars to make them faster and better handling. In high school, he studied auto mechanics, learning circuit diagnosis and troubleshooting techniques that have stood the test of time. After spending several years as a professional auto mechanic, he went to work for an RCA distributor, learnng about capacitors, resistors, and those lovely little bottles we call "tubes". Later yet, he sold maintenance harware, specializing in the right tool for the job.
In the midst of all this, and after childhood piano lessons from the esteemed Harolyn Brient, he took additional music lessons from Bruce Bozarth, studying scales, chords and playing guitar in a house band with his brother the bass player. Not having much money for amps, his brother Will found an old used Bogen 50 Watt PA tube amp and an old Hi-Fi speaker cabinet, and went from there, eventually building a couple of speaker cabinets. As years went by, playing guiitar in a variety of bands and going through numerous tube and solid state amps, trying to find one that had that elusive "tone" proved to be an almost endless quest. There was this one time, playing a Fender Stratocaster through a tweed 1958 Fender Champ Amp and getting that wonderful tone while backing a singer-songwriter.
Blumentritt Amplification came about because of that search for a guitar amp that captured that dynamic, touch-sensitivite tweed amp vibe without resorting to either finding a good '50s or '60s vintage amp or building a pre-packaged kit. Using a blonde USA made Crate Palomino V16 with The Basement Tapes, he got a great sound, but it wasn't that elusive creamy, compressed distortion, touch-sensitivie tone, that those great historic twee amps were known for.
The other guitarist in The Basement Tapes had an Champ-style kit that someone had built and it didn't work, so that became the start. After looking at the schematic, the build instructions, and the amp itself, Bruce was able to determine several mechanical and electrical issues, and repaired it, and now it sounds the way a silver-faced Champ should sound. The die was cast and the appetite was whet.
Drawing inspriation from that Champ and studying a resortation of a 1950s Gibson amp, and after studying various schematics and circuits, he drew up what was to become the original Texas Tone 12, getting a bit of engineering assistance from Daniel Blumentritt, the electrical engineering math whiz. The Texas Tone 12 has some of that tweed amp essence, although it's not a copy of any actual amp. The tremolo was the crown. After three attempts, we hit on just the right magic. It's been dubbed the "Hypnotic Slam Effect", "the sound of Austin, Texas", and "a dynamic, pulsating tremolo, unlike anything I've heard before".
We called that amp Texas Tone™ for a couple of reasons. It has that Texas blues kind of tone that only seems to come from a good tweed style amp, and it has tremolo, an essential ingredient for certain blues, Gospel, twang, and swamp sounds.
The Texas Tone™ tradition continues with a full line of dynamic and distinctly different tube guitar amplifiers. Get yours today.