Long time, friends

Hey y’all.

Been a minute, eh? Lots has happened, so lets recap.

  1. I sold a handful of Dustbowls. Super happy to get them into the hands of some audio junkies.
  2. Sent some Dustbowl units out for review to some audio industry folks. The best feedback I got was from a member of U2’s sound crew: “Damn fine amplifier you’ve created”. Proud of that one.
  3. Found out that trying to do this full time is expensive. Definitely not a money making endeavor right now.
  4. Decided to join a small punk rock pirate ship of a tech company of great people working to make open source a better place.

Honestly, I’ve decided to go back to working full time in tech, but continue building audio gear for myself and do smaller, less full time, batches of amps for folks. Maybe someday I’ll give it a go at full time again, but it’s not the right time and not something I can do financially.

That all said, I’m going to pick up on posting the stuff I’m building myself and will still make Dustbowls and other amplifier for folks if they ask. You’ll need to get in touch with me at if you’d like one made.

In my recent “spare time”, I built this.

Forgive the non-professional photograph and goldfish cracker, but I’m happy with how it sounds and looks.

I don’t have a name for it necessarily, but it’s based on the AX84 High Octane, with a few mods. Just over 8W out and the cabinet is simple pine with a Celestion Vintage 30. Head and front panel is made from oak. Used some burlap I had laying around for the grills, with some scrap painted black behind the burlap. Looks pretty ok IMO.

Can get a nice clean tube tone as well as some pretty gnarly crunch. Perfect for the cheap Telecaster clone I’m using with it. A bit noisy, but it’s 100% due to the cheap single coil pickups on the tele and not the amp. Certainly been enjoying it as I try and remember how to play guitar.

Keep rocking, y’all.