In a continued attempt to stay above the fray created by a little man that who's feelings were hurt years ago I will answer the questions posed.
Maybe one day waldo will come to terms with his jealousy, why he just doesn't like us and why he feels the need to talk negatively about us.
But as I said Karma is a bitch.
So here ya go...
KARMA is a bitch and it's a wonder why Trey or Weir don't use your cabs anymore? We are absolutely honored to be a small part of any world class musician. You can be friends with anyone, but when you reach world class status it takes more than friends to be part of someones rig. Why someone would choose to use a piece of gear or not is not something we concern ourselves with. We love Trey and Bobby and are just tickled that we are a small part of their lives. That being said Steve says Bobby's cab looks pretty good in the rehearsal space and Brian says that Trey's cabinet is well used including being out on tour with Page last year.
please glenn, with all your GD road knowledge, let us know the truth to your wealth of information? I am quite fortunate to learn at the arm of some of the brightest minds in music industry. I am grateful for the access I receive and are quite thankful for it.
why are you clips and cabs not like jerry's? - well smartypants did you know there are actually 2 types of hard truckers clamps? some with one ledge that actually tighten by digging into the cabinet baffle, and some with two ledges (and the ones we currently make) that use torque to tighten the speaker. Then within this clamp there are subclamp sizings that allow for the different thicknesses of different speaker frames.
did you sell the same cabs under COOL CAT CABS? Well actually no. While I did have an entity that sold my interpretation of the cabinet (a total of 3 speaker cabinets on ebay)
the current JG1 did not take its final (and incredible) form until going thru intense workmanship with Steve and Joe (ie the original Hard Truckers). Are there things that are different between the last Hard Truckers 2x12 that Jerry played and our current JG1? Yes there are, never said anything differently. We made the changes consciously for some pretty good reasons. To just name a few - 1) Handles, Jerry never had handles (except for one 4x12) well ya know what. Handles are a good thing. Most people don't have road cases or road crews to carry their gear. An actual funny anecdote about handles would be when Steve Parish and I delivered Trey his Hard Truckers cabinet at the Warfield. Steve originally wanted to go with no handles as they did in the past. He changed his mind after lugging in the cabinet from the car stating that handles were actually quite useful. 2) 1/4" jacks, Jerry's cabs had banana plugs to attach his cab to his amp. Today very few people use banana plugs and to stay with that technology would be counterproductive.
why is your JG Rack not appear to be shelved correctly or have the correct dimensions? All our rack cases are custom made for our customers to fit their current and prospective gear. We use one of the rack cases that the Hard Truckers made up in the early 70s as a guide and fit it to our customers needs. Once again functionality is important here, just cause one of Jerry's racks had a flat shelf doesnt mean its better. When we tilt a shelf or make something user friendly makes the item better. We want to move forward with design and make things better. If Jerry was alive today does anyone actually think he would be using the same gear he had in the 70s. No everything evolves. Just look at tuners, we had a client that wanted us to build an exact replica of Jerry's rig right down to the tuner he used in the mid 70s. After talking with him we explained that tuner technology has gotten alot better since then, and just cause Jerry used a particular piece of equipment back then, we can do better now and not effect (but maybe enhance) the tone.
what has Steve or Joe designed and when do they answer questions? Steve and or Joe are always available and will answer any questions that are put to them. We get emails for Steve and Joe all the time which are forwarded appropriately and answered. As a matter of fact when the Hard Truckers started back up 3 years ago Steve took a bunch of questions from all the different user groups and the answers were posted. Steve is on tour with Moonalice and loves to talk with everyone that approaches him, a true master of ceremonies. Go see Steve and Moonalice. If you have a question please do go ahead and ask. Oh yea, besides the actual cabinet designs Steve and Joe are involved in day to day operations and have created road gear like the SP-1 junction box.
aren't real hard trucker cabs in fact clones of the alembic B12's,frontloaded, used in the wall of sound? Who worked, was behind and designed and created all the cabinets for alembic? Who were the people that designed and produced the cabinets? Steve, Joe and a group of incredible artisans who worked at alembic before they went out on their own.
wasn't hard truckers formed after the dismantling of the WOS? The Hard Truckers were a talented group of hard working guys that had a vision and went out on their own after working at alembic. They were all employed by the Grateful Dead and I really dont understand the relevance of the question. The wall of sound was created by a huge team of people, some alembic, some what would become early meyer, some hard trucker, et al. Are you implying that Steve Parish, Joe Winslow, Dan Healy and the other incredible people involved were not involved?
Lets see if I can answer some of the other past insults waldo has leveled over the years to put them to bed one last time.
- There has never been any implication that I have lived my life on the road with the Grateful Dead. Our knowledge comes from Steve, Joe and Brian Brown. Three incredible names in touring history. An incredible wealth of knowledge. Most people dont have a roadie or access to one. We do, and we share that knowledge with the world. Our people know what it takes to make it on the road and if I am a conduit to that information and allow it to be shared over the internet, well isnt that the point of sharing knowledge.
- I paid for the Hard Truckers name. The Hard Truckers are an LLC. The owners of said LLC are Steve, Joe and myself. Pretty cool involved partners.
- This one for the last time - Jerry never played one, or its not exactly like his. Technology moves forward. You can build a better wheel. You can customize something to fit your exact needs. You can make something better. There is an incredible spirit within all Hard Truckers products. Built upon an incredible foundation created by once in a lifetime people. We keep that spirit alive. We reproduce that incredible tone. We move "IT" to the next generation. Tell you this much, I have no doubt in my mind that if Jerry was alive today, he would be playing a Hard Truckers Cabinet. There is nothing like it.
Its pretty funny actually, December 1st will mark our 3rd year back building the best speaker cabinets available today. The waldo's of the world can try to bring negativity to the scene all they want, but the bottom line is 300+ cabinets later there isnt 1 unsatisfied customer out there. Our artists list is a whos, who of rock-n-roll and we help keep the scene alive. Just like meyer sound, furman sound, ultra sound and alembic the Hard Truckers are keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive. True to its roots and core principals.
Better gear makes you a better musician. We are honored to be a small part of countless rigs and look forward to making new friends. Please do copy our cabinets, keep the scene alive. Just keep the negativity away.