I started out like most, playing an air guitar and a tennis racket when one was laying around:) My earliest inspirations were found on 8-track tapes my parents owned. I've been fascinated with music my whole life and I learned to play guitar entirely by ear. I studied and graduated top of my class with a Recording Industry Production and Tech degree from Middle Tennessee State University, one of the top three recording industry colleges in America. I came away from MTSU a true audiophile. They taught me how to use my ears, how the physics of sound works, and how to critically listen to sounds, analyze frequencies, timbres and tones. Ultimately I came away from the experience understanding how to manipulate sound in a room, operate consoles and equipment, repair musical instruments, and to adjust sound reinforcement gear to make it sound its absolute best. In addition to playing and recording music I've been an inspired woodworker and builder my whole life. Additionally, I like to go snowboarding with friends and race super bikes in controlled conditions.
A deep love of music, recording, and songwriting naturally led me to an appreciation for high-end acoustics. I scratched my head in wonder for years searching for the guitar and amp tones that I liked best. Later on, when I finally ended my search and owned the amps that matched my personal style, I suddenly realized that my only option was to set them on a cheaply made mass produced stand. That wasn't what I wanted at all for myself, so I decided to build the amp stand that I wanted to fit my new amps like a glove...nobody else was. I wanted something truly worthy of my amplifiers that I could bring into my living space without it looking like an ironing board, or a weightlifting station, but I also wanted something that I could use on stage. The first Atlas Amp Stand was soon built out of what leftover pine and poplar I found sitting around. After I built the first one I didn't stop there. I recognized there were numerous ways to improve upon the original design. I have not let up building hardwood amp stands ever since. My focus now is on building the finest hardwood amplifier stands in the world.
I live with the love of my life, my wife, Paula Jean, with our two beautiful daughters in the breathtaking mountains of East Tennessee. I'm committed in my work to serving musicians and music industry professionals who are interested not only in durability and aesthetics, but also in perfect speaker dispersion and impeccable tone. I am thrilled to be making the finest amp stands in the world with my best friend, John Schramlin. My intention is to build the absolute finest hardwood guitar gear and make Atlas Stands one of the most respected custom hardwood guitar gear companies ever known to come out of the USA.
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