We want to build products with no compromises. We want to push the limits of technology in music. We want to redefine what is possible with music gear. We want to use exceptionally great components and ridiculously powerful processors. We want to make gear that sounds better than anything you've ever heard. We want to make our customers happy. We want you to be inspired to create amazing music.
We're a small company and we'd like to stay that way. We do this because we want to create gear that is fun to design and fun to play. We want to experiment and try new things. We don't want to work for the man. We don't like authority. We don't want to grow up. We want to work hard and have fun doing it.
Damage Control was founded in 2004 with the release of our line of tube-driven effects pedals, which earned critical acclaim and became favorites among guitarists across the globe. In 2009 we began developing products under the Strymon name, and the rest is history!
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|What was your first guitar?
First guitar was a el cheapo steel string acoustic. First electric was a wine colored Les Paul Custom.
Top 3 concerts you've been to? Kiss in the Paramount theater 1974 Led Zeppelin in the King Dome 1977 Van Halen opening for Black Sabbath in the Arena 1978
What was your first invention? When I was about 8, I wanted to make a wrist watch voice recorder with a loop of wire and a hover craft out of a vacuum cleaner. Needless to say, those projects are still on the drawing board.
# of baseball games you've attended (estimate)? I've been to about 400 games at every possible level for the 11/12 year old group and at least 1000 from t-ball to college. I still have not seen my oldest play professionally.
How long are you going to wear that USC sweater? Sweatshirt, real men don't wear sweaters. As long as it is one piece. An engineer never throws out a fully functional item of clothing - ever. This was the problem that plagued aerospace engineers in the 60's and 70's. Their polyester wouldn't wear out and were forced to wear it for waaaay too long.
Favorite Southpark episode? Imagination Land
How many subwoofers do you have in your living room entertainment system? Four 15" so far.
Favorite all-time flick? This is Spinal Tap
|How do you pronounce your last name?
Sounds like Chelly – it's Sicilian - arrivederci
Favorite horror flick?
Does Young Frankenstein count? Actually, the one that freaked me out the most is The Exorcist.
Most random job you've ever had?
I worked a temp job for the board-game maker Parker Brothers where I sorted thousands of little plastic game pieces into giant bins labeled GOOD and BAD.
# of times Tammie said to you, "What?"
Due to my tendency to mumble, the answer is in the tens of thousands. Seriously.
Favorite quote from which movie?
"Where is pancakes house?" from the movie Fargo.
Current favorite amp?
Vox hand-wired AC15. Highly recommended.
Your best cocktail drink?
I make a mean Bloody Mary, and get many requests for Margaritas. Cheers!
What was your first science project?
The classic Volcano project. Baking soda, vinegar and food color. I got in trouble for staining the carpet.
# of countries you've visited? Thirteen that I recall.
Guitar you're most ashamed of having owned? An Ibanez RG550. Sounds like nice guitar, right? It was florescent nuclear yellow.
If you could rescue one person from the office during an earthquake, who would it be? Gregg, he's the clever one. Possibly Ethan, he's the talented one. No, definitely Pete; he's the accountant.
Do you believe in the devil? Yes, he lives in South Park.
Worst ever movie you've seen? Just saw it recently, Midgets vs Mascots.
# of times you've seen CaddyShack? Let's just say it's on par with what I shot the last time I played a round of golf.
|# of guitars you own?
Just a few. I usually stick with my el cheapo Fender Toronado and my Gibson J-30 acoustic.
Your favorite gear that you constantly use? Two Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro's for live looping. I also use the crap out of Line 6 POD Farm.
# of dogs you've rescued?Two doggies from Los Angeles shelters, Edison and Emma.
How old were you when you made your first song? First song, or first good song? I recorded several hundred terrible vocal and casio keyboard ideas when I was 10. My first not entirely terrible song came about when I was 16.
Who are 3 people / bands who have highly influenced you in music? Radiohead, especially during the OK Computer era. Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu are also pretty big influences.
What was the first CD you ever bought? Pretty sure it was either Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet or Yes 90125.
How much are you willing to pay for an awesome t-shirt? I like my shirts cheap. Dumpy thrift stores is how I roll.
# of cars you've owned? I must get bored too easily. In the last 18 years I've owned 19 cars!
# of birthday parties you've attended in 1 year alone?
I've lost count. I would have to approximate two a month on average. That's not counting all the parties my wife goes to alone.
What's your dream car? An Audi R8.
Kobe or Gasol? "The Black Mamba"
What is your dog's name? (and stop blaming your wife Memory!) Munchkin, came with the package.
Musical weapon of choice? My cheap acoustic guitar I play for the kids.
Aaaaand, what was your first instrument? The Accordion. Played the accordion from age 9 -12, was forced by parents.
Nicknames you've had growing up? Dad called me Rey (means king in Spanish).
The craziest sneakers you've ever owned? During the breakdancing era, I owned several colored Converse All Stars. Some colors are too embarrassing to mention!
Your first guitar?
A cheap Strat knock-off that I got for my 15th birthday. My folks made me play my mom's old acoustic guitar for a full year before they committed to buying it for me.
Most random job you've ever had? When I was 19 I worked at a local hardware store for a month. The ironic part is that I knew nothing about tools at all.
Celtics or Lakers? Celtics! C'mon, I'm from New England!
Things you miss about Connecticut? My entire family lives in Connecticut so without a doubt I miss them the most. I also miss the summers in Connecticut. It's so green and vibrant and there are so many cool lakes and streams to swim and fish in!
Things you don't miss about Connecticut? The blistering cold, gray winters will never be missed by me!
Favorite beer? If I had to pick an absolute favorite I'd say Russian River "Consecration". It's a fantastic dark sour ale brewed with sour ale yeast and aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels along with black currants.
Favorite beer you brewed? I've been brewing for a long time now and I'd say my absolute favorite batch was the very first one I brewed. A simple red ale that I completely screwed up, but it was the catalyst for a new obsession that I still enjoy today.
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|What was your first guitar? SG copy. I traded a pair of moccasin boots.
Current favorite amp? Einstein!
Do you have a prized guitar? My 70's BC Rich acoustic.
What is your main guitar? It's a hybrid. Mason Bernard body; custom neck by Fender/BC Rich luthier; Anderson pickups with Floyd.
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life? Chicken salad!
How far do you run in one week? 40-70 miles.
I like to eat Sushi for lunch and then catch a matinee movie.
Favorite type of food?
Seafood for sure. Crab, oysters are my favorite. Just some salt, a bit of lemon and some habañero hot sauce. And wash it down with a cold Tecate.
Where did you work before Strymon?
I worked for the Grove of Anaheim. I was a Beverage Manager/Catering Manager. Pretty much an Operation Manager. I would run events of up to 5,000 people making sure everyone was eating some good food and had a cold beverage in their hand.
Have you ever worked NAMM before?
Yes, 7yrs. I would work the Food and Beverage side at the Convention. Also we hosted large parties at the Grove of Anaheim. It was insanely busy.
Who is your favorite Brother?
Of course Jorge.
|Favorite thing about physics? Tachyon Anti-telephone man, now that would make a really cool pre-delay pedal.
Least favorite? Spherical Bessel Functions. Oh, and all that other math stuff.
How long until you buy another Triumph Spitfire? A lot of people may say that the Triumph Spitfire doesn't have the manliness of the Mazda Miata, but it doesn't cost as much. Also you can tell people you drive a British sports car.
How much do you love the Maker Bot? Is it weird that my first kiss was with an open-source 3D printer? It was gentle with me, and didn't move too fast. I remember one day when my dog ran away, the Maker Bot just held me. It didn't try to take advantage of me or the moment, it just held me...
Obviously my favorite cocktail to imbibe is the sweet concoction of Strymon's limitless drive to push music technology forward without compromising.
Where can I buy an Alarmplifier?
That's easy! Just go to olinthus.com
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