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John Kuker

  I was crushed when my great friend John Kuker died on Tuesday.  I met John when he had just rented the space in Minneapolis to build the Seedy Underbelly recording studio, the rest is history.  We have been friends ever since.  The last I heard from him was in June of 2014 when he [...]

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Web updates

We are excited about the new 2nd page that will be going up shortly on our site, it will include: downloads (new manuals, sound samples), music, Hamptone history, EQ development, videos, and a “Garage Sale” where I am going to begin unloading decades of gear hoarding.   We want to give a window into what goes [...]

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HOC1: will we offer them as kits?

The HOC1 will not be offered as a kit.  The main reason is its simply too complicated, and my fear was it would be a nightmare for all involved.  I’ve spent months developing automated test software/fixtures to facilitate in the test/calibration, but even with that each unit spends between 4-6 hours on the bench, most [...]

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HOC1 update

We expect to have the first run of HOC1 compressors complete by the end of this week, and fully programmed / final tested by the end of next week.  I am now accepting orders.  We are also already beginning the next run in preparation for the upcoming Tape Op article.  Larry Crane is buying the [...]

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HOC1 (Hamptone Opto Compressor) History / update

We are at the end of our first small production run of the HOC1.  I started designing the compressor in 2003, and began prototyping in 2006.  Over the course of 7 years, I built 12 prototypes, each one was loaned out, and used in the Portland area.  Both from personal ideas, and user feedback, each [...]

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Special thanks

Hello, welcome to our new website, and to my first blog ever.  I would like to thank the following people for bringing my website out of the “dial up” age, and into the 21st century: Mark Robertson (web design), Kim Smith-Miller (photos and design), Catherine Odell (Director of Media), and Matt Morgan (Director of Marketing).  [...]

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Website Upgrades

Welcome to the new Hamptone website! This news blog will be an avenue to share what we are currently up to here at the Hamptone headquarters in Portland, Oregon. We will be continuing to make the site more efficient, so if you have any questions or concerns about the new layout, feel free to contact [...]

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