What was your initial inspiration the led to creating Taurus?
Music was always in the first place. My head was full of sounds served by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Wish Bone Ash, David Gilmour and others. It was really hard to get decent music gear in Poland back in the 80’s – I had some knowledge and ideas, those two factors combined lead me to my first projects. It seems this project was good enough, so other musicians started asking me if I can do another units for them.
Do you play an instrument?
Yes of course. I am a guitar player. I don’t think I would start doing amps otherwise.
What’s the strangest request you ever received (besides this bloody questionnaire)?
There was a lot of strange requests and demands in over 30 years of Taurus history, but to be honest strangest are coming from my head. That is why Taurus offers devices like Stomp-Heads that are far beyond “tradition” of guitar heads. I am always trying to push my own limits to create something unique, something that I would like to have as a musician.
Who are some of the more famous Taurus Users and Endorsees?
I am proud to say that a lot of great musicians put their trust into Taurus, and it is really hard to list all of them. For sure it is worth to mention people like Nathan East, Al Di Meola, Wojtek Pilichowski, Marcus Miller or Wes Borland, but I have same respect and positive energy for all of those who choose Taurus as a tool in their artistic journey.
What’s coming up in 2015 for Taurus?
When it comes about new projects we are planning to enhance Stomp-Head guitar amplifiers family with brand new Stomp-Head 1 and Stomp-Head 5. Also we are not going to forget about bass players, so we will launch double channel Vandall-300 head and probably new line of bass combos. In 2015 we will be also focused on promoting the brand and our flagship products – Stomp-Heads in USA and other parts of the globe!
How long has the store been in business?
The retail store Murphy’s Music has been in business since 1969.
How long have you worked at the store?
Texas Guitar Ranch has been working with Murphy’s since 2011. I started buying and selling guitars in 1980.
Why are Mooer pedals doing so well at your store?
They are just great sounding pedals, and when people realize how great they sound and how little room they take up and the price point, they sell themselves. Our staff believes in them and recommends them to our customers.
How does the future of music stores look?
We think the future of music stores remains strong but stores have to keep on top of new technology and integrate it successfully to stay viable. And of course, we rely on support from manufacturers and distributors. Osiamo has consistently been a top notch supplier with superb products.
Biggest challenge for your store for 2013?
Finding great new products to offer our customers that keep them coming back to see what’s new. Good example… these Taurus stomp heads are amazing!
The Frankfurt Muzikmesse is always an exciting show and a great place to meet with our suppliers. This year was no exception as our musical partners unveiled many new and exciting products.
Many of our suppliers don’t exhibit at NAMM so Muzikmesse is a great opportunity for us to see new products and discuss new ideas. Richard Cocco, Taurus, and Mooer displayed this year at Muzikmess.
We are really looking forward to the next few months when these products arrive at our warehouse.
Taurus is celebrating 30 years of making guitar and bass gear this year. And to show us that they are not going to rest they are debuting several new pedals and amplifiers. You can see a short video of some of the new product from Taurus here.
Building on their success with their Silver Line pedals and Stomp-Head series Taurus will release in the coming months :
DEXTER : Fast and accurate octave pedal with -1/+1 options for bass and guitar
BASS and GUITAR ENGINE : Two channel preamp pedals
QUBE 300 : Ultra light & compact 300 watt micro bass amp weighing 1.7 kg / 3.75 lbs
VANDALL : Two channel bass amps available in 300 and 600 watt versions
STOMP-HEAD 2BL : 60 watt portable guitar amp with a tube preamp
Our partners at Mooer introduced a new Pro Pedal Series and added more pedals to their very successful micro series. The micro series keeps growing and getting better. Soon there will be over 50 pedals in the micro line.
Mooer will release in the next few months:
New micro pedals
Baby Tuner : micro tuner pedal
Yellow Comp : compressor pedal
UltraDrive Mk II : overdrive pedal
Micro DI : direct box pedal
Noise Killer : noise suppressor pedal
Thunderball : bass fuzz pedal
Pro Pedal Series
All these pedals build on the features found in the micro series. There are some really nice sounds here!
Shim Verb Pro
Ana Echo Pro
We’ll have some more news for you soon about some new and really cool products that we’ll be importing soon.
If you want to learn some more about our Taurus Stomp-Heads and other new gear check out this demo/walkthrough by Mat of Taurus. Thanks to PremierGuitar.com and Mat for an excellent and informative video.