Product Engineers

Dick Schalk began working for the Rodgers Instrument Corp. in the 1970s when the Hillsboro, Oregon company was independently owned, then sold to CBS Musical Instruments.  He remained with the company, within the engineering department, through a few different owners and presidents until his...
Rodgers Jenkins is the founder of the Rodgers Instrument Corp., based outside of Portland Oregon.  Under Rodgers leadership, the company developed a strong engineering team that created many firsts for the church and home organ, as well as holding dozens of patents for their innovations.  While...
Steven Ambrose first started liking country music after hearing Johnny Cash through headphones during a recording session. This prompted him to develop a toll that could be used by all musicians to get the same sound. The result was the first set of in ear monitors – something that the music...
Paul Raley is the President of Paul Raley & Associates Inc., as well as PRA Audio Systems Inc. The focus of his company was to allow ease of use when it comes to wireless systems for guitarists. Paul talks about how you shouldn’t have to worry about configuring a system at a show – it should...
Andy Penn opened one of the first music stores dedicated to drums and percussion in Northern California.  As a drummer he wants to create a place for others to gather and be able to purchase quality gear.  He opened Andy Penn’s Drum world in 1965 only to soon discover the name Drum World was...
Pauline Oliveros pioneered composing music using electronic instruments. She recorded both with the Moog and Buchla synthesizers as well as the Expanded Instrument System, an electronic signal processing unit she designed. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the...
Malcolm Cecil was the engineer and product designer behind the famous synthesizer known as TONTO! TONTO is the acronym for "The Original New Timbral Orchestra," the first, and still the largest, multitimbral polyphonic analog synthesizer in the world, designed and constructed over several years....
Jerry Wenger was just a kid when he recalls his father asking him and his sister to help him out with building some products he has invented, in the basement, for his school use as a music educator.  Jerry was right there at the beginning of one of the music industry’s most innovative manufacturer...
Steve Grindrod is the guitar amplifier designer who has pioneered the master-volume models for Marshall with design work on the JCM800 and Silver Jubilee lines as well as the Marshall JCM900.  While working on his own amp line, Steve moved to China and partnered with IAG to establish Albion...
Jennifer Batten is often found at a NAMM booth checking out the gear or providing her feedback on products she has played over the years.  Washburn Guitars released a signature model that she took part in designing, which she has proudly played on recordings and on tour. While working with Jeff...

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