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Article: 70856 of alt.guitar.amps
Subject: Re: Standel Amplifiers
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Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 17:57:49 -0800
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Donald D. Randall bought Standel in the early 70’s. I’m pretty sure it was
1972. This was after he had already started Randall, but the early
Randalls looked like Standels anyways. I do not know if they made them for
Randall or not. Randall has been sold several times since then. RIC
(Rickenbacker) owned them in the early 90’s. They do not own them now.
Even in the late 60’s Standel had a reputation for parts and servicing
difficulties with their transistor products. Donald D. Randall was the
former president of Fender Sales. This was not Fender Musical Instruments,
who actually made the instruments, even after CBS bought them, but was the
sales co that was located in Santa Anna. Their address was on the warranty
cards on 60’s Fender products and they were located next door to the
Rickenbacker factory. Standel also sold Standel guitars for a while.
These were made for them by Harptone in Newark, New Jersey. In 1975 or so
Harptone sold their guitar operations to the Statler Brothersw who were
going to manufacture them in Staunton(sp?), VA and sell them under the name
“Diamond T”. Harptone stayed in business making guitar cases, however I do
not know if they are still in business today. Perhaps Rickenbacker can
help you. Based on personal experience as well as reputation, they can be
wonderful or horrible however since the southern CA music business has
tradionally been quite interwoven and Rickenbacker was a part of this
story, I think it’s worth a try.
> I’ve looked into the Randall connection that we discussed here and I
> information that Randall “may very well have been the folks who bought
> Standel”. If anyone has POSITIVE info on that I’d sure like to know about
> >Wow a blast from the past. The Super Imperial!
> >Just as a point of interest. If anyone has those red, orange, blue, or
> >green filled boxes with the wires coming out of them in their Standel
> >and need a replacement. I can help out with that.
> >We can make them.
> >Rich Koerner,
> >Time Electronics.