Randall hires amp wizard Mike Fortin, discontinues MTS series

Wow, the end of an era and the start of a new one. Randall is discontinuing the MTS modular line (which includes preamp modules for signature artists Kirk Hammett, Scott Ian and George Lynch). The company recently announced the hiring of Mike Fortin, founder of Fortin Amplification,to craft a new series of high-end, high gain all-tube amps including the new 150 watt Kirk Hammett signature model head. The photo above appears to be one of Fortin’s six-channel Meathead amps but with a Randall logo, which is serving as the jumping-off point for the Hammett amp.

Here’s the press release:

Randall Amplification Announces Mike Fortin as Exclusive Design Engineer

Chicago, April, 2012 – Randall Amplification would like to formally introduce Mr. Mike Fortin as an exclusive design engineer for Randall Amplification. Mike, as the founder of Fortin Amplification has forged a worldwide reputation for creating cutting edge high gain amplifier designs. We are excited to have Mike be a part of our team!

Mike’s first priorities will be a new multi-channel, 150 watt Kirk Hammett Signature Model Head and a whole range of high end, high gain all tube amplifiers to be manufactured in North America. The new Fortin designed series of Randall amplifiers will replace the discontinued MTS Series.

Randall Amplification is owned by US Music Corp, located in Buffalo Grove, IL. US Music Corp is an international music company that manufactures and distributes products worldwide under Washburn Guitars, Parker Guitars, Washburn Guitars, Eden Electronics, Oscar Schmidt, Hagstrom, Jay Turser, Jay J, Warwick, Natal Drums, Phonic, Quik Lok, and Profile brand names. US Music Corp is a subsidiary of Jam Industries, Ltd.

For more information on Randall, visit www.randallamplifiers.com

For more information on US Music Corp, visit www.usmusiccorp.com

For more information on Jam Industries, Ltd., visit www.jamindustries.com