My name is Janet Furman. You might recognize that name from Furman Sound
, the pro audio company. I was the founder and CEO of Furman Sound from 1974 until I sold the company in 1999. Furman Sound was sort of a spin-off from the Grateful Dead scene of the 70's. At least, before I began my own company I worked for both Alembic and for the Dead, and drew a lot of inspiration from what I learned from them. I designed Alembic's F2B preamp, wrote the "Alembic Report" column in Guitar Player, repaired and maintained all sorts of band equipment of the era. I toured with the Dead as part of their live recording crew, recording the Europe 72 and Hundred Year Hall albums, among others. Perhaps of greatest interest to this group, in the early 70's I was the tech who installed all those modifications in Jerry's Twin Reverbs that you all seem so curious about! I wish I could tell you every last detail of what I did, but hey, that was 40 years ago and I haven't thought about it for a long, long time. I recently ran into some folks who are active posters here who encouraged me to stop by and introduce myself. We've already had a few interesting private discussions by email that sent me on a trip down Memory Lane. I'm tickled to think that the stuff I did way back then is of historical interest now! I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have about those early days, as best I can remember. I did put a brief autobiography together, emphasizing my time with Alembic and the Dead and how it led me to start Furman Sound. A few of you have already seen it. If you haven't, you can find it at http://furmanhistory.com/
I hope you'll find it entertaining, and perhaps a starting point for discussion.
I still live in Marin County, California, not far from the remaining Dead band members, crew, and family. I play bass in an oldies cover band. I love playing Dead songs, especially the country rock stuff. I don't do it often enough. "Makes my old memories come alive..."