Christmas morning 2016, my family chats over espresso and Italian pastries, my mother is setting up the kitchen for a day of cooking and my dad is in the living room, checking the weather as usual. Around 10am, my mother asks, “shall we open the presents”? My brothers and I go to the tree and begin to hand each other gifts. For the last few years, almost comically, my two brothers and I would exchange gift cards, typically Best Buy or Home Depot, to the point where we would just hand each other the same cards. Although impersonal, it seemed practical. I had been feeling this year that I should get something different, but I once again defaulted to the Best Buy Gift cards. However, my brother decided differently and presented me with a Marshall Bluetooth Speaker.
This speaker is seriously cool, it’s modelled after a classic Marshall Guitar amplifier. The speaker is wrapped in classic leather look vinyl and has a brass framed speaker grill with the beautiful Marshall script logo. My favorite details are on the top of the unit where the volume, bass and treble controls lie. The retro toggle ON/OFF switch feels heavy, as if to signal that something special is about to happen. These details make the speaker feel high-quality.
The ACTON as it’s called is 12” x 7” x 7” and has some weight, it’s not what I would call portable, but makes a welcome addition t0 any room or office, even just based on cool factor alone. But a speaker with that famous logo can’t rely on looks alone, after all, Marshall is known for sound. With an easy pair to my iPhone, I connect to this speaker and the sound fills the room with deep bass and clear vocals. In homage to George Michael who passed away on Christmas day, I turned up “Freedom”, it seemed appropriate. I get a nostalgic feeling every time I flip the toggle on, even though I never had a Marshall amp or even played guitar.
Thanks bro, you did good!
Take a look at the pictures and try to see it in store. Let me know what you think.
Did you know?
On Thursday, July 7th, 1962, Jim Marshall and Son music shop opened its doors at 76 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London.
It was here where Jim met many guitarists, like Pete Townshend and Ritchie Blackmore, who persuaded him to stock guitars and amplifiers in his shop. After realizing they were not finding the sound they wanted, Jim and his team made an amplifier.
In September 1962, the very first Marshall amplifier, affectionately named ‘number one’, was created after a series of prototypes. ‘Number one’ was the forerunner of the legendary JTM45.
Placed in the window of Jim’s shop, twenty-three were ordered on the very first day. The rest, as they say, is history.