What did glover use for machine head??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by wolfkeller, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    OK, I've read a lot about it but never a specific answer other than Marshall. I was never a purple fan and then one day I hear smoke for the millionth time and went wow! I'm waaaay behind on this I know but I'd love to have that tone. So, anyone know what head and cab(s) were used in the studio and further, anything reasonably priced these days that can get that sound? I recall POD having a Marshall setting. Appreciate the insight.
  2. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Looks like he's using a couple of Marshall Super Bass 100's in this video, to me. Not sure what he would have used in the studio.

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  3. bass71


    Nov 18, 2007
  4. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O))))

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    From the pictures I've seen of Purple in the studio for that period, I've only seen Marshall amps, and one photo of Roger sitting on a Vox AC30, though I rather doubt he recorded through that. It's possible he went direct as well.
  5. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    With the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside...making our music there...

    Reference to the Rolling Stones mobile recording unit, direct then?
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  6. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    "We ended up at the grand hotel
    It was empty cold and bare"

    "We had the Rolling Stones' mobile recording unit sitting outside in the snow, but to get there we had to run cable through two doors in the corridor into a room, through a bathroom and into another room, from which it went across a bed and out the veranda window, then ran along the balcony for about 100 feet and came back in through another bedroom window. It then went through that room's bathroom and into another corridor, then all the way down a marble staircase to the foyer reception area of the hotel, out the front door, across the courtyard and up the steps into the back of the mobile unit. I think that setup led to capturing some spontaneity, because once we got to the truck for a playback, even if we didn't think it was a perfect take, we'd go, 'Yeah, that's good enough.' Because we just couldn't stand going back again."
    Ritchie Blackmore.


    Full Story

    Nice shots


    Classic Albums - Deep Purple - Machine Head

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  7. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    I helped Pete Smith and another guy from Ripple strip the Helios console and anything else good out of that Truck before it went to Butcher Associates to be auctioned off at Power Rd Chiswick.:)
    I kept one of the massive Niphan multicore plugs as a souvenir.:)
    It's still here somewhere, I will have to look it out and take a picture, it's huge.:)
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  8. Bob-I


    Sep 12, 2014
    When I saw them touring to support that album they had a bunch of 200 watt Marshall's. Blackmore had 2 but I was close enough to see that only one was plugged in. The bass and keyboard amps looked identical except that Lord had horns in his cabs.

    I've seen pics in the studio where Blackmore was playing through an AC30. I've heard isolated bass on Highway Star, by itself I thought it sounded like ass, but in the mix it sits perfectly.
  9. webmonster


    May 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    Much as I like the bass tone on machine head it is the bone crunching tone on Made in Japan that I really admire :)
  10. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    Yah, Made in Japan is one of the best recorded live albums of all time. When it came out, it became the standard that all our stereos were tested with.
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