A pair of 1988 Soldano SLO-100 and a 1989 Pete Cornish Guitar Routing System with a pair of Marshall 1960B speaker cabinets Soldano SLO-100s: Serial Nos. 88043EC and 88044EC (with stickers Nos. 1 and 2, respectively),
Lot 91
A pair of 1988 Soldano SLO-100 and a 1989 Pete Cornish Guitar Routing System with a pair of Marshall 1960B speaker cabinets Soldano SLO-100s: Serial Nos. 88043EC and 88044EC (with stickers Nos. 1 and 2 respectively),a lot
Sold for US$ 32,940 inc. premium
Lot Details
A pair of 1988 Soldano SLO-100 and a 1989 Pete Cornish Guitar Routing System with a pair of Marshall 1960B speaker cabinets
Soldano SLO-100s: Serial Nos. 88043EC and 88044EC (with stickers Nos. 1 and 2 respectively),
each in casing with gray tolex covering, black metal grille with Soldano, white chassis with eight gray rotary controls, two toggle switches, two mini-toggle switches, jack input, blue jewel pilot lamp, multicore connector at rear, six preamp valves and four Sovtek 5881 power amp valves; No. 2 inscribed on the top with black marker pen Eric Thank you very much. Keep playing those same old blues. Michael Soldano and No.1, signed Michael Soldano, 117V, IEC connector; and a Pete Cornish Guitar Routing System comprising:
-8U rack-mount guitar routing unit, Serial No. 200/A and dated July 1989, with thirty-eight rotary controls, eight illuminated push switches, 10 X 10 matrix patch bay, four toggle switches, two level meters, twenty-four pilot lights, multi-voltage, housed in 25U Packhorse steel frame shock mount rack flight case with (i) FURMAN PL-8 Light Module, (ii) SAMSON UR-5D UHF wireless receiver serial no. 27A00035 (iii) SAMSON BR-3 VHF receiver (iv) Drawmer 1960 tube compressor, serial no. 1138, (v) YAMAHA SPX-90 multi-effect processor; (vi) Dyno-My-Piano CS-5 Tri-Stereo Chorus; (vii) TC Electronics 2290 dynamic digital delay; (viii) DYNACORD CLS 222 Leslie simulator, serial no. 13157; (ix) YAMAHA GEP multi-effect processor (x) Roland SDE-3000 digital delay (xi) TC1210 spatial expander; with VHS/UHF aerial unit at rear;
-Remote Control Unit, Serial No. 200/A+B, with eight foot switches, ten pilot lights marked A to I, 20 indicator lights with MT=MUTE AUDIO, LD=LEAD MODE, COMP, PRE1 LD, PRE2 LD, PRE1 MT, PRE2 MT, VOLUME, WAH –WAH, SPARE BR4, SPX-90, TRI-STRO, TC2290, DYNA222, SPARE SR9, DRY L MT, DRY R MT, GEP-50, SDE-3000, STRO EQ, BOOST; with a gray metallic remote control unit with pilot light marked J;
-Mains Power Distribution Unit, Serial No. 200/B, in 20U Packhorse steel frame shock mount rack flightcase, with six switches, seven VU meters, five connectors and nine indicator lights, multi-voltage with a selection of power cables;
-a quantity of multicore cables, leads and stage boxes in gray Packhorse flight case covered in various stickers; two Cry Baby pedals 4(CB487671) and 5(CB206667); two Ernie Ball volume pedals (unused); and a Tupperware container with spare parts; and plus various other items including a quantity of UHF and VHF wireless transmitters in carrying cases and a spare UHF receiver in a cardboard box; and
-Marshall 1960B (straight) speaker cabinets, Serial Nos. 09283 and 25352 (with yellow stickers Nos. 1 and 2, respectively) with black tolex covering, white Marshall logo (M damaged on No. 1), black grille cloth, additional cannon connectors on rear, four 12-inch Electro Voice EVM12L speakers in each cabinet, both with black flight cases with THE DUCK BROS. stencil, one with various stickers and the number 8 stenciled at one end (a lot)


  • The California custom amp builder Michael Soldano was commissioned to build two of his SLO-100 amplifiers for Clapton in 1988. When interviewed in November 1988 for the Japanese Young Guitar magazine while on tour in Japan, Eric Clapton spoke about his newly acquired Soldano amps. Clapton commented that he had been using Fender Dual Showman amps (Lot 88) when he heard Mark Knopfler at rehearsals and was impressed by his sound. He realised it was Knopfler's amp rather than the guitar that was responsible for the sound character. Clapton tried Knopfler's amp and liking its sound which he described as 'warm' and 'round', immediately placed an order with Michael Soldano. Clapton went on to explain that although he was allowed to go on top of the waiting list, he waited two months before he received his amps because they were all handmade and not mass-produced. Clapton went on to say that Soldano was the best amp for him and thought it would be a classic. He added that he would be recording the next album with Soldano amps.

    Clapton's guitar technician stated in an interview in 1994 Guitar Techniques magazine:
    "The Soldanos are the original amps that Mike Soldano built for us in a hurry. Of course we bought them, but because Mike dropped everything else he was doing, Eric gave him a signed Clapton Strat, which we thought was a fair deal. Eric said, "In return, why don't you sign my amps?" so that's what he did. We have two, one as a spare, but I like to alternate them so that valves are properly burnt in on both."

    In 1989, the British music accessories engineer Pete Cornish was commissioned to build a guitar routing system to replace Clapton's Bradshaw switching system which would allow Clapton to recreate his studio guitar sound using his on-stage amps. This was to be achieved by a system that would mix the direct dry sound with various processed sounds at will. The Soldano heads were modified to form the heart of this elaborate system hand-built by Cornish and his wife, Lynda. The system defined Clapton's guitar sound between 1990-1994,the period of Clapton's return to forceful playing and a grand scale rock shows as chronicled by the album, 24 Nights. The entire system from the wireless transmitters that were once attached to Clapton's Versace guitar straps, and the nine-button foot-controller, to the purpose-made mains power distributor, multi-core cables, the massive rack unit housing Cornish's routing system, the control centre of the system, as well as the rack-mount signal processors including the Dyno-My-Piano Tri-Stereo Chorus, and the EV loaded Marshall cabinets are sold as an entire set-up, flight-cased and ready to go on a world tour.

    Photo: a) Clapton standing in front of the Marshall cabinets with EV speakers to play his solo in Old Love at Hartford Civic Center, Connecticut, 12 - 13 April 1990. Video footage and screen capture courtesy of Ollie O
    Photo: b) Clapton using the Soldano heads and Marshall speakers, Point Dublin, 31 January 1991. Photograph courtesy of Michael Sawin
    Photo: c) Knopfler using his Soldano amp on stage with Clapton, Knebworth, 30 June 1990. Photograph courtesy of Peter Still
    Photo: d) Clapton in stage wing during the rehearsals for the 1991 24 Nights shows at the Royal Albert Hall. The Pete Cornish rack is visible with a blackface Champ on top of it. Photograph courtesy of Brian Roylance/ The Roylance Family
    Photo: e) Clapton using the Pete Cornish foot controller on stage during the Rock Legends Tour of Japan with George Harrison, December 1991. Photograph courtesy of Brian Roylance/ The Roylance Family
    Photo: f) Clapton sitting at stage wing in front of the Pete Cornish rack while George Harrison and Clapton's band performed Piggies on stage during the Rock Legends Tour of Japan with George Harrison, December 1991. Photograph courtesy of Brian Roylance/ The Roylance Family

    Further background information about this lot is available by using the condition report facility at www.bonhams.com or by contacting the department.
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