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NIGEL’s (not Jonny) Orpheum Amplifier

A huge thanks to Nigel Godrich himself, for his kind words and for letting us know the true owner of this amplifier!

Previously identified as Jonny’s, due to his use of the amp during a couple of the In Rainbows recording sessions, the Orpheum amplifier actually belongs to Nigel Godrich, who must have let Jonny use it for those sessions.

Nigel’s Twitter.

thekingofgear:

Thank you to Tim for finding out the true identity of the amplifier!

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Here is a link to a forum post including pictures of an amp that looks identical to Jonny’s, and information about the Orpheum brand.

The amp, which was previously identified as an Omega amplifier, is actually an Orpheum amplifier. Though it looks almost exactly like an Omega amp, the logo on it is clearly Orpheum’s.

I suspect that the two amps are identical, Omega and Orpheum being the distributors for different countries (Omega for Japan and Orpheum for the US). Orpheum’s amps were made in Japan during the 1960’s. It is likely that either Omega was the name under which Orpheum sold amps in Japan, or Omega had some sort of deal with Orpheum such that they could sell the amps.

This particular Orpheum is an unusual 6AQ5-based amplifier. 6AQ5 is a specific type of vacuum tube, and the circuit is designed around that tube. Jonny’s Fender 5C1, for example, is based around a 6SJ7, while the Vox AC30 is EL84-based.

The person who posted those pictures on that forum also posted a video of them playing into the amp. You can listen to here.




flowerscrackconcrete:

Thom Yorke

 Thom with his early 90’s Gibson SG Standard (SGS-). This guitar was used during Radiohead’s first few years, but was stolen in October, 1995. It is quite different from the original 60’s SG’s which Thom has become known for playing since In Rainbows From The Basement.

flowerscrackconcrete:

Thom Yorke

 Thom with his early 90’s Gibson SG Standard (SGS-). This guitar was used during Radiohead’s first few years, but was stolen in October, 1995. It is quite different from the original 60’s SG’s which Thom has become known for playing since In Rainbows From The Basement.

(via noise-jam)




Anonymous: I was watching a live tutorial of Ful Stop today and I was wondering if the more ambient sounds are coming from Thom's Synth or Ed's guitar. If it is Ed's guitar what effects is he using?? Thanks! Love the site, its so awesome :)

(Note: I use lyrics to reference places in the song, and I apologize if I get any of them wrong.)

The main ambient sounds for the first section of the song are the synth pads, courtesy of Thom on the Prophet 08. He has it set for very long decay and release times, such that he can just hit the chord once and then continue dancing. He stops playing the synth when he starts singing “just to mess you up,” and only again plays the synth again briefly after he finishes singing “all the good times.”

Initially, Ed provides more a counterpoint than an ambient part, playing the fast “riffs” which begin when Thom sings “our love will set you free.” However, he does switch over to playing something more ambient soon after Thom sings “you still ain’t got the message yet.” Ed switches between the riffs and the ambient sounds after Thom starts singing “just to mess you up,” but after the “all the good times” he plays a mix of sudden bursts of sound and quieter ambient parts (in at least one performance, he messes with the Diamond Memory Lane 2’s oscillation during this section).




Anonymous: Hi TKoG! I recently acquired a boss re-20 space echo but i'm not able to emulate Jonny's pitch shifting delays on live versions of in limbo. How does Jonny achieve this effect? Is there someone modulating the repeat rate? Keep up the great job!

The delays themselves actually aren’t pitch shifting. Jonny is bending and sliding the notes, and turning on the delay only for certain ones. I’ve explained it in more detail here. If you listen closely, you can hear that the repeats are of a different pitch than the initial note, but they repeat the same slightly different note due to bending or sliding just before he activates the delay.




Jonny’s Japanese “Omega” Amp is an Orpheum

Thank you to Tim for finding out the true identity of the amplifier!

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Here is a link to a forum post including pictures of an amp that looks identical to Jonny’s, and information about the Orpheum brand.

The amp, which was previously identified as an Omega amplifier, is actually an Orpheum amplifier. Though it looks almost exactly like an Omega amp, the logo on it is clearly Orpheum’s.

I suspect that the two amps are identical, Omega and Orpheum being the distributors for different countries (Omega for Japan and Orpheum for the US). Orpheum’s amps were made in Japan during the 1960’s. It is likely that either Omega was the name under which Orpheum sold amps in Japan, or Omega had some sort of deal with Orpheum such that they could sell the amps.

This particular Orpheum is an unusual 6AQ5-based amplifier. 6AQ5 is a specific type of vacuum tube, and the circuit is designed around that tube. Jonny’s Fender 5C1, for example, is based around a 6SJ7, while the Vox AC30 is EL84-based.

The person who posted those pictures on that forum also posted a video of them playing into the amp. You can listen to here.




Jonny’s unknown Hammond organ

Submitted by HJP881

I think his hammond-organ is M-102, atleast it looks like it

Thank you for the submission, I think you’ve found exactly the right model!




Jonny with his Bladder pipe, which he mentioned during his recent appearance on Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone (audio available during Mary Anne Hobbs’ Music of the Natural World). The instrument is a simple bagpipe originally from medieval Europe, though Jonny’s pipe could have been made recently.

Jonny with his Bladder pipe, which he mentioned during his recent appearance on Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone (audio available during Mary Anne Hobbs’ Music of the Natural World). The instrument is a simple bagpipe originally from medieval Europe, though Jonny’s pipe could have been made recently.




"It was a Sunday morning, and I had stayed at a friend’s house the night before…I was about 14-years-old and we were just watching videos and talking about girls and things,” says the younger Greenwood. “And I got a call from my lovely brother Colin. ‘We’re rehearsing near where you are now. Have you got your harmonica?’ I said yes, and he said, ‘Well come down right now.’ So I went over…that was the first time really. It was loud and rackety and noisy as hell. It was pretty cool then."
First time Jonny played with the others :’)

(Source: stupidlittleprincess, via ripley312)




Thom’s other pedalboard

Submitted by Sam

On the pedalboard with the HOG, do you think the two pedals with what appear to be red sliders could be MXR Equalizers? 

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Thank you for the submission, Sam! That definitely looks like an MXR Equalizer, which makes a lot more sense as a pedal to have a few of on a side board. Looks like one is being used predominantly as a clean boost, while the other seems to be pushing the low-mids but lowering the high-mids.




Anonymous: your site says jonny's 85 is mic'ed with an om3 / om5. which one is correct? i'm sure i've seen an image of the mic itself and it says om5 on it. cant find the image though. graham the sound engineer did specify on his myspace blog but his posts have disappeared completely.

I’m currently going with OM3, as specified by this MIX article. That said, I have come to distrust articles, preferring actual pictures of his setup.

In the early 90’s, Thom used an OM5 or OM7 as a vocal mic. Perhaps that is the OM5 that you saw?

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