Monday, September 23, 2013

News: Sound advice for Vonhatski Amplification


A new British amp brand is ready to rock the music industry with guitar amps designed and manufactured here in Rotherham.

Vonhatski Amplification is owned by Stefan Suchacki, an enterprising electronics engineer and keen guitarist, who has spent the last two years developing his own unique guitar amplification range. It has set up in Rotherham with support from by RiDO's Soft Landing Zone.

Stefan, who lives in Goldthorpe near Barnsley, studied Aerospace Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University before working as an electronics engineer for some of Norway's leading oil production companies. He needed a new amplification system for his guitar and wasn't impressed with what was available on the market, so took the matter into his own hands.

Stefan (pictured, above), said: "I couldn't find an amplifier suitable, so spent almost two years developing a dual rectifier amp brand of my own. It's really exciting now I have a product range with different sizes of amplifier, with heads and speaker cabinets. We are the only British company that designs and manufactures its products here, using British components – it's something I'm really proud of."

After a long period of in depth testing, which included gruelling tours with major artists to get their input, Vonhatski launched the hand-built Purelight 1206 range of amplifiers and speaker cabinets in 2013 and has already picked up rave reviews and recommendations from industry publications.

Vonhatski Amplification has taken space in RiDO's Century Business Centre in Manvers which means that it can take advantage of the business support on offer from the Growth and Prosperity in Rotherham (Soft Landing Zone) project that aims to assist Rotherham companies in accessing international markets and also helps foreign inward investors who choose to locate to RiDO's business centres.

RiDO's Julia Millea was able to support Stefan with translations for his product catalogue into Japanese, to comply with current legislation for international published material of this type. Julia, business development co-ordinator at RiDO, said: "It has been fantastic to work with Stefan and to see his business taking off so quickly. We hope to be able to support his continued expansion across Europe and the USA, it's a great South Yorkshire success story."

Stefan added: "Julia from RiDO's Soft Landing Zone has given me both practical support, as well as some really good contacts to help with the international side of the business. She put me in touch with Enterprise Europe, which means my products will be advertised internationally. She also helped me to secure a grant through UK Steel Enterprise, which has enabled me to buy new IT equipment." 

Stefan is currently working on setting up distributors across the Scandinavian countries and then for every European country, before tackling his major targets North and South America early next year.

Stefan adds: "As my business grows, I'll be looking for distributors across the world and will be working closely with RiDO to help me do this."

RiDO is hosting an International Trade Workshop at the Fusion Business Centre in Templeborough on October 8 from 10-1pm.

Vonhatski Amplification website
RiDO website

Images: RiDO


Ian Strawb September 27, 2013 at 7:14 PM  

We used Vonhatski amplifiers across three main stages at Strawberry Fields festival 2013 - they never missed a beat. Over 100 guitarists played the festival this year - so many eclectic diverse styles of playing - carried by Vonhatski amps.

Stef & his Tech Team were amazing throughout the festival, always on hand to show the artists how to get the best out of the Purelight 1206 amps & cabs - absolutely brilliant to have such a great young company making world beating products here in Britain.

Thanks again Stef - see you at Strawberry Fields festival 2014!

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