I  couldn't wait to leave school and having established myself with the  'Mullard' Simonstone factory, Nr Burnley, Lancashire, it was apparent that I had to fulfill my career as a 'Press-Toolmaker'.  (Clock - No 516568)

I had been daily embraced by the 'Factory Gate' by a minimum  of 1,750 times before I had an opportunity to direct my own life - my 'Free Spirit' - was on the horizon,  I was 23 yrs old in 1967.  

Mullard was one of the subsidiary of the chain of PHILLIPS factories which were established in Eindhoven Holland. The 'Mother' factory in England was the Croydon factory, situated in the south of England.  I managed to contain myself  through the 6 yrs apprenticeship and even though, to this day, I still have so much respect for the thorough  training that I endured. (If anyone has any Photos of the CRT Factory Simonstone please let me know).   

 

 

Quality Valves at their best  - the guitarist's dream amplifiers.
Using - EL34's - GZ 34 Rectifier Valves,  ECC 83's - etc -
​still being used after 70 years. 
(Photo 'C' c / o Permission of the Mullard Personell Dept 1961). 

 

 

The 'Electron Gun and Valve assembly Department' -
​Mullard Simonstone Factory Lancashire,
(Photo 'C' c / o Permission of the Mullard Personell Dept 1961).   

 

The pictures below reveal a part of my new - ('TOOL-BOX').  
My - Past and Present - Instruments, which have given me so much pleasure, some of which I still have today.

 Top Left - Blues Harp & Hohner C/G Mouthorgan.
2.  Watkins Rapier Guitar. 1962.
3.  Dave Shaw - Penny Whistle.
4.  Below - Gibson S.G Side View.
5.  Below - Mandolin Banjo. 1951.
6.  Below - Gibson S.G Guitar.1967.
7.  Gibson Les Paul Standard Guitar 1976.
8.  Gibson 330 Guitar 1977.
9.  Fender Telecaster Guitar 1959.
10. Tokai Les Paul Guitar 1992.
11.  Hohner Melodeon1956.
12. Yamaha Pacifica 1999.
13. Below - Spanish Acoustic Guitar.
14. Saehan -  Acoustic Guitar. 1971.

 

(BELOW), A & B Resurrected old photos taken from Agfa photos 1961  slide transparencies. (Left to right) - 

Photo A. Wammy 's Burns Black Bison with (Brother Ray Walmsley's) Home Made !  Guitar amplifier, 2 "x 12" speaker cabinet & stand,  propping up  .  Ray's Hofner guitar (! Notice the WEM Copycat on the floor, between the two Guitars)
 

Photo B. Wammy's' Mugshot' 1961 - taken outside the Great Haarwood's Unity WMC during The 'Movers' Pop Group episode.

Photo C. - (Gerry Marsden & the Pacemakers?), eat your hearts out! - 
Wammy pictured here with the Padiham  Cricket Club ans-amble, the  Mullard Movers Quintet? 
With - "Ferry across the Mersey? "- Calder More like! - (The bleedin 'River Calder!).
(Photo 'A' c / o Ray Walmsley). (Photo 'B' c / o Ray Walmsley? ). (Photo 'C' c / o Permission of the Mullard Personell Dept 1961).

 

It wasn't long before Gibson Guitars came on the scene 'Joe Brown and the Bruvvers' were in the charts exposing Joe's Gibson ES 335, so after a  little encouragement from ex-Warrior - Tony Anderson, I bought an ES - 330, again from 'Mary's Music.' It was a precious instrument but eventually  it slipped through my fingers. The ES-330 was traded in at Reidy's the Home of Music, Penny st, Blackburn where the 'Four Penny's had some financial encouragement,
they hit the top ten in 1964 with a great song called Juliet - the bass player Fritz Fryer was a 'chip' off the old block!!!.,   

Then I bought the 'Idol of my life' an Gibson S.G , that I cherished so dearly. I sold the S.G after quite some years to a Spanish lad in Palma de Mallorca and bought a Fender Telecaster. The walls at 'Musical Torres' in  Palma  were lined with Fender guitars that nobody wanted, all with serial numbers of only five digits, I should have bought the lot! Ah well. 
The Fender guitar came back to England with me in 1976 and I sold it for one hundred and twenty pounds and later found out it was worth maybe,  Two Thousand Pounds, just to buy a second hand 'John Birch' Les Paul - what a big mistake 

Eric Clapton with John Mayall  in 1965 joined the 'Bluesbreakers' and was mastering a Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar, so what did I do? I bought the very same model of guitar for four hundred and fifty pounds, again at 'Mary's Music' and is still with the family after a lifetime of commitment, I gave it to my son Simon - but occasionally use it when I play at Bushy's beer tent during the June TT. 

(Please see bottom of page Photos.) 
During this time I bought a second guitar, a Yamaha Pacifica to do some 'Gigs' in Benidorm, but it wasn't up to. much at all. 

There was a poor blighter, recently separated from his wife that put an advert 'in a Yorkshire Newspaper -' Tokai 'Love Rock Les Paul guitar  for sale, I bought it, because he was desperate for money and it was so cheap, I still have the guitar and I must admit, it is the best guitar that I have ever had. (Sorry Mr Gibson / Les Paul!).
I never did 'Master' ? the Accordion / Melodian but thank you Jack Cooper of Birtwistle Street, Great Harwood, I sold it to someone in need. 

Penny Whistles? - Courtesy of Dave Shaw '- the tooling was made ​​by a friend of mine -.Terry Martin (Terrence Patrick Martin), who was a fellow engineering apprentice at the same Mullard Factory,Terry was with previously together with John Rideough and owned - 'R & M' Engineering, in Great Harwood, Lancashire Hey Up !                                                                                

(Pictured Below) - .some of the amplifiers, pedals, diagrams and accessories I had bought in the past. 
                                                                 
In the background - FuzzFace and Marshall Supa fuzz Diagrams (Faded to avoid copyright Infringements - that's if there is any). 
Top Left -----Selmer Treble & Bass Amplifier 100 watts 
Below --------Roland 501, a professional effects unit, that included the 'Chorus' facility to Enhance vocals, used back in the late 70's. 
Below ------. Roland 201, a multi-purpose unit, used for instruments & vocals from 1974 
Below ------- Selmer Amp & speaker cab, used by many professional groups 
Top Middle - Watkins Copycat, used by more or less all the guitarists During the 60's onward, I was lucky to meet Charlie Watkins,  
                     in his factory at -.66 Offley road London,  
Morley pedals were Introduced in England from America, the Volume / Wha was unbeatable. 
Shure ---------SM 57/58 Microphones were paramount in those days, the SM 57, always reminded me of Dave Edmunds  
Below ------- 100 watt Fender Twin Reverb combo that weighed 'a ton'
                    The Binson Echoret was used by Hank Marvin from the Shadows, this.unit was a revolution in those days 
Dunlop -------Fuzz Face  
Dunlop ------'Crybaby and Volume pedals' were the best , again being used by the top guitarists.
                    TU-2 guitar tuners, came in quite later on. 
Marshall ---- Supa Fuzz.(Still in demand).
Top Left-----Our Impact 100w PA Amplifier used by Badfinger at the Cavern Liverpool (Formerly - The Ivy's).
Below--------Marshall Stacks they were supreme with the pre-amp overdrive.

 

My Original Gibson  Les Paul Standard, bought from Mary's Music Accrington Lancashires 1976. 
(Now in the hands of my son Simon over in the Isle of Man). 
(38 years of loyalty - just a 'little' varnish missing on the back of the neck and body!).

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Photos c/o Craven Image studios.