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Visit to Sweden - October 2005  JULY VISIT | HOMEPAGE | JUNE 2006 
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We checked into the Scandic Hotell close by to the perfect combination Folkets Hus centre in Östersund. Bright airy main hall, with two stages and all the facilities you need for a local or international event. Without over-doing the latter this was an international event with a long awaited meeting for a few USA Hagstrom devotees. Bill Marriott had been touring around already, John Haskin had arrived with his grand-daughter, and Manfred Graeder was about to arrive. I sometimes forget I'm considered 'international' in all this; I am blessed to enjoy the friendship I get through Hagstrom as if it was part of my everyday life now.

For certain if it hadn't have been for my 12 string back in 1974, I'd never have made so many good connections, friends or visits over the years. We gave a toast to Kwinn who didn't make it over this time, and to Anders Karlsson our good friend and travelling companion last July. Anders was recovering from a quite major operation, we wish him a speedy recovery...

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If you'd ever wanted to get up close and interactive with the whole Hagström  experience, then this was a great opportunity.

Collections were carefully transported along with much of the Hagstrom Museum contents.

With bands like Larz Kristerz providing authentic and very professional sounds from the eras of Hagström instruments and PA.

 

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The GA-140 is an interesting set up.

The idea being that the controls and interface are housed in the 'head' with most of the actual amp and electronics housed in the speaker cabinet below.

I can't remember why now, but the key thing is there are very few around like this anymore... the heat in the cabinet had a tendency to blow the whole system if it was left on too long!

Hagstrom were known for trying all kinds of things out and I heard a few interesting stories about some of the.... er... "R and D" that took place in the factories.

Thankfully the GA-140 was unusual in this outcome.

 

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The BT100 system is not as loud as some other Hagstrom offerings, but was never-the-less very capable

<- Left you see part of the famous Stereo PA and systems set up and adapted by Len Johansson for ABBA to use on tour. Does he regret not actually taking up the offer of doing the whole sound engineering thing for them? Well he has a great life, and a wonderful home on an island... hmmm, didn't answer the question though!

Below you see more of the early offerings such as a 210 Bass head and Cabinet

 

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Chris wanted to play (doesn't he always). Well it was a bit different here...

It's not like a commercial show, with all these treasures being exhibited, there was an obvious concern at an 11 year old wanting "to have a go" too. Players were very much pre-arranged...

It was a great coincidence that John's grand-daughter Morgon was also at the event. Both 11 year olds had a good time at Östersund and then when we moved on to Älvdalen afterwards...

In any case he got a pretty good chance to play on Arne's own collection, so he couldn't complain!

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There's nothing like a REAL original Swedish made Hagstrom (and there are loads around), but if it 'floats your boat', or you can't find an original then who are we to say?

Plenty has been said already and
will be said forever forward probably.
Only you know what's right for you!