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After having changed his musical direction by quitting Cream, forming Blind Faith and then leaving for Delaney & Bonnie in 1969, Clapton began favoring Fender amps to the Marshall stacks with large speaker cabinets that were popularized by Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Clapton was often seen playing through late 1960s Dual Showman amps on his appearances from the 1969/1970 period. However, the speaker cabinets in this lot do not originate from the Cream or Blind Faith period but they have the specifications from the year 1970 with the large Marshall logos but still retaining basket weave cloth and metal handles. In an interview conducted for the Japanese publication Guitarists of Genius published by Shinko Music, Baz Ward, the former road manager for Derek and the Dominos, told Saiichi Sugiyama of an incident during the Dominos first tour of UK clubs in the summer of 1970. When they played the Mothers in Birmingham, Clapton was heckled by a member of audience who said he couldn't hear Clapton's guitar. Clapton was playing through a Fender Dual Showman at the time. Clapton replied that he was playing as loud as he could and the heckler said 'tell the rest of the band to shut up then'. After this gig, Clapton told Baz Ward to go and buy a Marshall stack the following day. This he did and Clapton used a Marshall stack on some of the nights on tour. The photo from the UK tour reproduced below shows Clapton playing through a Marshall stack that he purchased. According to Baz Ward, Clapton also used Marshall cabinets in the US on tour in the autumn of 1970 but he had modified those cabinets with extra jack inputs to facilitate a quick change-over in case of an amp breakdown. In view of the absence of his modifications it seems possible that, the speaker cabinets in this lot are those that Ward purchased in Birmingham and have remained in the UK.more
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