Hello, my name is Nigel Butters, living for most of my life in and around the Pontypridd area in south Wales. I am originator of Mango Amplification, designer and builder of guitar amplifier and accessories. Now, I am not prolific on social media circles and initially only wanted this blog to inform my customers that I have now retired, but to be able to contact me via this page. Then I thought that was a bit of a waste so will include some of my interests and views. You will see that developing in coming weeks.
First, my background.
I have been involved in electronic engineering for most of my life. First as a Senior test development engineer with Perkin Elmer Ltd., global manufacturer of scientific analytical instrumentation, and later as worldwide technical support manager with Biotrace Ltd., manufacturer of biotechnology monitoring instrumentation.
In 2000, having become disillusioned with the global company politics rat-race, I decided to start the new millennium afresh, leave it all and become involved with web and media design and started Mango Media. Bespoke web design for smaller companies was the emphasis here and was fairly successful for a while, but after a few years I could see that self-design template based methods was going to become popular so decided to place my skills elsewhere.
For some time I had been playing around with guitar amplifier designs as an interest and when a few local guitarists said “you really should start making these” I decided to do just that. One of them became my first customer and bought a Mango Duo 18 18watt amplifier and cabinet. Both Guitar Buyer and Guitar and Bass magazines gave my amps rave reviews and I gradually build up a small base of discerning customers. At the same time I forged a part time career teaching photography for the times when no orders came in
However I am now 63 and have decided to retire to concentrate on my other interests, namely photography, mountain biking, music and multi-rotor UAV (drone – I hate that term) flying.
You will see more of this on these pages in coming weeks.