In the early eighties, Scott Carroll was one of four founding partners and a key-man in the Amazing Musical Instrument Company. This was one of the first companies to offer the public a truly electronic violin, and a whole line of stylish electronic instruments paralleling their classical counterparts. These instruments were hand-crafted by Michael Zimmerman, a well-respected and seasoned luthier, out of ideal exotic woods to stringent specifications, producing superior base timbres. The proprietary internal tone contouring circuitry and pickup system was designed by Brian Lepine, while production and quality control was carried out by David Bush. Marketing and Sales was handled by Dell Herter. This unique team took the company from the drawing board to capacity production in one year, raising six figures in investment capital from both the government and prestigious members of the private sector.
The design problems were new, unique, and challenging. The team assembled was fortunately very experienced in both the scientific and musical side of the many aspects of the problems they took on, being accomplished musicians to a man. Mr. Carroll's contribution to the engineering side involved analyzing and duplicating the complex behaviour of a real violin bridge on a solid-body design. He had to ensure the coupling and transmission of pure sound quality from the strings, bridge, body, patented resonant sound cavity and sound recording components. Carroll also supervised and assembled key components and circuits, protecting the proprietary nature of the designs.
The result of the team's engineering efforts was a line of instruments still carried today by major music stores in Canada, such as Long & McQuade. Although the company has since changed hands, and the team has moved on to other projects, the instruments have earned themselves a place of respect in the history of new musical technologies, and are valued by collectors.
Our essential engineering and design was so accurate and solid, that large companies like YAMAHA MUSIC waited twelve to fifteen years, then imitated us closely, from the bridge coupling and pickups, to the body cut-outs, and even down to the rich dark brown gloss finish!