[1811] 20 Years!

Date: August 3rd, 2015 | Comments : [8] | Categories: DIY.


This month marks 20 years of continuous publication of the AMZ web site, though in the first few years it was called DMZ.

I launched the first web page in August 1995 when the first AOL members web storage spaces became available. You may have seen the http://members.aol.com/jorman/ web address on a few on my very old schematics. At the time, there were only 23,500 web sites on the entire Internet and there was only one other fx pedal related site called Leper’s Abode, but it was only a collection of a few schematics.

The latest Windows version then in common use was 3.11 though Windows 95 launched later in the month. There were plenty of DOS machines still in use too. It was a much smaller and more limited online world in those early days, and no web stores! You had to get paper catalogs to order from Digikey or Allied Electronics and call them on the phone to place an order — landline phone: most people didn’t have a cell phone as they were very expensive and quite large. They would not fit in your pocket yet.

The muzique.com domain name was registered in March 1999 and I moved the web site from AOL to the new server, where it has been since.

I hosted two fx forums over the years with the last one only shutting down when the free web forum service closed. Around that time, two new effects forums opened, including Ampage (created in 1999) and DIYStompboxes (created in 2001).

I’ll update this with more info as I look through my archives.

Jack Orman
3 August 2015


8 Responses to “20 Years!”

[717619] yot32 Says: 3:20 pm, August 8th, 2015

Wish You all the best and at least next 20 years!

[718016] Justin Says: 2:20 pm, August 9th, 2015

Congratulations on 20 years, Jack!
I am new to DIY pedals and this is a great site that’s full of useful information.

[723994] gabiru Says: 7:54 pm, August 21st, 2015

Congratulations Mr. Orman!

AMZ is one of the finest places on the web. Thanks to efforts like yours many DIYers around the world got access to knowledge and resources for years.

I hope you keep the good work and wish you all the best!

[728500] thegrayghost Says: 11:28 pm, August 29th, 2015

The 90s internet was a beautiful place to be!!! The ‘net is soooo uninteresting, pretentious, plebeian, and hackneyed nowadays 🙁

[729242] Best Reverb Says: 4:59 am, August 31st, 2015

Congratulations mister. Orman!

AMZ is one among the best places on the net. because of efforts like yours several DIYers round the world got access to data and resources for years.

I hope you retain the great work and need you all the best!

[731055] Seth Says: 2:35 pm, September 3rd, 2015

About 8 years ago I did some guitar electronics stuff, and read a lot of your projects. I just decided to do more, and it’s great to see you’re still here! I’m going to build a buffer to install using one of your projects. Thanks for putting all of this info out there!

I listened to your 1% distortion/no distortion MP3 to see if I could hear the difference. Sometimes I thought I could hear something, but I wasn’t really sure. You really made your point: if you can’t hear it (or just barely perceptible) in a sine wave signal, you’re certainly not hearing it in complex music. Or maybe I’m just not a Golden Ears.

[731393] Bradford Says: 7:38 am, September 4th, 2015


[753947] Ziaul Haque Says: 11:06 am, October 29th, 2015

Great job Mr. Orman!

AMZ is among the best locations on the internet. Because of initiatives such as your own numerous DIYers all over the world obtained use of understanding as well as assets for a long time.

I really hope you retain the great function as well as desire a person best wishes!


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