Since 1986 we have been creating custom instruments, amplifiers and horn speakers one at a time in our Chicago shop. Each Specimen is handmade using traditional techniques and innovative design.
We also provide expert repair service and teach classes in guitar building, guitar setup and repair, and tube amp building.
Specimen’s new Line pre-amp lays a solid foundation for your audio system with 4 separate inputs. Sweet!read more »
Introducing the new Specimen Horn Amp Combo!read more »
Ian Schneller collaboration with Glenn Kotche on exhibit at Packer Schopf Gallery, April 11- May 31read more »
An assortment of different Specimen horns in their natural habitat, seen in the Show Room, Garfield Conservatory, Chicago. Among these are four of the eight unique horns by Ian Schneller, which were recently featured in a special exhibition and premier of new music by composer Glenn Kotche at the Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago. Protea, Hornlets, Hornling, […]read more »
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand playing his new Specimen Emerald Deluxe Guitarread more »