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Ben Verellen: An Amplified Obligation

Jeannie Yandel

When Ben Verellen graduated from the University of Washington a few years ago with a degree in electrical engineering, he knew what he wanted: To keep one foot in the world of his studies and the other foot in the world of underground rock, where he'd been playing since he was 15. So he decided to build solid, great–sounding amps that musicians like he could actually afford. And lots of people loved his idea enough to give him a little money to start Verellen Amplifiers. But just as he started to grow the business, the economy crashed and his sales disappeared. Ben tells KUOW's Jeannie Yandel how he's changed his business and how he's changing himself so he won't let the people who support him down.

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Verellen Amplifiers is hosting a showcase at Neumo's in Seattle on Thursday, September 16. Bands include Helms Alee, Akimbo, Narrows, and The Dark. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $8.00 in advance. This is a 21 and over event.

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