The Nostalgic, Dangerous Appeal of Vintage Vacuum-Tube Amps

Why Blackie Pagano risks electric shock to restore old amplifiers

"They turn music into fire and back into music again," Blackie Pagano says, quoting The Cramps' Lux Interior on vacuum tube amplifiers. Pagano, who has spent his life dismantling and restoring gadgets, describes his work in this short documentary from New Yorkers. His client list, available on his website, includes everyone from David Bowie to the Jonas Brothers. However, the celebrity clientele "does NOT mean I am rich, snotty, over-priced, or inaccessible," Pagano says. "Most clients are working or practicing musicians or audiophiles."

A series of profiles of the city's most interesting characters, New Yorkers is produced by Moonshot Productions. Read their interview with the Atlantic Video channel here, and catch more of their videos here

For more videos from Moonshot Productions, visit http://moonshot-productions.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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