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Bruce Hardy today with one of the
Taxi prototypes, and in the '80s
with an early production Taxi.

BUILDING A
BETTER....
GIBSON?

THE STORY OF SILVER STREET GUITARS

I

BY MICHAEL WRIGHT

n the late 1970s, trends combined to spawn several new guitar
companies in the Chicago area motivated by a desire to "build a
better Gibson." The list included Dean and Hamer, both of which
impressed players with their high degree of hand-crafted detail.
To that fraternity should be added Silver Street guitars.
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At the time, many guitarists perceived
a degradation in the quality of Gibson
instruments in the wake of a change
of ownership from Chicago Musical
Instruments (CMI) to the Panamanian
conglomerate Norlin, Inc. Real or not, the
attitudes created opportunities for ambitious young makers like Dean Zelinsky,
Jol Dantzig, and Bruce and Craig Hardy,
of Elkhart, Indiana.

THE ELKHART BEAT
Silver Street began life in '79, when
Bruce Hardy set out to build a better drum
kit. Born in '48, Hardy's musical path
began with piano lessons as a kid. The
Beatles' appearance on "The Ed Sullivan
Show" changed him and, like millions of
other Babyboomers, he grabbed a guitar
and played in bands through high school,
college, and into adulthood when he
returned to Elkhart.
At the time, it was common among
drummers to stuff things into their drums
to "muffle" the tone to give a deeper,
more controlled sound. Hardy's drummer neighbor stuffed his with pieces of
foam rubber. At the time, Hardy worked
installing carpet at an RV factory, and had
an idea to improve the setup; he brought
foam rubber from work and - without
permission and to his neighbor's great
astonishment - glued it underneath the
heads of his drums. It worked well and
the concept would evolve to become Silver


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