Way back in 1976 in Montreal Canada, Peter Janis and Denis Rozon meet. Peter was a budding young guitarist that was playing in bands and working at Steve's Music Store to pay for new gear and Denis Rozon was an office equipment technical representative with a passion for guitar sounds and electronics. Peter was dissatisfied with the options available to guitarists and wanted to find solutions. Denis loved to tinker!
The two original 'Boneheads' started collaborating on the first generation of tube distortion pedals and developing new products including the world's first 3-channel guitar amplifier. According to Peter Janis: "Our 1st distortion pedals were just plain average! They had huge top end and did not yet have the sweet tone that we were searching for. But it was a start and we knew we could only go up from there. The amps on the other hand were turning heads from day one! This was the foundation from which we built our careers".
The two guys started a company called Forest Electronics as a sideline to their jobs. In the 1980's, Peter was hired by Fender, then owned by CBS, as the product director for the Canadian market. In summer of 1987, Denis took over Forest Electronics full time and continued to build custom 3-channel guitar amplifiers for the boutique players. These years were extremely valuable as Denis worked with hundreds of musicians, custom designing products all the while gaining a greater understanding of what guitarists truly want and expect from their equipment.
During this time, Denis continued to develop products for different companies and honing his skills in the area of hi-fi and guitar tube amplification. In 1998, he played a major engineering role at Tenor Audio in Montreal in developing the award winning Tenor OTL (Output Transformer-Less) tube Hi-Fi amplifiers and their range of very high-end audiophile tube products.
In Y-2000, Peter called Denis to tell him that he wanted to get back into making guitar products and had a project in mind. The 1st Radial product the two co-developed was the Radial JD7 Injector, which is a guitar signal distribution system. Denis joined C-Tec and Radial as Chief Engineer early 2001 and Tonebone came as part of the package beginning 2002. Janis continues: "It was like putting on and old pair of shoes. Working with Denis is easy and fun. I can be 3000 miles away and Denis knows exactly what I want. Furthermore, I know where his engineering mind will go as we develop new ideas. It truly is a perfect match!".
"We have a simple plan: we want to build the very best and most innovative products in the world. What could be easier?"