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However, he would hop freight trains nearly every weekend from Santa Barbara to the Bay Area to see friends and return to the Beat coffee houses and bookstores of Berkeley.The next four years he attended UC Berkeley studying humanities, English Literature and "invitation only" creative writing courses where he mostly wrote accounts of riding the rails with various hobos, but never quite graduated.At only around 60 watts, the signal reached Alaska and most of the US.Smith wanted to participate in the burgeoning San Francisco music scene, having been taught clarinet and a little sax by his father, but he took up drums, as it was the easiest to learn quickly.Most interesting is that he never once took an electronics course in high school or university.His first major electronics was scratch-building Ham Radio transmitter using 6146 power tube.He played with local blues and jam band and co-founded the band Martha's Laundry, which later morphed into Prune Music store, with keyboardist Dave Kessner.
As a young Boy Scout, Smith was interested in earning a merit badge in woodcarving.
He ended up producing over 3000 amps out of his home workshop in the 1970s.
Throughout the 1980s, Mesa continued to produce combo and head amplifiers, and began production of rack power and pre-amps, developing power amplifiers such as the M180/190 and Strategy series, as well as pre-amps such as the Quad and Studio.
The resulting amplifier proved to be loud and successful, and Smith made more than 200 of these Princeton "Boogies"—a name allegedly provided by Carlos Santana, He needed an official sounding name through which to buy Mercedes parts and building supplies, and chose Mesa Engineering.
As the demand for his amps grew, Randall decided it would be best to move his workshop out of the storefront to get away from the distractions.