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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-09-2006, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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4-channel amp head recommendations?

I need a list of 4-channel amp heads to check out. I'm talking about solid state or tube heads, not digital modelling (i.e. Line 6 or Vox Valvetronix stuff). I'm talking about independent channels with their own set of controls (volume, gain, bass, mid, high, presence, etc).

So far, here's what I know of...

Mesa Road King
Diezel VH4 / VH4S
Marshall AVT150HX
Marshall Mode Four
Engl Powerball

WHAT ELSE IS OUT THERE? HELP!
Suggestions welcome.
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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

engl powerball , randall mts pre-amp and power amp set-up .


the engl is top of the line , from sweet cleans to brutal distortion . The mts has i belive 18 differen pre-amps now from black face to plexi to rectros .
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ENGL Savage 120 and ENGL Special Edition
Rocktron Vendetta
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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

I think Trace over at Voodooamps (http://voodooamps.com/) might build you a 4 channel amp.
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I think Trace over at Voodooamps (http://voodooamps.com/) might build you a 4 channel amp.
Thanks for the suggestion.

I'm looking for something that will get me the following...
1) Crystal clear cleans
2) Bluesy cleans (w/ a bit of "dirt")
3) Marshally classic crunch
4) Over the top modern hi-gain
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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

OH man...
I forgot about the ISP Technologies Theta head.

They offered me an endorsement a while back, but I still haven't decided whether to take it or not.
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hughs n kettner
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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

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Thanks for the suggestion.

I'm looking for something that will get me the following...
1) Crystal clear cleans
2) Bluesy cleans (w/ a bit of "dirt")
3) Marshally classic crunch
4) Over the top modern hi-gain
Then I highly reccomend going for a randall mts set up. I have the RM4 preamp and it is superb.
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-10-2006, 09:31 AM
 
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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

Check out the Hughes and Kettner Trilogy. I've had my eye on that one lately.

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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

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Thanks for the suggestion.

I'm looking for something that will get me the following...
1) Crystal clear cleans
2) Bluesy cleans (w/ a bit of "dirt")
3) Marshally classic crunch
4) Over the top modern hi-gain
That's pretty much my criteria for a 4-channel amp... of everything I've owned, the Egnater TOL is the closest I've had to that description (and I've heard the Rocktron Vendetta is similar but more modern). Both occasionally sell for less than $800 on e-bay, and it's a lot of tone for the money.

Can't comment on the H&K Trilogy, but I do have a Triamp II--it has 6 channels and can nail those tones as well, at roughly 3 times the cost of the Egnater. But it lights up blue, so there's something to be said for that.

Finally, the Randall MTS stuff is cool, but the best you can do in the head format is 3 channels... if you want 4 channels you need to upgrade to the RM4 rackmount. My main setup involved a Blackface, Brown, Recto, and Ultra Lead modules; for what you described, you might get more mileage out of Blackface, Top Boost/Tweed, SL+, and Recto/Ultra/1086 modules.

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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

You should try to track down a Crate GT200H from the mid 90s. I know, I know, it's a Crate so you probably wanna replace the name plate with a Ferrari badge or something so people don't know what it is, but I've used one for 12 years now and it has all the sounds you specified, is very reliable (only problem I've ever had with it is a blown preamp tube, which happened this week), stereo effects loop, tube-driven solid state power amp (like those Vox Valvetronix amps, which use a 12AX7 in the solid state power section to mimic the effects of power tube distortion), built-in reverb...

The channels are:

Clean solid state (absolutely pristine, think Vai on "Sisters")
Distorted solid state (high gain, sounds a lot like Vernon Reid on the Stain album)
Clean tube (from SRV to AC/DC)
Distorted tube (Megadeth, Vai Alien Love Secrets, Satch Extremist sounds)
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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

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Then I highly reccomend going for a randall mts set up. I have the RM4 preamp and it is superb.

+1 on this recommendation.
I too own an RM4 and all of the MTS modules available to date; there's not a tone that I can't get with this rig.
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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

I'm looking for something that will get me the following...
1) Crystal clear cleans
2) Bluesy cleans (w/ a bit of "dirt")
3) Marshally classic crunch
4) Over the top modern hi-gain


...ENGL Powerball
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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

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I'm looking for something that will get me the following...
1) Crystal clear cleans
2) Bluesy cleans (w/ a bit of "dirt")
3) Marshally classic crunch
4) Over the top modern hi-gain


...ENGL Powerball
Actually, I have to agree here too.
The Powerball is an incredible piece of gear.
I kick myself all the time for parting with it.
I just wasn't using it live because I didn't want to haul a head and a rack for effects and such.

One thing about the Powerball I really loved was the crystal cleans that it could obtain.

In my Randall RM4, I used the JTM module and did THIS mod to it and it now is capable of the same caliber crystal cleans as the Powerball!!

While the Powerball is a MONSTER of an amp, I ultimately found that the RM4 was capable of near identical tones with the right modules PLUS it was rackmountable; making it easier to use with rack effects and midi.

As far as tube heads go though, I'd say the Powerball is one of my favorite.
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Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?

I think the Diezel VH4 is the best choice for you, although the price is pretty high....

I have tried mesa Triple rectifier and the new engl 4-channel amp which is also a very good amp.
I think in this price range >2500 , the major problem is to find your sound you like best - the top amps are almost all perfectly equipped with full features.
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