Yay! New Amp Day!
Picked it up about a week and a half ago for $400
Here's the rundown:
- 50 watts
- single channel
- gain boost (footswitchable)
- 2 x EL34's (6L6 bias switch)
- 4 x 12AX7's
- series, parallel and bypass effects loop (switch on back)
- Resonance switch
- High & Low inputs
- Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence, Gain, Master volume, Drive
First off, this thing is LOUD.
Louder than most amps I've played. Initial impression was that it was also very bright. I solved that by replacing the V1 Chinese made TAD preamp tube with a dark JJ ECC83S. Keeping the treble and presence relatively low help a lot too. I also boost the front end with a Fulltone OCD, which is very thick and smooth sounding for a boost.
I love the amp's straight forward design. Very simple, and very effective. The effects loop can be switched from series, to parallel to bypassed completely. This is a feature many high end amps don't offer. So that was a nice surprise. I bypass the loop for a simpler signal path and it seems to have better dynamics this way. The loop also has a level dial, which is great for choosing how wet or dry you want your setup to be with effects.
The tone is unique. It is very much classic british, but also very modern. Almost as if and Orange had sex with an Engl.
It's also very open sounding, and articulate. High gain picking stays clear and pronounced. The low end is tight and juicy all at the same time. The mids are very pleaseant, and high settings do not create ear fatigue at all.
I've found the amp sounds best through my V30 loaded Randall 2x12, which is a bit darker than my other two cabs.
So, I'm very happy with this amp. For the price these go for, they stomp a lot of the competetion. They do take some detailed tweaking, because they are very picky with guitar, pickup, speaker and tube choices. Play one if you get the chance!
Last edited by Van Noord; 07-28-2011 at 11:07 AM.