- From: "DeeAa" <deeaa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 00:12:24 +0200
FWIW, a few notions now that I've actually used the thing. Nothing that
people didn't already know I guess.
For those who don't, it's a late 80's tube 1W poweramp and/or a cab and tube
power stage simulator.
- With two 12AU7's it's too cold IMHO, although the purest. One 12AX7, one
AU seems to work well; retains some clarity and has a nicely softer, rounder
sound. Will test with those...6606? whatever tomorrow in different combos,
but it seems AX7+AU7 works best for now. With two 12Ax7's it makes for a
good noise generator, and in any combo the gain must be kept pretty low or
it's noise galore.
- Just one watt and it hurts my ears at top volume (4x10" or 1x10")!
- 1x10" is much better sonically, better response (no wonder)
- When used as a poweramp, it's a one trick pony if there ever was one. But
the one sound is rather good. It yields a very convincing early-AC/DC (Think
Highway to Hell mostly) sound. Very good for pure, raw screaming solos with
very similar sound. If you can play with not very much distortion to help it
sound cool :-) Old AC/DC is pretty much pure overdrive. But it's very much
like a plexi except for the much inferior bag end reproduction. Wonder where
I'd get a Celestion with just a few watts of power rating, a 35W cone is too
Also, backing down on guitar volume, pretty convincing rhythm of the same
era. Another pro is that you get that sound at quite low volume too, which
makes for late-night playing at home quite nicely. Cons: too bright, need to
tone down the treble a bit and lacks headroom, which makes for very mushy
bottom end on chords, and really, old AC/DC seems to be pretty much the only
sound it does well. But when kept in check, yeah, very nice as long as you
don't do much low-string chord trickery. Made me play pentatonic solos for
- Doesn't accept another preamp in front too well, anything I've tried in
front of it only makes the sound less good. A Tube Screamer maybe, but even
that don't make it better, just more distorted. JMP-1 works well if it's
kept at clean and just used for EQ and natural gain setting/reduction. But
any other overdrive, no.
Works for my need to be able to wail out at home at low volume. Next phase
I'll be trying it in the JMP sidechain etc, to see how it works in just
adding more of that power stage tube breakup in normal signal, to beef up
the direct-line sound I use for recording stuff. What little I had time to
experiment in that, seems very promising.
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