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    New Quilter Aviator Cub?

    The demos sound great but did anybody else notice on the RJ video that he never had the volume above like 8 o’clock? Maybe that was just when the video was panning by? I don’t really want an amp that has that hot rod deluxe thing where it goes from too quiet to too loud in 1 mm increase in the...
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    Question about Hybrid Tube Amps (Blackstar HT Club 40)

    I don‘t really think of Blackstar‘s as hybrid amps. To me hybrid amps are when either the preamp or power amp has no tubes in it- this has tubes in both. They’re actually great amps if you change the speaker. Also I believe you can change the 2nd channel preamp tube to a 12ay7 to get a more...
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    What’s your prediction for Rock n Roll?

    There’s as many or more amazing rock bands today as there ever was. It’s just that the culture focus isn’t as narrow as it used to be. People used to be barraged with the same 10 bands over and over and over and over. Add fm radio and an unusually large generation of people and now we‘re all...
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    New Quilter Aviator Cub?

    Looks cool. I wonder how it would compare to a Roland Blues Cube Hot- probably better and lighter? I‘m looking forward to checking one of these out.
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    Good OD pedals with a Gibson into a Fender blackface.

    I’d try some cheap pedals before you get into the KOT and xotic stuff (although they’re great). The humble MXR distortion + pedal is great with gibsons and fender amps (distortion down, volume up). Also, something like the tc electronic spark boost will let you just add dirt to your sound...
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    What amp goes well with a TS9 from Ibanez?

    If you have a fender made in 1964 or later and you have it turned up loud a tube screamer is the perfect match if you have the volume on the pedal up and gain down.
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    ? For those who use two amps

    I would just get a used Morley. After 10 gigs of hauling two amps if you still want to run two amps then get a Radial or another nice one. For me it eventually Just wasn’t worth the hassle.
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    How to date a Budda amp?

    I just got another Budda- an sd18 combo. How do I figure out what year it was made? is there a list of serial numbers by year? It has the old logo but I don’t see a label anywhere Like a fender would have. Also, I’ve only had Budda heads before. Can anyone tell me what the foam strip in the...
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    Budda SD 18- can I put in a 12ay7 tube to tame the second channel?

    So I’ve decided to get another Budda- this time an sd18 combo. I’ve previously had sd18 and sd30 heads. I really liked the two heads I sold, I think if the gain channel had been quieter I would have kept them. I‘m not technical but recently heard that the 12ay7 tube is a direct replacement...
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    NAD - Blackstar Artist 15!

    Yeah, I think Blackstars must have done weird marketing because nobody I know really knows about them. Also, they made their main ht series seemingly geared toward the metal crowd when I think with a couple of minor changes they would have pulled in a lot of blues and classic rock players. I...
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    Blackstar HT50 MKI

    Not sure If this will help but I’m going to try swapping a 12ay7 for the 12ax7 for the 2nd channel for my ht 40 mkii. It’s a lower gain tube so should lower the gain,
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    So what do y'all think about the Dave Mustaine Gibsons?

    I think it’s cool- something different. I’m glad it’s not yet another 50s style sunburst Les Paul.
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    Suhr amp for Knopfler tones?

    I’d get something with big tubes and a good master volume. Crank the amp up (even with the master) and back the guitar volume down to 3 or 4. Then when you need to (like sustaining notes or dramatic passages) bring the volume on your guitar up a couple of notches. Because the amp is cooking...
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    Are recording studios even relevant anymore?

    To me it’s all about getting a good drum sound. The only way I know how to do that is in a really good sounding room with high end drums that are tuned well and an engineer who’s used to recording there, knows the gear etc. So I think it’s worth it to get to a real studio that has its own drum...
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    Cheap Amps That Sound Good

    Blackstar has been my biggest surprise. For some reason I put them into the “Marshall amp but lamer” category. i think the problem is that they have bad stock speakers for blues/classic rock so most people play them and they aren’t that great. But if you put in a decent speaker they really...
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    Opinions on Blackstar HT20R Combo?

    I have the 40 watt combo which I think is similar, It was like a C+ amp with the original speaker (cel seventy 80). I put in a vintage 30, now it sounds really great. Super fun to play. Yes it can do metal- the second channel has two modes, one is modern, plenty of gain. i think I heard the...
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    New Lyle Workman music!

    Man, I could watch Abe Laboriel jr. drum all day long...
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    Lower efficiency Celestion Vintage 30 (or heavy magnet Celestion/Eminence etc.)

    I like the vintage 30 I have in a combo but looking for a less efficient speaker so that is quieter. I like heavy magnet celestion speakers, also open to Eminence, WGS or whatever. I know greenbacks are less efficient but I'm more into H magnets. Any ideas? Would the eminence governor be...
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    Is amp distortion overrated ?

    Power amp tube distortion is overrated but preamp tube distortion is great. If I was playing stadiums my answer might be different. I’m not a fan of attenuators either- master volume works better for me. Plus it’s one less thing I have to remember/haul to the gig. Also master volume/gain...
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    Makin' a Deluxe Reverb Badass

    Bring it to a tech to do all necessary maintenance. Replace speaker with a heavy magnet Celestion style speaker (look on Craigslist, doesn’t have to be a Celestion). Turn down the treble and bass, turn up the volume as high as you can take. Maybe use the normal channel. Add a simple pedal...
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    Overdrives for Vibrolux

    Fulldrive II, Distortion +, or a clean boost as an “always on.”
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    When an amp you want is listed on Craigslist but it’s priced too high and seller is “firm”

    I didn't give a lot of details because if the seller is on thegearpage I don't want to put them on the spot. I'm also genuinely interested in others opinions (especially people that buy and sell a lot on craigslist) so I don't want to name the amp and then people get into exactly what they...
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    When an amp you want is listed on Craigslist but it’s priced too high and seller is “firm”

    Aargh! An amp I want was just listed on Craigslist but the seller has priced it too high (IMO). The seller also notes in his ad that the price is “firm” which I have to respect so I didn’t send him a message. I would have offered him $75 less than his listing price so not a huge way off. At...
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    New Fender 68 Pro Reverb....

    Meh. I have owned played plenty of vintage fenders and boutique versions. One of the best “inspired by” amps was a Tophat Ambassador. 2-6l6s, 50 watts and a wonderful master volume. If I want a vintage style amp I’ll get a current Fender, black panel version. I look to the 68 silver series...
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    New Fender 68 Pro Reverb....

    Cool amp, I like that it’s not just a rehash of a vintage amp. Should have included a master volume though IMO. For anyone that wants to use pedals or doesn’t like master volumes they can just turn the master all the way up. Seems like a no brainer to me in 2021.