Carol Ann Amps - Thread XVII

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  1. Scott P

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    I gigged a Trip-r for about a year. I know it is supposed to be the "rock" amp but it had one of the nicest sounding and feeling clean channels I have ever played. Overall, the amp is a bit compressed so perhaps not ideal if you are into chugga chugga death metal but for anything up to 80s metal, it is a quite the amp.

    My only criticisms about the amp were that the input gain was shared by both channels so it was difficult to set the clean and mean sides up ideally for live switching and the amp had too much of a Marshally low end response. I was looking for something a bit more dumbly sounding.

    Eventually I was talking to Alan about my two issues and he offered to upgrade the amp to a Tucana 3r. He told me it would solve my issues and he was absolutely right. I love my Tuc and wouldn't dream of getting rid of it for anything else out there.

    As for Alan, he always went above and beyond for me, even on a redesigned foot controller I requested. I have nothing but good things to say about Alan and his amps and I wish him well on his future endeavors.
     
  2. saltydogg

    saltydogg Rock & Roll Enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    Well, there is nothing wrong with 100W Carol Ann...lol. My first CA in 2009(?) was a 100W OD2 that Alan built for me and was incredible. Was using a Stone Age 2x12 with EVL & Sugarcone...massive tone.

    In hindsight, I probably should have hung-on to that rig, but I’m not a ‘collector’ and none of the amps I play are unobtanium, so I can always get another if needed.

    The idea would be to shed a few amps when the OD3 Ultra arrives...

    I’m different with guitars, where I tend to keep them for years. I still have the same CR8 LP I bought in 2008 when I joined TGP!!

    On a side-note, I’ve already pre-named my Custom Ultra 3 “Patience”... :)
     
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    You've been across the pond too long! :p:p
     
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    I'm gonna call mine "Desire". :D
    Oooh....wait..."An Amp Called Desire"....someone could write a play. :p
     
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    So... should we try to guess the amp company Alan is designing for? He left some good hints. One of the most reputable builders in the US and has been around since the 80’s... Hmmm... Matchless? Rivera?
     
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  7. DiPa

    DiPa Constant GAS Gold Supporting Member

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    PRS?
    Bogner?
    Hughes and Ketner?

    My gut tells me most likely PRS
     
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    But they haven’t been building amps since the 80’s. I’d say Soldano if they were still in business.
     
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    DiPa Constant GAS Gold Supporting Member

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    Did he say reputable builder, My gut says PRS as this could be a great thing for their amp business.
    But Bogner is also a candidate.
     
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    I don’t know, Doug Sewell is pretty amazing. I don’t think Carol Ann on the back would do anything more than he has been able to do.
     
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    Keep trying guys... :p
     
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    You mean, you already know?!
     
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    I'm thinking Dr. Z or maybe, going out on a limb...Trainwreck?
     
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    If you do know, then Alan may not (or may) appreciate you keeping the secret. Or maybe you are just telling them to keep trying regardless of their guesses. :p
     
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    I'll play, I think that Peavey use to have a custom shop for amp builds similar to BAD.
     
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    Yeah Doug is definitely up there. A partner for Doug, sounds great to me. I feel on a amp business growth and increased market, something like this would excel PRS amp business, and a few other companies, plus it’s a plus for CA, just my opinion based on how I have seen the amp market going for them. Of course PRS has an amazing guitar business.
     
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    I’d say Mesa, but I think they’ve been around since the 70’s and are pretty confident with they’re innovative designs. Although none of their innovations compare to the Auto Biasmon. They’d rather bias cold and have you be forced to buy tubes from them.
     
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    I’d guess that PRS sell way more amps a year and are better known than Carol Ann was able to do. So I’m not sure how it would help. I’m so curious!
     
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    Me too, you started this curiosity, hope we get the answers soon...
     

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