Carol Ann Amps - Thread XVII

DiPa

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I for one, appreciate your policies. :)



True, but understandable. I’ve replaced Carol Ann’s with Carol Ann’s before... :)

Alan builds a fine-fine amp, but each CA has a Carol-Ann flavor mixed-in, not unlike Bogner, Carr, Redplate, Friedman, Marshall, Mesa etc. and if the flavor isn’t working for us, then we must move on. It’s part of the (fun?) journey, imo. It’s a learning experience, as well.

I would have, by now, bought a new 10th Anni or Revo and I’m certain that I would have been happy with either. I also knew they would be in the Marshall *ballpark*, but when Alan suggested a custom-build, I thought Marshall, not Marshall-ballpark, built by him on the OD3 platform. It’s been nearly a year since I ordered it, I’ve been (very) patient and remain optimistic that Alan will eventually begin my build. Hopefully most of this time has been spent on R&D.... :D
I agree with you totally regarding the journey of Amps, I live it too, unfortunately (maybe fortunately depending on how you view it), I buy but rarely sell, so am trying to down size some as I am forced from a space constraint.
 

saltydogg

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I agree with you totally regarding the journey of Amps, I live it too, unfortunately (maybe fortunately depending on how you view it), I buy but rarely sell, so am trying to down size some as I am forced from a space constraint.
I don’t blame ya for not selling, it’s a big PITA, but that’s show business, I guess. I’ve really slowed down (buying/selling) over the past two-years, nothing like the previous 8 years...ha.

You have a fantastic collection Dipa, but I’m small-potatoes by comparison, although if I could, I certainly would! :) I always enjoy your NAD threads and random posts. Good stuff.
 

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Sold my OD-2r. The OD channel was just not what I usually go for. Sweet tone, just not my style. However, the used 67-18C continued to amaze me. Really a mini plexi. So much so, I bought a second one, brand new, from Humbucker. The new one will stay at home with me and the used one will reside at my friend’s house where we get together to jam. Even though they are not that heavy, my lower back would complain A LOT if I needed to carry one back and forth-and since I sold the OD-2r, well, I deserved to get myself another 67-18C!
Have you had the chance to record your 18w? I am curious as to how it sounds.
 

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Have you had the chance to record your 18w? I am curious as to how it sounds.
I have not done any recording in a while. My description, though, is that it does the Hendrix “cleans” (with a Strat) up to some nice hard rock (a la ZZ Top) with a Les Paul. This has quickly become one of my favorite amps.
 

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I have not done any recording in a while. My description, though, is that it does the Hendrix “cleans” (with a Strat) up to some nice hard rock (a la ZZ Top) with a Les Paul. This has quickly become one of my favorite amps.
Sounds like the amp I am looking for. I thought maybe a Germino Bass 35 combo would fit the bill...sheesh, what to do. The CA is 18w EL84 and the Germino is 35w with EL34's. I have a 45w KT66 powered Revo amp from CA already but I really need a lower watt combo at he moment.
 

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Sounds like the amp I am looking for. I thought maybe the Germino Bass 35 would fit the bill...sheesh, what to do.
I can’t say for sure, but I think the Bass 35 will give you cleaner cleans. I have a Classic 45 and a Lead 35. I think the 67-18C sits kind of in between those. The Bass 35 will be a darker amp - in addition to being louder. I use a Fryette PS-2 at home with all of my amps. For the price, the 67-18C is a bargain. You certainly can’t go wrong with either one.
 

Mikeroesoft

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I can’t say for sure, but I think the Bass 35 will give you cleaner cleans. I have a Classic 45 and a Lead 35. I think the 67-18C sits kind of in between those. The Bass 35 will be a darker amp - in addition to being louder. I use a Fryette PS-2 at home with all of my amps. For the price, the 67-18C is a bargain. You certainly can’t go wrong with either one.
Well....I am thinking if I need louder, I can use the 45 watt Carol Ann which also has pretty decent bass levels. Maybe the 18w is a better option for me....hmm. Thing is, I've got to offload an amp before getting another one. I used to play a lot and since having a baby, I've barely played at all. My other amp is an original issue 50w TR TS1 that I've had for years. It was my dream amp and I obsessed over it for ever until I finally pulled the trigger on it in 2012. It sat at a shop practically unplayed for almost 2 years before I bought it. It's a beauty of an amp, the clean is amazing but doesn't break up at all they way I like. It'll be hard for me to let that one go but I think it's probably time I do. I've just always bonded better with single channel amps that can, and like to be pushed. The Komet K19 combo in the emporium also has my attention big time right now.
 
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Hey guys, I just received my 50 watt British series (Marshall 2204 style). I was one of the last to order one. It's a really good sounding amp. The 2204 is my absolute favorite circuit, and I have 2 Marshal examples. The Carol Ann has a bit more gain available, and a great FX loop. I run mine with the gain relatively low, and boost it with a pedal. Sounds really awesome. It has a great master volume as well, and is much more bedroom friendly than an actual 2204.
 

DiPa

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Hey guys, I just received my 50 watt British series (Marshall 2204 style). I was one of the last to order one. It's a really good sounding amp. The 2204 is my absolute favorite circuit, and I have 2 Marshal examples. The Carol Ann has a bit more gain available, and a great FX loop. I run mine with the gain relatively low, and boost it with a pedal. Sounds really awesome. It has a great master volume as well, and is much more bedroom friendly than an actual 2204.
Is it the same as the CA 78-50H ?
 

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Hey guys, I just received my 50 watt British series (Marshall 2204 style). I was one of the last to order one. It's a really good sounding amp. The 2204 is my absolute favorite circuit, and I have 2 Marshal examples. The Carol Ann has a bit more gain available, and a great FX loop. I run mine with the gain relatively low, and boost it with a pedal. Sounds really awesome. It has a great master volume as well, and is much more bedroom friendly than an actual 2204.
You have a purple small box that sounds great IIRC. Good to hear the CA stacks up well! I wound up grabbing a 67-50H a few months ago. Cool amps.
 
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Just picked up what I’m guessing is the last new Tuc 3 at Austin Guitar House. Met Pete Thorn at his clinic there today as well. It’s been a good day.

This amp checks every box. I’m new here but went through hundreds of pages of this thread, and I want to thank all of
you for the detailed input you’ve left over the years. It was all much needed perspective for making my decision. Ray and Brent at AGH we’re super helpful as well.

I hope Alan finds the right outlet to keep his designs alive. His stuff is just way too good.
 
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I have a Tucana 3 that I’m loving! Play country to modern rock. I’m looking for a big sounding 112. Anyone try a Vboutique Vumble 112 with their Tucana/Triptik?
I use a Vumble 2x12. Great sounding cab...fills a room. Great forward projection and from the rear as well. I use it vertically with 2 WGS 12L’s.

For what it’s worth I recently bought the Euro 2x12 and it’s a beast. It comes close to a 4x12 in terms of the way it disperses and projects. It’s like a wall of sound. Quality and workmanship are second to none with VBoutique.
 
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Is the euro punchier and bigger sounding than the vumble?
The two cabs are different animals that is for sure. I find the Vumble punchier and more focused than the Euro. The Euro (used as a closed back) disperses sound more broadly, it’s just huge sounding. Less focused. They’re both fantastic imho. Keep in mind the speakers involved as well. I use 2 Scumback M75’s with the Euro and as mentioned previously 2 WGS 12L’s with the Vumble.
 

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Nice. :) Hope it was worth the wait. I was eyeing the 78-50H when they were available.

You'll have to thank @Miroslav L for his help -- did you see the back story on these last 78-50Hs come up a few pages ago?
I did! well, it sure sounds good, so it must have been correct. :)

Also, for you savvy types, where do you guys find fuses. I need a 50 mA size that would go in the HT slot. Do I need slow or fast blow?
 

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I have a Tucana 3 that I’m loving! Play country to modern rock. I’m looking for a big sounding 112. Anyone try a Vboutique Vumble 112 with their Tucana/Triptik?
Congrats from a fellow tuc3 owner. It's the best amp in the world imho (and I love my od2).

I have 2 v boutique dumble cabs. Well one is a clone by a local cab builder. The oval back spreads the sound in a unique way. They really can sound much bigger than a regular 1x12, and more like a 2x12 imho.

One of mine has an evm12l and the other has a scholz classic aka sugarcone in it.

Great cabs.
 

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Only posting to give this thread a bump (where is everyone?)...and to say I've been only checking out TGP sporadically the last couple of weeks because of my house revamp that's going on.
Just got done putting in about 900 sq ft of hardwood flooring in my living room, dinning room, kitchen and 1/2 bath...what a BITCH!...well, I didn't do it myself, but I worked with the installer. He did the nailing and cutting, while I put down the underlayment and laid out the flooring ahead of him. My back and knees are gone. :confused:
Now I have the pleasure of putting all my furniture back in its proper place, and trying to get things back to normal...though I still have painting to do, plus I'm refinishing all my kitchen cabinets...and we also replaced 10 doors with some nice solid wood, 6-panel slabs that have been cut, hung and ready for the hardware and also painting. So I'm not even close to done yet... :(

Then of course...I have my major new studio build kicking off at the end of September...though at least it will not disrupt the rest of my house, other then having to empty the contents out of the addition that is getting expanded in order to create my new studio space...so there will be more work there, and then again, I will be putting in the hardwood floor in the studio with the same installer, and doing the same job as the one we just finished...but at least that space will be a big, empty room...with just the four corners, so no cutting and adjusting to make the floor fit like we had to with my living area. We should be able to drop the sub floor in 2 days...and the hardwood will only take 3 days because it will be a straight run from one side of the studio to the other.

Anyway...I'll keep popping in between coats of paint and when I need to give my back and knees a break for 10-15 minutes. :D
I'm hoping to have everything done by the end of the year...with maybe some minor finish work drifting into the early winter.
 




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