Ceriatone 50W Plexi vs Metro 50W 1968

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  1. yZe

    yZe Senior Member

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    Anyone try both yet?
     
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    I have not but wanted to quickly mention that I really dig my Voodoo Amps V-Plex 50 watter....

    Chris
     
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    Have not tried the CT, but I can say the Metro '68 is one of the finest Plexi clones I've ever heard.
     
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    Metro amps are a little bit better than ceriatone but thats why you pay like few bucks more. There isnt a huge difference but you can hear it if you have a really good ear.
     
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    cool, thanks for the replies

    Will research further
     
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    bump

    anyone try both, yet ?
     
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    If you want to shell a few more bucks go for metro its a lil bit better or just buy ceriatone and buy a board from metro hehe
     
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    why would the board make a difference? I would think the main diff would be in the OT unless the Metro veers away from the original plexi circuit.
     
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    The 1968 kit is what I have my eye on,but the only boards they have for sale are for the 1973's on up

    For the 1968, you have to get the chassis with it and can only subtract the head cab & tubes

    Is the ceriatone modeled after a '68?
     
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    Not sure but other than the power supply (which isn't on the board anyway) the diff between a 68 and a 73 is about $10 in parts.
     
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    Yeah the great thing about turret board construction is that its very easy to swap components in and out. There are TONS of sites that detail every possible mod/improvement that can be done to the "stock" plexi circuit of any era.

    The ceriatones look very good for the price IMO. I don't even look at the metroamps because they are priced out of my window.
     
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    Any links?

    Pick 3 ?
     
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    Plexis are only as good as their transformers. And Metro uses the best available. I know nothing about Ceriatone's transformers. I would base my decision on that.
     
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    Both are great, Ceriatone has a price advantage but you can get Mercury Magnetics trannies as options from Metro which IMHO make a huge difference especially the OT. If it were me I'd either get the Ceriatone minus the trannies and go to S2Amps for a deal on some MM iron OR get the Metro kit with the MM and Sozo upgrades. Then regardless of what option I took I'd send the finished product to Val King to get Power Scaling installed. Just my two cents......

    Edit - I just realized you may be talking about finished amps not kits. If that's the case look at Soultone as well. The ability to go between JTM and Plexi modes along with Power Scaling have made that my #1 amp.
     
  17. yZe

    yZe Senior Member

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    Isn't that site exclusively restricted to Trainwreck/Dumble enthusiasm?

    I signed up, and one of their spambot screening questions was "what amps do we talk about here", and the correct answer was "TW/Dumble"
     
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    that's getting pricey.

    I've had a all Mercury Trani 1987xl Plexi with sozo's etc and a Ceriatone 1986x bass plexi...both had/have NOS Mullards etc..

    I will say that they we're very very close- a slight edge more on the 87x but it has more treble anyway. Great tubes and fingers go a long long way. I'm not saying that a Mercury upgrade (especially a OT) wouldn't add some magic on the harmonic end...it would...its all about how much $$$ you want to spend!
     
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    True we are talking about more $$$ for sure but compared to alot of the boutique offerings you're still way ahead in price and have every bit of tone available to you. If you look at the price of a Hot Plate or other attenuator you're only talking a couple hundred bucks more to go with Power Scaling which I believe to be a better solution. I have both solutions with various amps and I'd say PS is much better overall. You can save money on trannies by just replacing the OT with MM iron though. Not sure what the OP's budget for this is though.
     
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    If I were going to build a Metro, I'd just power scale it myself . . .
     

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