• New Sponsor: ShipNerd, Ship Your Gear with Us... for less! Click Here.

D type amp guys, do you have several and why?

lukeII

Member
Messages
1,841
I've been hanging around these amp pages now for a couple of years and I've come to notice that a couple of the good folk that are into the D type amps such as TAG, Traviswalk and Sfarnell amongst others seem to not be content with owning just one D type amp but have several in their collection. I am curious as to why that is. Surely there can't be a phenomenal difference in tone between amps of that genre I would have thought that you would just keep the one that you like best and sell the others.
 

bettset

Member
Messages
4,274
maybe they'll chime in--i have a fuchs ods--very nice. i haven't bought more, but it's possibly curiosity to make sure you can have the "best d tone" possible. but that is subjective. it is a tone quest. plenty to choose from for individual tastes. maybe some just can't be satisfied--don't know. & you said it in a way--it's a hobby. i try not to have to much because then it sits & gets dusty. you get into selecting speakers that go with one amp & not another--some guys build ships in bottles--guitarists get into the tone shaping--look at what the hrm does for some--endless. & why have one when you can have more than one--call it tiger wood's syndrome? these guys do help the rest of us understand how all these amps work with their clips. so then all those reading can look into what they may like. as for differences--it's subjective too--something for everybody. it's a big happy world for amps :munch
 

Billion81

It'd be a whole lot cooler if you did.
Messages
2,892
Surely there can't be a phenomenal difference in tone between amps of that genre I would have thought that you would just keep the one that you like best and sell the others.
Maybe you should use a word other than Phenomenal to describe the difference.

I have a few of these- and based on voicing, tube type (and tube maker), HRM/non HRM the differences can be quite noticeable.

A 80s style bluesmaster (Let's say a Bludo) will likely have noticeable sonic differences and tonal qualities not found in a TwoRock CRS v.2/.

some will have more of a Marshall leaning like a Carol Ann-

My Fuchs is killer and I love it. My 6v6 Brownnote D'Lite is also killer but most assuredly different.

The devil is in the details-

My Pops used to say "you're pickin pepper out of gnat ****" well- many in this group have made an art form out of it.

Are all Blackface Fenders the same? absolutely not- Yet the term "Blackface" gets thrown around in such general terms that it glosses over some very different qualities between say a Twin and a Super and a Bassman.

I guess my comment here is this isn't only about "D" Style- The Plexi crowd do the same stuff.
 

GAT

Platinum Supporting Member
Messages
19,201
I have a couple, a Glaswerks SDO and a Carol-Ann OD2 MKII. They sound much different, so that's why I have them.
 

Tag

Platinum Supporting Member
Messages
43,349
I've been hanging around these amp pages now for a couple of years and I've come to notice that a couple of the good folk that are into the D type amps such as TAG, Traviswalk and Sfarnell amongst others seem to not be content with owning just one D type amp but have several in their collection. I am curious as to why that is. Surely there can't be a phenomenal difference in tone between amps of that genre I would have thought that you would just keep the one that you like best and sell the others.
Because all of the clones have SOME aspects of a good Dumble, but not ALL of them. Now that I FINALLY have a Dumble, I am trying to find one that nails everything because I may need to sell it for the $$$ if this damn economy does not turn around. :cry:
 

mnjordan

Member
Messages
1,368
Because all of the clones have SOME aspects of a good Dumble, but not ALL of them. Now that I FINALLY have a Dumble, I am trying to find one that nails everything because I may need to sell it for the $$$ if this damn economy does not turn around. :cry:
Oh man, I hope not. :(

I just have one, and my experiences are limited to Two Rocks - but there are some differences going on in their lineup for sure. I think "D style" amps have a lot more subtleties than people would believe.

And, we're all hopeless gearwhores anyway.

:crazy
 

sfarnell

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
10,171
They are all different just like most Dumbles are different from each other. I own a TR Type 3 and a Custom Clean, and bought them used. I use the Custom Clean for cleans and the Type 3 for overdrive. I've owned other brands besides Two Rock and I wish that I could afford to own them all but because I can't I'm limited to a couple and love the two that I currently have. Plus I live really close to TR and there's a lot to be said for not having to ship my amps all over the country to get serviced, modified, or if I just want to stop by and see Bill and Joe and salivate all over their inventory.:drool
 

Deaj

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
4,674
Of those I have demo'd I noted measurable differences, certainly different enough so as not to be redundant. I'd liken it to the differences perceived between a plexi, a JMP, and a JCM - obviously related but certainly different.

I own a hand tuned Fuchs ODS-50 combo and it's all the D' style amp I need. My other amp is a Mesa Mark V combo. Tons of variety between the two!
 

jspax7

Member
Messages
2,232
Because, they are the most versatile, toneful, responsive amps I've ever played, and since the early 1970's, I've played quite a few.
 

lukeII

Member
Messages
1,841
I agree that Dtype amps are truly wonderful and very versatile, I have a TR Classic Reverb that I will never sell and have enjoyed for more than 2 years now. I don't see Dtypes as the be all and end all of amps for me, although I can understand that others would have that opinion. There are amps out there that I find just as breathtaking as the TR but that are completely different such as Bruno Cowtippers, Matchless and Divided by 13 amps. Where I coming from is that if I can have several amps I would rather they very different from each other in terms of what they offer (though as you can tell I have a heavy preference for Fender/Vox types).

Someone posted that some guys having several Dtypes is like those who have several plexis. I think that point is really well made. It is just a real affinity for the particular style that are Dtype amps.
 

gtrs

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
2,837
I had a Glaswerks SOD and liked it but wasn't voiced right for me.
For now I've got my Brown Note 44 ODE built for me by Norm (not a kit) and a Carol-Ann Tucana.
They couldn't be more different from each other.
The devil is in the details, indeed. :crazy
I still want to add another to the collection, maybe an Emmy Pro or Carol-Ann OD2.

There's so many options out there now, I think everyone simply enjoys trying what's out there.
 

bobcs71

Member
Messages
5,568
I don't own a D-style amp but recently tried out TR, Fuchs & Carol Ann amps at a store. I found them to be more different than similar. I bonded with one of the amps I tried pretty quickly. That may cost me...:eek:
 




Top Bottom