I really like this amp except it can have that icepick sound on the high strings . Besides selling anybody have any ideals or experience with this amp.
There really is only one way to get this amp,and that's open it up and really let it breath.Then it can really be scarey!Originally posted by Duster
running thru a 4ohm vibro king ext cab with v30s. on the low setting.
You will find no better tech than Pete. He's worked over a few amps for me, and his talents are top tier. He's got a great ear for voicing an amp, and he's pleasant to deal with too. Highly recommended.Originally posted by Duster
Unruley is the perfect description. Ilove it one minute and then Iam not sure about it. I talked to Pete Cage about it and he has modded a few especially the trebly ice pick sounds. anybody ever deal with him?
Yep, that's the way I did it. When I had my TM, I wasn't as much of a pedal ... um, well, um ... "abuser" as I am now, but I had great success with the lowly ProCo Rat into the clean channel. Absolutely fantastic drive sound.Originally posted by Duster
Been thinking about getting an overdrive pedal and trying the clean side ...
Add me to the list. I love the TM, but I do think that it's overly bright sounding. To me, the Fender cab with CL-80s sounds smoother than the V-30s with this amp, so that's one thing you could try. Also, I remember somebody posting some info about a mod which involved adding some NFB to the power amp... makes sense, as it certainly sounds like it has no feeback whatsoever in stock form. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong about this....Originally posted by davebc
It's pretty amazing,we've ALL shared the same experience and criticisms with the TM.
Why do I feel like Jed Clampett after reading that?Originally posted by VacuumVoodoo
I had a couple TMs in for servicing and repair. My findings are that these amps' output stage is almost always on the threshold of oscillation with a resonant peak somewhere around 3 to 5kHz hence the icepick. The flaw is not in the design itself but in the wiring of the power stage. For some mysterious reason the power tubes' gridstopper resistors are placed on the component board and connected to their corresponding gridpins on tube sockets with some 15 inches of unscreened wire running in a bundle together with B+ and other HV wires.
As a standard taming procedure I move the gridstopper resistors from the componentboard to the tubesockets and connect them to signal pick-off points in the PI-circuit with screened cable grounded at the tube socket only. I also keep these cables away from the HV wiring. This results in a smooth and stable amp.
You may want to give it a try.