Finally! It's Here! (Hayseed Content)

bscepter

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First impressions:
1) Sounds fantastic, of course. The stock tubes sound quite good (I've left in the JJ EL84s), but I've swapped out the 12AX7s for a couple of old GEs and an RCA. I replaced the EF86 with an NOS Telefunken, which sounds really good, too. I haven't installed the Weber Copper Cap yet.
2) It's bigger and heavier than I thought it would be (massive iron).
3) It's loud, but not overwhelmingly so.
4) At 15 watts, it's only a fraction quieter (3 dB, to be exact).
5) The EF86 channel (especially in 'normal' mode) has gobs and gobs of gain and low end -- if you blend it with the TB channel, it kind of gives you the best of both worlds.
6) It "feels" like a high-quality amp all-'round. The knobs feel solid. The switches are heavy-duty (I hate it when knobs turn too easily or the switches seem flimsy (like on the AC30CCs).
7) I haven't needed to use the filter switch yet (no ghost notes), but I'm glad it's there.

So here are some pics. I haven't gotten up the courage yet to open it up for a guts-shot...



 

Patch

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Very cool rig!
Just got my Hayseed with a Bob Burt cab and it sounds awesome!
I agree with you regarding the ef86 channel. Very thick, louder and a lot of low end. I use a Pro Analog Top Boost with that channel and it's a great match with any guitar (I really like the Telecaster).

Enjoy! :JAM
 

MightyGuru

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Great looking rig, B. GASeous matter for sure. I bet sounds as good as it looks. Nice Avatar cab!
 

bscepter

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MightyGuru said:
Great looking rig, B. GASeous matter for sure. I bet sounds as good as it looks. Nice Avatar cab!

Yeah, well... I'm hoping this cures my GAS for a while...:horse
 
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very cool.
i like his idea of making a nice amp that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. very refreshing in these days of $3.5K DC30s and $2.5K 65 amps. both great amps, i mean no offense to anyone. i OWN a DC30 and will never sell it.
speaking of GAS. the only amp i lust for is a hayseed 30 2X12 combo in some nice custom colour tolex.
 

hw2nw

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bscepter said:
Yeah, well... I'm hoping this cures my GAS for a while...:horse


hahaha.


I remember when you ordered this over on the Vox Forums. Congrats!!!!

Get some clips up soon :)
 

bscepter

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hw2nw said:
hahaha.


I remember when you ordered this over on the Vox Forums. Congrats!!!!

Get some clips up soon :)
Yep. I was originally going to get an exact AC30 copy. Then it was a Vox cabinet with Marshall cosmetics. Then, finally, I decided on the head/cab combo. I just didn't want to lug the damn thing around! Now I'm glad I did!
 

SFW

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That is a very hansome rig. Now how about some clips? I've yet to hear any Hayseed clips.
 

bscepter

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SFW said:
That is a very hansome rig. Now how about some clips? I've yet to hear any Hayseed clips.
I'll take home a mic and cable from practice tonight and hopefully have some clips this weekend...
 

wilder

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µ¿ z3®ø™ said:
speaking of GAS. the only amp i lust for is a hayseed 30 2X12 combo in some nice custom colour tolex.
I'm awaiting the arrival of mine in a Red tolexed 2x12 Combo. The red AC30 in the color section of the Aspen Pittman tube amp book is the model for the cosmetics.

Bscepter,

Yours looks great. I emailed Rob a few minutes ago, but I was wondering if the filter switch was standard or an option?

Thanks,

Chris
 

bscepter

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wilder said:
I'm awaiting the arrival of mine in a Red tolexed 2x12 Combo. The red AC30 in the color section of the Aspen Pittman tube amp book is the model for the cosmetics.

Bscepter,

Yours looks great. I emailed Rob a few minutes ago, but I was wondering if the filter switch was standard or an option?

Thanks,

Chris
Nope. I asked for the extra filtering. It was Rob's idea to make it switchable (thank goodness).
 

LaXu

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We demand a sacrifi..I mean clips. :D

The back looks rather "home made" though. But what does the pot on the far right and the leftmost switch do?
 

sundaypunch

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LaXu said:
We demand a sacrifi..I mean clips. :D

The back looks rather "home made" though.....
Probably because it is. Rob does everything himself. He's bending and punching his own chassis out in the garage as well as making his own cabinets and doing the tolex work. One of the nice things is that you can get pretty much any chassis configuration at no extra cost. Because of this most of the amps end up being a little bit different. My guess is that this makes it necessary to go with the labels on the back rather than a standard screen. IIRC, Mesa Boogie did this for many years early on as well.

I love my Hayseed. Now that I know about the switchable filtering I'm hoping that I can get that mod. added at some point.
 




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