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Germino monterey/fillmore

onstage76

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I know I am in the minority but I am strictly a tele player (american deluxe w Don Mare pups) that is after some marshall goodness.

I play live only - NO BEDROOM level issues for me. rock-oriented alt country.

Amps used currently are non-master 71 twin reverb, Victoria tweed twin, 67 bandmaster, 68 deluxe reverb - in order of decreasing size of venues. problem is with bigger stages, I find the whole fender thing lacking mids and presence - increasingly keeping my TS-kind pedal (maxon od820) on to get me in the mix. I prefer a bluesy kind of sound to country twang. Although I don't mind the twangy tones from Cropper into Marshall stacks in Oslo!!

I'm totally sold on a germino. BUT, given my preference for fat hairy cleanish tones as opposed to raunchy grind, I wonder which of the two germino models is for me - the monterey or the fillmore?

I'm in oz so can't play either. Want to get to a good level on the amp volume but not be too grindy, just big round and warm with a hint of hair (think axis bold), at gig volumes.

4 valves and lots of iron is an absolute necessity - I need to be able to feel it. (and happy to use attenuator if required on very moderate settings).

Cheers to you guys who might have experience with these gorgeous amps.
 

onstage76

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Cheers - yep am in email contact with greg but always keen for opinions - esp when buying an amp unheard in the flesh!

:aok
 

Third Stone

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I'd guess the Monterey. I've played it and it's fantastic. Big round warm for sure. You should really talk to Greg though.
 

dewman

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I was thinking Classic 45 or Club 40...but if you have got to have 4 valves, Monterey.
 

cg

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I woudl say Club 40 as well. I am an alt country guy and the club 40 does this very well.
 

Third Stone

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I can't see too many places where the club 40 won't be loud enough, but that being said, I believe Greg used a db meter once on the Monterey and it was only 1.5 db's louder than the C40. I think that's only slightly perceptible to the human ear.
 

onstage76

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Thanks.

I have ordered the monterey - it was tough between the monterey and club 40 but I am very used to a fender twin on stage and even though I only use it at the same volume as i would a bandmaster, I just like the depth of soundstage or grunt that the bigger iron and 4 valves give. I've read that the monterey is the same - not much louder but just a bigger feel - and I like that. And I don't plan on overdriving the amp, so need to be loud even at low levels on the volume knob. I'm doin the alt country thing too.

I think if it is the amazing amp I expect it to be I will get a smaller version too and then either choose between them or keep both.

I almost bought an original 72 superbass on ebay the other day but am so glad I found a few builders who are building good-sounding and reliable equivalents.
 

onstage76

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PS - have read lots from you dewman prior to ordering a germino - thanks! What attenuator is generally considered the best for very light/moderate attenuation with the germino stuff? Am thinking of getting one for smaller rooms so I don't have to take a seperate amp.
 




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