Kingsley D30 is on the way...

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  1. bobbymack

    bobbymack Supporting Member

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    My new Deluxe 30 head will be here on Tuesday. Almost 4 months from order date, but I am big jazzed anyway!

    Gonna slap a quad of Mullard RTCs in there. Will give a full report...:p
     
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    I recently put a matched quad of Amperex Bugle Boy EL84s, an Amperex/Mullard GZ34 and NOS RCA 12AX7 and NOS GE 12AX7, and it made a world of difference in my D32 - huge improvement.
     
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    Cool. I'll be getting into the tube drawer too, have a good amount of Bugle Boy, Telefunken, Mullard, RCA etc preamp tubes to play with.

    Hell, I'm psyched to hear the tone right out of the box too!
     
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    Of course, you should first play/listen to it stock to fully grok its tonal character. Then start tube swapping - with your tubes, I'm sure you'll take it up several notches. I'm hooked on NOS now, although I do have a GT12AX7M in the phase splitter - not balanced - per Simon's recommendation, and it made a nice improvement. I'm also using a new JJ ECC803S for reverb and V3.
     
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    Doesn't it ship with all new JJs?
     
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    Yes, but the last time I communicated with Simon, he still hadn't had a chance to check out the new JJ ECC803S, which is a big improvement over the ECC83S, IMHO. It really opened up the reverb - more spacious, detailed and rich. And I liked it better in various preamp positions too.
     
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    OK, good to know. Is Bob @ Eurotubes the man to get the 803s from, and/or Lord Valve? I've heard good things elsewhere re: these tubes, probably should get some to check out...
     
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    I get my JJs from Bob at Eurotubes. It's worth getting a couple. They appear to be one of the better new production preamp tubes.
     
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    Anyone A/B'd a Kingsley with a Matchless *C30 or Bad Cat Trem Cat?

    The cleans sound very similar, from the clips..... not sure about the overdrive ....
     
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    I've done so with a c30 and Kingsley. Way more bass clarity on the Kingsley and the top end is more controllable. The c30 has way more mid thickness. After trying them for some weeks I sold the c30 and now will buy a d30 head from Simon. I also sold my d30 combo because it was too heavy, but I knew I would be ordering a head shortly. Distortion on the Kingsley is more versatile and can cop Marshall and Dumble. I like both of those amps but the Kingsley is just better suited to my needs.
     
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    For not very much more money, you can get a D32 - two preamps instead of one. Set one for clean and the other for preamp OD - or set one for power amp OD and the other for clean. Very versatile.
     
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    On my older D30 I preferred the EI EL84's (microphonics and all) to the stock JJ's. i threw some mullards in that sounded great in an old Vox head and they didn't sound significantly better to my ear than the EI's. I believe the older D30's, while very sweet sounding in the clean channel, needed the high end that the EI's delivered, whereas the newer D30's are a bit brighter, i believe.
    I keep waiting for one of you guys to get sick of his D32 and sell it to me cheap!
     
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    Not much chance of that here. :eek:

    After upgrading the tubes on my D32, I love it even more! That, and the 3 new speakers I just got - Fane AXA12, George Scholz/Harry Joyce, & Two Rock 12-65 - have introduced new levels of tonal excellence that are nothing less than inspiring.

    I continue to be amazed at the versatility of this amp and the wide pallette of tones that are available - it's a multi-trick pony!
     
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    Oh yes,
    that Fane is magical with the d30!!
     
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    "Out For Delivery"....oh yeah.:dude
     
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    As I live pretty close to Simon, I was fortunate enough to borrow a Deluxe 30 for a weekend a couple of years ago. Awesome amp. An ex bandmate of mine bought a Deluxe 30 2x12 with Celestion Blues and it's sweet. I will probably buy a Deluxe 30 or 32 within a year or so. Head version. I've got a Kingsley 2x12 cab with Weber alnico blues in it. Great cab.

    taco
     
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    WOW, Simon has a helluva backlog! I got my D30 2x12 almost a year ago, and I think the lead time was about a month back then. The month about killed me. 4 months would be unbearable.

    Hope you dig it. I love my D30 combo mmore an more all the time. Works great with pedals, so I find more great sounds all the time by experimenting with pedals.
     
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    ...but I am in the self-imposed period of silence until I'm comfortable that any honeymoon has worn off.

    I will give a full report, suffice it to say for now that I am a VERY happy guy.:D :D :D
     
  19. BM3-

    No matter where you go, i'll follow...

    I'm happy you're digging the new amp'r.

    How does the dickey bett lester sound with it; what guitar sounds the best; any distinction with any different pups?

    Still digging my BAD CAT; just purchased, but need delivery on a matching tolex BAD CAT 2 x 12.....

    Kilroy's got your back...

    p.s.: booked for north carolina coast (topsail island) 12-19august, so will you blow off all of your duties and drive across I-40 with lots of gear to hang with us at the beach?? I'll play rhythm for the first five hours and then play some solos..
     
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    Am I the only one that finds this post a tad...strange?
    :confused:

    :p
     

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