Maven Peal RG88

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  1. stratovarius

    stratovarius Supporting Member

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    I just got some photos of my RG88 in its final stages of assembly. I'll provide updates and a review as soon as I can.

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  2. r9player

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    Sweet looking for sure.
    Let us know how it sounds.
    although I must admit the handle ... looks like an odd fit.
    I like the handle i have on my Zeeta much better ...
    (i know i know just silly critiques who cares what it looks like, its all in the sound ... )
     
  3. trisonic

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    Stratovarius,

    Which speaker will Dave be putting in there?

    Best, Pete.
     
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    I am quite fond of Celestion Alnico Blues - I got one for my Zeeta (EL84 version) and it slaughters the V30 that was in there previously. The RG88 is more powerful, so I bought a 50 Watt Weber Blue Dog which is supposed to be similar. I have heard many good things about this speaker and the Guitar Player Alnico Taste Test rated them very highly.
     
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    Thanks for the info S.
    Actually I spoke with Dave yesterday and he recommended the Governor.
    I'm a big fan of Blues and Greenbacks still! You must let me know about the Weber (once you get the new amp, heh, heh) - I've never actually tried any of their stuff.

    Cheers, Pete.
     
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    Dave called late last night (possible workaholic) and said the first batch is going out Monday. Who here has an order and what are you getting?

    Speaking of speakers, I have an interesting Marshall 4x12 cabinet that is loaded with PRS Harmonic Generator speakers. Never heard of those? I hadn't either. Apparently, PRS built a solid state amp with a special overtone generation circuit a number of years ago. These came with custom designed speakers. I was told that they are basically Celestion V30's with Greenback (paper) cones. They sound wonderful.
     
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    Dave started another thread - he's shipping them.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Amp looks great bet it sounds great too.

    Props to Maven Peal one of a very few builders doing something original.
     
  11. trisonic

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    Who's got it yet?

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Mine's due to arrive Tuesday!
     
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    Not to sound like a yip-yip, but ....

    Where might an interested person find sound clips of the RG88 to listen to?

    As I've often written, enquiring minds (claiming to have, er, good taste and discretion in these matters) want to know.

    I wonder if there's a market for helping amp builders get effective demo clips posted to their respective websites? I'm sometimes appalled at the quality of audio clips some folks put out there on their websites. Some feature good playing, but with a tone that isn't really anywhere near their 'target markets', some feature marginal playing, and some have both marginal ton AND marginal playing.

    Or maybe I'm too demanding. It could happen (GRIN)

    Anyhow, builders, if you need demo clips of your amps, ask the good folks who post on TGP to give a hand, especially if you've heard their clips and think " Wow, I wish I had that guy on MY website."

    Maybe you can.

    Thanks, Dana
     
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    I may post my first ever clips just so people can hear the RG88. There'll be no talk of "marginal" playing allowed at that point - strictly a community service thing, ya' know?

    ;)
     
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    So how does it sound???
    wich tubes in yours?

    thanks:dude

    carl
     
  16. Dana Olsen

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    Hey Stratovarius -

    I myself would consider it a HUGE community service.

    My comments above about clips and 'marginal playing' sprung somewhat spontaneously from my cluttered mind, unedited.

    I'm now a little sorry I didn't think before I posted. I certainly DO NOT mean to ever discourage any one of us in TGP's community from posting clips of sounds. Hey, we all do this because we love it, right?

    I realize now that my comments about marginal playing could be discouraging, and I respectfully withdraw them. I want to hear the RG88, and I want to help amp builders show off the fruits of their labors in the best possible way.

    I just shouldn't have expressed both those ideas in the same paragraph.

    Please bring on the clips.

    Thanks, Dana
     
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    I've been checking the @#$% UPS site every ten minutes and I still don't see "Out for Delivery". I'm not sure what's going on or if they still plan on delivering it today.

    :BITCH
     
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    Where are you located? In the snow back east, or the rain out west?

    I'm in San Fran - out west, in the rain (GRIN)

    Dana
     
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    Just messin' with ya', Dana! Actually, only a few people have ever heard me play and even then I was hiding behind the amps. Posting clips will be a "growth opportunity" for me.

    Just after my last post, I saw the status turn to DELIVERY, so I scrambled home - about 5 minutes away. The crate lid was screwed on with about 18 screws, so it took a bit of effort to dismantle it. Then, I had to remove the rear baffles, warm up the iron, solder the speaker cable, install the speaker and replace the baffles.

    By the time I got all that done, the fear of losing my job just before the holidays crept in. I spent 5 minutes making sure it would fire up and work ok before heading back to the office.

    The thing I noticed right away was a lot of clarity and sensitivity to my Strat, more than I get from my Zeeta or Ganesha. I wire my guitars with all of the bells and whistles, so I am able to get various series and out-of-phase options and I also use no-load pots. Wow! It sounded like completely different guitars as I moved through the all of the switch settings. This amp is really sensitive. Me likee.

    More to come ...
     
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    Nice Xmas present S!
    One of the things I really like about Dave's amps are their sensitivity and responsiveness to pick attack and guitar volume use........like the old ones but controllable.

    Look forward to your "report".

    Best, Pete.
     

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