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Mike Soldano retiring

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by matt3310, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. MichiganEsquire

    MichiganEsquire Supporting Member

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    That would be the perfect solution to the effects loop issue.
     
  2. aussie_gear_maestro

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    Nothing wrong with having 2 at all . I don't have a problem with it as I love the amps .

    It just surprises me in the guitar World with the evergrowing quest and desire for more .

    On a positive note Rockin it out in stereo with delay pingponging from each speaker cab would be awesome to hear .
     
  3. aussie_gear_maestro

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    Didn't mean to offend anyone it was more a question of curiosity of 200 watts.
     
  4. Vai81

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    Don’t think anyone got offended mate, nor should they. Owning musical gear is not that serious! SLO’s have been popping up for sale in aus every now and then. I was lucky to snap one up before the price hike. Keep an eye out for one.

    Btw, how do you like your Fuch’s? Did you get it at Eastgate?
     
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  5. aussie_gear_maestro

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    Let me tell you about Fuchs I tried every amp worth naming until I bought the Fuchs and what surprised me about them are those heyboer transformers the low strings really have this wide open full and rich sound to it on the clean channel.

    But soldano has a killer lead tone which is unmatched they sound respond to transient information quick and focused like a laser
     
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  6. guitarvc

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    OK here is my take on this Soldano BAD chapter. I have owned many amps, and have even built a couple myself after taking Bruce Egnater's amp building seminar. If the design is by Mike, which it is, and the parts are true to Mike's design ( remains to be seen ) and the assembly is done by people who know what they are supposed to do...neat soldering etc...( which I'm not too good at so I don't very much ) the new amps should be just as good as the old ones...period. Theres no magic in this, its design, parts and workmanship. If all three are in tact, it doesn't matter who does the assembly. I use Mesa amps now, and I know Randall Smith isn't sitting at a bench soldering my next Boogie...he has a talented crew doing that. If the guys at BAD are good, and they stick to sourcing the right parts, the new amps will be great.
     
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  7. Stone Driver

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    All very good points. I think the only thing I know will be missing from the new ones are the coveted DeYoung transformers, which are apparently a important component. That said, hell they could be better with the new transformers, or just a little different but equally "awesome".

    I have a Hot Rod 25 in addition to the SLO and it sounds outstanding and very similar. I can tell some subtle differences compared to my SLO (headroom by design, not a lot of cleans without guitar volume knob manipulation, improved FX loop (admittedly I don't use it, wet/dry all the way!!!) etc), but that doesn't make the HR25 an incredible amp to me in it's own right.

    Anyhow, I'm a pre-BAD Soldano owner and love them, but I'll be the first to admit that I hope the new ones are even more impressive. My current ones aren't going anywhere, but I always love to see products continue to improve and advance through time to the benefit of everyone. Very excited to actually see and hear the new models so I can stop speculating, and enjoy them for what they are. I like that (to my knowledge at least) they aren't calling it a SLO; I think that would fuel the fire about the differences in components, etc and create an unattainable comparison. But a name like a "SLO 2.0" with updated FX loop, new transformers, and any other bells and whistles might be more universally accepted because it's marking a "evolution" of the model, not a part for part recreation.
     
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  8. guitarvc

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    I pretty much agree with you. I personally stopped using the SLO as my gigging amp of choice when I had to sell because of an extreme financial hardship. When I rebounded I bought a Bogner Shiva with the solo boost, and since then that has been a requirement for any amp I use as my go to...I'd love to see them add that feature to the new SLO V2, as well as a more even taper to the volume so I could get the great tone at club volumes. If that were to happen, I'd have to look at it again as when it was cranked, nothing was ever better...period.
     
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  9. Jim S

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    Mike did make an SLO with two lead channels . It was for sale a couple of times on Rig Talk (a while ago) .
     
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  10. DiPa

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    I missed out on the tweed SRV SLO100 few years back, I walk into GC in Hollywood and sitting there was a new one and they had a customer who was selling his used one, I decided to think it too much and lost those 2, lessons learned- go either your initial gut.
    Mike made a few slight variations over the years but amazing he kept the SLO100 DNA intact.
     
  11. guitarvc

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    Yes and he did make me a SurfBox to replace one I got that was DOA. Still kicking myself for selling that one along with everything else in the fire sale of 2000. Ouch
     
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    I seen anSLO for sale with a tween scoop mod with tweed covering signed by Mike . Good amp for a collector. That's a part of rock n roll history.
     
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    I'm really interested in the hotrod 25 does the "Variac "thing he did to it in the power amp section work well? And what's the clean like , I guessing it's similar to a SLO in crunch mode?
     
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    Interesting, do you know if he also made one with two normal channels?
     
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    I have not seen nor heard of one like that. Maybe that Blues City SOLDANO 44?
     
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    I acquired SLO1BMF a while back. I've got some pics but this forum seems a little difficult for uploading to. It definitely has a lot more going on circuit and sound wise than my other SLOs. I put it back in its original headshell have it safely setup in my studio.
     
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    Since DeYoung went out of business - there was simply no way to get them for the new SLOs. We tried.

    If Mike would continue production himself, he would have to change the transfomers anyway. For reference Mike did not always use DeYoung for the SLOs.

    The secret as to WHY DeYoung audio transformers were SO good is because of the actual ultra complicated design. No one else in the guitar amplifier business makes transfomers like this.

    The blueprint which Mike provided DeYoung so long ago is the same blueprint used to make the new transformers! It took over a year and no expense spared to get this done.

    And because of their complexity they are hand made one by one by Magnetic Compoments. It’s why they cost, rightly so, a LOT more than traditional transformers. It’s also why only a small qty can be made each year.

    Point is - the secret sauce is the audio transformer design itself - and the new SLOs have that design.

    While DeYoung is not attainable, a major part of the SLOs DNA are the Clarostat potentiometers. These are military grade, (about 10X more expensive than traditional pots) and still used on the new SLOs.
     
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  18. aussie_gear_maestro

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    Someone on here bought the omega model slo. .the last one ever made by mike, that one will be worth as much as a dumble for sure .
     
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    Great info. Thanks! I assume no regular production 30s made it out before the Covid19 shutdown?
     
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  20. blackba

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    Good info, thanks for sharing.
    BTW per TGP rules, please add your business affiliation to your signature. Thanks
     

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