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My Xmas Present to myself Arrived!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Tom Gross, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Tom Gross

    Tom Gross Supporting Member

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    Santa's brown truck brought it Friday and I am in tonal heaven:

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  2. Jemlite

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    Congrats Tom! I'm thinking I could use a Xmas present to myself as well! Gotta see how much $$ is left this week first. [​IMG]
     
  3. Rock Fella

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    you should have bought it for the wife as her present and you could possibly use it when its not being used.:Devil

    jimmy
     
  4. Distortion

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    Great looking Opal..
    What serial # is it, and what tubes are you running?
    I recently put in some NOS JAN Phillips 6L6GC's in mine and it sounds tremendous..
    Pretty responsive little beasts aren't they... :)
     
  5. Scott Peterson

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    Now *that's* a Xmas present! BOOM!

    Congrats Tom!
     
  6. AD

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    You were on the good boy list for sure - it looks like my old Custom - the difference is reverb?
     
  7. Timster

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    was that the Opal that was recently listed on Ebay?

    nice score!
     
  8. Distortion

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    To my ears there is a ton of difference between the Custom and Opal.
    The Opal is much less forgiving than the Custom and has way less sag.
    Both are great amps, but totally different.
     
  9. Tom Gross

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    Thanks, Guys! I am extremely psyched.
    Biggest amp purchase I've made (so far).

    Yeah, it's the one off of ebay.
    SN #30, NOS JAN Phillips tubes, absolutely mint condition.
    I noticed that the seller was from the same town as a fellow forumite friend, so I wrote him and did a background check, he knew the seller and had played the amp, vouched enthusiastically for both. Seller's a great guy, real connessiur, knew his stuff & takes care of it like a museum, so I went for it.

    In my understanding & experience, the Opal is much faster response, less forgiving, and more versitile than the custom. less sag, "Wireless design" (alleged 75% less wiring).
    It has the additional tone-stack with internal trimmers, like the Em Pro, but with a second bypass - "Lead Bypass", to skip that and offer yet another tonal variation - and that gives a very, very cool lead tone.
    I got it Friday, and have been flipping switches ever since.

    Fits my "note-generous" style of playing, even though I'm sloppy. It keeps up with me. I'm playing it through my Fuchs big 1x12 with EV12L.

    It fits into and brings up a notch my evolving rig (right, Scott?), with my Andersons and that cab.
     
  10. Shreve

    Shreve Katzenjammer Kid Gold Supporting Member

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    Late to the dance. Looks GREAT, Tom. Bet it sounds that way, too. :RoCkIn
     
  11. bluesdoc

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    Very cool, Tom!! Congrats. I like fast response amps myself. The Opal was always a favorite. Enjoy, bro!!! jon
     
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    Way to go Tommy! I thought you were a Hanukkah guy??

    Don't forgert that adjusting the internal trims can be a huge thing. Just mark em before you alter.

    Scott
     
  14. Scott_F

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    The very best presents can be the ones you give yourself!
     
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    Congratulations!! I am a huge fan of the Opal. I love mine.

    I love lead bypass!! I almost always use that. And Eq setting #2.
     
  16. Dave LaP

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    Wow. Great present. It kinda beats the Don Mock From Blues to Jazz video I got. I'm looking forward to seeing though since you recommended it. Maybe if you recommended an Opal I would have bought one? Hmmm...

    Enjoy that Opal!
     
  17. Tom Gross

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    Thanks.
    I dunno, Dave - the Don Mock video has probably been more valuable to me in the long run, but I'm diggin' the amp.
     
  18. Tom Gross

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    Well, I'm still down with my brothers, but I do the Santa thing.

    Hey - the new TGP software comes with an Orthodox Rabbis Smilie:

    :BluesBros


    I'm leaving the trimmers alone for now, but I do understand their significance (and know about using the sharpie first!).
    Mine appears to be set up pretty well - story is folks took it to Maken Music and it stood up real well to their Dumble.
     
  19. Tom Gross

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    That says a lot coming from a gearhead & Two Rock savant like you.
    I guess we do have similar tastes.
    I'm keeping the steel-chassis bassman mod for now, but the cleans on this Opal are luxurious.
     
  20. mentoneman

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    i'm jealous!! but happy for you!
    that is one amp i would love to own one day.

    jam on:JAM
     

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