NAD - Rivera M100-112

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  1. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    I just picked up a pristine, blonde Rivera M100-112 combo at a great price. It's really a fantastic amp, and YES, it's got alot of knobs and gizmos, but it's pretty simple to also just dial in a great clean tone and hit it with a pedal or 2. (I set up my Zoom G3 as a simple pedal board with a comp and 2 ODs and it's killer)

    The key I've found to getting a great clean tone is to crank the Master vol and then just treat the Gain like the volume on a Fender amp.
    It's really nice looking and sounding, and it's also got some really fun hi-gain tones.
     
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  2. big mike

    big mike Administrator Staff Member

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    I had an early M60 for awhile.
    very nice amps.

    Esp. with the Ninja boost.

    Still wish I'd have bought a Rake later on.
    Or the 100 watt single 15 version of your amp that Chris Duarte was rockin!
     
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    Congrats! I have a Fandango 1x12. It's a pretty easy amp to dial in, IMO.
     
  4. whiteop

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    Have an M100 4 x 12 combo covered in black carpet style. Knob twisters dream. So many tones ...
     
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    Congrats. Really awesome amps that fly under the radar.
     
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    Congrats!! I'd still love to get my hands on a Duarte model.
     
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    A 4x12 combo !

    I'd love to see a pic of that one. . it must weigh a ton .
     
  8. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Pretty sure he meant 410 combo. :)
    Bugs Henderson in Texas gigged with one of those for years.
    I'm hitting mine with a Zoom G3 just set up as a simple pedalboard with a comp, OD and lead distortion and it's pretty cool!
     
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    ^^

    Ahh, ok; a 4x10 combo . Got it .

    There was that Fender Quad Reverb; once upon a time, so I figured Rivera might've
    done something like that .

    Bugs Henderson's a killer player .. not mentioned enough !
     
  10. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Just took this into the studio. Experienced engineer, who is an EXCELLENT guitar player, immediately said, "WOW, that is an incredible sounding amp!"
     
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    Here's a silly little impulsive iPhone recording of this rig. I literally just sat my iPhone on the windowsill, picked up my ESP tele and played a bunch of stupid nonsense off the top of my head. No pedal in front, just the G3 in the loop for a little verb/delay. You can hear when I kick in the Rivera SlaveMaster boost (fatter and more midrangy)

    [SOUNDCLOUD]http://soundcloud.com/buddaman71/rivera-m100-zoom-g3-esp-tele-w[/SOUNDCLOUD]
     
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    i had the M100 2x10 combo and it was a great, veratile amp. I ran an EQ pedal through the 'slavemaster' (WTF???) for a 3rd channel...
     
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    having spent 10yrs playing an M100 head (modified by paul rivera) as my primary amp,
    i agree.....
    but, it's not just a "clean" tone that this works-for, ime.

    i lived on the "clean" channel, to achieve nearly every kind of tone:
    with & without NinjaBoost, and --- occasionally --- w/the SlaveMaster.
    (in the end, i was playing it w/only 2 power tubes, but in the "full-power" setting.)
    i've since moved-on, for my own musical reasons, but i do still own that head:
    what a great amp it can be!
     
  14. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    totally agreed!!! it's really a fantastic amplifier, and the range of tones on the cleaner channel alone vaporizes many of the $$$$$ "boutique" one-trick ponies out there.

    I still primarily gig with my modeling/tube/cab hybrid rig, but i've come full circle, as a black carpet M60 was my first "real" amp back in the very early 90s, then I sold it for an S120 stereo head and 2 of the Thiele 112s (I was an idiot to ever sell that rig....)

    I've been playing some large 15,000+ festivals lately, and running my mega (for me) rig on those large outdoor spaces. 4U rack with my GSP1101 and stereo tube power amp setting on my M100 (as a dry center channel, set to Keith Urban-esque semi-dirt that works well with clean or dirty tones) with my L/R 212s on each side. Pretty compact actually considering the massiveness of the tone. I'll try to grab a quick pic and clip at next big show near Tyler, TX in May.
     
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    This...
    It's an amazing amp. So much tone out of the 2nd channel - it does pretty much all from clean to great OD tones.
    I didn't find much use for the 1st channel (always hoped Rivera would put out a head w/ two of this "M-voiced" channel), but that 2nd channel (which is found in many of that era Riveras) is one of the greatest designs in the history of amp-ness.
    I still use the Rivera TAC112 cab that came w/ the M100 head - best 1x12 I've played.
     
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    Always wanted one of these amps. I bet the GSP1101 would work great in the loop as well.
     

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