NAD! Two Rock Studio Pro 35. Honeymoon Review

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by southpaw66, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. southpaw66

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    So after two and half months my new Two Rock finally arrived in the UK today (Thanks to Andertons). No 325 built on 13 December 2011.

    And with some luck a new Celestion G12-65 arrived on the doorstep first thing - to be retrofitted (for now) into an Egnator 1x12. I plan to have a custom cabinet built later.

    First Thoughts;

    As good as the reviews say. Genuinely the clearest, most dynamic clean amp I would dare use inside the house.

    The best master volume control of any amp I've ever tried. With one control on the front acting as a pre-master and the effects return acting like a post-master it's infinitely flexible - no sudden jumps in volume, no loss in quality. What is every other manufacturer doing so wrong - this is how to build a studio/home valve amp volume control.

    The EQ is so powerful. More Bass, Mid and Treble than I know what to do with. The Bass is particularly impressive for its clarity; provides a nice punch to expressive lines. Loads of clear but not biting treble; excellent for cutting through the mix or dialing back for practice.

    One concern I had was with overdrive pedals in front; there were some reviewers saying they'd had trouble finding a match. My Barber Small Fry sounds excellent so far for a smooth style overdrive (YMMV), especially with Telecaster or Humbuckers. I will be looking for something which is a bit more raw sounding (more bark) in the near future.

    Effects loop is good but slightly more fussy than an Egnator Tweaker, however much better than a Mesa-boogie Express.
    I have a tc electronic G-major 2 which I use for room EQ (very small practice room) and the odd effect I don't have a stomp box for. It definitely does not work well as the first effect in the loop as the volume drop is substantial (impedence mis-match no doubt) but putting it after JamMan Solo to act as a buffer and everything seems to be much happier.

    Will never be able to explore its full potential in the house; but this is still the best amp for the house or small studio I could imagine.

    Two minor quibbles. No UK power lead and no manual or additional info provided. Downloaded from the website anyway.

    I plan to work on some clips over the next couple of weeks when I get time - so don't hassle me yet. I'll post something when its worth listening to. At least I added pictures:



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  2. princeton

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    I have the combo, excelent amp !
     
  3. YOGA64

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    I have the Studio Pro 22 Combo, best amp I've ever had, FANTASTIC with pedals :omg
     
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    traviswalk In the Great State Gold Supporting Member

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    So darn good, I thrashed mine around during a practice for most of Sunday, such a great amp :aok
     
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    trpullen Silver Supporting Member

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    After more time with it....what conclusion did you come to?
     
  6. southpaw66

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    I really can't find a fault; great clean and takes OD pedals well. The only thing I am considering is trying with different speakers cabs. Perhaps a 2x12.
     
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  7. sfarnell

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    I have the SP 35, #2. I agree with the OP about the cleans. What was surprising to me at first is the amount of gain on tap if that's what's needed. Turn the gain to 3:00, pull the mid control, and there should be a really nice powerful grind, more than I will ever need for my purposes.
     
  8. southpaw66

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    I tried this earlier, can't say it has much grind with my low output strat pups at home volume, but a great full sound. I like it a lot.
     

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