Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by menlow, Jan 1, 2018.
Couldn't resist it anymore - I've caved in and bought one. Should be here in a couple of days!
Its here. Everything you guys have said is spot on, it sounds incredible and i haven't even had chance to really crank it yet.
Anyone who has one want to take gut shots of these? I’m just curious on why these are inexpensive and if they’re handwired made in England?!
I have. It's all pcb, no turret board in sight. Possibly hand populated pcb but i've shown pics of it to a highly respected amp tech that i trust and his opinion is it's not hand populated. Could be wrong?
I've no doubt the headshell and chassis itselff is made in uk, and i've no reason to think the pcb isn't either. But i am a bit pissed that Laney haven't been honest about it. It's a glorious sounding amp, and is obviously built to a high standard so in my opinion is still worth what they are asking for them but i do wish they had been honest - I would still have got one but wouldn't have a slightly sour taste in my mouth.
Got photos to show here also?
There you go
I do want to stress that i really do like this amp a lot - Laney have done a fantastic thing by making it, and it sounds, feels, and looks superb. I'm not sure why we have been mislead, like i said i would still have bought it.
I was very curious as to how it was built, a handwired turret board amp (which i believe they were alluding to) for £800?? I couldn't see it. Hence why curiosity got the better of me.
The truth is finally out!
Great amp I love mine but Was also under the impression that Laney were using hand wired turret main board with some pcb involved also, I actually quoted them a while back in this very thread saying so on their facebook page.
Like you I'm a bit disappointed in some of the early marketing that went on in the early announcement of this amp. I'm not annoyed enough to send it back or anything because I'm kinda hooked on it now but Laney should have been a bit more straight forward about what you were getting for £879, when you think about it though we probably should have known better because you're not really likely to get a handwired all turret board vintage based amp at that price anywhere. More like £1400, so yes I do think the amp is worth the asking price especially as it's made in the UK.
But shame on whoever it was from Laney that said the LA30 was handwired turret board! It's also still in some of the description of the amp at some online stores
And Finally this:
I don't want to finish on a bad note though, the LA30BL is a really great sounding amp with beautiful cleans, an awesome crunch tone & takes pedals extremely well, & as long as you go in knowing your getting a very well made & great sounding PCB & Not TURRET BOARD based amp you should definitely be happy with your purchase.
Thank you so much for doing this!!! It answers so many questions haha... I might get one soon now
I remember going to this past winter namm with my buddy and we ask the Laney engineer if it was pcb or handwired and he said it was handwired haha. And when I saw the price I questioned it. My Orange OR50 was $1400 new and basically the same board, just with more gain and master volume footswitch option. Laney is still an awesome company and an awesome amp that I’m looking into buying in the future. I think it’s a decent price too for this amp.
You're welcome mate. If you get one you won't regret it, its sounds great. And it takes pedals better than any amp i've had before - Currently loving a ts9 mini and the ti boost with it, my pedals have never sounded so good.
It's a pity.. but indeed maybe too good to be true.
Really disappointed in Laney for lying about the build method of this amp.
That being said I still want to buy one.
Gigged mine for the first time the other night, unfortunately i didn't manage to get any video. It sounded excellent, and with the TI boost it nails early Sabbath - I had it about 7 on the gain, treble and mids at 10 and bass on 0. It's monstrously loud at that point so i attenuated it a bit, which didn't seem to affect the tone at all (For the record i was using a Jetenuator).
I've certainly got no regrets about buying this one, everytime i play it i can lose hours just trying different settings and marvelling at how good it is. i do want to experiment more with different drive pedals, so far i've used a TS9 mini (works brilliantly), Ti boost (again, excellent) and a Marshall Guvnor (works very well).
Just got mine. Really impressed so far.
I am digging the clips you guys have posted in this thread.
Seems like a really cool 70's rock amp that takes pedals very well, love the retro looking design too.
How are we getting on with these a few weeks down the line?
Still loving mine, had a good amount of band practises with it now and it never fails to make me grin. Just sounds huge..... I'm really loving the solo tones i can get out of it, flick to middle position and its a huge fat sounding but really clear sound. No ice pick at all. It also feels great to play through, so dynamic and alive feeling.
One thing i haven't really played around with yet is channel jumping - Anyone done this and can post their findings?
Yeah I'm really liking mine. I'm yet to try a boost with it, but I've got this zvex SHO type thing I'll test it with.
As for channel jumping, I wasn't sure if that was possible or not. But that was based on the fact that there's only one volume (gain) control - I assume it just means you can't adjust each one individually like you can with an old Marshall?
I can't speak for the LA30BL, but jumping sounds great on a LA100BL. I keep the gains at similar levels anyway, so I don't think you'd be missing much doing it on the 30, assuming the preamp is the same except for the missing gain knobs. Definitely worth a try.
As you guys found out, buddy purchased one....found out it was PCB and did not want it, so sent it back!
Does it sound right....yeah, but totally downright lied to! That's F'ed up.
He would spend the extra money and purchase a 100BL....IF they would prodice more, but again, another d1ck move. Not sure what their problem is. Demand is high, but they set the limit on QTY of 100BL. It should have been more....especially for people in the states. I think it was easier to get in UK also.
Funny they got the sound out of it. The actual design is completely different than what would have been "authetic" at the time....like the 30BL has compeletely different NFB. The input resistors aren't even right and no choke!...which would not have been the case back in 1968/1969. Likewise, to get 2 EL34's to 30W instead of 50W, the B+ plate voltage is lowered down to like 350V!...again not Laney, not time authentic. Part of the design would have been HIGH B+ and headroom...like 560-600VDC.
Not happy with Laney!