Peters Dual Channel--would this be nuts?

The Whiz

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Would it be nuts to request both channels to be the Classic Overdrive channel? This seems to be far and away the preamp that would suit my tastes and it might be kind of cool to have two of them instead of say one with the clean channel or one with the lead overdrive.

Discuss. Like the wind.

Is James PEters in da house?

taco
 

Dave LaP

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Cool idea. Kind of radical.

It's kind of like ordering a hot fudge sundae with chocolate ice cream (which is what my daughter does:). If you really like chocolate then go for it!
 

johnc

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I've wondered about that type of configuration too. For it to work for me, it would depend on how the classic overdrive sounds at its cleanest and most gained out settings.
 

pcutt

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This could be just the ticket to get those sounds you hear in your head. Technically there's no reason it won't work, but it just might be a little difficult to sell the amp if you decide to get rid of it in the future.
 

THebert

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I don't think it's crazy. It could be very usefull depending on what you want.
 

rjmmusic

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I have a Dual Channel (classic OD / lead OD). Your idea is not crazy at all! Since the classic OD has the three position boost switch, you could run one channel with the boost in the cleanest position, and the other in the highest gain position (for example). The two channels would sound different for sure. Plus you can always EQ both channels differently.
 

The Whiz

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Originally posted by rjmmusic
I have a Dual Channel (classic OD / lead OD). Your idea is not crazy at all! Since the classic OD has the three position boost switch, you could run one channel with the boost in the cleanest position, and the other in the highest gain position (for example). The two channels would sound different for sure. Plus you can always EQ both channels differently.
How do you like the "lead OD" channel? Your combination is tempting also. I can see advantages in having your combination, or the dual classic od combo as I am questioning. Even the clean channel has me curious. The modern lead doesn't really sound like it would be my bag tho.

I wish there were some sound clips of this amp somewhere.
 

rjmmusic

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The lead channel is very nice - in the low boost position, it sounds like the highest boost position of the classic OD, except that it sounds more modern - tighter and a wider frequency range. In the high boost position it has lots of sustain and can do the "singing lead" thing no problem.
 

The Whiz

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The highest gain I'd be looking for is maybe JCM 800 level. It sounds like the Classic Gain could get me this. Am I correct?

taco
 

ericb

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I haven't played that amp , but just like the others said, that's not insane at all. It's actually pretty damn intelligent. I have lots of channel switchers and find with most the channel switching is too radical to be really useful live. I tend to need a midi switcher or channel switcher built into my pedalboard so I can then reroute my pedals too.. I have most of that gear too ,but tend to run out of time to set it up at gigs. SO, what better idea than to have a channel switcher with 2 similar amps dialed in a bit differently.. Works better for me in many circumstances.

ERIC
 

hipfan

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Yeah, when I first saw James' dual-channel design several months ago here on TGP, with choices of different pre-amp combinations, my first thought was, "hey, it'd be pretty cool to get two of the same pre-amp!" That way, you can set them up just a little differently for subtle tone shadings. You could also set them up to get one to be a slightly louder version of the other. I think it would be a great set-up - especially for original music or very focused cover work.

So, if you're crazy, then I am too - in exactly the same way!
 

WinstonN

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Originally posted by rjmmusic
I have a Dual Channel (classic OD / lead OD). Your idea is not crazy at all! Since the classic OD has the three position boost switch, you could run one channel with the boost in the cleanest position, and the other in the highest gain position (for example). The two channels would sound different for sure. Plus you can always EQ both channels differently.
Two classic OD channels would make a really great amp.

I've got the classic OD / lead OD combo, too. It's a super combo, for sure, but given the classic OD's wide range, two would CODs would be a very uefull tool.
 

57special

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make sure you don't miss out on the cleans, though, as they are spectacular and unique, especially through a 4 x12.
 

carltonh

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The danger is this is that you are likely to lower the resale value. People will be interested, but they'd more likely want to buy a used Peters Dual Channel where they at least get to hear two differently voiced channels.

Sure, you could keep it forever, but you should always buy an amp under the assumption that you will one day get rid of it.
 

JamesPeters

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Hey Taco, I PM'ed you earlier today with links to the old clips.

The resale value is a bit of a concern but not that much, since others are interested in that configuration too. It seems a fair number of folks like the cleans the Classic Overdrive gets, and think when it's fully boosted that's as much overdrive as they'd ever use for rock.
 

BORR4

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Hi there, I am the proud owner of a Peters Dual Channel (the white one on his site). Mine has the Lead Overdrive & Modern High Gain preamps. Two Classic Od's, huh? Interesting. I chose the LO & MHG because I was looking for an amp to cover classic/hard rock (think AC/DC) and 80's metal/boosted JCM800 (think Ratt) but also had the ability to clean up with just the guitar volume. I'm happy to say that James delivered and I've never been so happy with an amp. I set the LO gain around 3:00 w/boost off and this is perfect for old schol rock & hard rock. It cleans up so nice by just rolling off the guitar volume. Not super clean but clean w/ a little dirt if you dig in. I set the MHG gain around 3:00 w/boost on. This absolutely nails that 80's metal sound I was after (with a little more growl & nastiness). Perfect for heavy rythms and the leads are smooth and have bite as well. Not a hint of harshness in this amp at all. It just smokes! My Boogie Mark III is collecting duct and looking for a new home now. I bust it out every now and then to play with it and do comparisons to the Peters and I end up shutting it off and cranking up the Dual Channel. I cannot say enough good things about this amp. In fact, I'm saving up for another one. James knows what he's doing.
 

The Whiz

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Originally posted by JamesPeters
Hey Taco, I PM'ed you earlier today with links to the old clips.

The resale value is a bit of a concern but not that much, since others are interested in that configuration too. It seems a fair number of folks like the cleans the Classic Overdrive gets, and think when it's fully boosted that's as much overdrive as they'd ever use for rock.
Thanks, sir. I will check out the clips soon.

How is your "clean" channel voiced? Since the classic od channel cleans up so nicely with the guitar volume, maybe I should go for something with a different voicing in the second channel. I've read "Hiwatt" references in some of Peters amps reviews. Is the Clean channel like a Hiwatt? That would be cool. DR504-style and Plexi-style in one amp. Yowza.

taco
 




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