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I did some of the beta-testing on the Tone Block 200, and I can tell you without a doubt, it's VERY cool. I found that it's an incredibly versatile tool to have in your arsenal, and that it's really the answer for guitarists that do a lot of fly gigs. It's especially great for the Axe-Fx stuff. The Axe-Fx, Tone Block 200 and a rack, and you're able to go anywhere on the planet, plug into any outlet and cabinet, and go. The tone of the unit is very simple and clean, which is exactly as I hoped it would be, and the unit takes pedals very well.
That is my intent. I think it runs just fine as an amp with no pedals. I don't think it needs a preamp whatsoever. I just got it today, but running guitar-->cable-->amp-->4x10 cab sounded quite good--certainly something I'd have no problem playing at any gig. Does it get me as jazzed as my Metropolitan? No. But it sounds damn good in the simple setup I've described, and frankly, it sounds better than I expected. However, I bought it as a backup amp, and would run my board in front of it as I do with all my other amps.So are you using it as an amp? I thought it would be best driven by some type of guitar preamp/ preamp pedal?
I have the tone black and the unleash, but I haven't experimented with pedals directly into the unleash. I think poster Guinness Lad posted about how he runs pedals straight into the unleash sometimes. I can't remember if he recommended running them in front or through the effects loop. You should definitely search for that post.I brought my Tech 21 British (Marshall) character pedal to my LOMS (Local Owned Music Store) Just before this one into a Mesa 1x12. The only Marshall I really know is the Vintage Modern and this got the JTM 45 thing going on. This goes well with the Tech21 which I occasionally use with my Roland JC-120. It's better. because my generation of the JC-120 has the hiss/ This doesn't BUT if I could use my character pedal in front of the Bad Cat unleash, that may be better for me because I need an Attenuator as well.