Running two heads into one cab

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  1. FiestaRed

    FiestaRed Gold Supporting Member

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    I have two heads, a DSL-50 and a Peavey Classic 30 that I run into a single Marshall 4X12. Every time I want to switch from one head to the other, I have to switch the speaker output cord to the other head. Is there a way I can have an A/B box that will switch from one head to the other and run them both into the single cabinet? Does such a product already exist, or would something need to be custom built?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Yes. Axess makes a head switcher that works great. Tonebone makes a head switcher but I had nothing but bad luck with two of them. Palmer makes a Triline/EFrog system that works well.

    I use the Axess H2 system.
     
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    There are several units that do just that.

    One is by Sound Sculpture called head trip or something like that.

    Tone Bone makes one

    http://www.tonebone.com/tb-headbone-vt.htm

    there are more, these are the first 2 that popped in to my head.
     
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    FiestaRed Gold Supporting Member

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    These are EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thank you so much .:AOK

    -Mark
     
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    I use a headbone. It's great, no noticeable tone coloring and the switching is immediate and quiet. Big fan.
     
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    The switching with the Headbone is not immediate by any stretch. There is a gap in the sound, say if you were holding a chord out. I've contacted Radial and they confirm this as "necessary". I got rid of the one I had.
     
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    michael.e Silver Supporting Member

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    Hey Gilbert,
    Is there any tonal compromise when using a switcher? Please tell me that it sounds exactly like plugging straight in to the Speaker Cab.

    Emee
     
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    I use the Tonebone Headbone with no problems. Axess says they're coming out with a new head switcher that has improvements over the HS2, which they no longer make.
     
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    Interesting. I gig with mine regularly, never experienced any delay, switches just like a channel switcher. I use a two amp setup of %13 JRT , Orange Tiny Terror, Bad Cat Hot Cat or a Vox AC15HH depending on the gig, works great with all of them.I use the "slingshot" input and a have a one button switch on my pedal board.

    Having said that, never had a reason to switch amps while holding a chord, so I haven't tried that.
     
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    Stay away from the Radial Headbone with high gain amps. You will get some really weird feedback loops. I used one with a Mesa Rocket 44 and a Marshall JCM-900 SLX. It would get a high frequency squeal or sound like parallel loop with a phase problem. The tech at Radial said this happens with high gain heads because of the transfomer being to close to the outputs. I even used 12 gauge speaker wires and monster cables but still had issues.
     
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    I have not heard any difference with the Axcess.

    The Headbone was a nightmare, it never worked and finally, on my dime, I sent it back to them, they sent me a new one and that one didn't work. Finally the store I bought it from gave me a refund. They said it didn't work for them either.

    The Palmer is great, Sonny Landreth turned me on to it, but I don't like buffers.
     
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    Ah...thanks! Maybe that explains why it works for some and not for others. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to seeing what Axess is coming up with to replace the HS2.
     

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