Soldano HotRod 50

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  1. clapointe

    clapointe Member

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    How good is the clean channel on the low input of the Soldano HotRod 50 ? Plus at only 50 watts I'd be able to do with it than my 5150 II(120 watts). I've got an offer to trade my mint 5150 II for the Soldano ?
     
  2. Timmo

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    What "clean"?
    There ain't no clean on a Hot Rod 50.
    The dirty is fun though.............:cool:
     
  3. aleclee

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    +1

    The HR50 is a single channel amp. The HR50+ is a channel switcher. The HR50 doesn't clean up well if you're gonna take advantage of its gain. I dunno about the cleans on the HR50+ but when I owned a Decatone, they were okay.
     
  4. clapointe

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    I thought the low input jack was the clean channel ???
     
  5. JWK

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    Yeah, I had one. The only "clean" you can get out of the low input is flat, one dimensional cardboard sounding. Once I understood how the circuit was set up I saw why and sold it.

    Very good high gain thing on a budget, IMO. One trick pony, though.
     
  6. JWK

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    No, there is no clean channel. The low input just goes to the second gain stage, which is set up to be driven and distorted by the input (high) gain stage. It's not a "channel" at all and hardly a proper input stage either, again IMO.
     
  7. clapointe

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    I think I'll hold on to my 5150II.The clean channel is decent (not great but good) on the 5150II.
     
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    Years ago, I went from a 5150 head to a Soldano Hot Rod 50 head and hated it. I wanted to like it because it said "Soldano" on the front, but I just didn't dig it at all.

    Chris
     
  9. JWR

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    I recently picked up a Soldano Hot Rod 50. I tried the low input, and it sounds ok, I just don't have a need for it. I think it is a really good amp for the "no bells and whistles" category.

    If you have an offer to trade, perhaps you could try them both side by side into the same cab? That would be the optimum test.
     
  10. clapointe

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    Are the Soldano amps still hand made ?
     
  11. rgt320

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    +1 --- I'll just add, that I never cared for the Soldano (HR or SLO) tone. The amps have this very brittle (almost shrill) sounding top-end, that I could never dial out enough of to satisfy me.
     
  12. JWR

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    Gosh, I really like this amp. I did go through it and retube the whole thing with some quality NOS tubes, and it is properly set up. There is definately high end, low end, and gain to spare. If I remember correctly, none of my tone settings are above 6 or 7 and the gain is usually between 4 and 6, (well, maybe 7 for VH). For the money, I think it's the best value I have run across in a long, long time.

    Note that I can't really speak to the 5150, I have only tried them in the stores and must admit I could not figure out how to get a sound I liked out of it. I'm sure they sound good, I just could not dial in anything in the time I put into demoing it.
     

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