Soldano SLO questions.

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  1. John55

    John55 Member

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    A few years ago I had an SLO with all of the various mods, KT66 tube upgrade, etc. Great amp that I now regret selling. I want to buy another and have heard the early amps were built better than the current ones. Is there any truth to this? Is there a certain year or period to look for? I didn't find the various mods my previous amp had to be all that big a deal and my next SLO won't have them. I think the less "stuff" cluttering the circuit provides the purest and best tone. Comments appreciated!
     
  2. se7en

    se7en Senior Member

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    Older ones used better tubes maybe than what comes stock now. They are identical otherwise AFAIK.
     
  3. JackButler

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    Slo's also have a lifetime warranty.
     
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    slo's been built the same since day 1.best person to ask would be mike soldano...
    otherwise ive played and owned a few and they all sound the same,can change slightly w/ different tubes
     
  5. martyhk0

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    and the reason Mike has never changed them is cause you can't improve on perfection. I love my slo 100.
     
  6. loudgtr

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    I've spent time with 2 stock '04 SLO's that were great.

    Also one with "all the mods" that was an '07 SLO that had a "touch response" like no other amp I've played. It felt really responsive and sounded the best of the 3 I tried. "Too many things cluttering the circuit" I don't believe anymore since this experience.

    I would have bought it in a second but have no need for any of the mods. The mods cost an extra $700 which brought the price of that one with all the mods to $4200 plus tax (I'm in Canada) it was too steep for me. Bought a new '07 Bogner 101b at a great price and I'm very happy with. Great feel with the 101b as well.
     
  7. voodoosound

    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    I had an 88 slo and a 2005. They were identical in every detail with exceoption to the logos looking slightly different. In the end I sold the both and bought a Custom one of a kind SLO.
     
  8. JackButler

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    what's the custom SLO voodoo?
     
  9. John55

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    I've actually thought about ordering a "custom" SLO myself. I've seen one that had no clean/crunch channel, just the OD channel, and then another that had a crunch channel w/o the clean switch, along with the OD channel. It seemed to have a bit more gain on the crunch side than mine, and I'd like that, as well as having the FX loop deleted.
     
  10. voodoosound

    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    The custom I have is not a custom that can be ordered. Michael built it for himself and then gave it to his VP of sales as a gift. I was told if another were to be made it would cost double digits. Don't know if thats tru as I was dealing with the VP of sales LOL!!. But based on the options on thsi thing and the coversations I had with Bill Sundt years ago about it I suspect the pricetage would be right in there.
     
  11. JackButler

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    Well what are the extra options Voodoo?
     
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    I seem to recall that Mike has tried to update the PCB for the SLO, but found that even using the same parts, a reworked PCB made it sound different (just the traces on the PCB changed). So he kept using the first PCB in it...
     
  13. voodoosound

    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    Not really. It does not have the Deyoung transformer in it. Which is what makes an slo an slo.
     
  14. Guitar James

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    I would love to know the options of your SLO is it hush hush?
     

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