Tell me about Skrydstrup Amps!

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  1. polifemo

    polifemo Member

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    A friend of mine is getting rid of a bunch of vintage Marshalls and Fenders as well as his 2 new Boutique amps in favour of the Skrydstrup heads.
    I have not tried these amps yet so please tell me about them!
    I see them mentioned in "Dumble threads" but my friend is NO Dumble guy, so obviously they can do different things.

    Are they Fender based designs?
    What about the OD section, any revolutionary ideas in there?
    I´m not expecting schematics ;) or anything like that but my friend tried to explain something to me - and I´m quite familiar to modding/building amps - that I did not get. (Maybe because HE - my friend - is´nt into the technical stuff at all)
     
  2. Woodyworld

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    I've owned one for about 2 + years. Wonderful amp.

    50 Watter cascading gain with additional boost and mid boost functions. Yes it can be associated with D*mble style chararcteristics, but voicings are in the hands and ears of the player setting the amp up.

    Very fat sounding head. Nice cleans, nice edgy drive. Only headache for me has been the volume. For a 50watt it's monsterously loud and that has prevented me using it as much as I would have liked to have live. Sounds good a low volumes but is glorious with masters at around 2.

    I'm guessing it probably is based loosely on a fender design as Steen tried to replicate the early Ford/Blue Line tones and I believe that D*mble voicing would have been sporned by something based on a fender design. However I'm no expert or techie on these things.

    Great amp - I've bought and sold a few things but I would never let it go.

    Not sure what else to say about it really - you'll have to try one or hear and make up your mind
     
  3. jazzguitarplay

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    Based on the clips ive heard you done Woody, its a incredible sounding d insoired amp that could hang with all the other dumble cloners out here today. What you say about all that beastly power tells me ill be looking for a amp with lower wattage so its not so lould in live performaces. Other then that, beautiful sounding
     
  4. polifemo

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    Is it a 6L6 poweramp?
     
  5. Woodyworld

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    Thanks Jazzguitarplay, I certainly think it holds it's own.

    Regarding the volume to give some idea. Brandon advised that with my new Bludotone it would sounds real nice at around 5, but that would probably be too loud for clubs. That's rated at 100w. I've run the master at 6 (clean volume master at 6 too!) last two times I've taken it out and I can easily see me pushing that to around 7 on odd gigs The Skrydstrup however I just can't get past 1 on the master with the same unit!

    I've never played such a loud 50 watter in my life - no idea how he did it but it's louder than most 100 watters I've played. For recording I use it with an attenuator so I can preserve the old ear drums and I have done on occasions live.

    Still that fella is selling his Marshalls and Fenders so I'm sure the addtional volume will be a nice welcomed bonus for him.


     
  6. Woodyworld

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    Yes 6L6's......

    Just to expand a little on your friend not being a D*mble chappy and yet choosing something associated with that family. The most heavily posted grail tones always seem to be the Ford and Larry voicings. Always been hard to replicate out of production amps, and so when someone feels they've got close to it, it becomes a major talking point. Because of the difficulty in trying to replicate it with other amps, it appears to be the tones that a lot of guys will buy D*mble inspired amps to replicate. However it's a big misconception that these amps will only produce those tonalitites. You can't fully dial out the DNA, but on most, they can certainly rock and become much more agressive if dialed that way..........
     
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    You got me all intrigued now - what on earth did he try and describe to you??

     
  8. abergdahl

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    I have owned a Skrydstrup and it is an amazing amp. It's extremely versatile with boost and mid boost both on the clean and the OD setting it has three levels of drives in the clean settings and 3 in od mode. (like Dumbles it is really an one channel amp where you can switch in the OD in series with the rest of the amp)
    So basically i preferred setting the clean to have a LITTLE bit of hair, the i could turn the guitars volume down slightly to get totally clean rhythm, and the in five steps go to VERY MUCH gain At the moment i choose to keep my Mystic Blues since it was more to my taste. The Skrydstrup sounded a bit more generic, the mystic was more extreme. So if I would have needed GREAT tones for rock and fusion i would have kept the Skrydstrup, it is a true professionals amp in every aspect. I hear some Marshall flavor in it which made it very suitable for rock/fusion style tones.
    Steen is a very nice guy to deal with, I visitied his workshop before buying and got the story behind the amp. Steen loved RF tones and wanted an amp that could come close to that tone but be a bit more versatile. He did some serious experimenting before getting everything just right. It is a PCB (circuit board) amp, Steen settled on a layout he liked sound wise and he can be much more consistent this way. Still his VERY picky with components, today many components are measuring of it's values. In non audio circuits it doesnt really matter but for his application he test every component to make sure it is alright for his application. That is a very time consuming task which not all amp builders do.
    SO conclusion is Skrydstrup is HIGHLY recommended.
     
  9. Woodyworld

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    abergdahl,

    Forgive my ignorance but what do you mean by PCP amp. Do you mean PCB?? PCB rather than Hand wired or something else entirely.........

     
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    :jo PCP = Printed circuit board
    Sorry tired and to much work...:messedup
     
  11. Woodyworld

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    Hehee no worries mate.

    I thought It was was some new mojo I had never heard of before!!

     

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