Marshall JCM 900 SL-X (sounded like a fuzz box) and Hook Captain (great cleans but the overdrive channels not tight, too dark and no bottom)
You're hearing a very compressed recording on YouTube; and who knows what microphone the demonstrator used?..... just sold an AC15HW , people love them, but for some reason I expected more, Top Boost didn't sound like the Youtube demos I heard
That's the kind of story that I wish I could say happened to meMy worst amp was a 1966 AC30 that I bought new from Manny’s in New York. The second gig I used it for was opening for the Blues Magoos at the Night Owl Café in Greenwich Village. It started to emit smoke and quickly caught on fire during the first set my band was playing. Many people in the audience cheered, thinking this was performance art. I was not amused when Joe Marra, the owner of the Night Owl, asked me if I could do that at every performance. Manny’s graciously took it back, and I left the store with a 1966 Super Reverb that I used for many years. The Mesa Blue Angel I had was also a terrible amp, but at least it never caught on fire, although sometimes I wished it had.
I bought a Roadster head because it looked on paper to be exactly what I wanted. I did NOT like it, but looking back I realize that might have been a bad speaker pairing. If I'd had a Mesa Recto 212 or 412, the story may have been different, but I had a Marshall 1960A with T75s...and that was the wrong match for that amp.The most immediate instant DISAPPOINTMENT with a new amp purchase ?
-Mesa Roadster 1x12 combo
Well put.My amp disappointments are nearly always when I try to make an amp sound like something that it isn't designed to be. Not that they're bad amps, but my expectations aren't properly set.