To replace Katana or not?

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  1. Doomrider78

    Doomrider78 Member

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    Thanks for that. Funny you mention the Tone Master as I have become TM-curious recently. I like where they're going with those amps.

    I already have a DSL40CR, so I'm familiar with that range. it's at home at the moment, but hopefully it'll get relocated to a practice space soon enough.
     
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    Fender TM are not at all versatile (just like their originals) but seem to have cloned the clean tones well.
    Good if you only want a clean pedal platform.
    I'd rather have a Roland Stage/Artist myself - more versatile.

    The Mesa Boogie's I listed are the rolls royce of low watt amps.
    And more versatile than a Katana also :D

    Tube amps don't have effects other than reverb (some have tremolo) but the effects on SS modeling amps are not usable anyway imo so they just get in the way. Tube spring reverb is the best though and better than any digital copy.
     
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    TBH I'm not really looking for versatility, just a good clean sound base to use OD and Distortion pedals with.
     
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    A DR is not a good platform for distortion IMPE/O. It’s actually quite a bad one.
     
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    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd go with a Quilter MicroPro Mach II HD.

    I tried a Katana and really didn't like it. To me it sounded boxy and solid state. The Quilter sounds like a tube amp.
     
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    You may be right. I was watching a video comparison last night and the Boss Nextone seemed a much better option for using with pedals. I tried a Nextone out in a store last year and remember quite liking it.
     
  7. Doomrider78

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    Thanks for the suggestion but that's a 100w amp and I can't see any power attenuation: I hope the master volume works well :)
     
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    I would say stick with the Katana, b/c it can be a great pedal platform OR a stand alone "all-in-one" solution, and it sounds great at even low volumes, which most of your tube amps don't.
     
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    Practicality is so dreary when it comes to amplifiers.

    Necessary it may be, but dreary.

    That’s why amps like the Quilter may be great, but I’d never buy one. I have no desire and feel no excitement when they’re presented as an option.

    It’s a dreary amp.
     
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    I have heard that about Quilters, although many love them.

    I'm tempted to try the Origin 20h in my local store. I originally discounted it as it doesn't get grainy until pushed hard, but if I'm using pedals then that's not much of an issue.

    @caledoneus if I cant find a "better" alternative then I am fine with that.
     
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    I am in a similar situation as you, can only play at less than tv level and i ve been contemplating on getting the origin 20 combo for more than half a year.. I need a small tube amp that will play nicely at home, even if i m to get the drive from pedals. And like you, i don t see many choices that don t cost a fortune. Well, good luck!
     
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    Holy Fuuuk ..nice playing man, top notch !
     
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    Certainly, using pedals for gain opens up more options.
     
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    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Silver Supporting Member

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    The Master is excellent...state of the art.

    And solid state amps aren't like tube amps in that when you turn them down there isn't the same dramatic change in tone. One of the reasons I play through the Quilter to practice instead of my tube amps (that I truly love) is that at low and late night practice volumes the Quilter just sounds better.

    The nice thing about it being 100 watts is that you can take this little thing, plug it into an extension cab, even a 4x12, and have a very nice gig rig. I used it as a backup for my 90 watt Fryette Sig:X when I was gigging with it.

    Best of luck whatever you choose.
     
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    This is true, but I've found not all master volumes are created equal: The Orange 35rt I had went from zero to loud very quickly, and what in between there was sounded thin and fizzy.
     
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    I agree unless you find the right pedal, then it can be really cool. I found the Dirty Shirley overdrive to work really well with a DR. Same with Vox amps. Picky about what overdrives they like, but if you find the right one...
     
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    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Silver Supporting Member

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    I hear you.

    The master volume on the Quilter MicroPro 200 is quite linear. If you can get one with a return policy you can check it out for yourself without fear of being stuck with it. I got mine used and saved around $300.
     
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    Are you talking the original tube DR, or the new solid state Tone Master DR - or both ?
     
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    thnx guys!
     
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