To replace Katana or not?

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  1. Doomrider78

    Doomrider78 Member

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    I'd be interested in a TMDR, if they generally take pedals well. Perhaps I'll try one out next time I'm at the store.

    I'm also wondering about the Blues Junior iv Tweed.

    Thanks for the input. I think I'd need to try one out. The trouble is no one near me stocks them.
     
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  2. Jabby92

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    A Katana or other SS amp is totally fine for a practice amp or even a backup amp for gigging. I'm not crazy for its overdrive/distortion tones, but its still reasonable and gets the job done. As far as SS amps go, I personally prefer Quilter for both practicing and gigs as I find they have more dynamics and are louder.. but the Boss stuff is still good.
     
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    Yeah, I'm not knocking the Boss gear at all, just musing on simplifying things a wee bit: There's something appealing about a simple, good sounding clean amp with pedals out front. Of course, there's GAS at work as well :eek::D
     
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    Yeah, if you're after that, IMO Quilter is a top choice. His amps are basically designed to be that. Light, portable, simple and can sound great quiet or loud in a band:

     
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    I had a Katana 50 for a while and liked it just fine. After about 30 minutes tweaking the global eq on the computer, I really liked it. I used it mic'ed for my P&W gig. Took pedals well too. About a month ago, I got rid of it and got a Fender Super Champ X2. Same story as the Kat. Cool little amp, but great once I spent a little while with the software (which Fender no longer supports, but it still works). I think it sounds really good at bedroom volumes. Haven't used it at the P&W gig yet, but suspect it'll be just fine. I did play it at my classic rock band practice and at higher volumes it starts to sound small and boxy tho. YMMV and all IMHO.
     
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    Tonight I decided to put my Katana to one side and started using my Marshall DSL40CR, at least for a while. Damn, it feels nice to play through a tube amp again, even at low [tv] volume (which the DSL is pretty good at). If jamming starts up again, perhaps I may have to get a baby DSL amp for home use :cool:
     
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    another vote for the Origin, I bought one a few weeks ago to let my 2203 have a rest and with a good set of tubes and a nice speaker is a killer amp for the price. Lots of nice features with a kind of vintage vibe, power tubes are plug 'n' play and the price lice is a steal
     
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    I play in Key West at The Hogs Breath (During normal times).
    The house amp is a Katana.
    It works great as a pedal platform.
    So like others have said, just ignore that horrible dist and other options on the Katana that you don't need.

    I'm a big fan of the Roland Blues Cube Hot British el84 vs, not to be confused with the normal 6v6 voiced version.
     
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