TopHat Emplexador II Formally Dressed in Black

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  1. Groovey Records

    Groovey Records Member

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    I bought this TopHat Emplexador II back the first week of January and had it by January 10th. At the same time I special ordered a different Face for the Head Cab. Something a little more suited for a Mint 20 year old Marshall 1960A Slant 4X12.

    It got here this week

    Now we are Smokin

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  2. riffmeister

    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    That is the look I wanted when the new design first came out. Black on black is about as good as it gets!

    Congrats and keep the volume controls on that amp at 2 oclock or more!! :D
     
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    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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    Awesome! That's an amazing look!
     
  5. slipslick

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    Way better looking than the "stock" look IMHO. Looks great!
     
  6. J.T. Guitar

    J.T. Guitar Platinum Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Nice amp, and nice look... Not to go flame up your thread; But I played one a couple of weeks ago. While it sounded good, it didn't seem to have any fundamental low end or punch like the real Marshalls of old. Did I play a bad one?
     
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    Interesting. I don't have a Mk II model - but do have the prior "block" logo 50w Emplexador. IMO, plenty of low end. As much as any of my old Marshalls. Maybe the tubes were a bit worn?
     
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    J.T. Guitar Platinum Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Maybe something was wrong?
     
  9. enharmonic

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    Now we're cooking with oil! :dude

    Much prefer that config to the two-tone. Need to get my hands on a MkII.
     
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    Oh yeah,MUCH better looking. Probably sounds better now,too!
     
  11. Groovey Records

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    Plenty of low end here, your experience could depend on so many variables speakers, cab, configuration, room. The Settings are hyper interactive and Riff no worries although I try different settings my master is more then likely set at 5pm with a little gain in classic mode.

    Right now I have two current Celestion Greenbacks on top and two 12H30's on the bottom.

    I have two Mullard 1963 double halo EL 34's and three early Mullard 1960's 12ax7s too drop in tomorrow morning

    Thanks for the comments and Mockoman I think your right LOL

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    Great looking amp. I bought one of the last MK2s available in the block logo case. I actually like yours better.

    These are indeed killer sounding amps! I run mine through a Marshall 4X12/greenbacks. Just love it.
     
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    Today I am retubing this Amp with some choice early 60's Mullard EL 34's xfs2 double halo's and three 12ax7's one of which is balnced for the PI circuit.

    Full tone report to follow in a couple of days after tube break in.

    Then next on the list is Tone Tubby Hemp Cones
    or Scumico / Tone Tubby in tandem pairs top and bottom

    I have been playing the amp almost 7 24 for three weeks since I ordered the new NOS tubes. Just to get the settings and the amps full range burned in my bones so I can Judge this new Spare No Expense upgrade. I think if it is as dramatic as when I did the same for my Supreme 16 it will be money well spent.

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    I wouldn't waste an expensive mullard at the PI slot.

    That's more of a function tube than a tone tube, so I would use a
    cheaper alternative that still has balanced triodes for your PI.

    Actually if you're not running the MV wide-open and pushing the
    power tubes [as a rule] then, it might be a moot issue ?
     
  16. riffmeister

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    I ran these in my Emplexador for a while:

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    Certainly very nice, but I thought Svetlanas were just as good.

    However, these made a big difference in the sound of the amp:

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    I usually have the MV at 4pm or better, I just keep the gain low on fat in classic mode mostly. I can play as loud as I want at home 24 7.

    Although I have only an hour or two burn time on the new tubes I put a current Tung Sol back in PI and then a ANOS 70's Mullard 12ax7 as well.

    My opinion... the tube adds tone even with only two hours breakin. Is a balanced triode a factor in the sound? Brian thinks so, he says his circuit is as balanced as he can get it and the PI being balanced makes a difference.

    I understand you say a less expensive balanced triode woud work as well but...

    I like the synergy of all three tubes being of the same construction and metalurgic content with the same getter. I could of gone with a less in demand tube for less money. However now I have establised a shop standard base line so to speak to compare all other tubes against.

    1963 and 64 are pretty good years

    I hear a difference in the sound after two hours but its still tight and constipated. The Amp needs much more time, all the tubes are brand new condition.

    I have them biased at 34.4 and 35.3ma @ 463 PV. I may go up to 37/38 after a 2nd bias check when they are well burned in. I will need to know the sound of this configuration better before I decide with my ears.

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    PS the 1959 EZ81 rectifier in my Supreme 16 made the biggest sound difference, the amp simply works differently now.

    pps when I pwer down and power up I always bring the amp to before noon till every thing is good and warmmm
     
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    Wow ... I would have bought one last Fall if I new that color scheme was an option ... also to match my black cabs ... great idea, looks killer with the gold piping.
     
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    Sweet Looking Emplex Groovey! :)

    While I agree with you that this color scheme is much better looking than the standard color scheme, are you saying that the standard look is that offensive to you that you didn't buy one for that reason and that reason only? :confused:

    Hell, I'd have bought one if it was Pink with Purple Polka Dots. It's all about the tones for me and the Emplex has them in spades! I've had mine since July and it never fails to amaze me! Just an incredible sounding amp at any volume level!
     
  20. decay-o-caster

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    I must be weird - I love the stock color scheme. Like your new black-on-black too, but I'm fine with them the way they come from TH Intergalactic HQ. And the tone is so good, I have sort of forgotten about swapping tubes, but I really ought to give that a try too.
     

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