Valvetech Love

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by skintknuckle, Feb 16, 2008.


  1. skintknuckle

    skintknuckle Supporting Member

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    Just bought one of Rob's amp. It is used but it has been kept very clean. The VAC is an amazing amp. It is hard to believe they don't get more press. Even new they are quite a bargain. Eamiled Rob with questions after I got it home. He answered immediately. I am impressed. When it looks so good, does it need to sound good anyway?!? :NUTS It sounds GREAT...many many tones can be accomplished with a few knob twist...quite versatile. Does anyone else have a VAC or a Hayseed?

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  2. pyramids

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    on the verge of ordering a hayseed 30 after being disappointed/shocked as i watch my ac30cc2x fall apart
     
  3. theinteriorleag

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    Glad you got it connected up and are enjoying it, Wade!

    Didn't know you were on here.:AOK
     
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  5. Axemeister

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    I was watching that amp and I knew that somebody was going to grab it.. If you are just getting familar with it you will find a bunch of possibilities. It has its own thing going on, and its ability to go from Tweedy to modern OD in its own way is really great.

    There are plenty of Valvetech fans around here. I just got my VAC22 back from Rob with the latest updates. The original VAC is an incredible amp, and Rob handcrafts each one. It would be a great amp at any price, but the fact that Valvetech's are so affordable is a nice bonus.
     
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    Hi,
    If anyone has a VAC built before 03 07 or before serial number 356, you REALLY should get the last upgrade.
    Tonequest is doing review a VAC 25, I sent them the amp, dont know what issue the actual review will be in.
    Rob
     
  7. skeeterbuck

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    I think what happen is when Rob came out with the Hayseed 30, it received so much good press that it overshadowed the VAC.

    As a Hayseed 30 owner who just installed the Alwood mod, I can understand why. Robs amps and very nice for the price.
     
  8. teefus

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    lots of valvetech love here.........

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    I love my Hayseed 30 and would have no problem buying another amp from Rob! Great guy to deal with. Great products, great prices. I'd like to get a 1x12 VAC from him someday.

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  10. Axemeister

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    Hi Rob, I am just curious, are you now calling the original VAC a 25 watter, rather than a 22 watter, or did you change specs in some way?
     
  11. tralfax19645

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    Hi,
    It has always had a 25 watt OT. I used 22 watts for the rating because thats what a FDR is generally rated at, and I would tell folks the VAC is about the same volume as those amps.
    Rob
     
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    Lately I've been thinking about ditching my Classic 30 and getting a Hayseed since the Vox sound is really what I'm after. Though I'm gravitating towards the Hayseed 15 112, the Hayseed 30 112 is also an option. I mostly play at home but I've done stuff at church before as well, so I'd like an amp that could hang in a live situation as well. Which would you guys consider the better option? And how much do these things cost exactly, anyway? I seem to recall the price being around $1000 for a 1x12 combo.
     
  13. The Pup

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    Less expensive and easier to carry. Although, you would have to pry my Hayseed 30 2x12 combo with matching 2x12 extension cab out of my cold dead hands!

    I run my Hayseed 30 in 15w mode almost exclusively, except for five vintage guitars that have very sweet, but lower output pickups. I love those guitars and they need the full 30w and all of it's Class AB1 glory!

    I also run my 4x12 Hayseed stack with a Marshall 4x12 on occasion...it's the best of both worlds!

    P.S. I somewhat regretfully traded my VAC 25 head for an early '70's 50w small box...that VAC is a very versatile amp.
     
  14. skintknuckle

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    Played the Valvetech VAC at practice tonight. We play ZZ, Stones, Otis Redding, Beatles, etc. The amp cuts thru excellent, tone was outstanding, plenty loud. It is actually quite amazing how little the tone changes when I use my volume pedal. Highly recommended amp. Not sure how big Rob's backlog is but it oughta be years.
     
  15. ChazMania

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    Hayseeds are cool amps. I had a 30 watt 2x12 for awhile. It was a very cool amp, especially blending the channels.
     
  16. The Pup

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    The high gain distortion of the VAC is inspired by the Mesa Retco style amps.

    Serious gain for such a little 6V6 package.
     
  17. Axemeister

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    To all Valvetech owners...if your original VAC has not had Rob's so-called last mod to current specs I suggest doing so. It makes a great amp even better.
     
  18. teefus

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    i haven't played the valvetech teefus special (b+w head in previous photo) in awhile because i have been dialing in the w+b head and the red vac50. i recently rec'd a wolfetone greywolf bridge pickup to put into the hamer 25th anniversary and needed to check it out and make sure it was the right choice. i also had recently rec'd my eventide timefactor back from the shield install and needed to check it out too. my wife and son had a swim party to go to last night so add it all up and it was a super loud tone-fest. i couldn't be happier with all 3 pieces right now and the valvetech is definitely one of the best sounding amps i have ever heard or played through. it can do an amazing range of gain and tones in a very easy to dial in head. it has enough gain to go into heavier music and fits right into the classic rock genre with both gains just north of 12 o'clock. when the master gets past 9 o'clock is when the magic starts and this level is right about 4 piece band practice level. you can get some flat out amazing tones at stage volume level/playing out level.
     

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