I've got one on the way... Frankenstrat is selling off a bunch of nice/rare amps and this was amongst them. Haven't decided what to do about reverb yet... I typically use some reverb but can live without too. Maybe just try a pedal and see how it sounds? I was thinking maybe a smidgen of echo would work as well or better. But I guess I'd still need to decide if I need some sort of dumbleator. And if so which one. Time to start searching for "*ator" in the various dumbley threads huh? Or maybe just call the guys at VVT. I'm getting it used and don't want to impose on them since they aren't really benefiting from the sale but I'd be interested in their opinion since I gather they have pretty great ears.Just an update to what I've been able to gather from another member here about these amps: They are designed to be economical and portable and therefore have printed circuit boards. The 40 watt head only accepts small bottle 6L6 tubes, the combo has more room and can therefore accept full sized 6L6's. The master volumes work great on them.
A reasonably priced portable D style amp sounds like a great idea to me. The only real challenge to my mind (as with a lot of these style amps) is working around an amp with no reverb and a loop which many believe requires a Dumbleator?
As I said before, I used a very inexpensive Boss LS2 as a 'd-lator' interface, but recently forgot to bring it to band practice and just ran my ME70 in the loop without it. It seemed to work just fine. I suppose it all depends on exactly what you're putting in the loop, whether you need an interface. The ME70 levels and impedance must be compatible with the X-40's loop. Sweet. The only real challenge to my mind (as with a lot of these style amps) is working around an amp with no reverb and a loop which many believe requires a Dumbleator?