What about Star Amps?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Mrjoelv, May 12, 2006.

  1. Mrjoelv

    Mrjoelv Member

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    Anybody have any experience with Mark Sampson's "Star" Amp line? I was checking out his web site and figured I would ask.
     
  2. ChazMania

    ChazMania Silver Supporting Member

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    I had a GainStar, 30wt combo for a few months. 2 channel amp, great chimey cleans, and if pushed loud (louder than my context allows) the gain was great. At the volumes I play in a band context, the gain was buzzy imo. Very solid build.
     
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    Thanks, it sounds like the lower watt version might be a better choice for me. Have you played the Blues Star?
     
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    ChazMania Silver Supporting Member

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    No, sorry, never played any other Star amps other than mentioned above.
     
  5. NyteOwl

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    I picked up a GainStar 30 a few months back, but can't recall from who; was it yours? Nice amp but I prefer my `96 Chieftain so the GainStar's on eBay right now.
     
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    I think it was mine. I owned 3 different ones, 2 1 x12's and one head and 2 x 12 cab combo. Great amps but just wasn't my sound.

    Chuck
     
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    nifty...just put a bid in. :)

    dave
     
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    I don't think so, Chuck, unless I got it from someone you sold to. I did buy your PRS Hollowbody last year, though.
     
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    I have a gainStar 15 and honestly think it's my favorite amp I've owned (Two Rock-Bogner-Bruno-Carr-Rivera-Egnator-Fender-Dr. Z . . . . ).

    I put a little clean channel clip up a while back . .check it out and see if it suits you. I would disagree that the gain channel is buzzy, in fact to me it sounds very dark and mid-heavy . . . .which I like a lot. The build quality seems on par or surpassing anything I've seen in the PTP world (I do open the chassis up just out of curiosity). I used to gig with heads and 2x12 cabs but I think the GainStar fills up a room just about as well, it has a pretty stout low end. This amp has more harmonic complexity than anything I've run through.

    I think if Marks company does not do well it's because of pretty limited marketing . . . the amps are killers IMO.
     
  10. Tony Foran

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    Aren't they very similar to a Hot Cat? If so,they need to be cranked for the amp to perform correctly. Definitely not a bedroom/basement amp.
     
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    Oh yeah that is what it was. I knew I sold you something.

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    You'd have sold me a lot more stuff if I hadn't reined myself in. My GAS was really out of control there for a while.
     

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