What's your favorite channel-switching amp?

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  1. mbratch

    mbratch Member

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    I've got to tell ya... I really love my NAU Engineering amp. It has a Super Reverb sounding clean channel, and a Marshall/Modern high gain channel. Then there's a "bonus switch" that rolls back the gain on channel 2 to give that break-up sound. All great tones. I am really hooked on the versatility.

    So what's your favorite channel switcher, ones that you like AT LEAST TWO channel choices (I've seen many who like the clean channel but are so-so on the gain channel, so those don't count). :D
     
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    Two Rock CR or Bogner XTC or Fuchs ODS
     
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    My Bogner XTC and Two Rock CR. Although the Two Rock is cascaded shared EQ/Boost, so the Boggy is definatly more versitle.
     
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    Dabeck Custom 50. Two completely separate channels (each have vol1, vol2, master, bass/mid/high) with one like a jmp (parallel pre-amps) and the other like a good JCM-800 (series pre-amps).
     
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    I have not heard of this amp, how about some more info.

    Thanks,
    dk
     
  8. mbratch

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    John Nau lives in Chili, NY and is to amp building what a tailor is to clothing. You tell him what you want your amp to sound and act like and he builds one. He's not as well-known as the boutique makers.

    The amp I have I bought used. It is a 1x12 combo, 50Watts, with a pentode/triode 1/2 power switch. Has 2 x 6L6 power tubes, 12AX7 preamp tubes, tubes for the reverb circuit, and SS rectifier. Two independent channels:

    CLEAN CHANNEL:
    Volume / Bass / Mid / Treble
    Voiced/designed like a Fender super reverb
    NO master volume on this channel

    GAIN CHANNEL:
    Gain / Bass / Mid / Treble / Master1 / Gain2 / Master2
    Voiced somewhat Marshall-like, modern high gain
    Master1 controls the master volume of the high gain path. Gain2 and Master2 gives a different sound (separately footswitch selectable) that allows you to get a different level of gain, usually less.

    COMMON:
    Reverb / Presence / Resonance
    (Resonance makes it sound "fatter"
    Footswitch has two switches: chan 1 or 2 select, and gain 1 or 2 select (for chan 2)
     
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    but I'm partial to the Bogner XTC 101B
     
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    Today it's an Electroplex Rocket 90. Most days it would be a 100 Watt Rivera Rake Reverb. Some days it is a 100 Watt Demeter TGA-3, and some other days it is a 100 Watt Dumble Overdrive Special.
     
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    I also have a Nau two channel amp John built for me a couple years back that I love.
    Had him build a stand alone reverb tank this year that is fabulous, best I've heard. Just pick up a clean boost from him that is the most transparent pedal I own. His prices for taylor built point to point gear is amazing. He will sit down and tweek your amp untill it sounds exactly like you want to, can't say enough about John.
    Also love my Budda SD 80, both channels just sing.
     
  14. Badger71

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    My MK IV.....but I do like ALOT of others that are out there.
     
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    Right now I am really diggin' the Egnater MOD100.

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    It's interesting that I should run across this thread. I mainly lurk, but last week, I sat down with John Nau to go over the specs on the new amp he's building for me. I just had to post about the amp-to-be.

    Mine is a two channel amp with a Blackface clean channel with a Tweed Bassman-ish/Plexi lead channel. It's a 2x6V6 amp with a 1/2 power switch and a few other twists. Now all I have to do is wait.

    In my dreams it sounds fantastic!:AOK
     
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    I forgot to mention that John is only building the chassis because I'm building the head and matching cab from some gorgeous black walnut I had sawn up after being felled in my yard many years ago. I'm thinking of using wheat grill cloth or maybe cane like the old Boogies.
     
  19. alguit

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    My Carr Slant 6V is pretty incredible: a shimmering, BF Deluxe-like clean channel and a 50-watt Marshall lead channel. The channels share only the output power stage, and each is terrific. And, since I installed a Scumbag H-55 into the cab a few days ago (I've got to post a separate thread on THAT one day soon), I love it even more!

    My Bad Cat Hot Cat is pretty great too, but I need to crank it more than the Carr to tap into its richer tones.
     
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    My Cornford Hellcat ...2 Channels, Amazing!!! :AOK :AOK :AOK
     

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