Check out www.tophatamps.com/forum/ for LOTS of great info and LOTS of opinions....don't know which would be more helpful...Originally posted by dehughes
They are FANTASTIC values on the used market. I've owned two so far (both purchased new), and they both have been great. Balanced, powerfull, fantastic....I could go on and on, but I'm hungry and need to eat something first....
I've had one for about 3 months and really really like it. Great Marshall tones with that TopHat sweetness, much better for me than the '78 2150 100w combo I sold to get it. It's a deceptively simple amp, with a basic EQ, two "gain stage" modes and a couple of toggles you can get everything from fat JTM45-ish tones to Plexi to metal panel to modded JCM800. I actually had two (one old, one new) and recently sold the newer one to a guy who emailed me and said that the Emplex in Modern mode made his modded JCM800 "sound like a toy".Originally posted by IPlayHamers
I have seen a few of these heads for sale lately and they seem to be really good values on the used market. What do some of you think about it? Like it? Hate it? Let me know.
I'm doing well with the GT Mullards, EI, and EH preamp tubes, but will be trying some Svetlana EL84s and some KT-66s soon...Originally posted by CliffC
Brian designs his amps to sound their best with your basic
over the counter common tubes. NOS tubes, I have found,
are not the way to go with TopHats.