Who makes this amp? Big Iron, Big Voice British flavored amp but... Compact!

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  1. buddaman71

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    Yup, looked at Victory also. Thought about the Sheriff but the transformers look about the same as the 3rd Power I had. Local store was getting some in, need to go try one.
     
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    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    i think the challenge is finding massive transformers in a compact/lightweight head. the RK is super cool and sounds great for blues/rock overdrive, especially with the boost engaged. digi verb sounds nice too. killer looking, toneful amp for those who like to use volume control as gain control.
     
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    Thanks for the vid! I had a Koch back in the day, the first version I guess. Greg Koch was pushing them later also. I never did gel with it and returned it to the dealer. It also didn't sound as good as your does...
     
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    Thanks, All the ingredients but huge. Played a Knucklehead for a few day when a guy in the band left one in my studio, great amp!
     
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    Thanks folks, think I've settled on Ceriatone or Carol Ann although probably be a while before I order something, got to sell some stuff!
     
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    I see you've already made up your mind, but the Fandango is a pretty compact head. The Knucklehead 55 is about the same size, the Knucklehead Tre is pretty big.

     
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    Saw one of these in the emporium, Anybody have any experience with FRENZEL? Looks like they do hand-wired custom builds in the US and their prices are amazing. This one has a Blackface (Deluxe) on one side and Plexi on the other that be hot rodded, loop added and pumped up to 40 watts etc...12 " wide Compact too!
    Does a push-pull circuit call for smaller trannies?
    https://www.frenzeltubeamps.com/deluxe-plus-525
    This is what I'm talkin' bout otherwise...just drop a monster tranny in this.


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    To me, this screams "Dr. Z Maz 18 or Maz 38" (depending on how much headroom you need)......The Mk.II version to be more exact.

    The Maz 18 is more than enough for me in my 3pc, and even with my 4pc last year, I never got the channel volume past 11:00 or the master above noon (usually it was also around 11:00).

     
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    I tried a used Maz 38 I saw at a local music store, man was it ever loud and clean! Not to say I'd never own an AC30 again but I'm just not looking for an EL84 amp this time around.
     
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    Made contact with Jim Frenzel, he got right back to me...impressive.

    The 40 watter comes with a 50 watt Marshall sized tranny!
    This is looking like a very serious last minute option.
     
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    I think this qualifies as transformer porn! Beware of too big transformers. They will have more heft in the tone, but can sacrifice bloom. Like everything else, it’s a trade off. I’m curious what it sounds like.

    My vote is the Carol Ann Tucana. 3 channels, buffered effects loop, big enough transformers and medium cab size.

    Big fan of Fargen as well. Check out the DBC50.
     
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    Yup, Carol Ann Tucana was a contender and the Fargen DB-50 looks great.
    The Fargen DBC-50 and the Frenzel Deluxe Plus 525 target the same era's but the Frenzel with it's 50 watt Marshall Tranny and all the pertinent bells/whistles in a 12 inch wide chassis for around $850 (w/promo) is crazy tempting!
     
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    Fwiw, I also have a Tucana 3 and love it to death ( I also have an OD2 which is wonderful as well) but it doesnt do the plexi marshall thing as convincingly as my Brunetti Pleximan. Its a little too modern and doesnt feel as squishy when you dig in. Dont get me wrong it is an awesome amp but when i am looking for Marshall Plexi type tones the Pleximan wins hands down.
     
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    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/i...r-a-review-of-my-reeves-custom-jimmy.1245730/
     
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    Pure Tone Amps (made in europe) makes replica of a JTM45.
    Only 6,5kg !
     
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    Holy crap! That's some serious iron.
     
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    Toroidal Xformers! Excellent. But not plexi,...

    I do love a demo without effects saturation.
     

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