Who still owns a Soldano Hot Rod 25?

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  1. jlb32

    jlb32 Member

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    Thoughts?

    I'm still loving mine but seems it's not a amp that is talked about alot here.
     
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    jdel77 Silver Supporting Member

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    I've played one. Sounds good, but seems to be just another ship in a sea of high gain Marshall variations.
     
  3. JB6464

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    ^^^^
    A Soldano is not even close to the tone and feel of a real Marshall .
    It's nothing more than a hot rodded RCA/Fender circuit with a high gain preamp design and a clean defined power section .
    Try getting that kind of power section and feel out of a Marshall .
    Playing one and owning one is two different ball games all together , I've owned multiple Marshall and Soldano amps and there's a big difference .
     
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  4. lowpaygigs

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    Tgp is not an accurate picture of the broader guitar community. Enjoy that great amp!
     
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  5. jlb32

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    I definitely enjoy it. One of my favorite amps ever so far.
     
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    Braciola Silver Supporting Member

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    Incorrect.
    Mike designed The Hot Rod 25 differently the other Soldanos.
    BTW, I just picked up a Hot Rod 25 and it's easily one of of the very best amps I've played.

     
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    It's a Hot Rod 50+ in a short chassis with the power section knocked down to 25w .
    Two things different , a one piece PCB design and he moved the loop to post EQ.
    Other than that it still has the Hot Rod layout spec wise but with all tube seats mounted to PCB .
    And that's straight from Mike per phone conversation .
     
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    That may be true but for whatever reason the HR25 seems to have a different vibe than the other Hot Rods IMO. Playing the HR25, SLO and HR50 plus all in one sitting, the HR25 and SLO sounded almost identical (expect for volume). They had a meaner, clearer tone. The HR50 plus had a different character but also sounded great.
     
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    I think the HR25 has a unique tone with the power section knocked down that's for sure . :aok
    Yea the original HR50's sound different than the 50+ and 100+ amps , that's for sure .
    I like the HR25 tones but i also like the power section of my HR100+ with MM iron , so i'm on the fence about getting one .
    If i find one with the right price used i may jump on one.
    I would love to hook two of them in stereo and let it rip , bet it would be awesome .
     
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    Hot Rods ain't SLO's.

     
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    Braciola Silver Supporting Member

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    Hot Rod 25 - Gotta love folks who have strong opinions on amps they've never actually played themselves :nuts
    Speculate all you wan't, this amp is no little brother to a Hot Rod 50/100.......It's in a different class. It's sounds/feels WAY better.
    If anything, it should have been called a mini SLO...... but IMHO, I think the Hot Rod 25 sounds even better.
     
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    Always wanted to try one of these guys out, sound fantastic.
     
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    You're right, but I've owned both and I preferred the Hot Rod.
     
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    I never said they were .
    I've owned both and like both , but i still have my 98 HR100+ and it still puts a smile on my face :aok.
     
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    What kind of cab and speakers you using?
     
  16. jlb32

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    That's weird. Mine seems to really open up when the master hits the 4-7 range. Anything above 4 on the master and it really starts pushing hard on the overdrive channel. I've played a few decent sized gigs with mine and never had to have the master over 7-8.

    That's what I love about it over the 100W SLO. You don't need ear bleed volume to really push it and get that killer tone. I actually preferred the HR25 over the SLO when I was testing them side by side. Hence the reason I bought it over a SLO.
     
  17. Braciola

    Braciola Silver Supporting Member

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    huh? :crazy
     
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    Braciola Silver Supporting Member

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    Well come on, you can't drop a bomb like that and not expect a response.
    FWIW, there are more posts I've been sorry I brought up than I care to count.
    It's all good though, I'm sure someone gets what the hell we're talking about now and then :D
     
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    That's cool,.... so stand by your observations instead of copping out with "sorry I brought it up"
     
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    I had one and loved it..
    Had an HR50 years ago and the HR25 is definitely a bit sweeter sounding.

    The only reason I moved off of it was I wanted a 3rd, clean channel and bought a Carol Ann Tucana 3r
     

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