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Who will build the next Dumble?

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Goo Fighters

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Or in other words, what company will next build an (accessible!) amp that will surpass the legendary tones and status of the Dumble amp, and what do you think the tonal qualities and features of this amp might be? I don't believe anything is ever perfect, and thus there is always room for improvement...

:munch
 

lukeII

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Dumble amps have never been accessible even when they were being more actively built they were really only available to select players that were either already famous, that Howard Alexander liked or to those that could pay the premium for getting them. I don't think there is any builder really around today that has that ethos (just doesn't work as a business model). As regards tones that equal or surpass a Dumble (in that genre) it would be hard for me to say since I've never played a Dumble however a few that have rave about Two Rocks, Bludo and the like and I would tend to agree. However I think that the chance that my classic reverb will be worth ten of thousands of dollars at any point in the future is extremely unlikely.

As far as other amps (othe than Dumble types) that I think are of incredible quality and should be upheld as collectible amps in the future I think that Bruno, Divided by 13 and Matchless will have that status
 

rob2001

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Ambitions that transcend the game are very rare. It's like asking...who will be the next Michael Jordan, the next MJ, the next Hendrix.

But an amp like this is even more bizarre....80% of the guitarists in the world have no idea what a Dumble is, much less what one sounds like with their guitar plugged into it.

Sorry, but in other words...kind of a silly question. Yet I still took the time to reply......:huh
 

stratovarius

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Columbus: Who will be the next to discover America?

You can't separate the time and place from a legend.
 

Dog Boy

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I don't think its a silly question but its one that will probably have an answer that no one thought of.

That said I think Luke11 is on to something when he lists Bruno and Matchless as future collectables. I would just add one more to his list...the Mesa Mark 2 c+. It has done nothing but go up in price, its a superb sounding amp that has stood the test of time and it looks like they ain't gonna make anymore. All the hallmarks are there not the least of which is MOJO.
 

Rock72

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Columbus: Who will be the next to discover America?

You can't separate the time and place from a legend.
And even Columbus came 500 years after Eric and his viking crew to Vineland...much like HAD came after Leo. Or? Maybe I'm all wrong...
 

NFB

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But an amp like this is even more bizarre....80% of the guitarists in the world have no idea what a Dumble is,
80% and decreasing quickly......before you know it.....all will want a Dumble
 

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Or in other words, what company will next build an (accessible!) amp that will surpass the legendary tones and status of the Dumble amp, and what do you think the tonal qualities and features of this amp might be? I don't believe anything is ever perfect, and thus there is always room for improvement...

:munch

When placed in the right hands, there are many examples of current production and boutique amps that sound as good or better than the legendary dumble tones. It's the sum of the parts that make an amplifier sound good, one key part is the person behind the wheel. Just take a scroll through the member sound clips pages and you find some of the best recorded tones around. Some are made with run of mill stuff that can be had at any music store for way less than Boutique prices.

For example I have access to a Dumbe ODS100 HRM. It is a fine sounding amplifier, sounds better when the owner plays it as apposed to me. IMHO I sound better through a Komet K19, it suites me better. So in this example I would say Komet has surpassed the Legendary Dumble tones for me. So my point is play your guitar get better and you find an amplifier that complements your playing style.

Do you think this kid cares if someone has surpassed the legendary Dumble tones. Give him a strat and a Fender HRD in 10 years and he will sound better than 75% of TGP on their boutique gear, myself included.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odETzh1qWRg&feature=player_embedded
 

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this is impossible to answer. so many factors come into play that have nothing to do with talent or hard work. still, questions like this are fun. i think alan phillips of carol ann could be the next dumble, not because he's building clones (he isn't and won't), but because his amps are extremely versatile, and in every area of their versatility they are superb. the sound of these amps combined with their feel and responsiveness, make them absolutely exceptional. i have and od2 100 on order and even at home levels thing thing sound better than any amp i've ever played (i've played many). and live volume levels, this amps is even better by at least 1000 times better, IMO.

time will tell, but i'm not waiting! i've got an od2 100 6l6 already, a revo 100 on order. that should cover everything for me, but you know us guitarists! enough is never enough!
 

Thwap

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Whoever dies, or quits making whatever they're making now.

It'll take a while for the internet hype to bring whatever it is up to that status...but it'll happen at some point.
 

jnug

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Ambitions that transcend the game are very rare. It's like asking...who will be the next Michael Jordan, the next MJ, the next Hendrix.

But an amp like this is even more bizarre....80% of the guitarists in the world have no idea what a Dumble is, much less what one sounds like with their guitar plugged into it.

Sorry, but in other words...kind of a silly question. Yet I still took the time to reply......:huh
i agree, the question should be "who will build the next amp that future TGPer's will hold at Dumble status?"

my uncle is a Robben Ford fan and he had no idea what a Dumble was until i told him about them, he always thought he used some sort of fender amp because that's what he used when he saw him do a clinic.:huh

most people don't care about gear like we do. i wonder if the question was asked to every musician out there what amp is know for legendary tone, a vintage Marshal, vintage Fender, or a vintage Dumble, what the answer would be?:dunno

i think only a small amount of people look at Dumbles as having legendary tone. Dumble didn't make an impact on the music world like Marshal and Fender:hide

please don't flame i like Dumbles and their clones, i just don't think they carry a legendary status with the rest of the world
 

big mike

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I think "Ride Like The Wind" by Christopher Cross for thos old enough to remember
ArnieZ

yup.

Anything with slide on a jackson browne album... Running on Empty I think would qualify.

Also about 80 #1's Lukather was on in that era. I'm not sure, but could be Breakdown Dead Ahead by Bozz Skaggs, but I'm not certain. Probably the Lionel Richie stuff too.

But I'm 1000% certain on Roseanna. So I believe Africa should qualify off that same album.
 
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