Why Are SLO's so expensive?

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  1. MGuts

    MGuts Supporting Member

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    I'm going to see Gov't Mule in November so I was watching some videos on Youtube. Hearing Warren Haynes' tone made me interested in the amps he was using. I always knew they were expensive and recently a fellow form member told me just how much they are. I understand it's a great amp and is handbuilt, but why is it that expensive? I guess that might be a dumb question, but I see plenty of other handbuilt amps around the 2k mark. Can I get that tone I heard on those videos out of the Avenger which is less than half the price of its bigger brother, the SLO?
     
  2. sir muttley

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    You can get close, but IMO, only a SLO sounds like a SLO. Perhaps it has to do with the hi-fi transformers from DeYoung? The SLO is the only Soldano that has them. Who knows?
     
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    Oh okay. I was under the impression that the Avenger had the same transformer as the SLO, just one channel.
     
  4. highrise

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    Nope, the Avenger uses MerMag tranny's IIRC.

    You could see about having a clone built...should cost about the same as an Avenger.

    I've heard on the SloClone forums that a New Sensor Marshall Replacement OTranny sounds better than the DeYoung's.


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  5. MGuts

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    I'm gonna check that out that SloClone board. Thanks for the help.
     
  6. The Last Rebel

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    I'd like to piggyback on this thread and I'd like to make it more specific. Why exactly are SLO's so expensive? Most other high-gain, two channel heads are in the 2-3k range. What makes the SLO worth nearly $1000 more?
     
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    Glad to know I'm not the only one wondering this
     
  8. Wizard of Ozz

    Wizard of Ozz Silver Supporting Member

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    Buy used... $3400 or thereabouts for a new (no mods) stock SLO seems steep to me as well.
     
  9. sir muttley

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    Also check out Bud Purvine at O-Netics. He makes hi-fi transformers that are touted to be similar to the DeYoungs.

    I called DeYoung once to inquire about obtaining the SLO transformer and they would not sell me one because they are proprietary to Soldano. They, in turn, referred me to O-Netics.

    I never followed up.
     
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    $3740.00 (before shipping) actually, and worth every penny IMO.
     
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    Did you get the WH mod on yours? Do you know how much that costs?
     
  12. aleclee

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    In addition to the DeYoung trannies, they use milspec pots and top shelf everything. Factor in the cost of backing up a lifetime warranty and you have a pricey piece of kit.
     
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    GC in lubbock has one for 2300 clean as a whistle. guy traded it in for a bogner line6 thing? what an idiot!
     
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    All of the mods are $150 on top of the $3740 base price. I decided to get mine bone stock the way Soldano designed it 21 years ago. That said, I obviously can't speak to the worth of any of the mods. I know a lot of guys like the depth and Haynes mods. I just wanted mine to be as close to the original one I had years ago. Would I change anything about my SLO...? Not a chance!!!! - I love it just the way it is. I use the crunch side of the clean channel and the second channel. I very rarely use a clean tone to begin with. I like the clean channel but I have found that the crunch side of it makes it much fuller and sounds much better (IMO). The second channel is legendary for a reason. If you are able to get the amp up around 1:00 or 2:00, it is simply a beast. However, at that point, you better not be playing in your bedroom - your neighbors will hate you - LOL!!!
     
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    I have a 5-option SLO and it is an incredible amp. It was super-expensive, but if you can swing it, it's worth it. The lead channel is incredible and the clean/crunch channel is really versatile and packed with great tones too. It's the amp that ended my amp gas (I think;)).
     
  17. soldano16

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    There are amps out there today that cost double what an SLO costs.
     
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    yup.
     
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  20. riffmeister

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    The SLO is not expensive.......it's those TWO ROCK amps that are way too expensive!

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