Wizard Amps

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  1. 20forSeven

    20forSeven Member

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    What makes the Wizard classic head any better than another marshall clone? Also where can I get a Wizard amp?
     
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    There's 2 or 3 for sale on this forum right now! Act fast!
     
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    The Wizard Classics AREN'T any better than a good Marshall clone, but remember , when they first came out in the early /mid 90's they wasn't all the competition such as Germino, Blockhead, etc..The rarity factor of these amps also plays into the "mojo". What i liked about them (i don't play Metal, or even hard rock, or loud big amps)was that you could plug into them and get a clear, balanced, clean tone (none of that murky Hi-gain clean channel bit) easily, then the amp morphs into a classic rock animal, then depending on your model, into somewhere else. Lots of growl.
    Is a Wizard Classic better than a Germino Club 40/55. etc.? Doubt it somehow, or if it is it's probably a slight difference. Certainly not worth twice the price to me . The "Rock" or "Metal" amps (names changed over the years) have more unique features and tones that deviate from the old vintage formula, and might be worth the big $$'s.
     
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    sound like..rather than close to it..ie germino..blockhead...the notes are definitely thicker with better natural sustain...i had my v/c combo fer sale..but only for financial reasons...its the bomb
     
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    If you did then your perspective would likely change.
     
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    right, now that's a good price for a very good amp. I just don't see how a Wizard Classic is worth twice what a Germino is. I've played a few Wizards, having lived in the Vancouver area (where they were made), and have been able to compare them to vintage Marshalls and Hiwatts. I'd rather have a really good plexi or DR for tone alone than a Wiz, but it's close. The Metal amp is the one that i liked best, but the models were always being tweaked and renamed, it seems, so one has yo go on an amp to amp basis.
     
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    Agreed, but I did grow up in the 60's and 70's when loud, big amps were the only way to be heard, so i'm not a stranger to volume and aggression. All we could afford were Traynors, but a dimed non master Traynor is LOUD.
     
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    The Modern Classic is much different than the Vintage Classic. It has the VC plus a very rich, gainy lead channel. Reminds me of a much better Silver Jubilee (yes I've owned those too).
     
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    The metal has the best gain i've ever heard in my life. So natural souding much like powertube distortion at bedroom levels. What's crazy is you can get one cheeper than a Diezel. Far more collectable to boot!:BEER
     
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    I agree, the Wizard high gain models have the best, "purest" gain I've ever experienced.

    keith
     
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    I was amazed to find that my 100w Vintage Classic sounded exactly like my 1971 SLP, including the same amount of hiss and hum :). The Modern Classic was a much more interesting animal, with kind of cascading gain stages ala the Park Rock Head of the late 70s. It came down to how much I wanted tied up in 100w amps, and when I landed the Park for significantly less than I could sell the Wizard for, out the door it went. I was a bit put off by the side style grab handles. No way you could carry that amp with one hand and the cab with the other.
     
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    I can...easily. :confused:
     
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    I don't know about that. The Metal I played sounded very blah at lower volumes. I was unimpressed until I cranked it. When I did, it roared. :dude
     
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    I love the metal at low volumes, but I do like it better cranked up. I think alot of them had different mods ( features) done to them.
     
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    Are the 2 inputs/Channels that different? Are they more like a Marshall where one is bassy and the other trebly
     
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    I think the Kasha Rockmod 50 does the Marshall thing really well and goes beyond.
     
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    +1 on the new Kasha Rockmod head. Amazing...even barely turned up in a 10x10 booth with the NAMM noise police lurking, it screamed... :dude
     
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    Are Wizards P2P or PCB?
     
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    They are point to point.
     

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