I need some help please

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Re: I need some help please

Post by chrisheyes » Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:40 pm

villager wrote:decided to sell my cornford hellcat head, as theres not enough clean headroom in 30w for me, so I am looking hard at the cornford MK50 MK2, clean and overdriven channel, 50w,

i am not knowledgable on amps ..and so could anyone make some other suggestions, I want a sparkly clean channel, and a monsterous overdrive channel, nothing more ..

I have the ceriatone overtone 100w, which does both these very well, but the overdrive is less monsterous than the hellcat, but smoother, so I would like something with different voicing to the overtone as the second amp... I did consider just getting another overtone, but I decided to try some variation, any suggestions welcome, .. I need clean headroom to match the overtone 100w, and a more heavy (than the overtone) second channel...heh I wish they made a 100w hellcat...

Hi Mark

Check out Matamp's


http://www.matamp.co.uk/1224IIhead.htm

The 1224 MkII gets rave reviews - you can put in any value to shape your tone !!!

http://www.matamp.co.uk/history1.htm

Here's the manual

http://www.matamp.co.uk/documents/1224.pdf

Here's a demo of the amp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0xYq_Ig3Bo

Get in touch with Jeff at Matamp and he'll give you the low down on which of his amps would suit your needs

They must know what they are talking about as the demo guitars they have at their factory are Tokai's !!

Check out this guy testing the amps with a Breezy and Love Rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6aVN9-u ... re=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZhR0-zw ... re=related

He's certainly got tone in his fingers

Chris

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Post by Axchisler » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:04 am

chrisheyes, Those Matamp's seem very inovative, looks like loads of versatility, but I didn't really hear an over the top Soldano tone.

I agree with Dave_Mc about Engl. I have an E580 preamp going into either a VHT 2502 or Carvin TS100, both with EL34/6L6 combination.

The cleans and crunch are up there with the best imo. From Fender to Marshall it's all there. The heavy modern overdrives however, sound awesome, but I can't really compare them to the likes of Mesa, Diezel, or Soldano. It has its own voice with more gain than you'd ever need. Very nice airy tone, full and articulate. IMO; the high end Engls are THE most versatile between the cleanest cleans and the heaviest of distortions and are about the only choice we have for this extreme of clean to brutal. Other amps can do one or the other, but do not do both as well as Engl. Models to check out other than the E580 pre would be the SE 6L6 head, and SE EL34 head. I haven't heard the Savage cleans so can't comment on them. The Blackmore gets rave reviews, but does not get as brutal as the Savage or SE's. The clean headroom is great on any of these, but power tube choice, 6L6 generally has more than el34. KT88's will give the most. I am just being brief.

A much less expensive choice might be an Egnater Tourmaster or Renegade. Just be sure you get a 30 day money back trial period, as some of these have issues as they are made in China, and their quality control is not as good.

Engl's are very versatile in the clean/crunch department, don't let the name and rep fool you. The only alternative is two amps. :wink:

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Post by Axchisler » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:08 am

Another alternative if you want more headroom would be to run a seperate slave poweramp.

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Post by villager » Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:58 am

anyone got a diezel herbert or einstein? they look interesting,

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Post by JohnA » Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:46 pm

villager wrote:anyone got a diezel herbert or einstein? they look interesting,
A Diezel Herbert!! Just how big are these Stadiums you play in?

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Post by villager » Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:22 pm

up to 20 people!!!

but its just for my studio... :)

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Post by JohnA » Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:49 pm

villager wrote:up to 20 people!!!

but its just for my studio... :)
Nutter :wink:

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Post by villager » Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:40 pm

heh .. :D :D

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Post by ganzua » Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:25 am

villager wrote:up to 20 people!!!

but its just for my studio... :)
what do you think about low wattage amps?

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Post by villager » Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:26 am

i have some, but I don't use them so much, I have a drummer..heh..

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Post by stratman323 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:49 am

villager wrote:i have some, but I don't use them so much, I have a drummer..heh..
You plug your guitar into a drummer?

:o

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Post by villager » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:02 am

heh oh if only that could work... and then control his volume with my guitar ... heaven..

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Post by JohnA » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:09 am

I gig with a Drummer, a bass player with a stack the size of a house, singer/acoustic/piano player and use an 18W amp!

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Post by villager » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:23 am

I gig with my fender blues junior, or a RAT blackheart little giant, with a ''Dumkudo'' twin overdrive pedal.....our audience is small.. heh..

but in the studio I can indulge myself, :oops: and also get the chance to play at higher volumes when recording, and just generally arsing about.

I am narrowing things down in my amp hunt tho...

diezel einstein or herbert.. don't know which yet,

cornford MK50 mk2

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Post by JohnA » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:42 am

I see, it all makes sense now. You basically want a huge loud amp because you can :D

The choice of big watt, high-gain amps is huge as I'm sure you are well-aware, but the Diezels have a lot of fans so I'm sure whatever you get will be cool!

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