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Lee
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2003 3:29 am    Post subject: MATAMP Reply with quote

Mate of mine is thinking about having one of these built. He wants a low powered amp with 4 6v6's that will break up nice and early but will be powerfull enough to take the band volume all night. We're looking at about 28 watts here.

Now apparently they've invited him down to the workshop to discuss his spec PLUS, they will build it while he waits! This even includes what colour he wants for the cabinet vinyl .

He's looking at about ?1100 for a hand built head and cab.

Any of you guys tried or heard their amps?
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2003 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2003 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically, MATAMP'll build you practically anything you want (within their model guidelines) and customise it for you there and then, if you head up to the factory in sunny Huddersfield.

The original 70's ORANGE amps were MATAMP's due to MATAMP teaming up with some bloke from down south, then a parting of ways ensued. ORANGE carried on with the endorsements/placement and MATAMP carried on making amps.

If you want to hear one, listen to early Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green, or alternately, modern bands using them such as Sleep and High on Fire (both bands aren't for the faint hearted, and kind of hard to describe, but of the HEAVY HEAVY rock/metal category).

The one that Lee's mate is looking at was featured in Guitarist last month and has Triode/Pentode switching so that it can drop the power output to 14 Watts (?) from 28.

They used to do a 60 Watter (2 x EL34's) and still carry the 120 Watt monsters (4 x EL34's), and you can have a choice of speakers as well as a choice of Tolex colour!

I was thinking about it a while ago (before I bought the Marshall), and still kind of tempted being a slightly better guitarist (and knowing more of what I want from an amp) than I was when I last went amp hunting, plus te fact that Huddersfield aint a million miles away!
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2003 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. I'll pass the information on and keep you posted.
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2003 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

www.matamp.co.uk
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Skybone"]Basically, MATAMP'll build you practically anything you want (within their model guidelines) and customise it for you there and then, if you head up to the factory in sunny Huddersfield.

Apparently not.

Mate of mine made arrangements and went up there last Sunday. Drove from his home in Kent to Huddersfield. Met one guy at the workshop who stated that he was waiting for another guy to turn up who would knock up the cabinet.

Midday arrived and the guy had not arrived so they rang him. He said:

"What are you talking about, I'm not coming in and even if I did it takes 15 hours to build an amp!"

So much for that service then. Anyway my pal is writing to "Guitarist Magazine" here in the UK to air his dissatisfaction .

Any comments MATAMP?
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like they've lost themselves a customer by not talking to one another. Saying that, Guitarist have stated that it does take 2 days. The competition includes a night at a local B&B.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2003 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make that 3 customers lost.............
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2003 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

did your friend actually ask them about it on the phone beforehand? because if he did and they said they could do it in a day while he was there then yes its their fault, but if he didn't then its his own fault.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still seriously considering a MATAMP as my next guitar amp though, as I know a few people who own various models and have heard (not from Guitarist) that they are simply the dog's danglies.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before you spend, have a chat with Denis Cornell at DC Developments. I've been road testing one of Denis's 20w Plexi amps for him and it's a great amp.

I guess it depends on what sould you want. If you like small amp wound up full then the Plexi is great. It certailny is a loud 20w but it also has a low power switch. The amp is loaded with 2 EL84's
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2004 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matamps are supposed to be amazing. Their customer service/interaction is supposed to be the worst though. Skybone pretty much summed it up. Fleetwood Mac's Albatross was recorded with the first Matamp, a small 6V6 powered combo. Their live "Boston Tea Party" recordings were done with the more powerful KT-88 driven full stacks. Amazing overdriven tones. Matt Pike of Sleep/High on Fire fame is no longer using Matamps though. He's back to using Marshalls I believe.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2004 6:45 am    Post subject: Matamp Customer Service Reply with quote

Hi

Felt i had to reply, as far as my experience with Matamp goes, i spoke on the phone to the owner Jeff a couple of times, great bloke, couldn't get him off the phone actually, he told me how long it takes to have an amp built etc. No way can you build an amp while someone is waiting, and what about the other customers they're building for? There is always a waiting list for amplifiers of this quality.

When i arrived at the factory in Meltham, i was offered a cup of tea/coffee and as it was nearly dinner time Jeff actually gave me and my mate some of his dinner! He showed us round the factory and told us the general set-up. I auditioned 3 amps for about half an hour, was completely blown away at the sounds i was hearing and bought a combo that had just come back from a gear show.

Matamp WILL built to your tastes, although don't ask them to make a clone of another amp (obviously they regard their amps as superior) but they can 'tune' the amp to your tastes, Matamps are amazingly versatile and can accept virtually any valves (6v6, 6l6, EL34 etc) so you should be able to find something you like.

I've had mine about a year now, i will probably never buy another amp from a shop. ?1000 (approx) for a custom built top quality valve amp is such good value.

Anyway what i'm trying to say is BUY A MATAMP YOU WON'T BE DISSAPPOINTED! They sound amazing and are built like tanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2004 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Granted, MATAMP make good amps. Regardless, they fcuked my mate about when he went up there with 'CASH' so he bought a "Tone King" instead.......
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2004 6:05 am    Post subject: Matamp Reply with quote

Shame that, i'm sure he's in the minority. I felt like an old valued customer when i went there, although i did make a few phone calls first and wasn't expecting an amp to be built there and then, cash or no cash. There must have been some cross wires somewhere because they don't have 'stock' and its very rare you can walk in with cash and come out with an amp.
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