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The Newcomer's Forum / Re: hey guys Saturated here
March 21, 2023, 01:59:36 PM
Welcome, you sound like our kind of people!
Amplifier Discussion / Re: op amp voltage and tone
March 21, 2023, 01:57:33 PM
My experience is that higher voltages give you more clean headroom.  It doesn't seem to affect tone at all.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: McGregor V4S Amplifier
March 14, 2023, 12:06:13 PM
This isn't an amp I'm familiar with.  Any pictures or videos would be much appreciated!
Cor-Tek, current owner of DOD, has decided it would be a good idea to bring back some vintage gear.  Enter Tom Cram, inventor of the DOD 250 and a lot of other circuits, and here we are - the reissue!  The company claims they will be releasing as many as nine more old pedals.

Marshall has reissued their famous Guv'nor, Blues Breaker, Drivemaster and Shredmaster pedals.  These pedals are notable for me due to the Gov'nor's ability to run as an effective preamp in front of any solid state power amp stage.  The others are well-loved though and definitely deserve a solid look.

Street price is $249.99 USD for the Marshall pedals and a more modest $109.99 for the DOD 250.
Welcome to the forum!  If you are interested in a small amp, the SSGuitar Honey Amp is a great little unit.  It's going to have the same output as the Little Gem, but has an actual preamp circuit with tone control and more functional gain control as well.  I'm working on version 2 right now, so the original is on sale:

If you want something bigger, I would want to know "how big" you want to go.  Eventually I will be selling a proper separate preamp as well as 20w power amp that you could purchase and assemble - this is honestly probably a year or two off though as I have a lot of projects going right now.  There are certainly others out there, but it depends on how much you want to do yourself vs buying a kit.  Not a lot of solid state kits out there for guitar amps worth building.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: g130c (and gx130c ) schem
March 06, 2023, 11:26:19 AM
Welcome back to the forum!  Also, not a lot of Crate schematics shared.  Thanks for sharing the Crate G130c / Crate GX130C!
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Orange 35RT humming/buzzing
February 22, 2023, 08:46:18 PM
I could be wrong, but I don't think these use switchmode.  I've never been inside of one though.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Orange 35RT humming/buzzing
February 20, 2023, 03:40:09 PM
Sounds to me like poor grounding and/or picking up electric interference on your circuit.  If you touch the strings on your guitar does it change the hum?  What about pickup selection?  Tone/volume knobs on the guitar make it change?  Unplug the guitar entirely and try the amp again - same noise?
Less than 6 months after releasing the AMPED 1, Blackstar has released the AMPED 2.  Like it's predecessor, the AMPED 2 features a 100w power amp to drive your speaker cab loud enough for gigging.  You can flip the attenuator switch and bring things down to bedroom level with ease though, which is quite fantastic.

Honestly, the sounds are pretty impressive.  The price is either a bargain or a total ripoff, depending on which side of the aisle you stand on.  Current MSRP is $649 USD.

PMTVUK does a great rundown:

MusicRadar release article:
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Add effect loop to jc120
January 26, 2023, 10:19:48 AM
Quote from: Tassieviking on January 21, 2023, 09:52:50 PMPhil, unfortunately Enzo passed away in August last year.

Thank you for sharing this, I had no idea.  Enzo will be missed across many forums - he was a gem of a man.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 12w Marshall
January 26, 2023, 10:14:17 AM
I don't mind as long as the topic goes back to the original - I'm very excited about this 12w Marshall!

The Hotone Nano's sound neat, but I also have only heard them on the Tube.  Any time more good-sounding SS gear is out there, it's a good thing.  It gets people to play, and with modern gear.
Quote from: phatt on January 23, 2023, 06:27:23 AMI've heard these at gigs and not so impressed,, very sharp and too much bandwidth to really nail the classic sounds but the young ones seem to like this stuff.
I guess I'm showing my age here  ;)
I have noticed a lot of these Kats come up for sale on gumtree in my part of the world,, humm which suggests to me that they sell on novelty which wares off in a short time.

This is my take on it as well, but who am I to argue with the masses?  As far as new gear goes that I want to try, Orange Super Crush 100 is at the top of my list!
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 12w Marshall
January 20, 2023, 11:37:36 AM
I'm super excited to hear this playing!
Boss has released the Katana 50 MkII EX, Katana Artist MkII Head, and the Katana Waza 2x12 cab.

Boss Katana gear is widely accepted as amazing, and I'm sure this will be no different.  Pricing for the US has not been released yet.