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Amplifier Discussion / Re: Add effect loop to jc120
Last post by Tassieviking - January 23, 2023, 10:24:26 AM
Enzo was a great man, he was always helpful AND informative.

Most of the time when Enzo gave you an answer he also explained it so you learnt something.

He always made me think of the old saying:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for the day.
Teach a man to fish and he has food for a lifetime. (or something like that)
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 12w Marshall
Last post by Tassieviking - January 23, 2023, 10:13:33 AM
Guzzis3, where are you getting the Hotone Boogie Siva for $72 from ?
I might be interested at that price.

I am not worried if this topic has drifted a tiny bit of topic, and I started it.
As long as I find out new things I'm happy.

I am especially happy now since I have found out about the Hotone Nano series.

Michael.  :)
Guitar News / Re: Boss releases updates to K...
Last post by phatt - January 23, 2023, 06:27:23 AM
I'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.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 12w Marshall
Last post by phatt - January 23, 2023, 06:21:47 AM
All good, Just throwing in some observations from my experience sorry if you think it's off topic.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Add effect loop to jc120
Last post by phatt - January 23, 2023, 06:19:05 AM
Hi Tassie,
          All good, like you I've not ever been inside a JC amp and just looking at Schematics tiss easy to miss things. I had to scratch my head for a bit to work it out. :-\

Thanks for the info on Enzo, yeah a great mind who was always helping us lesser minds learn from his wealth of knowledge. He will be missed.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Add effect loop to jc120
Last post by Tassieviking - January 22, 2023, 08:17:23 PM
Thanks Phil for pointing out the JC models page, I have just finished reading it for the second time and it was very informative.
I have also re-named the JC-100 84 file to head only single channel.

I would do what Phil said regarding the effects loop, ignore what I said. :) 
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 12w Marshall
Last post by guzzis3 - January 22, 2023, 07:32:20 PM
I have invaded this thread and it's drifted way off topic. If you really want to continue this line of discussion please start a new thread.

I will just make one more comment though. I can build a valve amp in a few hours. I've never built a copy valve marshall. I avoid complicated preamps, I've never really used the tone knob on the guitar let alone preamps on an amp. Volume is all I need. I just wanted a nice clean amp for quick practice not a deluxe rig. I've been quite surprised at how hard this has been. 3 practice amps, all very ordinary. I have ordered a second hotone boogie siva. I don't know what they did with that but it sounds very nice and at $72 delivered it's cheap enough. It will do.

It still might be interesting though to build a stereo Lead 12/30 or whatever and see what can be had from that into 2x2x12 speakers.

It is afterall just a bit of fun :)
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 12w Marshall
Last post by phatt - January 22, 2023, 01:32:36 AM
Go here for real in depth insight into guitar amp tones.
The end will likely make you wonder why no one ever researched this before.
I've been quietly babbling on about this for years but this chap pretty much puts it all together well.

I'm not a marshall fan mainly because they only have one trick and the tone controls are pathetic. (though I'm sure many will argue) lol


I use an old Laney Keyboard amp which is super clean.
Everything else is done with my pedal circuits, half of those are my own designs

I can produce Hank clean all the way to ZZ top at the press of a button or 2.
If you have built amp/pedal circuits then it will not be hard to work out how it's done when you see the end of the video  8)

The game of guitar tone is in understanding the frequency range the guitar needs. most gear today has insanely wide bandwidth and it totally destroys your tone (Especially for hard driven OD tones).
You have to dramatically limit the bandwidth for rock guitar sounds otherwise it's just one clangorous mush of eFd up noise.
which is why I steer clear of all in one pedal like Boss GT's as they have way too much hi freq crud and tonal adjustment is limited.
Go build some pedals and save a fortune and your back ,,,winky Phil
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 12w Marshall
Last post by guzzis3 - January 22, 2023, 12:33:51 AM
I have several valve amps. I've built quite a few over the years but people keep talking me into selling them, then I have to build more. Blessed bother.

These last some years I have had many occasions when I have maybe 1/2 hour or something for a quick practise. I am reluctant to use valves for this. I have a limited stock of old valves and when they are gone I will be condemned to the modern market of overpriced NOS or awful new valves.

So I went looking for an alternative. SS is the obvious answer. It needn't distort but I would like something "nice.

I bought a Vox Pathfinder 10, too bright. Marshall VS15 (UK) nicer but still a bit glassy. 8020 despite the 10" speaker is ok but not great. It also needs repairs. Reverb does not work and I suspect there may be more amiss.

I got a Hotone Boogie Siva which arrived the other day. I've ordered a second. VERY nice clean amp. No distortion but it sounds like a clean valve amp. Into a 2x2x12. I'm quite shocked.

Also as a result of my gumtree ad a chap in SA has contacted me about swapping my 8008 for his 8200. The bi chorus has some issues (seems common among the valvestates). We shall see what comes of this.

Not sure what I am going to do with the valvestate combos. The hotones will do me just fine. I am quite surprised at how nice it is. Perhapse if the price of the purple wind or the vox copy (can't remember the name) come down I'll get some of them. At $140 though they are a bit rich for me atm.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Add effect loop to jc120
Last post by Tassieviking - January 21, 2023, 09:52:50 PM
Phil, unfortunately Enzo passed away in August last year.