Overall Rating: Like I said I love this amp. Had so many amps over the years, but this is the last one I will ever need. Might want to split the head out into its own cabinet, but if you can lift it, this is the amp for the best clean tones out there...
Like I said I love this amp. Had so many amps over the years, but this is the last one I will ever need. Might want to split the head out into its own cabinet, but if you can lift it, this is the amp for the best clean tones out there for the money. Check craigslist, they come up all the time.
Good enough for Mark Knopfler, good enough for me! Great for a nice Garcia tone too.
I give the fatures rating knowing that for amps of this era, there were not all the bells and whistles that amps now have. BUT for an amp of this era there are a few things that you didn't find on most other amps. One being the power switch. It works really well and actually cuts the voltage to your tubes, instead of just cutting off two of them. Works great for practicing, small rehearsals, etc. The deep switch is another goood one. I never play either my Strat or my Ibanez 2700 without the deep switch on. Like most other reviewers say, not a ton of features, but it does have a couple that are nice.
I LOVE THIS AMP!!! I have had 5 Twins (a '68, '72', '74, '77 and a '65 RI). This amp sounds as good or better than any one of them. It has a creamy roundness that makes me smile when I play. I will say that the guy I bought it from changed the stock speakers to Cannabis Rex speakers which may have helped in that roundness. They are GREAT speakers, had them in a twin and they made a huge difference. I broke them in by plugging my DAW into the amp and playing bass samples while I was away for the weekend. That did the trick.
I tried the 212 65, but it broke up way too quick and didnt have that fat round sound with tons of head room that I was looking for. The 130 has so much nice headroom. If I want breakup, I use a TS. You can always add breakup, can't add clean:-) Takes pedals reallly welll btw.
One thing is that you should put in some nice JJ E34L's, the high plate voltage will eat up standard E34's.
This thing is built like a tank. Just get some regular tuneups, and you should be good to go! Mine was owned and played by an 80's Boston band - The Atlantics. So it has seen some gigging.
Ease of Use:
Couldn't be any easier. Makes playing so much fun!
Not around anymore, but the amp schematics are around, and most techs can fix/troubleshoot if they know what they are doing.