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I've been playing a lot of keyboards as well as guitar in my new band, just got an old Korg CX3 analogue Hammond clone, which sounds great through a guitar amp. However my Jet City 20watter isn't quite sounding right for it, can't quite keep it cler enough, so I was planning on building a Bassman as from what I've read, and can imagine, it's just about what I need for it, especially as I have a 50 watt 2x12 with a couple of old celestions in.

 

However I've just come across this amp, it looks like a cheap fender clone of some sort, however the few reviews I've read about their 20watt version seem to be pretty good, and I know you can't really compare but their fx pedals seem to be solid and sound good.

 

Anyone tried a Belcat amp before, recon it's worth getting? I guess the cab and chassis alone would be almost worth it if it was crap.

 

http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Belcat-Tube-H50R-50w-Valve-Guitar-Amp-Head/G37

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i wouldn't trust it to be honest. some of the jacks look plastic.. and Belcat = cheap shite as far as the pedals go. not to say i wouldn't give it a chance but i would definitely test the shit out of it before buying.

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it kind of infers that they're pcb-mounted.. something we tend to avoid with pedals. but tolerate with amps?

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They come with a 14 day return period I guess, could be worth a try, even as something for an interim amp and a backup. I'm very tempted, someone buy my jet city...

I think the Wangs are made by Biang, never seen them for sale over here though.

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it kind of infers that they're pcb-mounted.. something we tend to avoid with pedals. but tolerate with amps?

 

Often if an amp is PCB mounted though it will be a seperate pcb for the jacks, also less chance of stepping on a cable and splitting an amps PCB I guess.

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Now that I think about it my JCM 800 has plastic jacks too so they can't be all that bad :lol:

 

Interesting amp though, cool it comes as a head too because those super cheap Chinese cabs and speakers are usually junk.

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It does look amazing for the cash and I wouldn't be worrying about things like jacks which are cheap and easy to replace, my concern would be with things like transformers.. that's not to say they will be crap, but I would want to research further if I could before buying...

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It does look amazing for the cash and I wouldn't be worrying about things like jacks which are cheap and easy to replace, my concern would be with things like transformers.. that's not to say they
will
be crap, but I would want to research further if I could before buying...

 

To be honest at

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Edit: looking again, it only has an 8ohm output, my cab is 2 8ohms, so may need an upgrade to run that anyway.

 

If you've got 2 8ohm cabs I'd suggest a Silverface Bassman. Built like a tank, has a 4ohm output and will last years longer than Belcat POS. You could probably pick one up for 250 quid.

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