The Baer Amplification Valkyrie thread

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  1. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    I posted my initial review in the general Baer thread but with the initial run of 10 Valkyries being shipped out I figured it would be good to have a dedicated thread.

    So here's a cut-and-paste of my review and hopefully others will share their thoughts as well.
     
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    Very cool...Roger's a great guy and I hope he does well by the Valkyrie.
     
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    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Supporting Member

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    +1 It's a big undertaking and no doubt a labor of love.
     
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    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

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    Jared: good idea on a separate thread just for the Valkyrie.
     
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  6. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    Couldn't agree more. And it really is an amazing amp.

    Absolutely. And having read the threads on your preamps I know you can appreciate that more than most.

    I was in a position to buy a high quality rig and was considering the Mesa Prodigy or Strategy (which I played at the Mesa GTG) or the Jule Monique and Demeter Minnie (I played Monique with a Crest power amp) but decided to take a risk and buy the Valkyrie based on how much I loved the Baer cabs and on how much Roger's vision for the amp appealed to me.

    The Prodigy & Strategy and the Monique are fantastic - I'd happily recommend all of them (also Jule seems like a very good guy and the Mesa crew are absolutely awesome folks) but I definitely believe I made the right choice. The Valkyrie is the real deal. I'm looking forward to bringing it to the next Bay Area GTG for more people to check out.
     
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    Any place to hear samples?

    Only video on youtube is an announcement from NAMM 2010(!).
     
  8. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    If people want I can certainly record samples. But as I said, since the amp doesn't have a real baked in EQ curve it sounds very different with different basses.
     
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    Can't wait!
     
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    Subscribed ! Awesome thread
     
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    We are going to be working on putting some clips on the website, but there's a good chance we won't be able to get to it until sometime after NAMM.
     
  12. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    Very cool.

    And for anyone going to NAMM Roger said in the other thread that Baer will be sharing a booth with Sadowsky. That should be pretty awesome.

    My first gig with my new all Baer rig will be in two days. Small room but with good acoustics and usually an enthusiastic Saturday night crowd.

    Hope everyone had a great Christmas!
     
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    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

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    The design and feature set of this amp looks so spot on. How is the heft to the notes on this amp compared to some respectable micros out there like the GK MBFusion800, Puma 900, and GB Streamliner 900? I'm sure there are a few of us considering this amp who would be interested. Wattage rating by itslef is misleading and that Class A/B power section with that monster toroid must have a healthy current reserve to support those notes. The Aggie DB750 and Mesa M9 are known for this "lead sled" heft that seems to propel those notes like a wrecking ball. If the Valkyrie delivers the same that would be the deciding factor for me.
     
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    Very curious; I've heard lots about the 112 but very little about the amp. Any reviews? Anyone own one that would like to share?
     
  17. Jared Lash

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    I think this feel - the "weight" behind the notes - is one of the best things about the Valkyrie. You can feel the difference even at low volumes. The Streamliner 900 (which I really liked) has a "big" feel to it but it feels more like a bump in the low end EQ where the Baer feels more naturally "girthy".

    Well, there's my review in the first post in this thread. Hopefully others from the initial run will chime in with their thoughts.
     
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    So you'd say that it has similar "weighty note feeling" to something like a DB750, but without the kind of baked in voice that amp has?
     
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    In addition to the quite thorough initial review from Jared of course.
     
  20. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    The DB750 is like a big rubber sledgehammer. Without A/Bing them directly (I sold my Aguilar quite a while ago) I don't want to say they have the exact same feel but they are definitely in the same ballpark. For reference the Carvin B1500 also has the heft to it.
     
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    Not an owner, just a dreamer. If they sound half as great as they look....

    It is clear that a great deal of artisanship went into the creation of these amps and cabs.
     

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