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Middle of the road Amp tone

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SJan3, Jul 9, 2020.


  1. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    So, what amps fall into the middle of the road, that being between VINTAGE and CLINICAL. I'd think of amps that exhibit warmth but also clarity. Your thoughts?
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Pretty much all of them IMHO, and it's the cab that gives them the bigger distinction.
     
  3. johnpbass

    johnpbass

    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    IMO, I think most, if not all, amp builders shoot for somewhere between those 2 characteristics. Different "takes" on how they swing to either direction but I think to get "clinical" these days, you would need to run a super clean EQ into a power amp.
     
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  4. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Good point..
     
  5. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Yes, but there's that cavern between a chewy tube amp and accurate/sterile amp.
    Just looking to see what people like as I may be in the market for another amp.
     
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    That cavern between a chewy tube amp and an accurate/sterile amp gets way less cavernous if you run your tube amp clean. I see nothing at all chewy about my tube amps until I start to run them into the red, which I rarely if ever do. Maybe when I'm recording and want a dirty sound, that's about it.
     
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  7. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Well, I know you're all Ampeg all the time and that's fine as I'm sure you have both tube and SS covered.
     
  8. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Mesa
     
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  9. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    I like that D800 but don't need that kind of power. I wish they did a lower powered unit that was a bit more price friendly.
    I'm considering a Genzler Magellan 350..
     
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  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That's a fantastic amp. And they are right sized, very versatile. Good choice.
     
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  11. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Thank you!
     
  12. Mesa walkabout or fender rumble 200
     
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  13. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Mesa Walkabout. Also Aguilar TH350/500? TC Electronics RH750 really sounds great too
     
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  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Very much so, thx :D But I wasn't necessarily referring to Ampeg. Of course, they're one brand that do both, but I really do believe it's way more about the cabs than the heads regardless of what brand.
     
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  15. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Didn't care for the Rumble
     
  16. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    I just sold my Tonehammer 500. Doubting that decision.
     
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  17. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Cabs do have their personalities.
     
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  18. Amps: Anything SS that isn't digital
    Cabinets: Any ceramic magnet speaker
     
  19. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    What's digital?
     
  20. CallMeAl

    CallMeAl Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    I was surprised by the warmth of my new Markbass; many reviewers billed it as “clean, sterile.” I find it Cleaner than my Rumble and Ampeg, but warmer than GK and GenzBenz I’ve used.

    Haven’t tried the Aguilar TH myself; but from reviews, recordings and live shows I get the impression it hits “middle” as well.

    interesting, cause I know you have used both Mark and Aguilar. Curious to see where you land with this one! :D
     

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