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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby Whiny Minotaur » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:24 am

I heard lots of good things about the Blackstar ID series, which I'm probably going get down the line.

It's difficult to justify getting a tube amp when you need to start pushing them hard to get them sound good, being difficult to carry around, and requiring periodic maintenance.
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby Chippertheripper » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:32 am

I feel like this deserves a mention in here, although at $90, it's not expensive. Whether it's high end or not remains to be seen.
http://www.hotoneaudio.com/products/nan ... 4/180.html
There's a plexiglass flavor, tweed, vox, metal, and some sort of jcm, I think.

And it's been speculated that they're going to release a 20w version at namm this year.
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby Jaguar018 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:14 am

Chippertheripper wrote:I feel like this deserves a mention in here, although at $90, it's not expensive. Whether it's high end or not remains to be seen.
http://www.hotoneaudio.com/products/nan ... 4/180.html
There's a plexiglass flavor, tweed, vox, metal, and some sort of jcm, I think.

And it's been speculated that they're going to release a 20w version at namm this year.



That link doesn't work. Are you talking about these things?

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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby NoiseNoiseNoise » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:07 am

Jaguar018 wrote:
Chippertheripper wrote:I feel like this deserves a mention in here, although at $90, it's not expensive. Whether it's high end or not remains to be seen.
http://www.hotoneaudio.com/products/nan ... 4/180.html
There's a plexiglass flavor, tweed, vox, metal, and some sort of jcm, I think.

And it's been speculated that they're going to release a 20w version at namm this year.



That link doesn't work. Are you talking about these things?

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I have the Thunder. Quite handy amps for practising without pissing off the neighbours too much
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby Chippertheripper » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:11 am

Yeah, them jisms.
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby Chippertheripper » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:31 pm

This just in: the mojo diamond sounds really awesome for an in the house headphone amp.
Plug all your effects in, and go bonkers.
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby marqueemoon » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:11 pm

I've always been Polytone-curious.
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby marqueemoon » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:53 pm

This is a pretty impressive Quilter 101 demo, even if it wasn't intended to be.

https://youtu.be/Mv8l4M0w7BQ
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby ifallalot » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:11 pm

marqueemoon wrote:This is a pretty impressive Quilter 101 demo, even if it wasn't intended to be.

https://youtu.be/Mv8l4M0w7BQ

Quilters are all the rage on SG101
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby Chippertheripper » Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:39 am

ifallalot wrote:
marqueemoon wrote:This is a pretty impressive Quilter 101 demo, even if it wasn't intended to be.

https://youtu.be/Mv8l4M0w7BQ

Quilters are all the rage on SG101



They are. I don't really know if it's because they're actually really good, or because they're also built by a surf geek, all those guys are getting old and don't want to carry a tube amp anymore, or a list of other reasons.
I've yet to play a quilter. One of my bandmates bought and returned one. I can only assume that I'd be fine with it, as I'm just a hack guitarist anyway.
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby fat finger » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:17 am

Not having the money to buy a Deluxe Reverb or other quality tube amp, I went looking for used amp bargains and eventually bought a Lab Series L7.

Designed by Bob Moog, the Lab Series were very high end in their day, used by BB King and others.

I would love to get a good guitarist with a good guitar to show me what it can do. It sounds good enough to me but I don't play well enough or know how to push it the right way.

I used to work for a place that did some class D stuff and the designers seemed to think they distorted like a tube amp. With that in mind I didn't have any type of tube amp bias in my head and kind of wanted solid state for reliability. I also understand CMOS much better than bipolar and never learned the first thing about tubes...

Any way, my L7 has 4 10's and about 100 watts power, it is real clean for its age and it was around $300. High end doesn't have to be expensive but the Lab Series was $$$ back in the day.
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby Chippertheripper » Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:56 pm

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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby marqueemoon » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:24 pm

Chippertheripper wrote:So this exists now...
http://www.quilterlabs.com/index.php/pr ... roblock-45


Dang. Too bad there is not a compact pedal power supply that will do 24V. There's this, but kinda spendy. http://www.thegigrig.com/electroman-c2x17796188

I'm definitely amused by the idea of an amp that would fit on a Pedaltrain Nano or Nano +. I know EH has been doing ,micro heads for a while, but the Quilter EQ seems a lot more usable.
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby tremolo3 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:39 pm

Roland Jazz Chorus 120.

Shit is really expensive, to it's safe to categorize it as "high end", right?
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Re: High End Solid State Amps

Postby Kyon » Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:58 pm

I think the more I play guitar in professional settings backing someone vs "guitar featured" music the less I really care about solid state or tube amps. I think part of the lack of "boutique" is because it's really hard to convince guitar players to pay a lot for non tubes. Quilter to me is boutique, dv mark is boutique, most of their amps are affordable. Roland amps are affordable and I think still kind of the top end on solid state options
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