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NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:43 am
by horseblanket
Just got this in from Hermetic Audio (THANK YOU FORUM MEMBER< HEXES).
Tweed Harvard Circuit in a 5e3 cabinet. The handiwork is just spectacular.
I am simply blown away. Soundwise it is tighter in bass and quieter up the dial than a 5e3 yet retains the tweedy goodness.
Cleans sparkle. Cranked Rocks.
I'll post more as things develop. I have only had it for a few hours.

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Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 11:51 am
by hexes
WOAH you have a high spirit?! I LOVE that guitar. I am so happy you like the amp. It's my first that isn’t going to a close friend. I will gladly admit I like the overdrive characteristic a bit better on this compared to my brown princeton I made, so now I’m going to mod the princeton a bit to get closer to this.

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:51 am
by horseblanket
Oh yeah, the High Spirit is great, it's been the only guitar I have played for months now. I went against my normal preference and had him put a fatter neck on it and to my surprise the hype was real and I find it super comfortable. The hotdog pickups are pretty great too. They are P90 like but maybe a little less angry.

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:54 am
by peterherman
Such a great circuit. I have a tweed Vibrolux (5F11) made by Goodsell that has quickly become my favorite amp of the last very long time.

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:44 pm
by hexes
peterherman wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:54 am
Such a great circuit. I have a tweed Vibrolux (5F11) made by Goodsell that has quickly become my favorite amp of the last very long time.
I really appreciate the 3 inputs on the Harvard. the low in is so good for apartment playing, I didn’t think I would use it If I made one for myself. I’m glad I didn’t talk Horseblanket out of the 3 inputs.

the first I built was a 6g2 Princeton which I adore. kinda close to that tweed vibrolux. bias-vary tremolo is my favorite.

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:38 pm
by Maggieo
horseblanket wrote:
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:51 am
Oh yeah, the High Spirit is great, it's been the only guitar I have played for months now. I went against my normal preference and had him put a fatter neck on it and to my surprise the hype was real and I find it super comfortable. The hotdog pickups are pretty great too. They are P90 like but maybe a little less angry.
OMG! I want a Red-Tailed Hawk sooo badly!! Total envious of your rig!

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:25 am
by peterherman
hexes wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:44 pm
peterherman wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:54 am
Such a great circuit. I have a tweed Vibrolux (5F11) made by Goodsell that has quickly become my favorite amp of the last very long time.
I really appreciate the 3 inputs on the Harvard. the low in is so good for apartment playing, I didn’t think I would use it If I made one for myself. I’m glad I didn’t talk Horseblanket out of the 3 inputs.

the first I built was a 6g2 Princeton which I adore. kinda close to that tweed vibrolux. bias-vary tremolo is my favorite.
The 6G2 is a great circuit. It's good and also awful to see the brown-era amps getting their due as well. Good because they're great amps. Awful because they're totally unaffordable. I had a 6G11 Vibrolux that I put a Weber ceramic California into that would drown out 50 watt Marshalls on-stage. I was forever after a Harvard that cost less than $4k, when I started looking into the circuit and reading builders talk about the 5F10-11 circuits as basically the same. Hey presto: a 5F11 for me.

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 12:32 pm
by marqueemoon
That’s an outstanding looking setup.

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:41 pm
by hexes
I’m glad my gut told me to put the special green ‘devo hat’ looking jewel i’ve been saving on there. goes so well with the high spirit.

would love to hear some clips!

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 3:43 pm
by horseblanket
Maggieo wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:38 pm
horseblanket wrote:
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:51 am
Oh yeah, the High Spirit is great, it's been the only guitar I have played for months now. I went against my normal preference and had him put a fatter neck on it and to my surprise the hype was real and I find it super comfortable. The hotdog pickups are pretty great too. They are P90 like but maybe a little less angry.
OMG! I want a Red-Tailed Hawk sooo badly!! Total envious of your rig!

You should get one. They are worth it!

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 3:44 pm
by horseblanket
hexes wrote:
Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:41 pm
I’m glad my gut told me to put the special green ‘devo hat’ looking jewel i’ve been saving on there. goes so well with the high spirit.

would love to hear some clips!

That green light makes me smile every time I turn it on.

Let me see if I can cook up a video for you this weekend.

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 9:02 am
by Maggieo
horseblanket wrote:
Sat Jan 15, 2022 3:43 pm
Maggieo wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:38 pm
horseblanket wrote:
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:51 am
Oh yeah, the High Spirit is great, it's been the only guitar I have played for months now. I went against my normal preference and had him put a fatter neck on it and to my surprise the hype was real and I find it super comfortable. The hotdog pickups are pretty great too. They are P90 like but maybe a little less angry.
OMG! I want a Red-Tailed Hawk sooo badly!! Total envious of your rig!

You should get one. They are worth it!
With that amp it must be a monster! :?

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:20 pm
by horseblanket
The amp is an absolute party.
Nick crushed this build. I am forever grateful.

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:28 pm
by horseblanket
Caught the kid in the garage noodling on the High Spirit and the Harvard.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/iep7ky4qcf089 ... g.mp4?dl=0

Re: NAD - Hermetic Audio Tweed Harvard

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:34 pm
by Maggieo
horseblanket wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:28 pm
Caught the kid in the garage noodling on the High Spirit and the Harvard.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/iep7ky4qcf089 ... g.mp4?dl=0
I like everything about that vid. The amp, the guitar, your kid, the music he's playing, and the Miles Davis album!