Discussion in 'Gear' started by flawlessandeternal, Apr 17, 2010.
This needs a stud-mount Kahler...
Tell me about it!
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Shall I send Mitch over to mount it for you?
A saddening (nearly horrifying) realization has led me to consider which amp(s) I would buy, were I forced to keep my life quite small. I think I would start with a Ceriatone 2202 head (customized) and a Synergy SYN-30 head, with a duplicate of my 1x12 to enable blending. The “middle” option is a Mesa Boogie Fillmore 50 head (which would require a Weber Z-Matcher 50 and exclusive use of the Fillmore's 25W mode to be compatible with my 1x12), with the “cheap” option being just the Ceriatone (I was quoted $835, not including purple tolex).
This GAS is preparation to turn horribly bad news into good news, not a plan which I look forward to implementing.
If I ever come home to find Mitch on top of one of my guitars you ain't getting him back!
I am very glad that I decided to look at my amp options anew, as that led me to research an amp I have never considered: the Ceriatone Creme Brulee. It is Ceriatone's clone of the Matchless DC-30's EF86 channel, with half the quantity of EL-84 power tubes and a pentode/triode half-power switch (the DC-30 eliminated one pair of EL-84's for half power, which obviously is not feasible for the Creme Brulee). The circuit design really lets an EF86 breathe, as it has much less to drive (and is wired differently) than was the case in a 1959 Vox AC15.
To my ears, the EF86 is the preamp tube equivalent of a germanium transistor: potent, sensitive, finicky, and capable of gloriously complex sounds. As seen below, this circuit handles power pickups and pedals better than other EF86 implementations:
Buying one new would cost a bit more than $900, and it has rocketed to the top of my list. Though the Ceriatone 2202 is still hugely attractive, due largely to its thorough control scheme (imagine Dumble-style gain controls applied to a 2203), I think I would rather get a Creme Brulee first and see what feels lacking. Though EF86 tubes are relatively expensive, they are still cheaper than a trio of 12AX7s. In fact, a full retube would cost $100—meaning that I could choose my own tubes for a net cost increase of $37 versus ordering the amp loaded with tubes selected by Ceriatone.
EDIT: Never mind! I just got the word that the head, with such a simple circuit, somehow weighs 51 pounds!
Epiphone Tak Matsumoto Double Cut.
Just over $600, which isn't too bad at all... but would it survive the trip from Japan..?
But... THIS is only $499.
That was on my radar for a very long time, as you may recall. One significant difference between the JDM model and the export model (not strictly the same models, to be fair) is the nut width: 42mm for Japan, 43mm elsewhere.
The front runner in my little amp search is now the Fryette Valulator GP/DI 1W head for $800. I have emailed Fryette to inquire whether a Synergy SYN-1 could be connected to it. Explicitly avoiding fishing for information, I also mentioned that I would probably be well served by a Synergy SYN-30 head loaded with the rumored Fyrette Synergy module (presumably, its two channels would be based on the Deliverance and the Pitbull).
Here's a phrase I bet none of you ever thought any of us would ever say:
I have GAS for a Stagg
What's not to like about that?
You've infected me now. Love that body cut.
I'm also digging the teles with 90s.
Needs MOAR P90s
I looked around into those Silverays, and it's now on my serious list for Christmas. Just looks fun.
Guy playing one in a demo video had a full-length fur coat on. How could that not be a mark of greatness?
I've got a real hankering for a Yellow SG. I don't know why....oh wait, because they look awesome
It's very rare that I get g.a.s. for PRS... but sweet mother of God..
Ohh that’s nice
That's cool, I approve.
I posted this a short while back, from an episode of Luke Cage.
I just don't have $4000 for it.
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