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Old 09-06-2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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Gear conundrum:All-tube was just a phase??

Long story short:

Last month a friend of mine went abroad and lent me his Diezel Herbert. Words fail to describe how awesome this thing sounds (esp if you are a Marshal guy).
Yesterday I returned the little beast. During the last week I also spent some time at various guitar shops and played around (extensively) with a Mark V and Egnater Tourmaster (and others).

So...after all this trying out and meddling with high-end all-tube amps to make up my mind and make the investment, next week, I am going to order a Kemper

In the end, I can't really justify paying more money for something cumbersome to lug around, unwieldy (in home practice) and less versatile than its almost indistinguishable digital adversary...

Any of you having such revelations considering gear that felt like the Holy Grail before but not so much now?
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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Any of you having such revelations considering gear that felt like the Holy Grail before but not so much now?


nothing to make me forsake guitar amps

i am a big advocate of digital effects, modeling, even my new midi converter sonuus toy. it blew me away when i got my channel strip and played through the amp sims i had, they sounded so much better with a good preamp. but nothing has made me want to get rid of my guitar amps.

if nothing else, i have played nothing the responds to by guitar's volume knob like my guitar amps; and i don't get feedback from anything else like my amps provide.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:20 PM   #3
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It's all you, bro. I've played both SS and tube amps. My preference is tube. They may be a little heavier and require a little more attention and care, but I'm fine with that. There's just something about that tube tone that I like. If you're not into it, it all boils down to personal preference. Ain't nobody going to bring you down, since you only like SS.

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Old 09-06-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
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It's all you, bro. I've played both SS and tube amps. My preference is tube. They may be a little heavier and require a little more attention and care, but I'm fine with that. There's just something about that tube tone that I like. If you're not into it, it all boils down to personal preference. Ain't nobody going to bring you down, since you only like SS.

Enjoy!


+311 if that is what you want go for it. i own and use mostly tube amps, but will still admit that there are good SS amps as well. i owned a randall rg100es (does more than dime used it for), i have a Randall Century 100 that sounds good, the JC Roland is incredible. and probably a dozen others.

but then i plug into my tube amps and like them better. thats just me though.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:13 AM   #5
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[...] since you only like SS. [...]


You misunderstood me there man. I love tube/analog sound in general. However, with my current lifestyle, I wouldn't really be able to use a metal tube amp to its fullest. I want to exploit such a gear investment to its fullest and let it redefine my tonal preferences.

With a high-watter I won't be able to do that (IMO always)
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:18 AM   #6
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You'll sell it after a few months when you realize it's missing something.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:33 AM   #7
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You'll sell it after a few months when you realize it's missing something.


i have seen a few people do that on here. you do see a fair amount of axefx on various forums, both the first and second edition.


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i don't have a definitive reason, but maybe people just stop tweaking and are at a happy spot and realize they are only using a few models and that those sounds could be captured from one or two amps.

between my sig:X and Mark IV, and Splawn Nitro and 1968 Bassman , (i paid around or less than a grand per amp ($300 for the bassman). and you have all you need, at least i do. nothing particularly amazing like a diezel or slo100 yet, but i can go gig and get done what i need to do. sometimes i get tone complements, but who knows?

and 99% of the would probably couldn't tell the difference of a MG100 stack and a JCM800
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:42 AM   #8
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which part of the kemper is the amplifier?
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:55 AM   #9
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I don't give a damn how big and unwieldy my rig is, what matters is tone and the ability to get the job done. If that affects what vehicle or house I have to buy so be it. One of my biggest regrets is selling my 1936 so now all I have is a 4x12 instead of a 6x12 like I prefer.
Hell, I use a JCM900 combo as an effects pedal. Whatever it takes, that's what I use.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:00 AM   #10
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Tubes used to be ideal because SS seemed to be lacking something for so long. Nowadays, modelers are getting to be extremely good. I personally can't hear the difference between AxeFX and the amps it models in a recording. And now the POD HD line is delivering high quality modeling for significantly less, so it's becoming a viable option. Then, as if that wasn't enough, Kemper comes out with this amazing modeler that basically clones amps.

I think the days of tubes being the holy grail are coming to an end. Digital modeling will be the golden standard within 10 years, and the only tube enthusiasts left will be die-hards, just like with record players.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:18 AM   #11
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I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:11 AM   #15
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still can't figure out where to plug my speakers guys.

which part of the modeler is the amplifier?

so confused.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:18 AM   #16
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The kemper isn't a power amp. You need one if your speakers aren't powered.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:35 AM   #17
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That was his point.

Have you played a Kemper? You seem pretty sure of it, yet no mention of actually using one.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:28 AM   #18
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Aw sorry my sarcasm detectors are down after a night shift. Do you go at a shop and blow 1,5k without trying out what you are buying first? I know I don't...

I 've played with the lunchbox. I have a power-amp/cab and a powered wedge (also headphones with phantom power) I don't think I need to repeat what I said about amps in reverse.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:29 AM   #19
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OK, just making sure. No need to get snippy. People always come on this site and talk about 'common sense' but fail to realise that this is the internet; common sense is far from common.
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You'll sell it after a few months when you realize it's missing something.


True for lots of people. I agree with OP to a degree. I got an Axe-fx because it was the more versatile option to get the sounds I wanted. Now I use it for cleans and effects only.

A tube amp is an amazing thing. But with that you have limitations. I want more flexibility with my rig than just a plain head offers. Then I want a better sound. Then I want the versatility again.
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