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Old 12-04-2012, 11:20 PM   #1
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Scored this Cameron CCV-100 last week and it just got here today. #3 of the pre-production ones.



Did not think this would live up to the hype, but it's incredible. Can't wait to try it through the Creambacks I have coming later this week.

It's not really as Marshall-y as some people claim though. It's more like what the Bogner Ecstasy should have been if it stayed a bit closer to its 800/Plexi roots. Much more balanced upper mid content with a slight bump in the lower mids. Plus it has all of that aggressive treble and presence that Bogner dialed out. Low end varies greatly depending on the punch knob. All the way down, it's a bit bassier than a good JCM800, all the way up, it's got stupid amounts of bass.

The diode clipping is surprisingly good. At least the left option with the higher Vf zeners is. No significant clipping artifacts unless you've got the gain set lower, and why the **** would you throw in the zeners then? The right option is kinda meh though. Might need more tweaking. There's a bit of ducking and it sounds almost like you're blending in some clean signal too loudly. Plus it gets pretty compressed.

It's pretty tight, but has just enough sag in the low end to remind you that it's got a bit of Plexi in it. More modern sounding of course, but it kept everything good about the Marshall topology while getting rid of most of everyone's complaints.

Incredible clarity, the guy I bought it off of wasn't lying when he said it was as articulate or more so than an SLO. Handles complex chords with ease with both gain knobs dimed and it really showed when I started playing it, as I hadn't warmed up.

Speaking of both gain knobs, there are two on the OD channel. They work in conjunction to give you different types of clipping. The right one seems to be a bit brighter and more aggressive, though they each have 3 way bright switches to they can be made to sound similar and you can just use them to dial in the exact amount of dirt that you want.

The clean channel is also great. Very Fender-ish and bright in certain settings, very early JTM45 in others. Plenty of gain on the channel too if you want it. Just dial up the gain knob and you also have the option of two diode clippers, plus another 3 way bright switch. Gets to early VH level gain, though it's a bit dark with not quite enough mids for me to want the gain up that high. Could probably dial it in a little better if you wanted to go that way though.

The Punch knob also has a 3-way switch to determine the frequency that it acts upon. Subtle differences, but I suspect it would be useful when switching between a 212 and a 412 without having to adjust many other settings. Presence knob is the same and the difference is pretty pronounced there.

So ya, absolutely thrilled and I've been playing it for several hours. Only complaint is that it's not the best pedal amp, but I've got others for that. A little too bright with too much presence for fuzzes to work well up front.

Using it like this tonight after rearranging my room:

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:43 PM   #2
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:49 PM   #3
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:17 AM   #4
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Once the Creambacks get here, clips will come. And you will all want.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:19 AM   #5
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:22 AM   #6
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TL,DR, is this cameron a good amp?

u should've got a marshall. even my mom has heard of marshall.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:52 AM   #9
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Congrats!

That thing looks pretty compact on top of the Hagen. Looking forward to how it works with the Creambacks. Buy/borrow some different speaker combinations: K100s, V30s, T75s, EVM12Ls, please.

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Running it through V30s/K100s right now, gonna buy an EVM loaded 412 after the holiday season. Don't like 75s enough to buy any.
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HNAD! Was wondering about the hype/reality balance with this amp. Glad to hear it's a winner!

Aaaaand.....Creambacks are going to lend a real vintage high gain vibe. You should be able to nail some EVH tones with them.
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HNAD! Was wondering about the hype/reality balance with this amp. Glad to hear it's a winner!

Aaaaand.....Creambacks are going to lend a real vintage high gain vibe. You should be able to nail some EVH tones with them.


Stoked to try the Creambacks with this amp. Still haven't run it in stereo with Brigand. Been too busy trying to move everything around to clean up the room somewhat with everything here, but I'd be willing to bet that it would sound fantastic. Especially with the Brigand focused a bit more on the lower mids with this providing the high mid cut.

And ya, it's fantastic. Tis a shame it's so hard to get one. I think there are less than 10 of these pre production models out there built by Mark and 15 of the production ones out. Second run has been delayed for almost 2 years and Mark just disappeared.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:21 AM   #13
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Been too busy trying to move everything around to clean up the room somewhat with everything here


dirty rooms suck tone



HNAD!

you get way too much cool gear man.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:29 AM   #14
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Wasn't so much that it was dirty, just that I wanted to space out the cabs some and put the Space Echo in between them. Full room pic:



And ya, I've been pretty lucky to have some stupid rare gear at my place. Lots of right place, right time buys.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:33 AM   #15
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^you need to invest in better lighting for my masterbation material man. all your gear is so dark, and so many shadows. it's like porn with the girls hair in the way.
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Were that true my Abbey would sound like an MG.


well you use that RI marshall grille cloth right? that negates clutter.
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