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Old 10-31-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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NAD - something different (for me anyway)

I have been trying to find a 30th anniversary Marshall with little success. So I tried a Vintage Modern and although it does make some nice sounds the boost on it is fixed (ie no dedicated master volume when engaged) and it was a bit noisy. Quite frankly, I could build something better myself for half the money so I passed on it.

So I was offered a really good deal on this little beasty if I threw in one of my Jack Daniels Marshalls into the deal. It's brand new. In fact, the first new amp I've ever had apart from things I've built myself.

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It's a Randall RM100 2x12 combo. This thing is big and farkin heavy (40kg/90lb). Makes my 2x12 JCM900 combo look like a practice amp. It's a good thing I repaired my trolley, it's too heavy to carry. Hell, it'll be a two man lift just to get it on the stage.
Just to give some perspective, that's a Marshall 1960A cab it's sitting on in the picture.

I have a Tweed module (based on a Tweed Fender of some type) and the Brown module (a hotrodded JCM800 in the EVH vein). At first I accidentally grabbed a Treadplate (Recto) module instead of the Tweed. I selected what I thought was my Fender sound and got hit in the face with a Recto.

This is a serious amp. The sound it produces for a 2x12 combo running G12T75's is immense, no doubt at least in part due to the closed back cab and huge size. I'm thinking that I won't even need to run the 1960 with it. I'll be able to just stick it on a stand and go.

The thing that I love most is the power amp section. Each tube has individual probe points and bias adjusters on the back of the amp. No need to replave entire sets of tubes when you blow one, just throw in a spare and bias it up. Farkin brilliant. Can run all sorts of tubes, it's got EL34's in there atm but if I ever want to I can toss 6L6's in there (or just about any octal power tube).

Has both series and parallel loops too. How cool is that?

I'll take some more photos later. Maybe a clip or two but I haven't got my recording shit together atm.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:03 PM   #2
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:27 PM   #3
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This type of amplifier is new to me it sounds like a lot of fun. HNAD!
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:50 PM   #4
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Why the **** is it so big? Are you sure it isnít 2x18?
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:50 PM   #5
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I was looking at the RM series a while ago. The concept was really interesting and there's a really cool market for custom built and modded modules. This made me want one again.

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Old 10-31-2013, 11:59 PM   #6
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Why the **** is it so big? Are you sure it isnít 2x18?
The only explanation I can offer is that it's a closed back cab so it has to be bigger. And it does sound huge, the bass out of the thing for a 2x12 running T75's is hard to believe.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:23 AM   #7
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HNGD!

Those are Egnater licensed aren't they?

I love the concept, do they sound particularly 'true' to the preamps they emulate?
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:48 AM   #8
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:08 AM   #9
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:10 AM   #10
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So I tried a Vintage Modern and although it does make some nice sounds the boost on it is fixed (ie no dedicated master volume when engaged) and it was a bit noisy[U].


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Old 11-01-2013, 01:26 AM   #11
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I meant noisy as in hiss. I could probably quieten it down with the right tubes and shit but, nah, it wasn't for me. It's a new amp, it should be quiet. The Randall is quiet with the gain dialled up.
I probably should mention, I had been using an RM100 head for a few weeks at band rehearsal lately. It belongs to the studio we use and it cost me nothing to use it. One of the Lynch heads and a matching 4x12 with greenbacks.
That's what the vintage modern was competing against. Frankly, it never stood a chance.



There is a connection between Randall and Egnater with these, there was certainly collaboration involved. How they arranged it legally I don't know,
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:48 AM   #12
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great get cath. looking forward to the clips

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There is a connection between Randall and Egnater with these, there was certainly collaboration involved. How they arranged it legally I don't know,


i believe egnator licensed the technology to randall, as this amp is just about identical to the egnator version. it can even use the egnator modules in the randall amps i believe. i thought they'd give you a blank to fill in the hole in the front
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:51 AM   #13
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I didn't ask. If he has one I'm sure he'd give it to me. He's looking after me very well. He let me walk away with it with $300 owing on it.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:21 AM   #14
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NICE GET! I've been wanting one of those for a bit. Pretty gnar.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:34 AM   #15
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i thought they'd give you a blank to fill in the hole in the front

He should make his own module for it >.>
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:52 AM   #16
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I intend to fill it with a plexi module of some type. I'll just buy the cheapest module I can find on ebay or somewhere and mod it. In the meantime it does need a panel. I could always make one myself out of brass or aluminium. I have some there I could cut up and dress.


As for the question about how true they are to what they copy. Pretty good, but some oddities.
The Tweed module has a gain knob and a channel volume (and the global MV too) so it's its own beasty. Tweeds didn't have a gain knob. I'm running EL34's but only have the volume at about 2 o'clock so I'm not pulling any power amp distortion, Plus of course there are three preamps tubes instead of one.
BUT - with the gain turned down it's very tweed like nonetheless. Crank the gain and it sorta Marshalls up a bit. Well, not really. Really, think Neil Young with Crazy Horse but more bottom end. It's ****ing glorious.
You can run 6V6's in this. I'd think you could pretty much nail a Tweed if you did that.

The Brown module certainly has an early Eddy Van Halen vibe to it, even if not identical. It's a pretty cool thing in its own right.

The Recto module sounded pure Recto to me. I'm sure a trained ear could tell and in an A/B it may be obvious but in isolation it sounded very Rectoish. If you needed a Recto style of sound for your music, it would suffice nicely. It is very beastly. And for a combo with T75's, holy ****, man.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:44 AM   #17
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:59 AM   #18
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I put bigger, better wheels on it the other day and this monster is gonna need 'em.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:15 PM   #19
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really liked the one I tried
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:06 PM   #20
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Id love to try one these, the modular concept seems very interesting. HNGD \m/
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