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Old 01-22-2015, 10:45 PM   #1
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Soldano partners with Diamond on a new amp

Saw this over at guitarampboard dot com

As you may have heard Mike Soldano has pulled out of the Jet City relationship. Not sure why exactly. Then I saw this



The 327 (as is Chevy 327ci small block V8)

Interesting.

100 watts
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6 - 12AX7s
Deep knob

To paraphrase:
"We wanted to preserve the overall iconic feel of the SLO100 but modernize it a bit."


I've heard more and more lately about Diamond Amplification. I wonder if this collaboration will push them up higher in the minds of us high gainers? I'm not totally sold on the aesthetics but I don't hate it either. I will be curious to hear how they sound and the opinions of those better than I.

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http://www.premierguitar.com/articl...p-for-the-327sd
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:59 PM   #2
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I tried to find some sound clips of it but came up empty. I mostly just want to hear what they mean by modernizing a SLO.
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Interesting. I've had several chances over the years to pick up a Diamond and I've always passed because of the terrible resale value and next to no good demos. Wish I could try one in person.
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:12 AM   #4
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I'm not totally sold on the aesthetics but I don't hate it either.


dude what's to not like about racing stripes i ask the guy with racing stripes on his amp.


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Old 01-23-2015, 12:32 AM   #5
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I understand the Jet City partnership since they're a cheaper brand but Diamond USA is pretty expensive. Why is he working with them to design an amp to "modernize" a SLO100? Is he not with Soldano anymore like VHT and Fryette or Dean and DBZ? Why not just make a new Soldano?
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Old 01-23-2015, 04:04 AM   #6
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As you may have heard Mike Soldano has pulled out of the Jet City relationship. Not sure why exactly.


My guess is that it has something to do with all those Jet City amps that have been dumped at steep discounts on Musicianís Friend. Jet City isnít exactly batting a thousand.

And Iíll further guess that Soldano is at Diamond because heís probably a hard sell. If you want to bring Soldanoís sound to market thereís a lot of competition coming from Peavey, EVH, Jet City, and Bugera.
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:56 AM   #7
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This strangely looks a whole lot like the Fury...
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:10 PM   #8
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I tried to find some sound clips of it but came up empty. I mostly just want to hear what they mean by modernizing a SLO.

It was just announced (in time for NAMM) so I wasn't really expecting clips yet myself but I'm sure there will be some in the coming days/weeks.

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dude what's to not like about racing stripes i ask the guy with racing stripes on his amp.





Oh I love racing stripes

I think it was that CEC TFE amp that josephde got that gave me the initial boner.

This 327 control panel clashes with the stripes though and rubs me the wrong way. Change that up bit and maybe 'center' the channels knobs and it would be more appealing to me but I'm superficial like that
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I understand the Jet City partnership since they're a cheaper brand but Diamond USA is pretty expensive. Why is he working with them to design an amp to "modernize" a SLO100? Is he not with Soldano anymore like VHT and Fryette or Dean and DBZ? Why not just make a new Soldano?

He still runs Soldano. This is just a collaboration (like Jet City). I attached the original article in the OP.

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My guess is that it has something to do with all those Jet City amps that have been dumped at steep discounts on Musicianís Friend. Jet City isnít exactly batting a thousand.

And Iíll further guess that Soldano is at Diamond because heís probably a hard sell. If you want to bring Soldanoís sound to market thereís a lot of competition coming from Peavey, EVH, Jet City, and Bugera.

See above. He's not at Diamond - only collaborating with Jeff Diamant on some amps - so it appears.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:19 PM   #9
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So Jet Cities won't be made anymore or what?
Please enlighten me.
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Jet City isn't going anywhere.

Phew, great. I was worried.
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^ if god helps us they'll keep the current production JCA's and come up with new ideas.
Or they discontinue the current ones, but please, please, ffs please let's not have them calling different, in-house designed amps with the same names as the current ones.
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We wanted to preserve the overall iconic feel of the SLO100 but modernize it a bit.
Does this mean they'll make a hella tight (herbert/powerball II) but still hella clear (vh4/SL100) amp?

Please tell me that's it :drool: :drool: :drool:
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This 327 control panel clashes with the stripes though and rubs me the wrong way. Change that up bit and maybe 'center' the channels knobs and it would be more appealing to me but I'm superficial like that
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Looks promising, but they should go with bedazzled snakeskin instead. Y'know, to put two and two together.
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Soldano's done some incredible work but it gives the appearance that he's whoring his name out to anyone that can make him a dime these days...

Perhaps that's not it at all, but that's what it looks like.
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:43 PM   #16
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Soldano's done some incredible work but it gives the appearance that he's whoring his name out to anyone that can make him a dime these days...

Perhaps that's not it at all, but that's what it looks like.

I agree.

I kind of cringed when I heard the news about his initial partnership with Jet City. Nothing against the amps but the whole thing didn't sit well with me. I know A LOT of people really like these amps so my opinion is definitely not popular. I've played a few now and I don't get what all the hype is about. They also seemed kind of cheaply made to me. I'm also pretty sure my opinion on the amps themselves is biased as much as I like to pretend that I don't let things like this bias my opinions.

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Saw this over at guitarampboard dot com

As you may have heard Mike Soldano has pulled out of the Jet City relationship. Not sure why exactly. Then I saw this



The 327 (as is Chevy 327ci small block V8)

Interesting.

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Further reading:
http://www.premierguitar.com/articl...p-for-the-327sd

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I think it was that CEC TFE amp that josephde got that gave me the initial boner.

This 327 control panel clashes with the stripes though and rubs me the wrong way. Change that up bit and maybe 'center' the channels knobs and it would be more appealing to me but I'm superficial like that
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Interesting.

Just based on description, sounds like it could be good for the modern metal crowd, but I get the feeling that Soldano isn't really into that kind of ultra compressed sound.
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