#1
The reason why i know this italian brand is that i'm italian too,so that's kinda obvious...for tons of you,it should be totally unknown (the only italian handmade amp worlwide known and well considered I guess is Brunetti,which i do not like that much but whatever).

Here in italy,Masotti is a brand considered even better than brunetti itself,for the vintage(masotti m1) and the modern(x100m) sound proposed by awesome sounding heads,which,imho,are not THAT far from bogner masterpieces(in therms of sound; the amps are also extremely wellmade as bogners,soldanos and diezels are).


Few examples

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaODjN-pexA
(using a Rash guitar - italian handmade- )

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lefaIW1I0ko
(usin mg basile guitar -italian handmade- )

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EL_hnuSnMk
(usin a gibson les paul)

Now,that was the introduction,just to explain a little bit what i'm talking 'bout.

What's new?


This one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaAGG9qVwQU

Ok,probably you do not know italian so i'll tell you what the amp is...


essentially a all tube amp,similar to other masotti heads;1 channel with the chance to use different modes,normal,drive,overdrive-allowing you to play from a bright clean sound to a really heavy distorted one-and recall for each "sound modes" the exact position of the pots (motorized) by using the midi interface.
In fact,as you all can see,the pots do move by their own,just using the pedalboard.


Now,the head's not out yet,so i do not know how that beast sounds,but imho this should be considered something really
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#2
Motorised pots for midi control is the way to do it imo. Much better idea than polluting the path with opamps. It's about time somebody did it that way, motorised pots on mixing desks have been around for ages.
I really like the idea of MIDI control of amps but the methods to implement it I've seen until now blow.
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the guy who runs (ran?) the engl forum had/has a masotti, he liked it a lot. So I've heard of one, but never seen one, much less tried one Sounds cool about the motorised knobs.
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#5
That's foooking awsome!

At first I was like 'One channel, lame', then I realised that the motorised pots plus Midi, eliminates the need for another channel, I'd really like to know how this sounds. Very interesting indeed.
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#6
the guy who runs (ran?) the engl forum had/has a masotti, he liked it a lot. So I've heard of one, but never seen one, much less tried one Sounds cool about the motorised knobs.

Is he italian?

At first I was like 'One channel, lame', then I realised that the motorised pots plus Midi, eliminates the need for another channel, I'd really like to know how this sounds. Very interesting indeed.
Mmmmm i guess it sounds similat to the x100modern,or the afterburner....


and that would be really cool
#8
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Is he italian?


nah, i think he was belgian, if i remember correctly.
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#9
Wow, sounds great. I think more American amp makers should get on that idea.

One downside to only one channel is that you can't really change the voicing too too much, or at least not as much as an amp with two different preamp paths, but I think MIDI really is a great way to go. More equipment in the guitar world should be MIDI-capable IMO, it really does make things so much more convenient.

The amp sounds pretty great though, especially in the first video. I like how everybody sounded different through it, I guess they each dialed the amp in themselves?
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looks/sounds pretty damn good and is definitively something that should catch on
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nah, i think he was belgian, if i remember correctly

weird that someone in belgium knows about italian stuff
Caswell has been doing that for a while now.
Didn't even know about that guy thanks

Wow, sounds great. I think more American amp makers should get on that idea.

One downside to only one channel is that you can't really change the voicing too too much, or at least not as much as an amp with two different preamp paths, but I think MIDI really is a great way to go. More equipment in the guitar world should be MIDI-capable IMO, it really does make things so much more convenient.

The amp sounds pretty great though, especially in the first video. I like how everybody sounded different through it, I guess they each dialed the amp in themselves?
mmm if i correctly remember,masotti offers a sort of "custom shop" supporting to give you what you exactly need from the amp;anyway i guess the amps in the video are always the same model without any differences....the x100m it's a very versatile head indeed so i wouldn't be surprised
#13
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weird that someone in belgium knows about italian stuff


aye. well i mean he was a gearhead, so it's not so strange. I mean, I've heard of brunetti, for example (though to be honest I hadn't heard of masotti until he got one).
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#14
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aye. well i mean he was a gearhead, so it's not so strange. I mean, I've heard of brunetti, for example (though to be honest I hadn't heard of masotti until he got one).

Brunetti is a way more famous,the producer has a more developed exchange worldwide and numerous endorsers (including,a year ago,kiko loureiro for example)...
Masotti's still not faraway know unfortunately....i think his amps'd be really appreciated
#15
I wonder how expensive those motorized pots are and if they're not too complex to implement. Would be great to screw around with, or mod into an existing amp.

Something like a "conversion kit" would be awesome.
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Brunetti is a way more famous,the producer has a more developed exchange worldwide and numerous endorsers (including,a year ago,kiko loureiro for example)...
Masotti's still not faraway know unfortunately....i think his amps'd be really appreciated


yeah, they're meant to be very nice
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#17
Not to burst your bubble, but H&K has been doing this with their Switchblade series of amps for some time now.

It's nice to see that sort of technology in an amp of such class and with that type of circuit. Normally you'd expect things like this only in 4-channel amps and stuff, but in a one-channel model? - awesome.
#19
makes me want a caswell.

even more now...
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#20
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^Caswell, too!


Yea. Why's everyone gotta forget about Caswell? He designed the X99 preamp for Soldano with motorized pots too. And that was like 10-15 years ago. Only 200 were made though and it was crazy expensive. The 39 is more expensive than 99% of boutique amps too. Why's everything cool gotta cost money?
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#21
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Not to burst your bubble, but H&K has been doing this with their Switchblade series of amps for some time now.


to be fair, though, the switchblade (the one I tried, anyway) sounds like ass.
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#22
Thats intense man. My penis just got a little bit erect. Thanks for sharing
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Yea. Why's everyone gotta forget about Caswell? He designed the X99 preamp for Soldano with motorized pots too. And that was like 10-15 years ago. Only 200 were made though and it was crazy expensive. The 39 is more expensive than 99% of boutique amps too. Why's everything cool gotta cost money?

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I'd love to see that, but I feel like I'd never use it. I'd rather multiple channels via analog.
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I'd love to see that, but I feel like I'd never use it. I'd rather multiple channels via analog.


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No kidding

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#26
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to be fair, though, the switchblade (the one I tried, anyway) sounds like ass.

It just ain't made for you '80s kids, I think. Is for modern br00tz.

Gotta agree though, to some extent. I think it's nice for what it is, but I wouldn't buy one myself.
#27
i play most genres (or at least most genres in terms of styles of guitar tones, anyway)... i just thought the distortion out of it sounded very square and solid statey...
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#29
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i play most genres (or at least most genres in terms of styles of guitar tones, anyway)... i just thought the distortion out of it sounded very square and solid statey...

Oh it does... at least with higher gain settings. Got an early '90s death metal thing going on. Like I said, not my cup of tea either, but there's people who like that.

On the other hand, there's also people who like slamming their nuts in car doors, so maybe just forget what I just said.
#30
hehe

my problem was that if i wanted that tone i could get something close out of a £50 distortion pedal...
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#31
To be fair, that'd be a 50 quid dirt box in front of a 100w tube amp still. The latter is kinda important.


But yeah, I don't get why they had to make the high-gain like that. It's a hybrid design, but they've shown that they can do better with solid state circuitry often enough. It's not like that kind of tone is very sought-after. It'd be cool if they could put all the SB features into a better amp. Haven't tried the Coreblade yet, maybe that one's better.


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#32
i meant into any amp. I mean, I could get a tone as good as that into my valve junior with said £50 distortion box. Actually the tone with the dist into the valve junior is probably better

EDIT: my engl doesn't really like dirt boxes into the clean channel. LOL. It doesn't sound that great at all.
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