#1
So I decided that I was bored with my rig, and I also needed some extra cash, so I decided to "downgrade."

I'll get right to the pictures (pretty pitiful quality, need to get a new camera, mine didn't seem to agree with being dropped on concrete):


Untitled by bllyfen8, on Flickr

A shiny new DSL? I think that would be a travesty after having a 900 SL-X in the same room...


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a seemingly useless piece of cardboard on top, not sure what that was supposed to achieve


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This is actually one of the best packing jobs I have seen from GC, you wouldn't believe what a bitch this was to open


Untitled by bllyfen8, on Flickr

and finally we have on washed out grainy Randall T2!

I have always been kind of curious about these, I figured it couldn't hurt giving it a try, worst come I will just return it.

So far:

I have had this just about a week, so I guess it could be considered a "honeymoon" period, but really this amp is stupid simple, not much to mess with.

For those who don't know, this has a solid state power amp and a tube preamp, so no pretty bright orange/blue glow for me

I will start by saying the clean channel isn't too bad compared with some other high gainers I have had. Compared to the 2 channel Rec I had, its not quite as gritty and actually seems a bit warmer. Better than a 6505 for sure, but it still is kind of boring. this is where the mid-sweep knob comes in handy, based on where you set it you can really thicken up the cleans.

Now onto the important stuff: Dirt! The distortion channel on this thing reminds me of most other Randalls I have played, a little bit refined, for lack of a better word. It is very tight, comparable to a 5150, but not quite as fizzy or compressed. There are two modes, the regular OD mode and then a boosted mode, and it actually holds true to those definitions, the boost mode adds just a bit of compression to make lead runs a little more fluid. Overall I would say that the distortion is precise, it is just a very clean, controlled sort of thing, think the complete opposite of something like a TH30. Again the mid-sweep is awesome, I really liked that feature on my Krank and I am glad I have it here. Setting in low gets a nice thick chunky modern tone, turn it up a bit and you get a singing lead sound.

I do wish that the distortion channel had some more umph to it, similar to my V3 it doesn't seem to really hit you like other metal amps, I will try boosting it (I sold all my pedals not long ago so no OD right now) and see if that helps to give it a bit more punch, but I don't think there is much you can do to fix the apparent lack of balls.

Overall not bad for a cheap one, I'm not sure if I will keep it yet but I do like it, and I have to admit that right now I have a hard time justifying a big expensive toy when I can't afford lunch most days, so it may stay.

Thanks for looking guys!
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#3
^

Randalls have a ton of great value amps like this that just completely fly under the radar because of the connotation attached to the name.

I know a while back I was considering a T2/V2.

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#4
Bitchin! Always wanted to try one of these... Randall is one of the few amp companies I haven't tried many of. Been eyeing a few of their solid states on CL lately, might have to give one a shot!
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#5
Thanks gents.

311: It's funny you say that, I actually thought the same thing when I was looking at them

I think that I might need some blue though, to go with the big blue T.

Offworld: I seem to remember you mentioning something about it, though I could be crazy. Maybe that is what got me on the kick?

Derek: It is a pretty neat amp, I would definitely tell you to try a few, they definitely have a "sound." This is my 3rd, the other two being a RH50T (Love/Hate with that thing, a little bit Marshally but it was still very Randall so it was kind of an oddball) and an RH200, one of the older solid state bits, which I loved to bits, especially considering that I got it for $150. There solid state amps really do have some big beefy sounds, I correlate it with the fact that there amps actually have OTs.

I am curious what the difference is between this T2 and the longer head versions with the green Ts. The long ones are older and I am pretty sure they were more expensive new, like by several hundred bucks, so I am interested in what the difference is as they spec out the same.
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#6
Yeah, up for the leds.
Every cool amp's cool glowing comes from leds - see ENGLs.

Anyway, pretty nice!
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#8
If I can be assed to do it I may just record a clip here in a bit.
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#9
Welcome to the Randall club. HNAD


Out of interest what type of tubes did it come with? My RM100 had a strange compliment from the shop.
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Out of interest what type of tubes did it come with? My RM100 had a strange compliment from the shop.



Well I have been in and out of it

To be honest I haven't even checked what tubes are in it yet, though they need to be replaced, definitely a bit microphonic, I can't play with the TV on at all, it is just too noisy.

Clips coming just as soon as I can upload them.
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#11
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/dementiacaptain/music/all/play1229657

Go give them a listen guys, let me know what you think. Forgive the somewhat sloppy playing and the clipping on the dirty clip, I thought I had the levels set better but I guess not. It's juts a little bit of quick riffing and noodling, the mic position is kind of just whatever as well.
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#12
Team Randall grows.

Sounds pretty sweet to my ears. Have you had a chance to really crank it? How does the solid state power amp affect the sound in those levels?

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Sounds pretty sweet to my ears. Have you had a chance to really crank it? How does the solid state power amp affect the sound in those levels?


I haven't gone too loud, but I've had it about a third of the way up. Randall does a good
job warming up these amps, they don't sound tube but they aren't sterile as you would expect. I attribute this to the fact that you actually have some iron in there, which is a big part of why tube amps sound so good
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#14
"This is actually one of the best packing jobs I have seen from GC, you wouldn't believe what a bitch this was to open"


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That looks pretty good, but my Krank Chadwick 2x12 combo amp came in a box 3'x3'x2'. Completely stuffed with thousands of packing peanuts and inflatable foam, it really couldn't have been safer. I still can't believe I only paid $12.50 for the 108 lb box through UPS 2nd day air... They sent it from TX to FL too.
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#15
Never played the T2, only the V2. Pretty cool amps and they have a nice range of tones. You change amps like I do socks


JGM258 how do you like the Krank? You like it huh? I told you, you would. Post some picks on the Krank thread and a NAD.
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Never played the T2, only the V2. Pretty cool amps and they have a nice range of tones. You change amps like I do socks


JGM258 how do you like the Krank? You like it huh? I told you, you would. Post some picks on the Krank thread and a NAD.


You should see how fast I change socks then, huh?

But yeah, I just get bored. It's funny the Chadwick comes up though, I was also considering buying one of those, but I hadn't tried a T2 so I went with that.

JGM: this thing had all the packing peanuts and rigid foam to hold it in place. I'm serious when I say that getting this thing unpacked took 15 minutes. Doesn't help that I couldn't find my knife.
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#17
Don't get the Chadwick, get the full sized 1980 if you get a Krank.

Don't get me wrong the Chadwick is awesome (looking at the series 1 head right now) but the 1980 is just a little better. Very Splawn QR type tone and the KT88 add a nice feel also.


So do you feel there is anything lacking in the T2 so far? Or is it going to work for a while?
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#18
HNAD!! Looks sweet

And FYI, that useless piece of cardboard is to protect the amp when an overzealous consumer opens the box with an exacto
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HNAD!! Looks sweet

And FYI, that useless piece of cardboard is to protect the amp when an overzealous consumer opens the box with an exacto


Ah, should have thought of that. Actually a good idea
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#20
i have owned two RG100ES's and the first needed work and sold it for a little bit more (this was probably 5 years ago. the other functioned great but at the time i just didn't have the need to have it and sold it. i have a Century 100 i enjoy now. i have almost walked out of a music store with a used (obvious) RG100ES again at least five times.

but the tube ones are great. i really like their hybrids. HNGD!
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