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#1
Lets's see how this works now...

Here's a very cool looking amp from Ark Amps:



Can you see it?
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#4
Loved all the shots you took last year mate, I expect good things
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#5
Awright....

Didn't get pricing on the Ark amps. I think the woodwork alone was probably out of my pricerange. Check out some more from them:





They were sharing a room with Daab amps, which were also very cool looking as well as excellent sounding:

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#7
It looks like it's made of chocolate
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#9
These Tone-Junkys might've been my favorite amps at the show. I spent a good deal of time talking with the owner/designer. You can tell he really cares. From the aluminum chasis to the carved out speaker cabs. Gives you the option of reverb and/or tremolo. I need them both.



This is the top of the single-ended, single power tube, 15W combo.



I really liked these amps. They all take a wide variety of tubes, and with cathode biasing need no bias when switching them out.

Fender had a couple of their more attractive amps on display:



And my son playing thru a Supersonic with a Brian Setzer Gretch:



I didn't take any pics at the Peavey booth, which was a total disappointment. They had a dressed up Classic 30, a Windsor Studio, and a couple SS offerings. Completely lame. How could they not bring their 6505 or JSX?
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#10
These Tone Shops really cranked, too.



That's a rack amp beneath the head on the left. Plenty of gain on tap.



And some true, naked porn:



Many of these companies came equipped with Eminence speakers, I found.
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#11
A couple more gratuitous shots...





Fuchs are incredible. Save your money. Really.

And the "Pedalboard from Hell" that they had on display:



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These Tone-Junkys might've been my favorite amps at the show. I spent a good deal of time talking with the owner/designer. You can tell he really cares. From the aluminum chasis to the carved out speaker cabs. Gives you the option of reverb and/or tremolo. I need them both.



This is the top of the single-ended, single power tube, 15W combo.



I really liked these amps. They all take a wide variety of tubes, and with cathode biasing need no bias when switching them out.

Fender had a couple of their more attractive amps on display:



And my son playing thru a Supersonic with a Brian Setzer Gretch:



I didn't take any pics at the Peavey booth, which was a total disappointment. They had a dressed up Classic 30, a Windsor Studio, and a couple SS offerings. Completely lame. How could they not bring their 6505 or JSX?

uh, why is there a bed there?
#14
Some more pretty wood amps. These Red Iron amps were my son's favorite for a little bit:



But then we came to Blackstar:




It's easy to get all sexed up over a full stack, but it was that 30W combo that really caught our eye. Has a selection of voices to match either a Vox AC30 or a Marshall Bluebreaker, and can get over the top of either of them on the gain channel. Hand-wired, made in the UK. The combo comes stock with V30's (I think I'd prefer it with Greenbacks or Celestion Blues), completely in your face as is. They're coming out with a head model soon.

This is probably the amp I'll be getting him for his upcoming entry into manhood. The wiring on this thing is impeccable.

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uh, why is there a bed there?




The show took place in a hotel. Every company had a suite with a living room out front, and a bedroom in the back. Fender was one of the few companies that let you back in their bedroom.

Didn't get good pics of Goodtone, unfortunately. They were our first stop, and I was still not completely in control of my camera.



Once again, they were the best value at the show. A very nice 30W Tandem head for under $1000. Takes either 6V6 or 6L6 tubes, and has biasing ports on the back of the amp for easy adjustment. I like these guys a lot, I wish I had more to post from them. They gave away a little 5W combo in the raffle. I was pissed that I didn't win that one.

I'm not kidding.

Some more pics...







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#16
That's all I've got, except for this snapping pic of my back toying with a Fender clone from VVT (at least I think it was VVT... ) :



Unfortunately, the battery gave way on my camera before I could get pics from everyone. I purposely skipped the Line 6 booth, and otherwise I think I got most of the cooler looking stuff.

We're already talking about next year. We got there about two hours after the show started this time around, and missed out on some free goodies. Next year I'll get there early.
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#17
Wow. Looks like you two had a great time. I'd love for something like that to come around here.
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This is probably the amp I'll be getting him for his upcoming entry into manhood. The wiring on this thing is impeccable.



slats, will you be my dad?

The amp show looks like it was awesome. Thanks for posting all of this
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#19
very cool, looks like it was a blast! Thanks for the pics Slats
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Pics are awesome Slats, thanks for the posts. =D
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#21
Great thread Slats. Glad the pics finally worked.
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#22
Great pictures. I want more threads like this!
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#23
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quick question, does Dumble still makes amps, and were any there?


I believe he only makes a few per year now. He hasn't sold any to 'normal people' in years, so I don't think he would go to shows like this. Besides, the reason he doesn't make many amps is a good reason not to go to shows either (bad health).


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#24
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And the "Pedalboard from Hell" that they had on display:

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Great amp porn slats, some of those amp designs are crazy.
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#27
Nice pics.

There's a Blackstar in a shop here in Cheltenham ... might pop round later and try it out.
#29
nice pics, glad you got them up.
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#30
Great pics/thread Slats. This is a show I would like to go to. Mostly I just work shows. This reminds me of the good ole days when I worked NAMM. Nice stuff sir.
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Many of these companies came equipped with Eminence speakers, I found.

#32
that was fun Slats - thanks for taking time to get these up for us. i bet it was crazy walking down the halls and hearing all the different sounds coming out of all the rooms.

which of the one's you have pics of was the most expensive? i bet some of those were pushing 5 figures.

;
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which of the one's you have pics of was the most expensive? i bet some of those were pushing 5 figures.


I didn't get a lot of prices. My son was actually asking quite a bit which I thought was pretty funny. Thought it was funnier still that he was getting answers. Those Tone-Junkys, that sound as great as they look, were about $3100 for the 50W head w/effects, but pretty reasonable on the cabs.

You'd be surprised at just how reasonable some of the stuff was, though. The Goodtones are probably comparable to Fender, tonewise. Or maybe Ampeg. A little throatier on the overdrive, which is nice. But they're handwired, designed to take 6V6's or 6L6's, super easy to bias, and cost about the same as Fender and Ampeg's mass produced amps.

The Blackstar 30W 2x12, which compares very favorably to an AC30, Marshall Bluesbreaker, or Orange AD30 or Rocker 30 - but again, meticulously hand-wired (look at that pic again), and sells for $1799. I felt it was more versatile than any of the amps I just compared it to, simply beautiful tone, and it's price is very reasonable compared to those PCB based amps. We were looking at Orange for my son, but now we're almost certain to be going for one of these.
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#34
Amazing pics Slats, your son's a lucky guy.
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#35
Slats, awesome pics man!

Any more say on the Blackstar amps? They have them at my local GC, but I haven't played with them yet.
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#37
Did you check out Bludotone? If so, what are you thoughts? I wanted to go just to try out a Bludotone and a Fuchs, but I couldn't get off work to go up there.
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#38
awesome. especially those ark amps.

those blackstars are handwired in korea, i think, to keep prices down. haven't tried them, but that's what it says in the magazines over here.
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#39
Ah this makes me regret not going

Great pictures though
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The show took place in a hotel. Every company had a suite with a living room out front, and a bedroom in the back. Fender was one of the few companies that let you back in their bedroom.

Didn't get good pics of Goodtone, unfortunately. They were our first stop, and I was still not completely in control of my camera.



Once again, they were the best value at the show. A very nice 30W Tandem head for under $1000. Takes either 6V6 or 6L6 tubes, and has biasing ports on the back of the amp for easy adjustment. I like these guys a lot, I wish I had more to post from them. They gave away a little 5W combo in the raffle. I was pissed that I didn't win that one.

I'm not kidding.

Some more pics...








watch out, or you'll be on Goodtone's frontpage again .

thanks for the porn and info, slats !
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