HCM15R review by Laney

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.2 (17 votes)
Laney: HCM15R

Price paid: $ 128.1

Purchased from: imuso

Sound — 7
You can make good sounds with this amp. The crunch channel is great, but can be noisy if you have too much high on max volume or if you have a noisy guitar or cable. It suits my style perfectly! I like that the clean channel stays clean when the volume turns greater. I use a DigiTech DF7 Distortion Factory pedal instead of the amp distortion, because there is a lot of more flexibility in the pedal. I also use a DigiTech Digital Delay pedal to make delay. I will get a modulation pedal soon.

Overall Impression — 9
This amp is great! I usually play punk to rock to hard rock to metal and this amp can do it all. I only wish that it had a footswich and a digital effects loop included. If I were to lose it, I would buy a amp with more power though, I think a Marshall. I don't think Laney Make these amps anymore, they have replaced them with the LX series. The HCM15R have been switched with LX20R. But it's a great bought, especially because it costs under 150$.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It has never failed me practicing at home, and I don't think it would fail me at a gig either. I would gladly use it on a gig because of the solid construction and the great clean tone, but I will add distortion though via the DF7 because of the flexibelity.

Features — 8
This amp features 15-watts of power runned through a custom 8" speaker. There are two channels, clean and crunch. There is a three bands equalizer and a reverb knob. The name says Hardcore Max, and the amp keeps its promises! The crunch channel has an own knob for amount of crunch and a volume knob. There are line in and headphones jacks. This amp suits almost all styles of music, except from more overdrivy styles like country and blues. No footswich functions.

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    On most points I agree. I used to have this amp and its really nice. Seems loud for 15watts. Good distortion without too much feedback. The clean channel isn't anything to brag about, but with a reverb/delay pedal it works out nicely. Also handles overdrive/distortion effects nicely. Very solid beginners/practice amp.
    this was actually my first amp, many years ago. As far this amp goes it CANNOT "do it all" its just a fuzz box, was a cool fuzz though, wish i didnt sell it, would have been great for playing Revolution, but thats about it.