HD-212 review by Music Man

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.5 (18 votes)
Music Man: HD-212
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Sound — 10
It's very similar to a Fender Twin Reverb in appearance and layout but the MM I believe was designed to be a bit on the nasty side. Has a great power tube breakup for blues and classic rock. This amp is amazingly and painfully loud! The cleans are just that but it starts to sing when cranked higher. Very warm, punchy and precise. This amp really projects the sound across the room in a broad manner.

Overall Impression — 10
Amazing amp. I first played one back in the early '80s but haven't had a chance again since I found mine in 97. There getting scarce now and quickly becoming hot items for collectors. I have several amps but this one is far my favorite. It just seems to accent your playing and is not partial to any one guitar. It's very articulate and unforgiving to mistakes.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Music Man! It's very heavy and solidly built. You could use this thing as a truck jack. Has 700 Plate volts so it does have a tendacy to eat tubes if you run it hard in high power for long periods over time. I've found that the JJ E34L's are great sounding and do take the high voltages very well.

Features — 10
Two 12" speakers, two channels with bright switch on each. Deep switch common to both channels. Tube Power section of 4 EL34 tubes and 1 12AX7A Phase Inverter tube. Full power and half power switch. Solid state preamp. Master volume, reverb and tremelo. 130 Watts rms at 4 or 8 ohms. Designed by the great Leo Fender. Mines a 1974 Model.

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    gumbilicious
    i have the hd-130 head with the tube PI, mine is the keyboard/guitar/bass version with no reverb or trem. this is a badass amp, so far this is the only music man i have played that does get pretty nasty, most the other is have played/owned don't breakup the same way.
    RICARDO RAMOS
    HELLO GUYS. I HAVE A 212 ALSO SO THAT IS NOT MY REVERB! COULD SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT'S THAT I BUY FOR THIS AMPLIFIER? THANK YOU!