HD-212 Review

manufacturer: Music Man date: 12/25/2006 category: Guitar Amplifiers
Music Man: HD-212
Model 212-HD is a two-channel amplifier. Channel one has two inputs, bright switch, volume, treble, mid-range and bass controls. Channel two features two inputs, bright switch, volume, treble, mid-range, bass, reverb, tremelo intensity and tremelo speed controls. A deep switch, master gain control and power reduction switch operate on both channels. A dual foot switch is supplied for remote control of reverb and tremelo functions. The amplifier also has an extension speaker jack and an impedance switch for selection of either four or eight OHM loads.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Features: 10
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overall: 10
HD-212 Reviewed by: unregistered, on december 25, 2006
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Features: 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. // 10

Sound: 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. // 10

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 10

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