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New Amp Day -- back to tubes!

Postby silvergoat2k6 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:51 pm

My new H&K Grandmeister Deluxe 40 and it's matching MIDI footpedal arrived from Sweetwater last week...still going through the manuals to figure out everything, but so far so good...this may only be 40 watts, but it's a LOUD 40 watts. Fortunately, it has a built-in Power Soak to drop the watts to 20, 10, 5, 1, or completely off so you can you use the Redbox DI, which is also built-in. I read a lot of reviews that say the amp needs a tube swap right out of the box, but it sounds just fine to me (first EL84 amp I have owned) with the stock tubes in it, so they will stay for now. The amp also has a built in Noise Gate, which works great.

The amp and the MIDI footswitch were not cheap (about $1400 total for both), but I feel with all that you get it is worth the price. Looking forward to getting to know the amp better and to start making some killer presets.

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Re: New Amp Day -- back to tubes!

Postby Doctor Doug » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:18 pm

I want a Hughs and Kettner soooo bad!!! They always sound so great!

I love built in noise-gates! My main gigging amp has one and I can't get enough!

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Re: New Amp Day -- back to tubes!

Postby Leddiebonavaughan » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:45 pm

I too am a proud GM Deluxe 40 owner as well! I can't stop singing it's praises. It is truly an amp worthy of praise. It plugs direct, goes silent, is rack mountable, is a phenomenal travel amp, is usable at bedroom volumes, and is full tube gorgeous tone and feel. It's everything I wanted and more. The on-board effects are even good. I'm trying to spread the word as much as I can. These amps deserve a spot in any tube junkie's home.

I also didn't find a problem with the stock tubes. I had problems with the GM 36 stock tubes as I felt the tone they produced was too shrill. However, I feel H&K nailed it on the re-configuring they did with the Deluxe 40. It's much more like the Tri-Amp and that's just one of it's many amazing qualities.

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Re: New Amp Day -- back to tubes!

Postby silvergoat2k6 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:11 pm

Forgot to mention that the amp is ran through my trusty Avatar 2x12 cabinet which is equipped with V30's...I just love these speakers.
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Postby hallwayminstrel » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:40 pm

Awesome amp! I have a friend that has an H&K Tubemeister 18 head. Even 18 watts can get very loud.
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Re: New Amp Day -- back to tubes!

Postby Bob77 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:45 pm

congrats. Those are really good amps.
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Re: New Amp Day -- back to tubes!

Postby kdawg » Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:22 am

Any updates on the amp? I'm looking in this direction myself and thought that a few months under your belt with it might be sufficient to give us the full rundown. All thoughts appreciated.

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Re: New Amp Day -- back to tubes!

Postby GaryL » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:57 pm

I'm seriously considering selling my tube amp on Craigslist and going solid state. I have an Ampeg VL 503. Has three channels, reverb for each, attenuater. The clean channel is pristine. Love the sound, but the thing weighs 80lbs! And I'm always worried about tubes blowing or breaking. I'm looking at getting a Quilter 200 power block w/matching 12" speaker cab. One channel only. Clean supposed to be excellent. Use the pedals to shape tone. Keeping it simple, and much lighter.


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