bcresci wrote:I've been fooling around a bit with my Trio and have found that using Channel 2 with the gain turned low is giving me a clean-like tone with a bit more warmth than Channel 1. Still have some playing around to do to get it where I want it, but not too bad so far.
SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:It was Biddy Mulligans. We played there a bunch and the Cubby Bear a few times, probably circa '91 thru '94. I played in a bluegrassy trio with Nick up until he died about 4 years ago. Great player. Say hi to Gary for me if you run into him.
It's also conceivable that you have a nicer-sounding tube in the socket for Ch 2. You ever swap it with the tube from Ch 1 (or another known good tube) and A/B them?
tigerstrat wrote:SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:It was Biddy Mulligans. We played there a bunch and the Cubby Bear a few times, probably circa '91 thru '94. I played in a bluegrassy trio with Nick up until he died about 4 years ago. Great player. Say hi to Gary for me if you run into him.
Never actually met Nick, but am very saddened to hear of his passing. Gary and I (both being in the far west Chi. burbs) became good pals and did a little playing out together as a duo in the months before my wife and I moved west. Thesedaze, rukind's own Strumminsix (our Nick) and/or the Boukinator cross paths with Gary from time to time if I'm not mistaken.
SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:I really don't care for the hard and crisp sounding ceramic magnet E120's compared to the much sweeter and juicier D120 or K120. Also, most power amps are just not pretty for guitar. I think it's dangerous to just throw a clean guitar signal at a high power Crest or Crown or QSC power amp and expect something with rich, smooth, and musical highs. I much prefer high power tube amps or Mosfet amps like Haflers, MosValve 500, and the like. Mosfet output transistors are just worlds sweeter sounding. Jerry's McIntosh was no random accident as a choice for power amp. But in our real world, the McIntosh is simply too big of a monster to reckon with, and so are the little brothers of the MC2300.
SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:There was some math bantered about a while back that took a close look at how Jerry used his McIntosh MC2300. As I recall this had to do with how Jerry reportedly (Healy) only used one side of his MC2300, at least for a large period of time, and also mismatched the impedance of his cab and the McIntosh output taps. The McIntosh has an autoformer output so that the power transistors themselves see a constant load. Jerry supposedly connected his 3-JBL cab (approx 2.7-Ohm net) to the 2-ohm taps. The impedance math suggests that this would actually be providing about 225 (or so) watts to his speaker cab. The theory continues to suggest that if he was pushing the McIntosh to where it began to max out and activate its peak limiter, this whole action would be happening with a peak limited max power range in the low/mid 200 watts arena. This would have let Jerry just bang away on that amp setup and it would remain pretty clean and protected, maybe with some limiter dirt. Look at the fact that for a long stretch of time he used 3 K120's. He'd blow them now and then, but not every show. So consider the power limitations of those drivers, and what that would indicate about how much power Jerry was actually using on stage.
MC3500 seems to have been used for JG's guitar only the last quarter of '72 (seen in Barncard's 12/31 set) before the band bought a truckload of the new MC2300's at the outset of 73 (it briefly pops up again at Orpheum 76). Prior to fall 72, seen mostly in the 8/27/72 film and various shots from Europe, MC275's are seen by the side of Jerry's stack. Supposedly this practice began in '69 sometime (I'm thinking maybe fall, shows like 10/25, 11/2, 12/12...not the early 69 Live Dead era which is clearly dimed Twins imho). Phil is using 3500's at 8/27 and there is a shot of Keith w/a 3500 in his rig at the German TV shoot in April. When the new system in 73 came into being, they used their leftover tube 3500's for the vocal highs, everything else was 2300/ss-powered.SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:But in the bigger picture, the preamped Twin idea may go back farther than we know. There are rumors that the Twin-MC3500 thing goes back well before '72.
Jerry's amazing digital(finger) compression. Hard, soft, always perfectly controlled.SarnoMusicSolutions wrote: I agree, he apparently didn't want that tube amp compression, but instead wanted a much more linear dynamic response. But you can definitely hear some clipping in his clean tone during pretty much all those MC2300 years. It's subtle, but it's there. He could just lay into that rig hard, and it had a cap on it, the peak levels were clipped somehow. His Chuck Berry licks and his fast/hard scrubbing was not really that clean, but you can tell it's his clean setting.
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