jeager wrote:I noticed a number of guys have a Furman stacked right up on top of their SMS or other preamp... I know these things don't generate much heat but I have been reluctant to stick one in there even though my rack has space for it (thats what she said).
jeager wrote:I tried some solid state power amps and hated them all except for the Macintosh...
jeager wrote: There must be a better way....small clean amp and throw a mic in front of it... just gotta figure out which one.
jeager wrote:Jon, You ask which ones I have tried...here is the story,
I owned one of the quilter guitar amps for a while, I got the head version and even ran my SMS though its power amp section into a JBL loaded cab. Not bad, nice and light, but not nearly as sweet sounding as my mesa power amp. I tried the Rocktron V300 or whatever its called, again nice and light and way more power than was necessary but not at all pleasing to my ears and lacking in the feel department. Have not tried the Carvin but given all they say about the Quilter class D amp being so great I don't think it will please me. I really don't think any solid state power amp out there can sound/feel as nice as a good old tube amp. The Macs are beautiful of course but what a pain to move around and it seems to be the consensus that to get the spot on Jerry hair on top out the thing you have to crank it up. They sound nice at lower volumes but I still think a good tube amp can do better at reasonable club/stage levels. I use one side of my Mesa 50/50 and hardly have to turn it up 30% and it has plenty of punch, at 50% it will inflict pain...so why can't I have something smaller/lighter that still pleases my ears and has plenty of dynamic capability?
Though I gotta say your Mc 50 look like a cool option... I had the 250 and used one side of it and had plenty of volume, I really think if ya gotta use more wattage the whole band needs to turn down, if it needs to be louder in the house...mic everything. Its a lot easier to sing and hear the rest of the band when your guitar amp isn't
blasting in your ears too.
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