Jon S. wrote:At this stage in my life, I can afford what I please, for which I'm grateful. I prefer my Rocktron Velocity 300. Too many people judge SS power amps today from a 20th century perspective. Which is a mistake. Today's options are not your daddy's SS amps. There is nothing about the tone of my SMS Classic Preamp through my RV300 that doesn't sound great.
i totally agree that there are some really great sounding modern amps made today. that said, it is a shame that some mistake "20th century technology" as outdated or not up to par. in the case of mcintosh amps like an mc 50, 100, 250, 2505, 2100, 2105, or 2300, (of course when properly updated) are by far the best feeling and sounding SS amps for anything jerry OR for just a great guitar amp in general. as for the RV300, i believe it to be a great amp, same as the Crest Vs450 i use for a backup, and some other SS amps i have tried, but none of them have compared to my Mc250 or Mc2100. something about the mac, probably the iron, that just puts them a notch above everything else i have tried. is that dismissing todays options? i would think not i have tried quite a few, and it is not judging from a 20th century perspective, they just perform better from a guitar rig perspective then anything i have tried from todays options. and if we are going to look at daddy's amp, we also need to remember that an SMS Classic Preamp, even though it is equipped with digital reverb and weighs a ton less then the real deal, at it's heart is nothing more then an Ab763 circuit first designed in 1963. or in other words, a 20th century option still used today. i feel that the hype behind an RV300 is more around it's weight as it compares very well to many other amps out there that weigh considerably more. saving ones back is definately a cool option, and much understood, but it is a compromise at it's heart, because if one is going for exact, NOTHING beats one of the Mcintosh's i mentioned, period! someone needs to modernize those much like brad did with the SMS CTP, but until then, those old macs are all we have! and worth their weight to get that great tone only they can produce!
just my 2 cents!
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