Arnold's Carnival wrote:Glad to hear so many people are diggin on the SMS. Seems like the Rocktron Velocity is getting good reviews here too. I have been running my SMS for over a year with the Carvin TS100 and it suits my needs well. I have also had good sucess running the SMS into the return FX Loop of my Hayseed 30 (Vox Clone) for those applications that dont require the 100w/50w options on the Carvin.
For even lower volume i have been rediscovering my Victoria '59 Deluxe, now equipped with a 100w Jensen speaker and ecc82 in V1. Very clean 20w, even with the LP!
I was doing some testing of my SMS yesterday. I have been running it into the effects return of my Mesa Mark III head into the Mesa 2x12 (half open) cab - gets a great tone, plenty of headroom for a really clean sparkle. I ran it into the effects return of my Mark IV 1x12 combo set on "Tweed" power. It had some nice break up that really nailed the late 60s-early 70s tone. It was on my WGD with Barden humbuckers (no coil tap). Can't wait for the new one guitar to be ready so I can see how that works with the SMS. For you SMS owners, what resistors did you get? I got the "new audiophile carbon film type" as I like a little warmth to my tone and I think I made the perfect choice for my ears and playing style.
Those Victoria amps are super sweet. When Bob Margolin was playing and living around here I remember him having a really early one I think it was around '92-93. I think he was one of Victoria's early endorsers.