jkstraw wrote: Jon S. wrote:
Where is hippieguy1954 when you need him?!
I have not compared the two but it's probably worth repeating what took me too long to learn about my RV300. You MUST "pre-pad" (lower the gain of) the incoming signal at least somewhat to have it sound its best (not distort). I achieve this with my SMS Classic Preamp by first
setting its front gain control to 10 o'clock or so, then adjusting its rear pad knob (currently I'm at or around 3PM), then bringing up the volume on my RV300 as wanted.
+1 - excellent advice for the RV300
+2 on the excellent advice for the RV300. Jon S. is the V300 expert here!
Also, the V300 has reactance and definition controls where the Mosvalve does not. The reactance is suppose to simulate tube amp and the definition is like a presence/slight treble boost, (to my ears anyway). If you have any desire for those type of controls, I'd go for the V300. It is a very good amp. I sold mine because I wanted more power. Another story for another time!
The Mosvalve is also a great amp and does not have any controls except for volume. I tried one a few yrs ago and loved the sound, but again...not enough power for me.
They have been liked by many players and have a great reputation, but are out of business for some reason. Not sure why. So, they are a little hard to find.
If your not a watt addict like me and you can find the one you want, I'd go for the Mosvalve.
I must say, though, the older (5 to 7 yrs) QSC PLX series are fantastic! Not real easy to find either because they last forever and were discontinued and replaced with newer technology that makes the new ones very light.
I ended up getting a 5yr old QSC PLX 1202 for $300 (ten year transferable warrantee) in perfect condition. They sold new for $750. I love it. Found mine on TalkBass forum.