Amps NUAD

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by MarkDyson, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. MarkDyson

    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    So...methinks there's been more than enough build-up to this post.

    The context: I've been looking for an easy-to-schlep SS amp solution to pair with my "new" PRS S2 guitar. Looking for mostly-clean rhythm tone plus a bit of crunch for my newfangled attempts at soloing soon. SS because I'm looking for low weight and not worrying about borking my out-of-production Nace Pro-18.

    Very much like the tones I can get out of my Positive Grid Bias Mini modeling amp, no doubt, but for now it feels like overkill—especially when I feel the need to have an iPad handy loaded with the controller software to get the most out of it.

    My other mini amp, the Quilter 101 Mini Reverb, languished until I pursued some suggestions here and tried it with a decent 1x12 cab. Once it met my Texas Heat speaker I was a goner.

    Now. One of my BGU friends, @cowboy, has had a Quilter Mach 2 head for sale for a while. Mint condition, and a killer price. I want the multiple voices and the see-and-dial simplicity of a head that doesn't need add-on software, and which will play well with my 1x12 cab. Win-win: I bought it. It should arrive tomorrow.

    Moar to come, when it arrives and all the players in this mix have had a chance to play well together. :Beer:
     
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  2. cowboy

    cowboy Blues, Booze & BBQ

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    (y)(y)(y)...enjoy...later.

    cowboy
     
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  3. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    I think that's a good move.
    Keep in mind, you can also run your acoustic and vocals through the Quilter.
    I think I posted a vid from Quilter on the setup is for that.

    Although I don't yet own one, that's very appealing to me as the ultimate grab & go for all occasions.

    Now set it up, learn how to use it and have a nice life.
    :)
     
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  4. MikeR

    MikeR Guitar Challenged
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    Great! Now I don't have stop myself from buying it anymore. ;)

    I'm sure you'll really like it. :thumbup:
     
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  5. JestMe

    JestMe Student Of The Blues

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    Congrats Mark!... I heard a rumor about this in a FB Quilter group! Have fun!
     
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  6. MarkDyson

    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    My first impression was shock over how light this thing is. Crazy!

    Out of the box it sounded killer good. I expect @cowboy maybe left the knobs in good places. ;)

    For voicings my current favorites are Smooth and Surf: both very articulate, no mud or flub at all (I know you can EQ out some of the bass but it's still nice to start from a good place). Playing with the boost some, thus far like Scoop and Cream the best but I haven't spent a whole lotta time on them. Been playing it with just the PRS thus far, want to jack in the Acoustasonic and a vocals mic and play around in "open mic" mode some, too. It's liking the Texas Heat speaker in my 1x12 cab quite a bit.

    I picked up the adjustable 2-button footswitch for it (the one you can change what each button controls). My evil plan is to set one of them to the boost and experiment with going into solo mode sans pedals. We'll see.

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    Thanks, Cowboy! This thing is a delight! :Beer:
     
  7. MarkDyson

    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    So, with the Acoustasonic: on channel 1 I'm ambivalent about the piezo acoustic tone. I'm sure I just need to spend more time working on the settings and I needed to move on to actual practice for tonight.

    On channel 2? Yowza. That funky EQ thing they do where it goes from scoop to flat to shelf has a sweet spot right around 2:00 that just SINGS. If I didn't want to use channel 2 for vocals I'd stop right there and stick a fork in it. As it is, now that I know where that spot is I'll just need to find it on the 3 band EQ to match.

    Can't stress enough how much I'm liking this amp. :Beer:
     
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  8. JestMe

    JestMe Student Of The Blues

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    Yay and congratulations. I think the BGU forum may have another Quilter fan! I hope you enjoy it in good health for many years!!!
     
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    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    Yes indeed! Got off to a rocky start messing around with the 101R but methinks I’m getting to where I see (hear) what the fuss is about. Was just taking a practice break to futz around with getting a good Acoustasonic tone on channel 1 and I’m already probably 80% there. Fun! :Beer:
     
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    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    I was messing around with the clean headroom, playing some of my go-to acoustic tunes clean through my PRS. Man, I was liking how it sounded. Not gonna hang up my Acoustasonic but yeah...fun! :Beer:
     
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    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    When your arms pop back into their sockets from avoiding the weight, the audience is happy and you're feel'n good at the end of the night.............
    Just remember who told you so!
    :LOL:

    You don't need no stinking Fender.
     
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  12. MarkDyson

    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    Tried something new: wanted to get in practice time on my “new” bass tonight, but was too lazy to drag out the Rumble 100 amp (my practice space is too small to have multiple amps set up). Plugged the Rumblekat bass into the Quilter. Man, does it ever sound good!

    I’m aware I could damage the Texas Heat speaker if I get too froggy with it but at bedroom volume I think it’s okay.
     
  13. PapaBear

    PapaBear Guit Fiddlier

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    It'll definitely loosen up the cone, I knew a guy would break in his amps by playing low volume bass to loosen the cone
     
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    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    Cool. For long term, though, I’m thinking if I want to use the Quilter head for both I should consider a more suitable speaker in the cab. Hmm.
     
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    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    Moved the head/cab onto an amp stand to get it off the floor. I was uncertain whether the tilt-back angle would cause problems with the head wanting to slide off, but the feet are nicely socketed into the insets on the top of the cab and it's quite sturdy.

    Decided to keep the 101R Mini amp head as a backup and headphones practice amp. I've moved all my other amps and cabinets to the basement for the time being. Guess I'm turning into another Quilterphile. :Beer:

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  16. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    Basement:eek:

    You must have a huge basement.
     
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    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    Fair sized; now a viable gear storage area since I had it waterproofed and put in the dehumidifier. SWMBO is after me to, at some point, set up a man cave in part of it so as to move the bulk of my noisemaking from the current music room that's only a few feet from the master bedroom.

    Another data point is I have had that distressing habit of flipping gear I decided I wasn't using regularly, so the backlog is probably smaller than one might think. :Beer:
     
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    Grateful_Ed Student Of The Blues

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    I blame the forum. While many of us here are enablers, we don't spend nearly enough time in support of those who feel the need to sell or "flip" gear. In that regard I have failed you. :oops:
     
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  19. PapaBear

    PapaBear Guit Fiddlier

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    True, and there's no need to shame them here, they suffer enough as it is!
     
  20. MikeR

    MikeR Guitar Challenged
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    Here's Pat Quilter playing a little steel guitar at NAMM today. You might recognize the combo above his head to the right, Mark.

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