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Posted 19 April 2016 - 02:04 PM

View Postdiscreet, on 19 April 2016 - 01:55 PM, said:

I'm assuming it's European heft and not African heft..?

It's a simple question of weight ratios.
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 02:39 PM

More info:

Footswitchable - not possible.
Rackmount - nope, but there is a flightcased version available.
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 03:57 PM

View Postwateroftyne, on 19 April 2016 - 02:39 PM, said:

More info:

Footswitchable - not possible.
Rackmount - nope, but there is a flightcased version available.

that's not a deal breaker for me, was more of a nice to have feature than a necessity.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 06:23 PM

View Postwateroftyne, on 19 April 2016 - 02:39 PM, said:

Rackmount - nope, but there is a flightcased version available.

That's a pity. Until my band gets big enough to have roadies and/or a bass tech I need to keep my rig as easy to set up as possible which means everything that isn't the speakers in a single box already wired together.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 08:39 PM

They posted the English translations of the specs for two of the amps on Facebook earlier... Sorry for the HEEEOWGE images.

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 02:49 PM

I like the simplicity. Nice looking gear.

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:07 PM

Good find, again...!! These look cool.

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 11:40 AM

I might as well turn this into a general HandBox chat thread...

They've just posted details of a prototype they're working on, on Facebook - here's an approximate translation (thanks, Google!).

"Two-Channel hybrid head, with five tubes in the pre. The first channel is modelled on the Ampeg tone stack which uses three of the tubes, and is 'thick, dirty and heavy'.

The other channel is inspired by Fender with more typical 3-band passive EQ, and using two tubes for a cleaner tone. The masterpiece is a hybrid driver module that gives it close to the unmistakeable full-tube tone. It will put out 600w @ 4Ohm and has friendly feature-weighs 4 times less than a tube equivalent."

It's overkill for my needs, but my gosh it looks fun...
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Posted 21 April 2016 - 11:43 AM

And a big iron transformer FOR ADDED HEFT!!! :P

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 12:39 PM

View Postwateroftyne, on 21 April 2016 - 11:40 AM, said:

I might as well turn this into a general HandBox chat thread...

They've just posted details of a prototype they're working on, on Facebook - here's an approximate translation (thanks, Google!).

"Two-Channel hybrid head, with five tubes in the pre. The first channel is modelled on the Ampeg tone stack which uses three of the tubes, and is 'thick, dirty and heavy'.

The other channel is inspired by Fender with more typical 3-band passive EQ, and using two tubes for a cleaner tone. The masterpiece is a hybrid driver module that gives it close to the unmistakeable full-tube tone. It will put out 600w @ 4Ohm and has friendly feature-weighs 4 times less than a tube equivalent."

It's overkill for my needs, but my gosh it looks fun...
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Posted 21 April 2016 - 12:48 PM

And rackmount for BRX too! :P

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 03:03 PM

That's more like it! I'm counting 7 valves though. I wonder what the other 2 do?

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 03:21 PM

View PostBigRedX, on 21 April 2016 - 03:03 PM, said:

That's more like it! I'm counting 7 valves though. I wonder what the other 2 do?

That'll be the hybrid driver module I think.
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Posted 21 April 2016 - 04:22 PM

WoT, can i have dibs on the WA if you decide to part with it, please? ;)

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 04:44 PM

View PostBigwan, on 21 April 2016 - 03:21 PM, said:

That'll be the hybrid driver module I think.

That's my understanding, too.
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Posted 21 April 2016 - 05:45 PM

Would someone hazard a guess at what 1/4 the weight of an all-tube equivalent actually is?

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 05:47 PM

View PostBigRedX, on 21 April 2016 - 05:45 PM, said:

Would someone hazard a guess at what 1/4 the weight of an all-tube equivalent actually is?

A proper all-tube is around 35kg, so I'm guessing around 9kg. Which would be very light for a valve amp.

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 05:51 PM

View Postdiscreet, on 21 April 2016 - 05:47 PM, said:

A proper all-tube is around 35kg, so I'm guessing around 9kg. Which would be very light for a valve amp.

If that's the case, you can put me down for one right now. That would be only 1kg heavier than my Tech Soundsystems Black Cat which has a P2P wired tube pre-amp and 2 x 500 W class D power amps, in a similar 2U case.

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 05:51 PM

View PostBigRedX, on 21 April 2016 - 05:51 PM, said:

If that's the case, you can put me down for one right now.

Me too, but I'll believe it when I pick it up! Having looked at some of the above pics and the transformer therein, I'm reminded of an Ashdown ABM 500 and they are around 12-14kg if I remember rightly.

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 05:54 PM

Any photos of the back panel?

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 09:38 PM

The website is back up again (Google translate comes in handy, and is occasionally hilarious)

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 11:18 AM

Here's some gratuitous topless shots of the R-400...

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 04:47 PM

Now that is some nice neat constuction and a lovely big toroidal xformer. Impressive.
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:15 PM

View PostBassBunny, on 27 April 2016 - 04:47 PM, said:

Now that is some nice neat constuction and a lovely big toroidal xformer. Impressive.

I know nowt about electrrical engineering so I'll have to take your word for it :). According to Leszek, each one is hand-made...

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 10:38 PM

If I was in the market for an amp this is exactly the sort of thing I'd be looking for.

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 12:16 PM

How are the overdriven sounds out of this thing?

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 08:43 AM

Very nicely made....

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 11:33 AM

View PostMusicman20, on 05 May 2016 - 08:43 AM, said:

Very nicely made....
Isn't it? Hand-built, too.

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How are the overdriven sounds out of this thing?
I'll do some sound clips when I get a chance, but when it comes to overdrive, I'm probably not a great judge of what is and isn't good...
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Posted 05 May 2016 - 01:56 PM

Very nice inside clean and uncluttered probably easy to manufacture and easy to fix if something where to go wrong. Looks very well thought out.
Probably a very reliable unit.
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Posted 05 May 2016 - 10:47 PM

Looks like the pots & jack sockets are mounted directly to the circuit boards, which isn't ideal from a durability/repair perspective.
Still, the vast majority of amps are made like that these days.





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