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NY Amp Show '10 - Sommatone Overdrive 75 Demo

June 15, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location for the 2010 New York Amp Show where he visits the Sommatone room. In this segment, we get to hear their latest head in action--the Overdrive 75. The Overdrive 75 is handmade and features true point-to-point wiring. It has custom Mercury Magnetics transformers, four 6L6s that are cathode biased, and three 12AX7 preamp tubes (five with Reverb). The controls include blendable Bright and Normal Volume controls, Master Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, and Presence.
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NY Amp Show '10-Hahn Guitars, Louis Electric Demos

June 14, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location for the 2010 New York Amp Show where he visits a room shared by Hahn Guitars and Louis Electric. In this segment, we get to check out products from both companies demoed by Merle Haggard's guitarist Redd Volkaert.

The guitar Redd is using is based on Hahn's 228 model that has one-piece swamp ash body, one-piece quartersawn maple neck with 6105 frets and is set up with hardware made by luthier Chihoe Hahn. The guitar is loaded with Budz pickups - special wound for Redd.

The Louis Electric combo is based on Fender's 5E3 Tweed Deluxe, with 6L6 power tubes rather than the traditional 6V6s. The idea behind this amp was to give players more headroom and is designed for medium-sized gigs. The controls include Tone, Volume, and Volume. The speaker in this model is a Celestion G12H30.

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NY Amp Show '10 - Goodsell Valpreaux,Dominatrix 18

June 14, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 New York Amp Show where he visits the Goodsell room. In this segment, we get to check out Goodsell's two newest combos -- the Valpreaux and the Dominatrix 18.

The Valpreaux is a 21-watt combo inspired by certain Valco, Supro, and Gretsch combos of the '60s. It features the relatively obscure 6973 power tube that imparts a different sonic signature from the EL84-based models that comprise the bulk of the Goodsell product line. The Valpreaux has a simplified front-end similar to the Super 17, with the same award-winning tremolo and non-intrusive reverb, as well as an ultra-transparent post-phase inverter master volume.

The Dominatrix 18 is same venerable 5E3 cabinet as the Unibox and 17 MkIII, the cathode-biased Dominatrix takes its inspiration from the Watkins Dominator series made in England in the '60s and '70s. It features two EL84s, three 12AX7s, and an EZ81 rectifier tube. Also, it has a 2-stage preamp and is followed by a phase inverter.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Brown Note D'Lite ODR 100 Demo

June 11, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location for the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Brown Note Amplification room. In this segment, we get to check out the newest amp in the Brown Note line of D'Lite heads--the ODR 100. It's a 100 watt reverb amp. The clean channel is designed for high headroom, and tight low end response, making it suitable for loud clean tones with high output pickups, and providing an excellent pedal platform. The overdrive channel is voiced for tight, dynamic, smooth overdrive tones. It includes an FX loop, tube driven spring reverb circuit, and 3-function foot switch, as well as a back-panel mounted overdrive gain trimmer that sets the amount of overdrive that can be dialed in or out via the front panel controls. It also includes a 3-way bright switch, Deep switch, and Fat/Lean switch.
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Rig Rundown - High On Fire's Matt Pike

June 11, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Madison, WI, where he catches up with High On Fire's guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike. In this segment, Pike walks us through his current live rig that includes a First Act Custom Shop 9-string guitar, a Marshall JCM800 Kerry King head and a Soldano SLO100 head running through 3 4x12 Emperor Cabs. For effects, Pike only relies on one pedal--a MXR Carbon Copy delay.

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NY Amp Show '10 - Satellite Amps MudShark Demo

June 10, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Satellite Amps room. In this segment, we get to see two of their newest amps, the Mudshark (gold sparkle) and the Little Booger.

The Mudshark has a pair of 5881's (cathode biased, push/pull), a pair of 12AX7's, and a 5AR4 rectifier. It pushes about 20 watts and most people say it is very reminiscent of the old Supro's, AKA the "Chicago" or "Zep" sound.

The Little Booger is 12 watt head with a pair of 6AQ5's, a pair of 12AX7's, and an EZ81 rectifier. The Little Booger is a cathode biased, push/pull amp. It has lots of rich harmonics and plenty of gain.
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Rudy's Music Stop - Rudy's Soho Acoustic Room

June 10, 2010
PG's Adam Moore is On Location in Soho neighborhood of New York City, New York, where he catches up with Rudy Pensa of Rudy's Music. In this segment, we get to check out Rudy's Music Soho's Acoustic Room, which features models from Martin, Collings, Gibson, Taylor, Larivee, National, Santa Cruz, and other high-end, handmade acoustic guitars.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Carol-Ann Tucana 2 Demo

June 9, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 New York Amp Show where he visits the Carol-Ann Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from Carol-Ann's new Tucana 2 head. The Tucana 2 is a three-channel amplifier set with a clean channel, and two channels for overdriven tones. It comes loaded with 2-6550 power tubes and checks in at 75 rockin' watts.
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NY Amp Show '10 - East Amplification Studio 2 Demo

June 8, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location for the 2010 New York Amp Show where he visits the East Amplification room. In this segment, we get to check out East Amplification's Studio 2. The Studio 2 is a full-featured 2-watt head with a matching 1x10 extension cabinet. The Studio 2 features controls for Gain, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence and Master Volume. Bober says that the amp's features give it a versatile tone that can go from clean to near-metal, hitting Pete Townshend and Larry Carlton-style sounds in between. The amp has a 5U4 rectifier, three 12AX7s and two 12AT7s in a push/pull configuration, making it "sound huge at 2 watts." The amps are hand built to order.

The Studio 2 also features an internal load with variable line out. This allows the amp to be run sans speaker and connected via the line out directly to the effects loop return or front end of a higher powered amp, enabling the amp to reproduce its signature tone at increased volume levels.
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Rudy's Music Stop-Amp Room, Mesa Boogie Manhattan

June 5, 2010
Adam Moore is On Location in New York City, New York, where he visits Rudy's Music Stop. In this segment, we get a tour of Rudy's famous Amp Room where Mesa Boogie Manhattan is located. During this video we get to see Rudy's current collection of amps, including models from Marshall, Orange, Mesa Boogie, 65Amps, Blankenship, Tone King, Louis Electric and many more.
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