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NY Amp Show '10

NY Amp Show '10 - Tonic Amps Absinthe Demo

July 13, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Tonic Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out their latest amp model--the Absinthe.

The Absinthe is a high-powered 30W single-ended power section featuring parallel EL34s. It's also compatible with 6V6, 6L6, KT66, KT77, and 5881 power tubes, providing more options for customizing the tone. As with the other Tonic models, it uses a 4-8-16 ohm impedance switch for matching up with a variety of cabs.
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NY Amp Show: Nolatone Rotten Johnny,Black Tooth 50

July 12, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Nolatone Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out two of their newest amps--the Rotten Johnny and the Black Tooth 50 prototype head.

The Rotten Johnny has two 6V6 (EL84s available upon request) power tubes, two 12AX7 or ECC83 preamp tubes, a Mercury Magnetics transformer, and a 12" 25 watt Warehouse Speaker Green Beret.

The Black Tooth 50 prototype was literally built a few days before the show. It is the big brother preamp to what is housed currently in the Rotten Johnny. Nolatone's Paul Sanders said he's looking to fill a whole line of Black Tooth heads, including 18W, 22W, 30W, 50W, and 100W. Two noteworthy controls on the prototype are the Stripper Gain and Girlfriend Gain—you'll have to check out our upcoming demo to hear what those sound like.
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NY Amp Show '10:Mahalo Amps Farm 50 Prototype Demo

July 12, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Mahalo Amplification room. In this segment, we get to check out their prototype head--the Farm 50.

The Farm 50 prototype features 2-EL34 power tubes and a dynamic preamp section for explosive high-gain tones. Mahalo's Richie Mays says "the preamp on this amp is great for riding the volume knob... it can really clean up and provide crystal cleans with some volume control and harnessed playing."
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NY Amp Show '10 - TomasZewicZ Amps TZZ-17 OD Demo

July 8, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Tomaszewicz Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from two of their newest amps--TZZ-40/70 Head & TZZ-17H Overdrive Head.

The TZZ-40/70 Head is 40/70 watt dual fixed bias head with a Sustain feature and buffered effects loop. Its tubes include 12DW7, 12AX7, 12AT7, 3-12AT7's and 4-EL34's.

The TZZ-17H Overdrive is a 17-watt cathode bias head with foot switchable overdrive and has the following tube complement: 12DW7, 12AX7, 12AT7, 12AX7 and 2-EL84s. The front panel layout is Master Volume, Cut, Presence, Bass, Middle, Treble, Sustain, Drive, Pre-Amp Gain, and Input.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Reinhardt Amps SHG 33 Demo

July 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Reinhardt Amplification room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their newest head, the SHG 33, while also learning about several other models including, the Talyn, the Sonoma and the Vintage 100.

Reinhardt's high gain SHG is now in a 33 watt model that comes loaded with two EL34 power tubes and its standard options include power scaling and a built-in effects loop.

The Vintage 100 has four EL34s, but you can also use four KT66s for their sweet tone, too. The preamp is loaded with three 12AX7s. To keep the '68 feel it features Heyboer power and output transformers that are choke reverse engineered based on the original Drakes.

The Talyn was built as a special request from Mark Knopfler who wanted an amp styled after the Trainwreck Rocket. Powered by a hand picked blend of three 12AX7 preamp tubes, four EL84 power tubes, and a GZ34 rectifier, the amp's controls are Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Cut, and Presence.

The Sonoma is a 100 watt head featuring four 6L6 or four EL34 power tubes and is based on the famous Bluesmaster and Overdrive amps from the legendary amp builder H.A.D. It comes standard with a 2-button switch for Boost and Channel switching. Several custom features such as Boost Level Control, and Mid Shaping to give the amp a bit wider range of tone choices.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Black Cat Custom Fuzz Pedals

July 5, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Black Cat Pedals room. In this segment, we get to check out three of their latest fuzz pedals--the Custom MKI Americano, the Professional MKII, and the Bass Octave.

The MKI Americano built on a similar platfrom to the famous British fuzz circuits of yore, but with all-American components.

The Black Cat Custom Professional MKII is their take on the iconic 1960s Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional MKII, made famous by Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton among others. The Black Cat MKII is wired point-to-point on double turrets, just like the MKI Americano. However, they opted for a more traditional approach, rather than repeating the Americano theme. Their component selection for the MKII reflects an old-school British flair, using a Newmarket NKT274 and two Philips OC75 transistors, and Mullard tropical fish capacitors.

The Black Cat Bass Octave Fuzz is a modern recreation of the rare and valuable Maestro Bass Brassmaster, which was used in the seventies by bass players such as John Entwhistle (The Who), Chris Squire (Yes), and Kyle Brock (Eric Johnson/Electromagnets). The Bass Octave Fuzz allows the player to blend the clean signal into the mix along with the fuzz. The result is a monstrous roar of fuzz with a thunderous low-end rumble.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Celestion Room w/ Trainwrecks

July 4, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Celestion Room.

They loaded several different cabs with their various speakers and had guitarists play through some of the most sought after amps. The amps included [left to right] Komet 19 combo featured a heritage G12H30 with the 55hz cone, Trainwreck Liverpool "Marge" was on a Bruno 2x10 with Gold G10s, prototype 4- 6V6 Bruno Cow-tipper head was on a Bruno 2x12 with Gold G12s, Bruno Underground 30 was in a Bruno 2x12 with Alnico Blues, the famous tan EL34 Dumble was on a Heritage G1265 loaded Bruno 2x12, and Trainwreck Express "Suzanne"—originally owned by George Lynch—was on a Heritage Greenback 20W G12M loaded 4x12.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Vox AC15C1 Demo

July 2, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Vox Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get a taste of Vox's AC15 Custom combo.

The 15 watt AC15C1 has 2-EL84/6BQ5 power tubes & 2-12AX7/ECC83 preamp tubes. The cabinet is loaded with 12" 16 ohm Celestion G12M Greenback speaker.

Equipped with a number of modern features and conveniences the new AC15 Custom offers more control and versatility with features like master volume, global reverb and tremolo. Also on the top panel are bass and trebles controls along with a single guitar input.

At look at the rear panel will reveal a pair of output jacks for use with external speaker cabinets if desired. When connecting speakers, an impedance selector switch offers 8 or 16 ohm output options. A dedicated jack for use with the supplied VF002 VOX footswitch is also provided. With this so you can turn the Reverb and Tremolo on and off.

All components have been designed, manufactured or selected so that the performance and sound of the AC15 Custom is second to none.
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NY Amp Show '10 -Voodoo Amps V-Rock Dual Lead Demo

July 1, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Voodoo Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out their latest guitar amplifier-the V-Rock Dual Lead.

Voodoo describes the V-Rock Dual Lead as being "designed to replicate hot-rodded 80's gain tones - Effortless pinch harmonics, endless liquid like sustain coupled with deep/rich bottom end and lush/chimey clean channel makes the V-Rock a must for fans of 80's shred players."

It features EL34 power tubes and 5-12AX7 preamp tubes. This amp is either a 2-Channel amp w/ Solo Boost or a 3-Channel amp with shared EQ on the gain channels. It has instantaneous / seamless footswitching without snaps, pops, and pauses. Both channel are 100% discrete from one another and they have their own dedicated circuitry allowing for each channel to be designed & voiced to its maximum tonal potential.
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NY Amp Show - Fractal Audio Axe-Fx 10.0 Firmware

July 1, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Fractal Audio and Atomic Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out some of their latest gear--the Axe-Fx Firmware 10.0 software updates, MFC-101 Foot Controller, and the Atomic Reator FR Cabinets.

Audio Systems MFC-101 is an all-new MIDI foot controller. Designed for studio or stage use, the unit is housed in a high quality steel chassis (15.75" x 10" x 3.75"), and features a bright 20-character display, dual-color LEDs, plus 21 on-board switches for bank/preset selection, effect bypass, tap tempo, or any other function that can be controlled via midi. The MFC-101 supports four expression pedals and four switches via rear panel jacks, and an expansion port allows connecting a planned module to increase the onboard switch count to 43. Fractal Audio fans will enjoy a dedicated "Axe-Fx" mode, designed for seamless operation with the company's Standard or Ultra Tone/Effects processors.

The Reactor FR Wedge is available in a powered and passive configuration. The powered wedge has a 50W power section with one 12AX7 and two EL-6L6GC vacuum tubes to deliver full-rated power over a full frequency response, with high headroom and very low distortion. Both the powered and the passive versions employ a high efficiency speaker system with a ported 12-ply marine grade birch plywood cabinet, a 12" speaker, a 1" tweeter/4" horn, and a crossover network.
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