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Reviews: Amps

Gabriel Stinger Amp Review

November 1, 2011
The Stinger is a point-to-point, seven-watt beast with switchable EL84 and 6V6 power tubes for instant metaphorical leaps across the Atlantic.
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Orange Dark Terror Amp Review

October 18, 2011
Forbiddingly dubbed the Dark Terror, Orange’s newest low-power amp builds upon its predecessor’s winning recipe, while piling on heaps of molten gain and smoking overdrive that can stretch your notions of just how huge tiny can get.
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DV Mark DV40 212 Amp Review

September 20, 2011
While the DV40 pumps out tones that run a wide gamut, it regularly—and impressively—evoked at least four of my favorite tones: a 1980s Jim Kelley combo, Ty Tabor’s Gretchen Goes to Nebraska tones, Sheer Heart Attack-era Brian May saturation and sustain, and the sounds of a cranked ’70s Orange OR120.
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Line 6 Pod HD Review

September 20, 2011
The POD HD is the newest member of the family, and it’s packed with great simulations—including 22 amplifier models based on classics like the Fender Deluxe Reverb, Hiwatt DR103, and Vox AC15, as well as modern and boutique models like the Dr. Z Route 66, Bogner Überschall, and an ENGL Fireball 100.
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Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 Amp Review

September 20, 2011
The EL84-powered TubeMeister 18 marks an interesting deviation from the company’s usual medium-to high-wattage fare.
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Blackstar HT-5R Amp Review

September 20, 2011
Featuring a very cool stereo digital reverb, the amp uses a single ECC83 tube to produce 5 watts of output power.
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Kendrick Amplifiers V-Front 212 Amp Review

August 16, 2011
The latest addition to the Kendrick amp line is the V-Front series, and it bristles with Tweed-style tones, Kendrick’s renowned 3-knob reverb, and a speaker array designed to disperse signal more effectively.
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Ampeg Portaflex PF-350 Head and PF-210HE Cab Review

August 16, 2011
Like the B-15, Portaflex cabinets feature a flip-top design for storing the matching heads during transport, and they provide rugged reliability and serious tone.
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Crimsontone SE Mini Amp Review

August 16, 2011
The single-ended, all-tube head is powered by a Sovtek EL84 coupled to a JJ ECC803 preamp tube and a Mercury Magnetics GA5-P power transformer for a maximum of four watts.
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Orange O PC Personal Computer Review

August 10, 2011
Software guitar amp emulators have come a long way in the last 10 years and the OPC is built around some of the best advancements.
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