PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Hughes & Kettner booth. In this video, we get to see and hear their TriAmp MKII and get introduced to a few other amps. The TriAmp MKII is a 100 watt, all-tube head that features 9-12AX7 preamp tubes, 4-EL34 power tubes and it comes with six distinctive channels (Vintage Californian Clean, Vintage British Clean, Classic British Rock, Vintage British Rock, British Hot Rodded, Modern Californian Hi Gain). The other amps we check out include the Duotone Tommy Thayer Signature head, the Switchblade and the Edition Tube 25th Anniversary combo.



PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Hughes & Kettner booth. In this video, we get to see and hear their TriAmp MKII and get introduced to a few other amps. The TriAmp MKII is a 100 watt, all-tube head that features 9-12AX7 preamp tubes, 4-EL34 power tubes and it comes with six distinctive channels (Vintage Californian Clean, Vintage British Clean, Classic British Rock, Vintage British Rock, British Hot Rodded, Modern Californian Hi Gain). The other amps we check out include the Duotone Tommy Thayer Signature head, the Switchblade and the Edition Tube 25th Anniversary combo.

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