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Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by HANGAR18, Jul 6, 2016.
I used to think that I had all the amps that I needed. I was wrong, so very wrong....
I tried these settings Les along with my PRS McCarty 594.I was just noodling around trying to get a feel for the tone and I stumbled across the opening riff for Hells Bells by AC/DC. I've never played that song before but I feel like it just jumped out at me because that was the tone I was getting from the amp and guitar. Sounded really good!
In the interest of full disclosure, something else that I feel is worth mentioning to anyone thinking about buying one of these high end hand wired boutique category amplifiers, is this... (It seems that I always learn these lessons the hard way.) Brand new, the Dallas cost much more than an Archon, and the HXDA cost three times what an Archon would cost. While it is true that great tone can cost a lot of money, (and rightfully so) and the old rule of "things are worth what someone is willing to pay for them" also applies (further justifying the cost) one should make absolutely certain that they REALLY want one of these amps before they commit to buying one. Basically, should you ever decide that you want to sell one of these amps on the used market, it will probably be pretty difficult to find someone who has the same appreciation for outstanding tone, and someone who is also willing to put out the money you did in order to buy the amp in the first place. (I'm thinking about the guy on Craigslist who offered to even-trade me an Archon for my HXDA. hahaha... yea, right!)
My situation right this minute is this... as a Metalhead and someone who appreciates great versatility in amplifiers, I find myself in a situation where I will be using the Archon much more than the Dallas or the HXDA. While they all sound fantastic in their own respective ways, it has occurred to me that I have amps which cost two and three times what my Archon cost but don't get played as much. That is a staggering amount of money to have tied up in something that I don't use that much (meaning they aren't my #1 preferred amps). So, the moral of the story is to just make sure that you REALLY, REALLY want one of these high end specialty amps like the Dallas or the HXDA before you buy one because the two of you are probably going to be living with each other for a very long time.
It's always a good idea to buy what you need and will use, and not buy things that you don't!
I'll never sell my HXDA or DG30; in fact, I've been gradually investing in NOS tubes for these amps so they'll always sound top-notch. They're keepers!
I will always have a need for classic sounding amplifiers, both for my own work, and for sessions when I hire players to come into my studio to play on client projects. So for a person like me, who depends on having the right equipment for my livelihood, it's not a major investment.
For a semi-pro or hobby player, it might make sense only to have amps one will use on a daily basis. However, I'll also say this: if you hang onto the HXDA and the Dallas, and think of them as lifetime investments, you won't regret having them.
My advice is to forget about the money, and not be distracted by the next shiny object.
Realistically, the premium PRS amp heads are viewed, in the used market, at the same value...be it Dallas, HXDA, MDT, Recording, etc. The Archon's value shifts with popularity, but imo, 30-40% below the previously mentioned models. But the difference between a new Archon and a used premium PRS amp is negligible. Like buying a car, if you just have to have that new car smell and don't care about the value loss after walking out of the store, then enjoy. Otherwise, patience and persistence in your shopping can yield some really good buys that leave you with little or no remorse.
A hunter knows the importance of the scent.
Never diss the smell, my friend.
My newest bumper sticker.
You may have to have that bumper sticker custom made, Boog...
But seriously, there's no smell more magnificent IMHO than opening the case of a new PRS guitar, or amp fresh from the factory. Yummy.
However, there are certainly other worthwhile and lovely smells...
Agreed. It's been a while for me, but you get a mother load of Kent Island mojo when you walk into Markie's case room. It's very soothing. In fact, our brutha-from-anotha-mutha, iahawk36 sleeps in there whenever he visits. He snoozes like a baby and dreams of being a rock star.